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Elise Swopes

Artist & Digital Influencer

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Elise Swopes Biography

When Elise Swopes first joined Instagram in 2011, she couldn’t have imagined that she’d one day be featured on billboards, in commercials, and on mood boards at agencies across the globe. She just knew that the phone in her hand held an incredible power, one that would allow her to inspire others while showcasing her unique vision.

Since then, the self-taught photographer and graphic designer has used her business savvy to spin influencer marketing on Instagram into a full-fledged career. Her ability to connect with an audience of millions by melding art with a message has opened up once-in-a-lifetime opportunities — like throwing out the first pitch at a Cubs game, or becoming a top-selling artist on SuperRare.

Her artistic process begins with expansive cityscapes taken while piloting drones, scaling skyscrapers, or hanging out of helicopters. She then transforms the original image, bringing photos to life with her fingers. Taking inspiration from Mother Nature, she uses water and light as a paintbrush; snow turns into speckles, street lamps become glowing orbs, and water droplets take on abstract forms as she edits on the go using an array of mobile apps.

Her most popular creations bring a fantastic magical realism to urban landscapes as she manipulates the everyday into something from another world. For a partnership with Method, she envisions Lake Michigan as a basin to wash your hands, the sun as a juicy slice of orange, and soap bubbles as a biosphere encapsulating a miniature city. Her signature giraffe brings a touch of whimsy to unexpected settings, including the surreal 3D animations she’s beginning to explore.

She isn’t scared to turn the camera on herself, either. Blending street style with effortless cool, Swopes stars in countless campaigns each year. Her eye for color and wide, authentic smile put a glamorous spin on everything from sneaker drops to product launches.

Moving from Chicago to New York in early 2020 allowed Swopes to train her eye on the glittering skyline of a whole new city. Not long after, she became fascinated with the rapidly expanding marketplace for artwork backed by cryptocurrency. She began supporting artists creating non-fungible tokens (NFTs) based on the blockchain; you can browse her collection at swopes.gallery, a meditative virtual museum.

These days, the collectors seek her out. Her first Nifty Gateway collection, six images starring her iconic giraffe in support of the Somali Giraffe fund, sold out within minutes. When Coinbase, the largest US cryptocurrency exchange, brought the world’s first NFT Battle to ComplexCon, she faced off against some of the biggest names in the game live on the Secret Walls Battle Stage, and was the second person to ever post an NFT on Instagram using their new Digital Collectibles tool.

Elise has also put her entrepreneurial skills to use through various long-term projects. She founded Sunrise Art Club, a community and agency dedicated to women of color in Web3 that recently partnered with the superstar athlete Paige Bueckers for her first ever NFT purchase and Glenmorangie for an NFT.NYC kick-off event. She also co-founded Night On The Yard, the first NFT marketplace dedicated to ending the hidden impact of incarceration by helping onboard incarcerated artists to sell their work as NFTs. Her efforts in the Web 3 community have resulted in her recognition as a leader in Web 3 and art from RollingStone, NFT Now, Afrotech and more.

On social media, her videos instantly stand out. She doesn’t just make the impossible seem possible; she makes the whole process incredibly fun. In her deft hands, a vegan recipe becomes a mini music video, and a quick trip becomes a full-fledged adventure. Her artwork is featured on the splash screen for the latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro, inspiring other artists to break the rules of reality.

While almost everyone has a phone, not everyone runs a business with it. Swopes is determined to change that by making her methods accessible. She works extensively with technology companies like Apple to motivate a new generation of photographers. She takes the mystery out of creating magic by offering a Swopes Note newsletter, tutorial video channel, and one-on-one mentoring as free, easy-to-access resources. In late 2020, she collaborated with BrainTreeMedia to launch Urban Jungle, a mobile app that allows you to embellish your edited photos with waterfalls and wild animals.

In her lessons, she preaches the sublime serendipity of allowing yourself to take risks rather than trying to fit into preconceived notions of what your work should look like. She encourages young artists and entrepreneurs to look past the details and focus on the big picture, and to embrace ideas rather than an impossible ideal of perfection.

As an outspoken advocate for mental health, she’s been open about the challenges she’s faced, sharing her story through platforms like the Swopes So Dope podcast and TEDx Talk at UIUC. After years of proudly identifying as a college dropout, Columbia College formally awarded her Life Experience Credit in recognition for her work as a successful business owner and artist. A recent College Graduate, Elise is currently working toward her Master's in Behavioral Psychology with plans to pursue a doctorate.

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  • HOW TO BOOK Elise Swopes?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Elise Swopes for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Elise Swopes, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Elise Swopes or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Elise Swopes?

    Speaking fees for Elise Swopes, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Elise Swopes charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Elise Swopes, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Elise Swopes?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Elise Swopes for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Elise Swopes for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Elise Swopes or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Elise Swopes or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Elise Swopes Biography

When Elise Swopes first joined Instagram in 2011, she couldn’t have imagined that she’d one day be featured on billboards, in commercials, and on mood boards at agencies across the globe. She just knew that the phone in her hand held an incredible power, one that would allow her to inspire others while showcasing her unique vision.

Since then, the self-taught photographer and graphic designer has used her business savvy to spin influencer marketing on Instagram into a full-fledged career. Her ability to connect with an audience of millions by melding art with a message has opened up once-in-a-lifetime opportunities — like throwing out the first pitch at a Cubs game, or becoming a top-selling artist on SuperRare.

