Hi! My name is Elisenda. I go by Elis or Li. I'm a family, couples, and editorial photographer living just outside Washington DC. I was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and moved to Maryland in my mid-20s.
I have had an interest in photography for as long as I can remember. I would bring my point-and-shoot camera to school anytime I got my hands on a roll of film. I was acutely aware of the passage of time even before I fully comprehended it, so I wanted to make sure I would remember those people and moments later in life. Photography was my solution to that. Still is.
But it wasn't until I stepped into a darkroom for the first time while studying to become a journalist, that it dawned on me photography could be a career. It would still take a few years for me to step away from a conventional academic path and dive headfirst into what I kept as a passion in the backburner.
When I set out to become a photographer,
my main drive was the idea of eternalizing moments.
As a child, I adored looking through my family’s photo albums. That activity taught me so much about my family and their past: images of my grandparents as young people creating a life for themselves in a new country. My parents as children, growing up in two different parts of the world. My older brother as a baby. My little sister and myself playing as toddlers. These are memories that either didn’t happen to me or I was too young to retain them. So photos held this MAGICAL ABILITY to infuse these moments into my brain and provide me with a better understanding of my family and myself.