My new site launched so why not a new blog!

Thanks for your patience while I get the swing of things. I want to post with meaning this time around. I’ve been thinking of documenting my journey as a photographer into the world of hair and makeup. Styling for my own photoshoots has probably been the best thing I ever could have done for myself AND my clients. Wish I had done it sooner.

The seed was planted when I met a local SF fashion photographer, Billy Winters, who also shot weddings. As it turned out, he was a stylist first, before he began to combine his skills as a stylist with photography. I always admired the model test shoots he did and was secretly wishing I could do that. Fast forward 15 years later! I enrolled in Cosmetology at The Cinta Aveda Institute and received my Cosmetology License December 2015.

I will never take for granted the amount of work that stylists do ever again!

And yes, I am still, first and foremost a photographer! Let the styling begin!


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Elisa Cicinelli is a Northern California photographer specializing in portraits of all genres – personal branding, content creation, social media content, headshots, actor headshots, corporate headshots, family portraits, mother daughter portraits, fitness photography, beauty, boudoir, lifestyle photography located in San Francisco but is continually serving happy clients all over California and the United States. Elisa's studio is located in the heart of San Francisco but she often travels to Los Angeles, Napa Valley, Carmel Valley, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Palo Alto, East Bay, Silicon Valley, Peninsula and the Greater Bay Area for varying creative photography projects. Elisa Cicinelli Photography aims to capture the subject's inner beauty through refreshing their image and making them as comfortable as possible. If you are located in San Francisco or other areas of California, don't hesitate to reach out to book your complimentary consultation with Elisa Cicinelli.