Ellen Stagg has been a photographer since she was 16 years old. She moved to New York City in 1996 from Connecticut to attend the School of Visual Arts where she received her BFA in Photography. She signed with her first photography agent at the end of her junior year of college. In over a decade of her career as a professional photographer she has worked in advertising, fashion, and portraiture, shooting for various magazines, look books, stock photography, and celebrities. Since the age of 16, Stagg had a particular interest and fascination with erotic art. It wasn’t until 2005, however, that she began a focused and concentrated pursuit of erotic photography. Upon meeting erotic model and porn star Justine Joli, Stagg started exploring erotic photography. She began shooting well-known porn, fetish and glamour models. The images were too artsy for porn magazines, and too porn-like for so called “erotic” publications and websites. With no exhibition outlet for her images, she started StaggStreet.com blog.
Stagg continues to do commercial work in advertising, fashion and celebrity photography while working on her art with photo books, gallery shows and a documentary on IFC.com, Show for Playboy tv and a Channel on Karmaloop tv.