This website was originally created to exhibit my photography. It has grown to encompass more of the facets that make up who I am. As of 2020, I have not photographed professionally.
I am currently a Wellness Attendant at YMCA, a yoga instructor and a personal trainer.
In 2021, I graduated from a 200-hour RYT vinyasa yoga teacher program. A long-time desire and goal of mine.
I have also discovered baking vegan, gluten free granola and bread and I have had a personal assisting side hussle. I love to write and journal, so I am using this space as an outlet.
Here is some history of where I began with all of this beginning with Photogrtaphy.
I took my first photo class at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona in 1996. I was studying Graphic Design and took an elective course in Photography. I ended up enrolling in Photo 1, 2 and 3 and went on to an independent study with my teacher, Jacque Staskon, in Advertising Photography created shoe ads for class. I wanted to pursue a career in advertising photography. I also studied at Phoenix College in Advertising Photo 1 & 2. I learned about studio lighting, portraiture and experimented a lot with photo styling of products.
I started photographing everything in the beginning and then figured out what I loved to capture. I would do portraits of friends in class and then expanded to photographing bands performing live. That is my passion and favorite subject to photograph. I love music.
I would also photograph in nature which is another passion of mine. I love the cactus blooms in April in the living Sonora desert of Arizona. I even did some weddings, baby photos, family portraits and events.
I love to read, write, bake, do yoga and travel. My personal blog on here includes recipes and, of course, photography.
I tend to have lots of interests & hobbies and to me, that's a fun way to live life! I have an entrepreneurial spirit. I tend to get bored very easily. I need to keep entertained and intellectually stimulated in concert with relaxation and quiet time. That is why I exercise and do yoga.
I eat & prepare healthy vegetarian, mostly gluten free foods. I love good coffee, books, great films. I am very particulate as to what I watch. I am mindful of all that I consume.
What I 'consume' visually, mentally, physically and aurally is a very important part of my intuitive, insightful and introverted lifestyle. So, who I choose to be a part of my life is also quite significant and has a huge impact on my social circle.
I am a very private person but felt compelled to create this website to display more of me and to share with others.
COVID-19, quarantine and all that has happened in 2020 has brought me to this juncture.
Welcome to my World!
Some of my education & training includes:
From Scottsdale Community College, Northeast Valley News, 2015:
(Denise Elfenbein is a professional photographer and the photo editor for the Scottsdale Chronicle and NE Valley News. She believes that healthy eating is important for everyone and wants her fellow students to know that they can benefit nutritionally by taking some easy steps to improve their eating habits.)
“A simple routine to healthy eating is both fast and affordable,” Elfenbein said.
The “Dining with Denise” series will entice students to “go healthy” by showcasing (through her photography) recipes that are both healthy and delicious.
Check out the various meals that are prepared in her cozy little kitchen and showcased on the food section at NEVN.
October 11, 2015
Here are some writing samples from my "Dining with Denise" in Northeast Valley News, 2015
To view more of my photojournalistic photos:
To order prints, canvases, greeting cards and notebooks:
ART, PHOTOGRAPHY & WRITING
There's much to see here.
Visceral vibrations and intuitive inspirations.
I hope my website inspires you to get out there and pursue your dreams & goals!
I have thoughts, lots of them!
I enjoy creative writing, journaling and stream of consciousness writing. I plan to do workshops in 2022.
My Gemini ♊️ mind is constantly racing with thoughts and ideas. I must put them down on my paper and out of my mind, into the world.
The Twins is a symbol of youth and of expansion through discovery and knowledge.
I thrive on increasing my knowledge by reading, feeding my soul with the words on the pages, embracing the inspirations that lead to learning all that sparks in my mind.
I thought I'd share some of my thoughts in a personal blog, mostly about food and include my photography, a few recipes and books I'm reading.
Check out the library photo gallery below my blog, for the books I am reading or have read that feed my desires and continually inspire and teach me.
Reading feeds my soul. Even fiction inspires me in that the characters and how they interact could very well be true. I ponder as I read and absorb the subject in its entirety.
Carpe Diem, Carpe Noctem.