Randolph Community College Photography Alumni Spotlight: Elisa Henry

                                                                     Bride standing in front of small white wooden building.

Photo by Elisa Henry

Elisa Henry graduated in 2007 with an Associate’s Degree in Commercial Photography. She now co-owns inContrast Images with her partner, Trey Brafford.

From a young age, Elisa knew she wanted to do something creative as an adult. She got her first camera when she was 7 years old, a simple point and shoot camera that she took with her everywhere. She got serious about photography in high school when she took a photography course. Once she realized photography was her passion, she decided to attend RCC.

Elisa and Trey have traveled around the country taking wedding photos and portraits. Their work has taken them to Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and as far west as Oklahoma.

They primarily shoot with Canon DSLRs, but they still stay true to their roots in film photography.  They like to occasionally mix some 35mm and some medium format film into their work, and they continue to do some personal work on film.  Elisa explained, “digital photography definitely has its perks, but we love the way film so beautifully captures light, tones, and colors. It makes you really slow down and much more thoughtfully capture every frame.”

When she went to RCC, Elisa initially thought she was going to do small product work. However, she eventually found that she preferred photographing people.

“Being trusted to tell the stories of people’s lives is an incredible honor. It is fulfilling to know that people will be able to relive their most special moments through our photographs. That alone is enough to keep me going, but if I ever feel stuck creatively, or need some extra motivation, going out on an adventure to take some personal photos is a great way to get going again,” says Elisa.

Young lady on a dock standing in the sunshine.

Elisa Henry

Story by Alex Tricoli, Class of 2015

As part of the Fall Journalism class, the Photojournalism students interviewed and wrote a short profile story on a Randolph Community College Photography Program graduate. We will feature a new profile each month over the next year.

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