Elena F. Rivera // everything for a reason

Born, raised and shaped in a small suburb outside of Philadelphia, I’ve always had a way of seeing life through a different lens.  For me, being behind the camera is a form of meditation; My mind’s eye dances with the scene and subject to find harmony, remaining  present and resilient to change. By following my instincts and intuition, my innate ability to manifest positive moments, triggering people and places to come alive, is what sets me apart. It’s my job to anticipate and capture perfect synergy with one “click”, that transcends through time, and creates  joy within my clients.

I take that job seriously. Loyal to my mysterious, uplifting and positive, curious self, I’m someone who possesses verve and embodies a kind of zest for life that others find palpable and humbly magnetic. Laughter and love are my highest ideals - Selflessness is my duty, growing and giving to others is my reason for being. I exude all of this in who I am and the work that I do, and remain ever excited to collaborate with others.


From family photo shoots to brand photography, your project deserves to make a statement. I want to transform “picture day” from dreadful to dutiful. Let’s embrace that a photograph can immediately rekindle stories of milestones and goals accomplished, cherished memories or special events, and ignite emotions about who we were in those moments (the good, the bad, the ugly), paired with  lessons we’ve learned since then. And inevitably, as years pass, we’ll grow to appreciate and value our “old self” showing through these snapshots.

Living and working in San Diego for almost 14 years, I reflect thankfully on the endless sources of inspiration and opportunities to learn, explore, and capture magical sights and subjects in life through photography. I invite you to explore part of me through my work -  I am always seeking out opportunities to connect with clients and the world through photography, a true passion and gift of mine.

Through failures and lessons, I’ve grown into an extraordinary resilient, self-reliant woman of great style and enormous substance, who triumphs over her travails with courage, grace and grit, all while emanating a strong, healthy, vibrant aura. My soul is made visible through uproarious laughter and connecting through personal relationships and experiences. Traveling and exploring my creativity activates my inner spirit and instantly re-prioritizes my vision, passions, purpose - It’s a direct link to my attitude, enthusiasm, and adventure for life’s next open door.

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Quotes I live by:

"It's the magic of risking everything for a
dream that nobody sees but you"
- Million Dollar Baby

"Adapt what is useful,
reject what is useless, and add
what is specifically your own" 
- Bruce Lee

"When you want to hurry something,
that means you no longer care about it
and want to get on to other things"
- Robert M. Pirsig

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone"
- Neal Donald Walsh