My love. My person. My best friend. ⠀ Transport me back here: to the look on his face, my smile wide, cold one in hand. I’ve been in love with the same man for a DECADE this year. Where does the time go? We’re completely different people than we were when we met and the fact that we’ve grown together rather than growing apart, is one of the things I’m most thankful for in my life. ⠀ Can you guess which of these was our first date? 🍾✨🌞 ⠀ A) Sushi dinner & movie B) Playing beer pong at a house party C) College football game D) Day out on the boat & beach picnic ⠀ I love that photographs can serve as memories in physical form. That they can take you right back, to that moment, as if you were in it right now. I kind of wish I had a photo of our first date but those first months are engrained so deeply in my memory it’s almost like I have one ✨ #lovegram
Our online experience can easily be just a picture perfect highlight reel without really, truly getting to know the person behind the photographs. Let’s dive a little deeper, shall we? ⠀ My name is Elana, some call me “Loo” (nope, it’s not my last name)! I’m a photographer, marketing consultant and environmental advocate living on the shorelines of both Hawai’i and Maine. ⠀ As Aaron would tell you, I believe life is art: how we live, how we work, how we play, it’s all in rhythm. I’m happiest near the ocean (although my dives need some work!) and dream of spending a year sailing the world’s oceans. I used to think matcha tasted like the earth, and not in a good way, but now have 100% been converted. Seeing people use single-use plastics in 2020 makes my skin crawl. Most would describe me as outgoing but I totally recharge with my alone time. ⠀ I picked up my first camera at 13, was hired for my first paid gig at 17 and haven’t put down my camera since. I got my degree in marketing & am so thankful to have a career that utilizes both my strategic and creative mind. ⠀ If you ask me what my dream job is, I’d tell you what I’m doing now. Every day I have the honor of creating art for conscious brands and mentoring creative business owners on ways to sustain and scale a thriving, stand-out business through the changing tides. I don’t take this lightly & have my hand on my heart as I type this. ⠀ I’m a whole-hearted believer that YOU - yes YOU - might feel like only a drop in the ocean but that mere drop can have a massive ripple effect. Whether you’re an individual or a business, you have the power for impact! It’s my life’s purpose to expand our collective power to make waves. So glad to be connected with you xx
Alright, alright, alright this is your final reminder to enter the GIVEAWAY! ☼ I know you’ve heard a lot of buzz about it this week but like I’ve said, this is one of the greatest honors of my career to gift this opportunity & I am ecstatic about it. Just want to give it the attention it deserves! ⠀ And while I have ya here, I wanted to share the Cabo Travel Guide that went live this week! All the details of @grandsolmarranchosanlucas, @seashinebaja, farm to table restaurants, adventures we recommend and how we avoided single-use plastic waste the whole time we were there. Yes, even in Mexico! 🌞🌊 ⠀ Link in bio & stories
GIVEAWAY CLOSED ☼ In celebration of our new website launching, I want to celebrate the people who made it possible AND give YOU the opportunity for a brand new home on the internet too! ⠀ I have DIYed our brand for so long and have never felt like it was complete or a full representation of our work. It felt SO GOOD to place ElanaLoo in the hands of talented, capable, supportive people who want to help elevate our brand. I want to give you this same opportunity. ⠀ If you’re a small business, entrepreneur, photographer, consultant, blogger or ANYONE that could benefit from a rockin’ online experience: THIS IS FOR YOU!!! ⠀ 𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐄'𝐒 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐉𝐈𝐒𝐓: ⠀ ONE LUCKY WINNER WILL GET... ⠀ ⋒ 2 Marketing Strategy Sessions with @elanaloo (yours truly!) ⋒ A Tonic Site Shop website template of your choice ⋒ A Copy Uncorked Website Copy Review & Caption Kickstarter PDF ⋒ A Moreno Collective SEO Audit & Strategy Call with personalized recommendations to improve ranking ⠀ PRIZE VALUED AT OVER $3000 ⠀ 𝐇𝐎𝐖 𝐓𝐎 𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐄𝐑: ⠀ ⋒ Follow @elanaloo, @tonicsiteshop, @copyuncorked and @morenocollective ⋒ Tag 2 friends that DON’T already follow me in the comments of this post ⋒ Screenshot & share the giveaway slide in my stories (or share this post to your stories!) ⋒ BONUS ENTRY: Opt in to receive emails from us (link in bio!) ⠀ As Tonic says, your old site is already jealous. GOOD LUCK! ☼ ⠀ ⠀ 𝑇𝐻𝐸 𝐹𝐼𝑁𝐸 𝑃𝑅𝐼𝑁𝑇: - 𝐺𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑎𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑟𝑢𝑛𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝐹𝑒𝑏𝑟𝑢𝑎𝑟𝑦 8𝑡ℎ - 𝑊𝑖𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑛𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑑 𝐹𝑒𝑏𝑟𝑢𝑎𝑟𝑦 10𝑡ℎ - 𝑀𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑏𝑒 18 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑟 𝑜𝑙𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟 - 𝐺𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑎𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑖𝑠 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑠𝑝𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑜𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑜𝑟 𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑜𝑟𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝐼𝑛𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑚.
