Hello to All of Our Favorite Nantucket Hotel Friends & Guests,
During this difficult time, we are trying to remain positive, looking forward to brighter days. We are wishing that everyone remains healthy and safe.
To help bring some Island-life to those who may be missing the island, we are launching a series of conversations featuring some of our favorite small businesses and organizations on Nantucket.
This week we speak with Eleanor Hallewell, island photographer, founder of Capture Nantucket, and travel-lover. Capture Nantucket is a partner in our Out & About package this spring, which we’re hoping to offer again this fall!
What Brought You to Nantucket?
Eleanor Hallewell: I went to Elon University and during my freshman year, met Grace Bardsley. We became good friends over the years, after graduation, she convinced me to give a summer on Nantucket a try. I worked the front desk of a hotel out here, and Grace worked at the bank. At night, we checked ID’s at The Chicken Box. It was the best summer EVER, and I continued to visit over the following years when I was living in NYC. When I left NYC to travel, funnily enough, it was Grace who suggested the idea of seasonal work on the island. So, I found myself back here in the summer of 2010. Over the years, my seasons got longer and now I’m a year-round resident, and Grace is still one of my best friends!
When Did You Start Capture Nantucket?
Eleanor Hallewell: I started Capture Nantucket in the spring of 2016. The idea had come to me a couple years prior, and it stayed with me. It was one of those things that I would think about when I woke up in the middle of the night. I thought about what it would look like, and wondered if it would be well-received on the island. We’re excited to be heading into our 5th season.
Tell us a bit about your background as a photographer.
Eleanor Hallewell: I didn’t major in photography at school- just took one class where we learned to develop in the darkroom and print. But from the time I can remember, I’ve always had a camera in hand. I thought I needed a “proper job” and that photography would just be a side hobby, but my mother always told me to do something that I love and it wouldn’t feel like work. I love the fact that I get to show people the beauty of the island and teach them a little bit about photography too. It definitely doesn’t feel like work!
Thanks for the inside scoop, Eleanor! For more about Capture Nantucket, or to book a photo excursion with them, visit their website!
The Nantucket Hotel is open now for overnight guests visiting the island for essential needs.
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