Elaine learned to dive in 2002 and qualified as an Instructor (Master Scuba Diver Trainer) in 2005. She is based in Scotland and dives all year round in the North Sea and the sea lochs of the Scottish west coast. A photographer before she was a diver, taking pictures underwater was a natural development for Elaine, who was awarded a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society with a portfolio of underwater images.
Elaine is a full member of the Society of Authors. She has had articles published in a range of magazines, both general interest and diving (including Scottish Wildlife, Diver, The Undersea Journal, The Sea, BBC Wildlife and the Scot’s Magazine) and her images have appeared in a range of books. She is a contributor to Wild & Temperate Seas, 50 Favourite UK Dives, which was published in November, 2020.
Her work has also featured in a number of exhibitions, such as the Royal Photographic Society's Projected Image Exhibition, the Edinburgh International Exhibition of Photography and the Scottish Parliament's Biodiversity Exhibition. She had a solo exhibition, Scotland’s Waters Brought To Life, in Stirling's Smith Museum.
Elaine was runner up in the Environmental Category of the 2021 Scottish Nature Photography Awards and her picture will be part of an exhibition taking place in 2022. She also had a further image short-listed in the Wildlife Portrait Category in the same Awards. Both images will feature in the forthcoming Portfolio Yearbook.
In addition, Elaine was shortlisted in the 2020 Scottish Nature Photography Awards and her image appears in the Portfolio Yearbook which was published in the autumn of 2021.