Hello, I'm Elena!

Photo of Elena Dawson of Elena Dawson Photography in front of fall colors in the mountains of Colorado

Welcome! I'm a Fort Collins, Colorado-based Family and Newborn portrait photographer. I capture authentic & candid moments to show off who YOU are and where you are in life right now. My number one goal is to capture the love and connection that you share with the people who mean the most to you. Let's start an adventure together!

I grew up in Minnesota and attended college in Wisconsin. After graduating at the beginning of the pandemic, I decided to make the move out to Colorado and have been here for over three years already! Crazy! My love for family photography stems from my background working with kids. I don't want to lose that side of me, so I love that I get to combine two passions; photography and working with kids!

I love doing all the Colorado things - hiking, biking, climbing, walking, you name it! Despite living in Colorado now, I am still a Minnesotan at heart and prefer the cross country ski trails over the downhill runs... maybe one day I'll get into it!

When I am not at a session or editing, you can find me at any event in Fort Collins with my friends (I love events... especially food trucks!), having game nights, at the climbing gym, or hanging out with my cats, Fika & Sunni!