South Indian Beauty // Botanicals

It doesn’t take much to throw my creative juices off, I think any creative would tell you that. Negativity is the death of creativity for me, as I know it. Sometimes it’s like a fickle fire that needs constant attention, little pieces of kindling to keep it going and sometimes a lot of kerosine when the fire has simply fizzled out. Other times it is like Niagara Falls and I wonder when the ideas will ever end or how I will contain them. I keep my creative fire fueled and... Read The Rest →

Tamil Nadu Fish Fry

Famed as the “World’s Longest Beach,” Chennai’s Marina Beach, is alive long before the sun rises, a sandy village awakening. The sea brings all people in all forms for ritual feedings of a million pigeons, a fury of tangled nets and surprise catches, variable goodie bags of sea-life. However, when the sun is high the beaches of Tamil Nadu become largely abandoned. Unlike most of the world’s beaches, it’s clock set a little to the left of center and for good reason. In the heat of the day fisherman and locals scamper... Read The Rest →

Notes From India: One Year

I speak best in photographs, it’s true, but in the last few years I’ve found I have more to say, more experiences to share and that the weight of my words carries moments in time and feelings that sometimes even my photographs can not. I read once that Annie Leibovitz said “If they could only convey smells, photographs would be perfect.” Above all I am a story-teller. If given every possible tool on Earth to communicate, none would accurately describe the heart of Chennai except for a visit ones self.... Read The Rest →

South India: A Lady-Traveler’s Fashion Guide

Wherever I go, I aim to maintain my personal style. I look at each of our travels as a fashion challenge, a way to stretch my wardrobe, create new outfits, but most importantly see, experience and photograph as much as I can, and as a photographer, that often means blending in as much as possible. It’s true I’ll never completely fit in in most places, but not standing out can work greatly in my favor. In fact, I never want to stand out when exploring, I don’t know if I ever really... Read The Rest →

Google + Jeff Koons

I’m partnering with Google to photograph the all new Jeff Koons Live Case for Nexus Phone in celebration of its release today. The limited edition case comes in three styles inspired by the artists “Gazing Ball” series. The case snaps right to your Nexus phone and broadcasts live wallpaper featuring performance art from Koons’ latest installation, with just a (double) tap of the screen. To watch the case in action or to get one for yourself go here.  

Top 5 Greenspaces // Chennai, India

In a city of over 9 million people, green-space is hard to find, make that city in India and green-space comes at even more of a premium. By now you know of my unbridled love for Chennai. Aside from it’s visual splendor that dazzled my camera each day of my two years there, living a life and raising a family in this city came with many more challenges. There are a few priorities on our to-do list when we move to a new place and one of them is seeking out green-space... Read The Rest →

The Knowlton Family

To book your own family portrait session email me me at hello@elisehanna.com. I’ll be in the Washington, DC area for the remainder of 2016 and midway into  2017 before we take flight on our next overseas adventure (location TBD!). I’ll be in Spokane, Washington and booking limited portrait sessions from July 12-26, 2016. I look forward to hearing from you!

For the Love of Peacocks

There is very little that I love more than a great statement chair. The greatest of all, the majestic peacock chair. It is, in itself, a beautiful creature (the bird and the seat of course!) strong and majestic, yet made of the simplest and lightest materials. Light is key in our life of wander. The greatest thing about this chair is its chameleon-like versatility. In all it’s splendor, it can grace your patio as beautifully as your bohemian bedroom, but also mixes perfectly with more modern pieces. I’d love a whole... Read The Rest →

Curried Carrot- Ginger Soup

This recipe was inspired by a recipe I spied on the Kitchn, one of my favorite sites for recipes and kitchen tips. Since our return from India, I just can’t bring myself to use the standard grocery”curry powder” anymore. There is simply nothing curry-like about it.  For this recipe, I used a very special blend that I hand carried home from Mrs. Rita. I’m working on getting her recipe to share with you, until then, cruise to your local Indian grocery (believe me, you have one!) or Amazon and pick up a box of Kitchen... Read The Rest →

Palm Beach

During our move back home this November, we spent a month in South Florida. It is where Paul grew up and where we met when I’d moved across the country for a change of scenery in my early twenties (A foreshadowing of many changes of scenery and longings for exploration, I now see). We met working in a restaurant in Jupiter in my final year of design school. We married in a little chapel on Jupiter Island and left to see the world after I’d lived in Jupiter for about ten years and... Read The Rest →

Tea Stall Style: Dining Room Dreams

These photographs are from a tea stall in one of my favorite neighborhoods of Chennai, George Town. This shop was just opening, milk was heating and shelves were lined with pastel pink and blue insulated pots. A color palette too good to be true- one I’d like to make live on- in my everyday even though I’m no longer in Chennai. As I sort through my thousands of photographs from India now that I’m home and simultaneously settle my family into our new home in Northern Virginia, I’ve been thinking... Read The Rest →

Jukaso Ganges // Varanasi, India

You see, there’s this little place, in an old, old town on the edge of a very sacred river. Most guests arrive by a boat, rowed by a young and strong man. Unless of course, you arrive in a monsoon. In the event of a monsoon, you’d edge as close as you could get to the veins that feed the blood (both warm and cold) to the heart of the city. You’d be told to jump out of the car when the water lapped the bottoms of your cab doors... Read The Rest →

Featured // Condé Nast Traveler

  Earlier this year I spoke with the editors at Conde Naste Traveler on what it means to be a mom who travels with style. In the hustle and bustle of life (that same crazy life of being a mom in the world), I missed the article in print. Classic, mom move, right? Well, I discovered it on Pinterest yesterday, where most great things can be found. Without further ado, here’s a fun interview I gave with two other traveling mom’s that I’m honored to be interviewed alongside, Emily Harteau... Read The Rest →

Top Ten Books to Read in India

  With sometimes just a few hours or days to immerse yourself in a new culture or in a new city, it feels impossible to get caught up in the story of a place, but I’ve found, it happens to be just the perfect recipe for a well rounded travel experience. To understand the history or culture, I typically read a few guide books, historical facts and dates, but my favorite way to learn about a city is to immerse myself in a book* while I’m in that place; to paint... Read The Rest →

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