One of Lara’s photos was Recently published in
Under The Hat Magazine in their 50 photographers to watch in 2013 issue. Two of her photos were published in the 2011 Farmers & Merchant’s Bank Calendar. Other photo achievements include 1st place winner of the 2007 Chincoteague Bay Trail’s End Photo Contest and Second Place winner & an honorable mention in the 2006 Shenandoah Audubon Photo Contest. Many of her photos can be purchased as prints, canvases and greeting cards at her

Lara Ellis makes her home in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband where she has been photographing nature scenes for the past 20 years. Many of her photos are also shot on the Virginia shore on or near Assateague Island where they often spend time in the summer.

Her photos often capture the smallest details in nature that are frequently overlooked by most of us as we go about our busy days. She hopes that her work inspires others to slow down take a few deep breaths and really see the beauty that is all around us every day.

She is always amazed at how the same area from day to day can look so completely different depending on the weather, time of year and the lighting. “One day the valley looks calm and serene whereas another day the clouds create an ominous approaching drama as they roll over the mountains.”

Lara was born in Laguna Beach California in 1969 to parents who also have a deep appreciation of nature and the environment. She fondly remembers childhood camping trips up and down the Oregon and California coast with her family. She remembers the most enjoyable thing to her on these trips was learning to identify the different plants, birds, butterflies and animals in the areas where they camped.

She is deeply concerned about the state of our planet, particularly global warming and deforestation and hopes that her photos underscore the importance of protecting and saving the earth that is ours and every living creature’s beautiful and fragile home.

She hopes her viewers enjoy her photos as much as she enjoys taking them. If you have any comments or questions please feel free to contact her at: