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Your wedding day photographed with style

I'm Elena Vels, a New York and destination wedding photographer. My passion lies in capturing the aesthetic essence of life, indulging in sensory elements that fuel my romantic enthusiasm. Growing up in Eastern Europe in a family of musicians laid the foundation for my creative vision. Fused with newly adopted western approaches, it has evolved into a distinct and robust sense of style.

Currently based in the heart of Manhattan, I find inspiration in the city's vibrant people, warm energies, endless caffeinated drinks, and the hidden gems that can easily go unnoticed. While I remain deeply connected to city life, my ultimate muse is people.

When I need a moment of reflection, I embark on travels to new places, immersing myself in foreign pheromones that rejuvenate my artistic spirit upon returning home. Join me in sharing smiles, and together we'll create something beautiful.

Feel free to connect with me for any inquiries about my work or availability. Let's capture moments that resonate with love and beauty.


Examples of client deliverables

Emman & James
Alisa & Ilyas



Joshua Dumitrescu

We were blessed to have Elena as our photographer for our wedding. My wife and I loved not just the photos but Elena too. It was very easy to communicate with her and her personality is amazing. Thank you for creating our most precious memories!

Jessica Dietrich

Working with Elena is like hanging out with a good friend. She takes the time to really get to know you and understand the "vibe" you're looking for. She's incredibly professional, talented and personable. Because of this, we looked so relaxed and natural in our photos (even though we were SO nervous and awkward at first!). We can't wait to have Elena and her team shoot our wedding day! To any brides considering using Elena Vels Photography, you'd be silly not to book with her!

Yara Islam

Elena, words can not explain how beautiful our photos turned out!  She made us both feel very comfortable in front of the camera and provided excellent direction to ensure that every photo came out perfect. When searching for a photographer, I wanted someone who could capture our love without making the images look rehearsed. ELENA DOES JUST THAT! The emotion captured in the shots was very authentic and the pictures look like they were all candids. 

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