Ellie was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Her love affair with photography began at Columbia College when she was 14, where her work was featured in their Museum Of Contemporary Photography. She continued her practice throughout high school and, disenchanted with college, dropped out to pursue photography full-time. Fun fact: Ellie is also a classically trained cellist and was attending college for music performance when she dropped out. She's now an internationally-recognized photographer, creator, and founder of the world’s first collaborative photography app, Hippo. Her compelling and imaginative work has captured the attention of esteemed publications such as WIRED, Instagram and TIME.