"25 most inspiring photographers" - Weddingbells
“Her photography moves me. I get excited when she tells me she’s going to submit. I love the way she captures love.” - Grace Ormonde
Ellen Ho is an international professional photographer who runs a top boutique-style-photography studio based in Vancouver BC Canada. Ellen graduated from University of Victoria with a Bachelor degree of Visual Arts, focusing on Photography, Painting, and Digital Media Art. After university, she started a small fashion line and worked as a web site designer and photographer. Realizing that her true love lies in photography, she decided to pursue this passion. With the background of art and fashion, Ellen incorporates her innate sense of design in her photography and gives something fresh, chic, and unique to her photos.A refined and polished boutique elegance has become her signature style. And while seeking to embody the very essence of haute couture and luxury, she also captures a person's unique personality and inner beauty.
Here’s a photo from a Secret Love Black Session we’ve done lately that I absolutely adore! This client of ours just turned 50 and this is her second Boudoir Session with us. And she’s planning to have a session every year with us. What a great way to celebrate your body!
One thing we always point out is that you don’t have to be in a perfect body type to have your Boudoir Session done by us. Our client here is a perfect example. I love finding and bringing out the unique essence of our clients and accentuate them in the photos. To me, the most important things I want our clients to leave with is not only great photos, but also feeling even more sexy and feeling great about themselves. And that is the comments what our clients have been telling us!
Just a reminder that Valentine’s Day is JUST around the corner. We still have spots available for Boudoir Sessions. Gift Certificate is also available for purchase at our Boutique Store.
Host of Shaw Multicultural Channel, a reporter for the lifestyle magazine program go! Vancouver on Shaw TV, & host & producer of West Coast Style, Vancouver’s premiere fashion & beauty segment on Shaw TV Vancouver.
I am also a professional voice-over talent and emcee.
What is your philosophy on what you do?
My philosophy is to be a story teller that inspires people to be their best self and to be proud of where they live in the most entertaining and fun way possible.
What do you think is the key to success of what you do?
I would first say that I’ve managed to find something that I’m extremely passionate about and made it into a career. If it seems like work, then it’s going to be, so I’m a firm believer of pursing something you love rather than money, a title etc. If you’re truly passionate about it, then you will be successful. Once you’ve found that passion, my motto is to work hard, don’t be afraid to ask for what you want and never give into defeat.
My style is…
Feminine mixed with a bit of edge. I like mixing soft pieces with a touch of rock and roll, for example a sexy silk dress worn with a biker jacket. I am also very inspired by the late 1970’s/early 1980’s- Halston, Bill Blass, Yves Saint Laurent and Studio 54. But I have to say right now I’m obsessed with anything with leather details.
Three things in my wardrobe I love…
My new Nike Sky High Dunks, my Gold Lamé Diane von Furstenberg dress and a diamond “M” necklace that my dad give me when I turned 16. Go-to outfit…
Well-fitted blazer, skinny dark jeans, heals and a statement necklace.
Favourite brands or designers…
So many to choose from! For high-end I am currently coveting Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Erdem, and Charlotte Olympia. My favourite go-to brands are Dolce Vita, Sam Edelman, Zara, DvF, Marc by Marc Jacobs.
Story behind Mana Mansour…
Coming from a performing background with a BA in Theatre from UBC, my desire to reach out to the world and share stories brought me to the British Columbia Institute of Technology, where I completed their prestigious Broadcast Journalism Program. Since working with Shaw TV, I have been nominated for 3 Leo Awards for my work, along with winning the 2011 Notable.ca Cultural Curator Award in Canada. Prior to Shaw TV, I held broadcasting positions during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, at CTV News Vancouver and at Entertainment Tonight Canada. Always a pop-culture junkie, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing such stars as Seth Rogen, Chantal Kreviazuk, the cast of Degrassi, K-OS, Jully Black, and my childhood idol Jeanne Beker.
I am also a very active emcee around the community, having hosted hundreds of events, festivals and parades across Metro Vancouver including The Chinese New Year Parade, Coquitlam Canada Day, the Shaw Mini Sun Run, the Vancouver Gutsy Walk, Surrey’s Vaisakhi Parade, Pacific Centre’s Style Bar, the Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase and fashion events for The Hudson’s Bay Company.
What would you do if money wasn’t a factor…
Same thing I am doing now- on-air hosting and reporting for television.
Neighbourhood haunt for outfits…
Front and Co. and Barefoot Contessa on Main Street, in Gastown TODAY and LynnSteven, for central downtown, The Bay and Zara.
What are your passions other than what you do…
Interior Design, Dancing (I was a trained dancer for 10 years growing up), and travelling.
Currently listening to… (3 songs)
Goin’ In – Jennifer Lopez featuring Flo Rida
The Lumineers- Ho Hey
Call Your Girlfriend- Robyn
I always have Robyn playing on any of my playlists!
Here’s another before and after photo. Nikki had a minimal makeup in the before photo and she already was beautiful. And she looks absolutely stunning with her hair/makeup and the lingerie in the after photo.
Our Secret Love Black Edition has been a great hit since Christmas! We feel so inspired and we can’t wait the reveal the things that we have been working on soon! We still have some spots for our Secret Session, Signature Boudoir Session, Vogue/Couple Session, and also Private Sessio. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. We know this will be the most perfect gift for your love one!
You can purchase our gift certificate from our Boutique Store here!
Here is a before and after photo from our shoot. Crystal is cute in the before photo, but her beauty really shines through after her photo session. We want to remind everyone again that you don’t have to be super fit or as beautiful as a model to have your Boudoir Session with us. We want to emphasis that you are beautiful the way you are. And it’s our job to accentuate that, and bring out the best of you out (inside and out!). It is an empowering experience that you’ll never forget! And we are so thankful to do what we love to do! xoxo