We had the good fortune of connecting with Nancy Lovell and Nancy Ellis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nancy Lovell and Nancy Ellis, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
It starts with the power of even a single photograph to capture a moment and serve for a lifetime. Both of us grew up around photos framed and around the house that told us about ourselves and our families. Now social media is in the mix, and photos can affect souls and families and communities. They tell us who we are. Another thing: A lot of our photos are at White Rock Lake–the jewel of Dallas. Especially during Covid, photos at White Rock were pro-community. White Rock is a respite, a place of beauty, and it brings people together in spirit too.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Nancy Ellis is a multi-talented artist with years in interior design. Her current company is Ellis Design. She has an incredible eye for composition. Nancy Lovell, with a background in writing and PR, is also a full-time writer now. She has taken people photos for years in all kinds of circumstances. Photography is our combined labor of love — that thing we’ve always enjoyed that we’re now also doing professionally. Was it hard? Not if you’re doing what you love. And not if it starts as a second business for both. You ask what lessons we’ve learned along the way. The answer is to jump in and learn along the way. Don’t wait to know everything. Do all you can and keep upping all you can do.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’ve already answered that. White Rock Lake. Lakewood. Just last night, taking sunset photos from a pier at White Rock we talked to a man and his son. He said his wife is from Michigan. When they got married he told her the perimeters of where they could live, and those perimeters were East Dallas. When our friends come to town . . . a must-see is the Dallas Arboretum, right on White Rock Lake. The Restaurant Degolyer there is a great girls’ dining option. Smoky Rose: always on the itinerary. The Toasted | Coffee + Kitchen is a morning option that lasts well into the day. I love the Garden Cafe; word is it’s reopening in the summer or fall. We love bowling at Bowlski’s and chips & salsa next door at Mi Cocina. We also, each of us, love to entertain at home. Central Market, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Sprouts . . . each one has certain items we’ll go out of our way for. Depending on the guest, we’d swing by The Perot Museum, DMA, Crow Museum, Klyde Warren Park and the food trucks. Oh! And Bishop Arts! Just for shopping and eating. And Trinity Groves. We haven’t given you an itinerary–just a list to help you shape each day as it comes. Dallas is good for that.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Our shout-out goes to the White Rock Lake and Lakewood communities. On Facebook, their reception, enthusiasm, support — you name it — was the magic dust. In the beginning, we went on Facebook with portraits of nature. That led to White Rock-centric books and calendars featuring the extreme beauty just blocks away. People bought the books and calendars for themselves and for others who live in the area or love it from afar. Real estate agents bought the pictures and books. Adult kids bought them for their aging parents. Families bought them for the coffee table. And they showed up in a lot of Christmas gifts. Again, this all began during the pandemic, when the news was outrageous and the White Rock photos were a tonic.
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