Our trip to Cabo felt celebratory in so many ways! With the launch just a few days away, it was the big exhale I had dreamt of for months. ⠀ I’m thankful for the time we spent together and all the experiences we had. This past week went by in a blink — feels like this was just yesterday! Still can’t believe our site is out in the world ✨ ⠀ We had an incredible time on the water with @seashinebaja — totally recommend next time you’re in Cabo! More info in the travel guide blogpost going live this week 🌊🌞 #visitcabo #cabosanlucasmexico #seashineadventures
In the past, I’ve struggled to really, openly receive love or praise. I push it away as fast as it’s handed to me – feeling awkward holding something that doesn’t entirely feel meant for me. But over the last handful of years, I’ve slowly worked on softening this instinct… on allowing the sunlight to pour in 🌞 ⠀ This week has shown me the depth and beauty of this community. The sunlight — love, encouragement and kindness — has streamed in hazy and warm, lifting me up and touching the deepest parts of my heart. ⠀ My intention with our new site, this new space on the internet, was to better serve, to better connect and to better know you … and if the beginning of this chapter is a prelude to the rest, I think we’re on the right path. ⠀ Thank you for walking alongside us on this journey. Thank you for sharing your light with me. For being committed to making an impact. I am infinitely grateful to connect with brilliant, innovative, curious humans in any capacity – so thank you for being here.
We did it. It’s here. Months & months in the making, the new elanaloo.com is finally here. ⠀ — ⠀ New branding, interactive design, more resources for YOU like: the Resource Compass with ALL my favorite recommendations, the Sustainability Starter Checklist, all new Hawaiian Island travel guides & last but certainly not least, our reimagined Print Shop. ⠀ — ⠀ Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I’m feeling to finally be sharing this with you! I can’t wait to hear your feedback & see how this site serves you. ⠀ — ⠀ This marks a new chapter & I wouldn’t be here without the clients who have believed in Aaron & I, without YOU and your encouragement nor without the friends and family who’ve supported us and cheered us on. ⠀ — ⠀ Not to mention, the incredible team who tirelessly helped create this site alongside us. Thank you so much to @tonicsiteshop, @sarahtudorcreative, @morenocollective & @copyuncorked for helping create a site far beyond what I could have ever dreamed up in my head. I deeply admire your talents and I’m SO thankful for you. #DreamTeam ⠀ — ⠀ Now head to the site & EXPLORE! Link in bio & stories xx
Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow 🌞 Nearly a year in the making, this moment feels surreal! Can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on with you — stay tuned 🐚
We had a sunrise wake up call, with cliff side views & sea spray awaiting us. As I hiked up the hill with sweat dripping down my face, my mind was quiet. Clear of the to-do list, the should-dos, the have-tos. ⠀ The thought that kept surfacing in my mind? That we as creatives — hell, we as humans — never feel 100% ready. Not really. But we gotta do the “thing” anyway because otherwise, we’ll be waiting forever. ⠀ So ask them out. Challenge the idea. Book the trip. Go back to school. Apply for the job. Start the business. Uplevel your life. Launch your project. Whatever your “thing” is: take the first step. ⠀ With that said, our new site is *officially* launching on Monday 1/27/2020. No more waiting! It’s time. It’s been quite the uphill climb but I’m ready to share the view at the top with you ✨
It’s been five years since I’ve been in Mexico, we were last here for our best friends’ wedding. It’s crazy to think how much has changed in that time! We travel so differently now, more mindfully with less waste, and feel like we’re wildly different people. Do you feel that way looking back? Some things haven’t changed though: first priorities are still tacos, ceviche & a good spicy margarita ☼ @grandsolmarranchosanlucas #vacationmode #slowtravel