Ellen Ahern – Eighth of Thirty-three
Ellen Ahern lives and breathes photography! She delights in landscapes, people, small babies, and wildlife. It doesn’t really matter what the subject is. Her enthusiasm is so great that every few days I get an email from her about the newest technique or software (as in, “You MUST watch this Matt Kloskowski YouTube video!” Followed by, “It’s FABULOUS!”) Before she’d even learned how to change her ISO, she shot a couple of weddings and headed off to France to document a group’s travels. Her photos turned out great.
Ellen and I met in a David Vanderlip class two years ago and immediately struck up a friendship. When I started writing the Ashland, Oregon book, I’d call her and say, “Ellen, I need a photo of the Ashland Grower’s Market for the book,” and she’d reply, “I’ll meet you there in 15 minutes!” Of course, we always stop for coffee or lunch while out. We’ve traipsed through many vineyards, pear orchards, horse farms and waterfalls together, toting our tripods and camera bags, and we’ve even been known to wake up early for sunrise photo shoots. David Vanderlip knows there’s trouble when he sees Ellen and Barb in the field with their cameras. (I think we both have the record of taking more of David’s classes than anyone in the Rogue Valley!) Ellen is also a member of the Southern Oregon Photography Association and the Rogue Valley Photography Club.
After years of moving around the country with her Air Force pilot husband Dan, the couple eagerly set down roots in Talent, Oregon when they retired. The former school teacher became a talented equestrian rider many years ago, specializing in Dressage. She still hosts competitions and workshops on her farm. Her beautiful horse, “Dancer” is as regal as Ellen! They look good together as they perform their horse ballet. The dozens of boarded horses she tenderly cared for over the years have slowly trickled down to just a few. That’s because Ellen’s moved into a new arena – photography. The bug hit Ellen hard, and Dan can no longer reign her in! Like riding the spirited Dancer, Ellen isn’t intimidated by new things. A photographer never likes his/her own photo taken, but Ellen has patiently taken MY mug shot numerous times, which appear on my book jacket and website. She has a good eye, and I suspect it won’t be long before she’s doing her own YouTube instructional videos. When Ellen isn’t visiting her three sons and her two new grandbabies, she’s often seen smiling and pouring wine for Cliff Creek Cellars.
I’m happy to call Ellen my friend.
In my Ninth blog about the book, Ashland, Oregon, you’ll meet Sean Bagshaw.
To purchase Ashland, Oregon and see more photos by Ellen Ahern, as well as from all 33 photographers, go to the Order page of my website.