McCory James
Owner/Photographer

McCory James

McCory James is blessed to get to do what he loves for a living. After working as a web designer for several years, McCory turned his passion for photography into a business in 2003 and hasn’t looked back since.

Five words that describe you:

Passionate, entrepreneurial, laid back, disciplined, happy

If you were a genre of music, what genre would you be?

Indie rock. Because it's unique. Each artist can have their own style, but it can still can appeal to a wide audience.

Ryan Erickson
Photographer

Ryan Erickson

After graduating from the University of Colorado with a degree in Fine Arts, Ryan became Elevate’s first employee. As Creative Director, Ryan is constantly researching trends and brainstorming photography ideas.

Five words that describe you:

Genuine, hungry, curious, restless, inspired

If you were a genre of music, what genre would you be?

Polka because few people get it, but the ones who do really appreciate it. I don’t even really know much about polka, but it felt like it’s the best way to describe what genre I would be.

How would you describe your style of photography?

Adventurous, dynamic and fun. My goal is to bring out the personality of my seniors and to make them comfortable in front of the camera. I love shooting on location vs. in studio so that the photos have more of a candid and editorial feel to them.

What do you like best about senior photography?

I love getting to know the stories of my seniors. It is such an exciting time in their lives and I’m charged with trying to capture that so they can look back on their photos and be proud of them twenty years from now. Graduating from high school is a big deal. They will soon be leaving the nest and starting their own lives. Being around that excited energy rewards me and pushes me to continue to grow as a photographer.

Allie Gravel
Photographer/Studio Manager

Allie Gravel

Allie hails from a farm in Iowa, where she learned the value of work hard. She joined our team in 2015 as a Photographer and Studio Manager.

Five words that describe you:

Bubbly, Nice, Happy, Sincere, Hospitable

If you were a genre of music, what genre would you be?

Is oldies a genre? Cause that's stuff everyone knows and you can't help but dance to it. You know, like when that Mariah Cary song comes on and everyone wants to sing it?! I guess that's not oldies more like eighties.

Patrina Harris
Production Artist

Patrina Harris

Born and raised in New York City, Patrina received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, widely considered to be one of the nation’s finest art schools.

Five words that describe you:

Calm, cool, collected, creative and candid

If you were a genre of music, what genre would you be?

It's hard because I want to say classical because it's so calm, but probably with a mix of jazz because of the ups and downs.

Amanda Mogab
Premier Party Consultant

Amanda Mogab

Before Amanda joined the Elevate team, she had a career in fundraising and development in the nonprofit sector in the Denver metro area. Amanda used Elevate for her wedding, and now she is excited to be part of the team and help other brides through the process.

Five words that describe you:

Loyal, outgoing, understanding, loving, driven