Elle Walton Store, an 8-year-old photography sensation, has turned a hobby into a full-fledged professional business. From NBA games to weddings, the girl on camera is a star.
Walton’s appearance in the March 26 game against the Milwaukee Bucks was his first game against the Grizzlys. According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, she stood on the backline of the FedExForum with a Nikon camera around her neck as players looked to be captured by the budding photographer.
“When I was at the game, the players made me feel like I was famous,” Walton told the outlet. “It makes me proud to be a little girl with a camera. It’s amazing that I can do all of this and see these new people.
Grizzlies shooting guard De’Anthony Melton was one of the lucky players to be photographed by Walton.
“Can I see them?” Melton asked after posing for more photos.
Since the age of 1, Walton inherited his passion from his grandfather, a professional photographer Thurman Hobson Jr., whom she affectionately calls “Grandfather”. Hobson served as the game’s chaperone.
“Some of the things she takes I watch, and it totally amazes me that she is able to capture the images that she is at such a young age using professional equipment,” said Hobson, who has was the main family photographer for over 50 years.
Walton aspires to be a “reputable and famous photographer”. By age 4, the third-grader was earning paid gigs for his talents. According to The Commercial Appeal, as a six-year-old Walton even photographed several Southern Heritage Classic football games and celebrities. Her portfolio has added at least 10 weddings in the last year.
His mother, Tanyel Hobson-Walton is proud of her daughter.
“She took what my dad loves so much,” Hobson-Walton said. “It started as a hobby for her, but now she gets a lot of jobs because of her professionalism. She’s a kid first, but when she comes in, she comes in as a professional.
She added, “If she commits to a job, she makes it happen, and for me, I can say I’m the proudest.”