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Elyse Destout

As a Santa Cruz County native, I have been surrounded by beauty and nature my entire life. Growing up, family was very important to me, and I cherished the relationships I had with each of my relatives. My parents are artists and introduced me to the creative world of their art community at a very young age. Some of my early memories are of helping in the gallery where my mother worked. It wasn't a surprise later in life that photography found me, and I built a business that combined my deep appreciation of family, art and my love of nature. I began my career by photographing families in natural settings all around the Monterey Bay Area and, shortly after, started photographing weddings. Having devoted nearly two decades to refining my skills, I can truly say that I am doing what I was meant to do. My goal is to connect with each of my clients and capture the essence of their unique personality while creating beautiful images that can be cherished for a lifetime.