A native of Lebanon, Aurora Ellensee Hooper has lived in town for 21 years.  She is a Lyman Memorial High School graduate from the class of 2014.  Attending undergraduate school at Full Sail University, in FL, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science specializing in Film, in May of 2016. 


Aurora received several awards prior to attending film school, including The 2014 Quiet Corner Film Festival's Best Cinematography and Best Film awards, and the Connecticut High School Fine Arts Award.  She directed the short film that awarded Lyman a $10,000 grant from the TV show, Glee, for the school's art program.


Following her graduation, Aurora realized her love for New England and headed back up north. Today she works at L.L.Bean as a photography assistant at their studio in Westbrook, Maine. There, she helps create the photos used for the Bean catalog and website. On the weekends, she teaches Stand Up Paddling on the Connecticut River for L.L.Bean. She also works freelance, shooting and editing wedding films, shooting senior portraits, engagement photos, and much more.


Her greatest love is the outdoors. You can find her downhill skiing, mountain biking in VT, swimming, kayaking and hiking.  If it's outdoors, she's in! 


You'll find many familiar faces within Aurora's work, as she uses close friends from town as models. She believes everyone deserves a great  portrait and a sweet Instagram.


In the future, Aurora plans to visit every national park, ski the alps, and purchase a vintage Jeep Wagoneer.


Interested in a shoot? Send her message via or on Instagram.





























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