Tony Ellis is a fashion and portrait photographer based in New York.


Where do you call home?

New York, NY

Are you self taught or schooled?

I learned the technical aspects of photography in high school,

but the non-technical aspects I have learned on my own. Still learning actually.

How did you get into photography?

I enrolled in a photography class back when I was in high school.

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How long have you been a photographer?

I have been interested in photography as a hobby for many years, but only consider myself a professional photographer for about 3 years.

As you look through the viewfinder, what is the most critical moment in the capture of your image?

By the time I’m looking through the viewfinder everything should already be set up. The location, mood and overall image concept should be there. I’m just trying to make sure I capture it in focus!

How would you describe your style?

Edgy portraits.

What do you think makes a truly memorable photo?

It’s a combination of timing, location and subject. Hard to plan, but when it happens it makes everything worthwhile.

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We know that each of us has someone or something, which inspires our life and work. Can you tell us the true basis of your inspiration?

Other photographers inspire me and make me want to be better and do more.

What does fashion mean to you?

To me fashion is a way of looking at the world. It’s a certain “angle” or viewpoint.

What’s the craziest/funniest thing that ever happened in one of your shoots?

Not enough room to type that out lol.

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What photographers from the past or present have influenced you the most?

Kesler Tran.

What has been your favorite photo location or session?

Anywhere around manhattan. I especially love the Brooklyn bridge park area. It’s very scenic.

What type of cameras do you shoot with?

Sony A7 II

If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?

24-70. It’s versatile.

What is your favorite photography accessory, other than your camera?

My Iphone.

How important is Photoshop in your final images?

Not very. I rarely use photoshop in my post processing.


How important is a website and social media for your business?

Social media more so than my website actually. More people discover me via social sites than through my website.

Do you play music whilst shooting?

If I’m shooting inside yes of course. But I shoot outside a lot so usually no music.

If so, what are you playing right now?

Nothing playing now. I’m not shooting.



What advice do you have for somebody who wants to pursue photography?

Just do it. Don’t let lack of equipment or experience or anything deter you. Start making things happen now. The longer you wait the more potential for you to never do it.

What lies ahead for you?

More video work as well as amazing editorials coming up this fall.


Tony Ellis photographer  Website  @tonyellisnyc