We had the good fortune of connecting with Elena Strawn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elena, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
For me I started photography after I got injured playing soccer in high school. I had to take an art class in high school and I thought there was no way I was going to take painting or drawing so the only option was to take photography and that is where it all started for me. After high school is when I really started taking it serious and began to try to do it full time.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a digital and film photographer who primarily focuses on live music events and events that happen in the music industry. Some of the things that I am the most proud of are being published in Forbes Magazine, and getting to work with my friends and watch them grow as I grow with them. It took a while to get where I am today and in all honesty I don’t think that I have reached my full potential yet. I think that one of the biggest challenges that I have overcome is just being a woman in the music industry and I would also say that I do not even think that it is something that we have overcome yet. I would say that the most important lesson I have learned along the way is to just be yourself. When you are yourself you feel much more comfortable and you will get the most out of whoever you are working with because it is genuine.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
full disclosure but I am actually based out to the Bay Area but if I were to show someone around the bay I would probably start with a little breakfast im not too picky on the breakfast front as long as they have some gluten free options. Then we would head out to mountains for a little hike or something and bring a picnic with us. Then make our way up to San Francisco for dinner and then a concert!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
For me the main person that really got me interested in concert photography is Ashley Osborn. I had taken a few of her different classes at Warped Tour and become friends with her and one day she asked me to photograph a band called Yellowcard and that was the first ever concert I photographed. And from that moment I knew that photographing concerts and musicians was something I wanted to do for a long time