Elyse Patten is an experienced photojournalist with the innate talent, patience and observation skills to capture life with impeccable timing. Elyse worked as a photojournalist for an international NGO for many years travelling to remote locations to tell the stories of minority language communities. With 19 years behind the lens Elyse's career includes weddings, studio portraiture, family portraiture, theatre stills, school photography and commercial work. Elyse holds a Cert IV in Photoimaging and also trained as a colour printer for Kodak.
I love the thrill of the hunt. I love the challenge of capturing an individual, event or place with images that show beauty in an honest way. Real is the new perfect.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I've made portraits with many different people from all over the world. Trust is the key. I talk to people and act silly to get them to relax with the camera. Ideally, I want them to forget about the camera and just enjoy hanging out.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
I've never entered an award competition. I've always been too busy doing my job.