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. Simultaneously, she studied under legendary photojournalist Ken Regan at Camera 5 Inc., where she was introduced to the commercial, film, and editorial business of photography. Here is where she began building her portfolio and film reel.
In 2013 Ballantyne joined Sports Illustrated as aphotographer 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 directed, produced 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 relocated to Nashville and was asked to direct Jake Hoot, “The Voice” winner of 2019, in his first music video “I Would’ve Loved You” featuring Kelly Clarkson. This sparked Ballantynes' directorial debut in the world of music. Following her debut into the world of music videos, she was called to direct her first feature length concert film and documentary for Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Though her background lies within commercial and advertising, Ballantyne's goal is to continue on this path as adirector, continuing her work in music, commercial and film.
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 Nashville 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
NINA AGDAL/AGDAL METHOD
REBEL ROAD STUDIOS
KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD