Founded by award-winning designer Hylas Stemen, Element Photography seeks to be one of the most respected and sought-after photography firms.


I was born and raised in northwest Ohio.  After graduating from Bowling Green State University in 1994 with a degree in Architectural Design and Construction Management, I moved to Columbus to begin my career in the residential home building market.  I have had the privilege of working for some great home builders and designers over my 20 year utilizing my talents in design and planning.

Shortly before my first son was born, I took a photography class at the old Cord Camera on 5th Avenue.  I had always been interested in taking great photos, ever since I was a young boy.  That course taught me about perspective, and depth of field, and to continuously shoot, knowing that I'd get 'the shot' in there somewhere.  As I began exploring my new skills by taking photos of my newborn son, my passion for photography was also born.  And this was back when film was still being used, and I could often be found at the mail-in film developing counter. :) 

I currently reside in Hilliard with my two sons and have lived in the Columbus area since moving here after college in 1994.  I enjoy staying active, playing golf and volleyball, and am currently training for my first Ironman Triathlon.  It's been a dream of mine for years.

My love for architecture and photography are the roots of Element Photography.  The details are often what makes something great.  There is nothing better than strolling through nature or downtown with just my camera seeing what I'll discover.  Watching for the sun to hit a subject just right.  Searching for creative foreground to give the subject more perspective.  And sometimes it's just a matter of getting closer.  And then it happens.  It all comes together and another great image is born. 

Photography is all about capturing the heart of what I see through the lens.  I'm looking forward to my next journey into the lens.

Hylas Stemen

Hylas Stemen