Elise Swopes
is based in Brooklyn, NY having recently moved there from Chicago. She is well known for her surrealistic graphic creations. She mixes photography with numerous other kinds of graphic images to produce extremely unique, visually stunning images. She often works directly on her smartphone in an effort to prove and make art more accessible. Elise also runs the Swopes So Dope podcast so tune in sometime to hear more about what's on her mind. As an entrepreneur, photographer, and graphic designer, Elise's talents have landed clients including Adobe, Apple, Nike, Sony, McDonalds, Adidas, and Starwood Hotels to name a few. And if she wasn't busy enough, she also took time to give a TED-x Talk. Elise is well-spoken, savvy, and street-smart. She has a genuine way of connecting with others that provides unique opportunities for her as a mentor, teacher, or dare I say - even role model. Her art is as unique as her story and her ability to create a life for herself against the odds is nothing short of inspirational. We have been fans of Elise's for some time and are very excited to showcase her as part of this series.

What is Women In Focus all about?

Welcome to our new series, HEX Presents Women In Focus. This series has 5 episodes, each highlighting a different female artist. We get to hear casual and honest conversation about their stories, challenges, successes, and advice on navigating the photography space as a woman. You may already be familiar with some of these women. Others, not so much. What we can tell you is that these women inspire us and women that we are sure will inspire others.

Historically women have largely had roles in front of the camera, rather than behind it. We are excited to bring you this series as an opportunity for meaningful dialog about why this, and to encourage the movement of female photographers who are changing that narrative.

The series consists of short and shareable segments from 5 female creators we admire, including Natalie Amrossi, Shauna Wade, Elise Swopes, Claire Lejeune, and Enkrypt Los Angeles. These women are at varying career stages, and bring their unique energy and aesthetics. We hope to encourage more female creators to know more about the business of photography, and also to grow as artists in their craft.

We hope you will enjoy watching as they lend their voices to encourage others as we keep Women In Focus.

To learn more about Elise, please visit her website HERE