Ellen Stagg began her photography career in 1994, when she discovered her love for the medium in a high school art class. While still in high school, she began showing her first black and white photos in small art galleries in Connecticut. In 1996, she moved to New York City to receive her BFA in photography at the School of Visual Arts. By the end of her junior year at SVA, she'd signed with her first agent, setting her on the path to pursue a career in commercial photography.
Though Stagg found success in the world of commercial photo-graphy, her true passion always lay with the erotic. After years of struggling to connect with models who would understand her vision, Stagg met Justine Joli in 2005; the award winning adult actress quickly became Stagg's muse. Through Joli, Stagg was able to connect to other women from the adult industry. Stagg found it easy to create nude art with these "pros;" and started staggstreet.com. This site brought clients such as Penthouse and Playboy, a documentary on IFC.com, art shows around the world and more.