photo by Kendall Gassen

photo by Kendall Gassen

about

Graduating from the Columbus College of Art & Design with a degree in Photography and minors in Cinematic Arts and Art History with honors, Mariah Ellen is an independent photographer and video artist working primarily in portraiture. Her work centers on the desire to blend fantasy elements with the concrete facets of the ‘real world’ in hopes to portray her subjects in a more fantastical or magical light. This is applied to all of the genres of photography she approaches- from cosplay portraiture, to wedding photography, to headshots.  She is from rural Ohio and takes a majority of her freelance work there and in Columbus, but also travels for location shooting at cosplay events across the United States.  In the past she has built up strong client relations from her varied freelance works as Celestifox Photography including experienced and inexperienced cosplayers, families, local authors and small business owners, and even Great Lakes Assemblies. U­­pcoming work from her includes cosplay shoots from several conventions, photo and video work for pre-established clients, and Valley Girls, a street-style photo-documentary series centered on women from the Miami Valley.