I was first introduced to Carson Ellis work's through the album artwork she did for the Decemberists. Though it didn't come as a surprise that she is married to Colin (the band's singer) before I'd learned that fact I didn't even realize she was a "she". There seems to be a masculine undertone to her images yet they can be very feminine at the same time.
I am intrigued by her style. There is definitely a playfulness (or perhaps wit is a better word) to many of her pieces, which I simply love.