Exploring Art, Light, and People With A Thoughtful Photographer

When Ellie Thomson’s compelled by an emotion, she takes a photo.

Ellie is a student at Indiana University with a strong presence on Instagram and a passion for taking beautiful, clean photos that play with light. In addition to photography, Ellie enjoys keeping flowers, exploring farmer’s markets and appreciating thoughtful design.

This week, we’re thrilled to have Ellie takeover our Instagram feed and share photos from days in her life. In our interview, Ellie explains how she keeps a cohesive visual presence on Instagram (and why it’s important to do so), what she likes to photograph the most, and which contemporary “iphoneographers” inspire her.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi everyone! My name is Ellie Thomson and I am an informatics student at Indiana University who enjoys keeping flowers, event planning, learning about other cultures and going on picnics. I am passionate about thoughtful design, farmer’s markets and Jesus Christ! I also aspire to visit all seven continents. Follow along as I share a bit about my life through tiny square photos!

How long have you been involved in the photography world? What inspired you to start taking photos?

It is strange for me to describe myself as being “involved in the photography world”. I simply use photos as a means to document and memorialize instances in my life when I have felt compelled by an emotion. In my busy life as a student, I tend to focus on “iphoneography”, so I suppose you could say that it all started my freshman year of high school when I began exploring my own personal aesthetic and creative documentation.

Have any tips for people who want to share their photography or passion on Instagram and gain recognition for it?

I think it is very important to create a cohesive visual presence on Instagram that truly represents you in a way that you see yourself. If your photos all reflect your branding in that way, then the recognition will follow.

What’s your favorite thing to photograph?

I love to take photos of people who are meaningful to me and in doing so, creating an image that may be visually meaningful to someone else, either through the composition, the evidence of light, the content, etc.

What do you like most about photography?

I like that photography can be anything you want; it is such a versatile medium. It can be used to express joy, to preserve memories or even to represent a brand. I personally have a passion for documenting moments visually.

Who are some photographers that inspire you?

Currently, a few of my favorite “iphoneographers” are Courtney Molyneaux (@courtmoly), Jordana Nicholson (@jordanaclaudia) and Eliana Golomb (@eligoesaround).

Define your photography style in five words.

Clean, effeminate, documentary, light, laid-back


Anna Lizaur is a Marketing Manager with about.me. She graduated from the University of Virginia. Anna is fluent in Spanish and can count to 100 in Chinese.

2 responses to Exploring Art, Light, and People With A Thoughtful Photographer

  1. Photography is surely one of the best arts… you can capture each and every memory you want! Awesome thing!

  2. Nancy

    I, too, love the art of photography. I am totally inspired by nature. My goal is to preserve nature through my lens. I saw you blog and am inspired by your techniques. Keep up the good work.

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