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Ella's Archive is a vision
Photographer Ella DeGea injects a personal view for the fashion magazine.

The struggle between finance and art has always been a part of the equation. Da Vinci needed the support of the Medici family. Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez famously financed his first hit film Desperado by submitting to paid medical trials. Monty Python's Eric Idle wrote his memoir "Always Look on the Bright Side" before selling it because it was imperative to the comedy icon that he retain creative control.

Photographer Ella DeGea is acclaimed for her work with magazines like ElegantGrumpy, and others. While she is able to communicate the message of these publications with her captivating imagery, she also possesses her own individual creative aspirations. One of the benefits of success is creating before presenting a work to be disseminated, a feat which Ella achieved in her photos for Archive magazine.

A truly international artist, DeGea has travelled the planet for work and growth. One of the great passions of her life is horses. She points to the inspiration received from these equines as a touchstone throughout her life. The photographer decided to combine the fashion editorial approach of Archive with her love of horses, producing and shooting the entire project before presenting it to the magazine. Trusting an artist often culminates in exceptional works and Alex Morehouse (Owner/Creator ofArchive magazine) confirms, "Ella's horse set was one of our best and most unique for that issue and still is to this day. It was definitely something we had never seen before and it was very well received. I immediately picked up the photos and have enlisted her for many more since."  

Ella shot in Santa Barbara's Loon Point, pairing three different models with three different horses. The organic qualities of the sunlight, models, and horses communicated the natural beauty that can perfectly complement a fashion presentation. The pairing of different influences is something which Ella feels deeply about as she communicates, "No matter what job I do, I always try to incorporate as many views as possible. If I'm doing a job for a client, I will do what they ask but also shoot something more my way and give them both options to choose from. When I shoot for myself, I'll always shoot what I want but also take any suggestions or ideas from others around me. I think it's really important to have your own perspective and to show it but sometimes good ideas also come from other people's visions and vice versa. It's a challenge in a sense that you want to make sure you achieve the vision, no matter whose it is. If it's yours, you can be really hard on yourself if you don't get it."

DeGea's calculated approach to her work with Archive stands as an example that you can make others happy at the same time as yourself. This can however not be achieved with "blinders" and an unawareness of the potential for those around you to contribute. In this case, Archive received a complete editorial that required nothing further from them. Ella was able to incorporate her love of horses into a fashion shoot, appealing to herself and her employer. Creatives and business minded professionals can achieve mutually beneficial ends when each is allowed to play to their strengths.

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