Ariam by Elaine Torres

This photo series was taken in Puerto Rico during Elaine's visit back home after Hurricane Maria.

"I went back home after hurricane Maria and though you can see the damage caused to structure and nature, I’ve never seen Puerto Rico so beautiful. The green landscapes are as resilient as the people, making their way back, but with a special strength and assertiveness. I decided to ditch the indoor studio and construct an outdoor one instead. I shot in tune with the grey skies and fallen trees, and even though I was completely out of my comfort zone, I wanted to show a little bit of the enticement and symmetry that the landscape still holds."

-Elaine Torres               

Photographer: Elaine Torres (@_elainetorres_)

Model: Ariam Gutierrez (@ariam_liz)

Elaine Torres was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and is currently an Editorial and Portrait photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. Elaine graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a Master’s degree in Art for Commerce Photography, specializing in color and visual composition. Her passion for sharing her knowledge in creative photography led to the launch of her YouTube channel, where she shares studio tutorials and photography related videos. You can also find her tutorials featured on photography channels and blogs like ISO1200, SLR Lounge, Fstoppers, and Adorama TV, where she recently got included as one of their hosts.

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