Her artistic process begins with expansive cityscapes taken while piloting drones, scaling skyscrapers, or hanging out of helicopters. She then transforms the original image, bringing photos to life with her fingers. Taking inspiration from Mother Nature, she uses water and light as a paintbrush; snow turns into speckles, street lamps become glowing orbs, and water droplets take on abstract forms as she edits on the go using an array of mobile apps.

Her most popular creations bring a fantastic magical realism to urban landscapes as she manipulates the everyday into something from another world. For a partnership with Method, she envisions Lake Michigan as a basin to wash your hands, the sun as a juicy slice of orange, and soap bubbles as a biosphere encapsulating a miniature city. Her signature giraffe brings a touch of whimsy to unexpected settings, including the surreal 3D animations she’s beginning to explore.

She isn’t scared to turn the camera on herself, either. Blending street style with effortless cool, Swopes stars in countless campaigns each year. Her eye for color and wide, authentic smile put a glamorous spin on everything from sneaker drops to product launches.

Moving from Chicago to New York in early 2020 allowed Swopes to train her eye on the glittering skyline of a whole new city. Not long after, she became fascinated with the rapidly expanding marketplace for artwork backed by cryptocurrency. She began supporting artists creating non-fungible tokens (NFTs) based on the blockchain; you can browse her collection at swopes.gallery, a meditative virtual museum.

These days, the collectors seek her out. Her first Nifty Gateway collection, six images starring her iconic giraffe in support of the Somali Giraffe fund, sold out within minutes. When Coinbase, the largest US cryptocurrency exchange, brought the world’s first NFT Battle to ComplexCon, she faced off against some of the biggest names in the game live on the Secret Walls Battle Stage, and was the second person to ever post an NFT on Instagram using their new Digital Collectibles tool.

Elise has also put her entrepreneurial skills to use through various long-term projects. She founded Sunrise Art Club, a community and agency dedicated to women of color in Web3 that recently partnered with the superstar athlete Paige Bueckers for her first ever NFT purchase and Glenmorangie for an NFT.NYC kick-off event. She also co-founded Night On The Yard, the first NFT marketplace dedicated to ending the hidden impact of incarceration by helping onboard incarcerated artists to sell their work as NFTs. Her efforts in the Web 3 community have resulted in her recognition as a leader in Web 3 and art from RollingStone, NFT Now, Afrotech and more.

On social media, her videos instantly stand out. She doesn’t just make the impossible seem possible; she makes the whole process incredibly fun. In her deft hands, a vegan recipe becomes a mini music video, and a quick trip becomes a full-fledged adventure. Her artwork is featured on the splash screen for the latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro, inspiring other artists to break the rules of reality.

While almost everyone has a phone, not everyone runs a business with it. Swopes is determined to change that by making her methods accessible. She works extensively with technology companies like Apple to motivate a new generation of photographers. She takes the mystery out of creating magic by offering a Swopes Note newsletter, tutorial video channel, and one-on-one mentoring as free, easy-to-access resources. In late 2020, she collaborated with BrainTreeMedia to launch Urban Jungle, a mobile app that allows you to embellish your edited photos with waterfalls and wild animals.

In her lessons, she preaches the sublime serendipity of allowing yourself to take risks rather than trying to fit into preconceived notions of what your work should look like. She encourages young artists and entrepreneurs to look past the details and focus on the big picture, and to embrace ideas rather than an impossible ideal of perfection.

As an outspoken advocate for mental health, she’s been open about the challenges she’s faced, sharing her story through platforms like the Swopes So Dope podcast and TEDx Talk at UIUC. After years of proudly identifying as a college dropout, Columbia College formally awarded her Life Experience Credit in recognition for her work as a successful business owner and artist. A recent College Graduate, Elise is currently working toward her Master's in Behavioral Psychology with plans to pursue a doctorate.

Elise Swopes Videos

  • Create Composite Images with Your Phone ft. Elise Swopes ...
    Today we're joined by Elise Swopes to show you how to create stunning composite images on your phone! Elise is a professional ...
  • Behind the Shot: The Art of Mobile Photography with Elise Swopes ...
  • Elise Swopes: Pushing the Boundaries of Mobile Photography ...
    Artist Elise Swopes, has made an entire, full time career from snapping pics with just her phone. Now, she works with major brands. Find out ...

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FAQs on booking Elise Swopes

  • How to book Elise Swopes?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Elise Swopes for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Elise Swopes, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Elise Swopes or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Elise Swopes?

    Speaking fees for Elise Swopes, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Elise Swopes charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Elise Swopes, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Elise Swopes?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Elise Swopes for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Elise Swopes for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Elise Swopes or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Elise Swopes or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Elise Swopes is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Elise Swopes for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Elise Swopes generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jasmine Star, Marc-Gregory, Roberto Blake, Tristan Eaton and David Hockney. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Elise Swopes for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Elise Swopes Speaker Videos

  • Create Composite Images with Your Phone ft. Elise Swopes ...
    Today we're joined by Elise Swopes to show you how to create stunning composite images on your phone! Elise is a professional ...
    Behind the Shot: The Art of Mobile Photography with Elise Swopes ...
  • Elise Swopes: Pushing the Boundaries of Mobile Photography ...
    Artist Elise Swopes, has made an entire, full time career from snapping pics with just her phone. Now, she works with major brands. Find out ...

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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