Custom Business Portraits and Videos in Las Vegas

No Comments 04 November 2015

I just recently announced the business photography and videography sessions and services for Conversation Among Masters in Las Vegas 2016. I am offering a variety of business portraits and personal portraits as well as short video vignettes for business owners to tell their why story. If you live in Vegas and want to up level your website or linkedin or book publishing photos, or create an authentic and professional-quality video, now is your chance.

Eventbrite - CAM 2016 Las Vegas Portraits & Video Vignettes

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Wedding Photography Featured on Offbeat Bride

No Comments 06 October 2015

Yes, it is is wedding season here in Santa Barbara and I’ve been busy documenting my favorite kind of wedding–the casually elegant outdoor kind, for great people at great venues.

Montecito Beach Wedding Photos

Beach wedding photo near Montecito

Same Sex Weddings in Santa Barbara

Same Sex Wedding in Oxnard












If you look at my wedding photo portfolio you will see that some of the images are funny and quirky and have an offbeat and fiercely unique quality, so it makes sense that I would be a featured vendor in the online directory called Offbeat Bride.

Offbeat Bride is a blog devoted to the mission of “altaring your thinking” and is “an ongoing celebration of couples who dare to walk off the beaten aisle.”  Those are my peeps!


VW Microbus Wedding

VW Microbus Destination Wedding in Tucson

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Facing Your Photo Fears through a Transformational Portrait Session

No Comments 10 April 2015

At first glance, having a professional portrait made might seem foofy and frivolous, but after c0-creating them for almost 10 years now, I can attest to the  layers of awareness and insight that can happen on both sides of the lens. Learn and see how Santa Barbara pilates instructor and Santa Barbara Sentinel journalist Jacquelyn De Longe (pictured right) faced her photo fears and healed some PPTSD (post photographic traumatic stress disorder) by allowing herself to be seen and photographed in downtown Santa Barbara.

Fun and happy portrait sessions in Santa Barbara

smallacrobatlogo Here is the link to the article as a PDF.




Thacher School 2014 Graduation Photos

No Comments 11 June 2014

Congratulations Thacher School Class of 2014!

Truly an honor and blessing to behold each of you last weekend and to capture some of the magical moments in Ojai, CA. This is the image gallery and slideshow for the 2014 Graduation ceremony and commencement speech for Thacher School in Ojai, CA.

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One Photographer’s Prayer

1 Comment 27 June 2012

My main intent when “writing with light” is to express your basic goodness or celebrate your essence and to create favorable conditions for that to emerge.  I stand for the healing power of deeply seeing and being seen and the courage it takes to live in those infinite moments.


One Photographer’s Prayer

May our time together be a living prayer.

May it evoke your true nature and reflect your true gifts.

May it celebrate your miraculousness.

May our love and nature express itself in this moment.

May I experience you as if for the first time, wide-eyed and awe-struck.

May I be fully present to your light and reflect it as light.

May my head, hand and heart go together.

May I see deeply for deep seeing is loving.

May our stillness shine forth.

Just that.

Who could ask for anything more?

–Doug Ellis, 2009

Staff photographer for the Transformational Leadership Council, Doug Ellis has photographed such luminaries as the Dalai Lama, Jack Canfield, John Gray, Lisa Nichols, Marianne Williamson, and Rev Michael Beckwith. He specializes in heart-centered, light-filled environmental portraits on location and  travel and lifestyle photography of sacred ceremonies, events and workshops.

Doug’s photography portfolio may be seen at

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

—Antoine De Saint Exupery

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A Photography Invocation

1 Comment 22 September 2011

Photography to me is both a celebration and quiet vindication for all the ways society tries to keep us small.

As the subject, it is an opportunity to presence yourself consciously and step into and be witnessed in your unified greatness.  It is a rare and healing thing.

How often are us grown-ups seen and appreciated for the miracle we truly are?  Photography gives one permission.  Light is the language unity speaks.  Everything else is a bad translation.

This is the start of a new incarnation.
How you presence yourself is a choice.

You’ve earned the right to live
as a triumph of light.

You’ve earned that face
and Life’s weathering upon it.

Why hide it?

Step through and let
your eyes smile with mine.

I see you.

doug ellis signatureAlso see: One Photographer’s Prayer.



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Why Do Photographers Wear Black?

No Comments 07 September 2011

Why do Photographers Wear Black?

Doug Ellis a Different Kind of Photographer

Doug Ellis Not Wearing Black

They’re grieving what might have been.

Why do Photographers Wear Black?
Nostalgia–like being in the darkroom but with a slightly different sour smell.

Why do Photographers Wear Black?
So they don’t accidentally bounce light off a lighter fabric.

Why do Photographers Wear Black?
Because it looks so artsy and darkly European.

Why do Photographers Wear Black?
Peer pressure and habit.

Why do Photographers Wear Black?
It is the city color of Manhattan and don’t all photographers want to live in LA or NY?

Why do Photographers Wear Black?
Because it matches their equipment.

Why do Photographers Wear Black?
Because they may need to subtract light and can slip it over a fill card in a pinch.

Why do Photographers Wear Black?
For invisibility and stealth.

Why do Photographers Wear Black?
To hide the flash powder.

Doug Ellis is a professional light-bringer, photographer, and spiritual/somatic life coach. His life is dedicated to heart-centered expression and the healing power of deeply seeing and being seen. He still wears black, mainly to photography conferences and workshops in New York or LA.

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Hanuman Yoga Festival Pictures

No Comments 18 June 2011

My photographic interpretation of the 2011 Hanuman Yoga Festival, Boulder CO June 16-19, 2011.

Hanuman Yoga Festival Boulder CO – Images by doug ellis

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Gymkhana Pictures: Official Photos of 2011 Thacher School Gymkhana

No Comments 10 May 2011

I photographed the Thacher School Gymkhana once again this year, and found myself again in awe of the skill, grace and poise of these young citizens, and pining for a horse to adopt for a year and a chance to return to high school.

Gymkhana 2011 Thacher School CA – Images by doug ellis

Gymkhana is a term used in the United Kingdom, east coast of the United States, and other English-speaking nations to describe an equestrian event consisting of speed pattern racing and timed games for riders on horses. These events often emphasize children’s participation and may be organized by a recognized Pony Club or a 4-H club.

In most of the western United States, this type of competition is usually called an “O-Mok-See” (also spelled O Mok See or “Omoksee”) competition, a term derived from a Native American phrase meaning “games on horseback.” However, the term gymkhana is used in California. This event was held here in Ojai, CA.


Images of Nature: Ojai CA

No Comments 04 April 2011

Images of Nature – Images by doug ellis

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