Ella Mai Weisskamp is a Los Angeles based photographer who was born in a small coastal town in Australia, surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef and the native flora and fauna. She is, to this day, often driven by the memories of the natural beauty that was the backdrop to her early childhood.
During those years in Australia she was embraced by her family, the majority of which were creatives (painters, hairdressers, musicians, fashion designers) who’s prior generations were rooted proudly in the Australian Outback and Germany. Her sense of adventure is often thought to have been sparked by her parents and grandparents stories of growing up in places that felt far beyond her little coastal town and planted the seed for new experiences and discovery.
At the age of seven Ella moved across the world with her mother and older sister adding a new chapter to her families history. Landing in Miami and experiencing a new melting pot of cultures only helped grow Ella’s curiosity and excitement for what life and this new world around her had to offer. Her stepfather fueled her drive for discovery with his tales of adventure in the US Marine Corp. and traveling the world as a child himself with his mother who was a TWA International Air Hostess.
By the age of nine Ella was signed with Wilhelmina Models and worked consistently with clients such as GAP, MACYS, NIEMAN MARCUS, WWD, RALPH LAUREN, BLOOMINGDALES, H&M. These years also included a summer working in NYC and solidified her obsession with the fashion world and soon photography.
Eventually her adventures on the East Coast came to an end and another move was to be made with her mother and older sister. She was 14 yrs old now and Los Angeles was home. A purchase of a 35mm camera with her own savings finally put her on the other side of the camera and gave her the freedom to explore and experiment for days and weeks on end with all the different kinds of images she and her new favorite possession could create.
Her school friends became her muses and her years of modeling allowed her to give gentle instructions and direction to make her friends comfortable and to get the best shot. By the age of 16 her innate need for growth and accomplishment saw her shooting for some of the top agencies in Los Angeles (Ford, Next, Elite and more).
Working with the models on the agencies New Faces boards she realized there was a lack of variety and perhaps because of her youth she was brave enough and tuned in to her own generation enough to know that things needed to change. With her trusted relationships with agents she began scouting and casting a new hybrid of models. She saw beauty in all body types/shapes and ethnicities. Ella has had the pay off of watching careers (other than her own) blossom after introducing her scouting finds to top tier agents/agencies. Her eye for what is hot right now and what is on it’s way to being red hot is one of her greatest skills.
Her work behind the camera has included clients such as GQ STYLE, ID, LOS ANGELES TIMES, HIGH SNOBIETY, VMAG and FAR FETCH, just to name a few. While building her photography career she has also continued to model, continuing her clear insight into how it can feel in front of the camera which in turn enables her to coach the talent through the shoot. She has had the pleasure of walking for YEEZY SEASON 5 and V FILES in New York Fashion Week, has graced the cover of S Mag which included a 16 page spread and a 6 page spread in QG STYLE. She is proud to also have had clients such as Calvin Klein, Valentino, Dior, and many more.
At only 25 years old she has now been in the industry for well over a decade. Ella’s accomplishments continue to grow and her skills continue to evolve. Her photography style is distinct and her drive and passion to create is infectious. She continues to collect life experiences and looks forward to how these experiences will inspire her in the future.