Ballantyne began her career in Los Angeles with commercial and creative work in the fashion and design world. She segued into video production by shooting and editing films for New York, Milan and Paris fashion weeks. In 2013 Ballantyne joined Sports Illustrated as a photographer for all brands within SI. In July 2017, she received her first national cover for Sports Illustrated; becoming one in an elite group of women to receive a national cover in the Magazine’s 60-year history. In February 2018, she produced, directed and photographed her first spread in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and created a short film entitled — “In Her Own Words” - a powerful black-and-white campaign that replaced the traditional Body Paint for the issue. Under Ballantyne’s direction, this was the first black-and-white, no-swimsuit series with an all female crew in the 54 year history of the SI Swimsuit magazine.
In November 2020, Ballantyne directed Jake Hoot in “I Would’ve LovedYou”. The song and video feature his coach, Kelly Clarkson. This is Ballantyne's directorial debut in the world of music videos. Though her background lies within commercial and advertising, she has created many short documentary narratives. Ballantyne's goal is to continue on this path as a director, continuing her work in music videos, while moving into commercials, film and television.
Ballantyne studied at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara and holds a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. She is currently based in New York City but travels across the country and internationally often for work.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS
HARPER'S BAZAAR UK
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
MEREDITH / AUTHENTIC BRAND GLOBAL
REBEL ROAD STUDIOS