Ellen Jantzen is an American photographer who was born in St. Louis. In 1990 she moved to California where she graduated with an advanced degree in fashion from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Thereafter, she started working at Mattel Toy Company as a senior project designer for several years but became disillusioned with the corporate world. Having learned computer design at Mattel, she began to learn photoshop and it turned out to be her perfect medium. She uses both a camera to captures pictures as well as a computer to edit the images. Her pictures of nature border on the abstract.