Elliana Gilbert is a Winnipeg-based photographer who specializes in natural-light documentary / lifestyle photography and birth photography. She dabbles in fine art / nature / fantasy photography as well.
After having studied the many mediums of art for over 2 decades, her photographic work and portraiture draws inspiration from the many classical and modern artists she has admired from the past and present. Her favourites include painters Da Vinci, Vermeer, Waterhouse, Mucha and illustrators Brian Froud, Kinuko Y. Craft, Trina Schart Hyman, and many more.
A passionate feminist at heart, Elliana Gilbert loves more than anything to photograph and tell the stories of women — mothers, sisters, aunts, entrepreneurs, fellow artists and any other person identifying as woman or feminine. Elliana Gilbert believes in the power of truthful storytelling, and that through her photos of women and their real lives and real un-altered physical features, she can help in some small way to improve the gender inequities facing society today, and, on a macro level, improve the perceptions and self-esteem of women (and girls) she works with day to day.
Elliana Gilbert spent over a decade studying art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in private mentorships, as well as with some phenomenal high school art teachers through the International Baccalaureate Program in the 1990s. Before becoming a full-time photographer, Elliana was a Registered Nurse specializing in Labour & Delivery and, later, in Geriatrics. Elliana graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Nursing in 2010.
Elliana is married with 3 daughters and 2 dogs and lives in Winnipeg's historic St. Norbert neighbourhood.