Born and raised in Upstate New York, I have somehow found myself with my dream job as a photographer in sunny San Diego. While studying Art at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, it wasn't until later in college that I started my love affair with the camera. Knowing that it was what I wanted to do, I didn't really give myself a back-up plan. I headed to California not knowing a single person in the industry. After a few years, I have immersed myself into this community, meeting and working with some of the industry's best photographers. Throughout the years my photography style has evolved into an unobtrusive fine art approach, with a romantic edge. During shoots, I am not only a photographer; I am also an art director. I love working with clients to get the style they are after, and if they are unsure of what they want, I always throw out some ideas to play with! I consider myself incredibly lucky. I absolutely love what I do. When I am not out taking photos with my camera, I can usually be found hiking, biking, cooking, traveling, or trying to convince my boyfriend to buy me a puppy....
My photography style is constantly evolving and growing as I do in my own life. I once came across this Ansel Adams quote, and thought that it perfectly describes my perspective on how a photographer's style is "created":
"You do not make a photograph with just a camera. You bring to the act of photography all of the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved."
Every experience, client, and location has made me into the artist I am today. Ultimately, when I am on a job, my goal is to make one cohesive shoot, instead of a few great images. How does the story of the whole day tie together? What images will look great placed together as a diptych? In what order will I place these images in an album to tell the best story? How will this moment look framed and hanged on a wall in your living room? And probably most importantly, how will your great great grandchildren react to these images of their relatives on their wedding day?
A passion of mine has always been travel. While I just recently have been bringing my camera along on most of my trips, you can take a peek below at some of the fun and amazing places I have been! Make sure to check out the TRAVEL section of my blog for even MORE beautiful destinations.
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All photo sessions include downloading rights of your images via an online gallery.
Please contact me for more detailed information.
All of my photography packages come with your edited images via an online gallery. Through the gallery, you are able to download all of your images directly to your computer! There are also great printing options from one of the best photo labs in the country. My wedding packages are done as an "a la carte" menu. You can pick and choose what you would like included in your wedding day package. You will start by choosing your hour coverage, then there are a bunch of add-on options such as an engagement session, a second shooter, and a few different albums choices.
Every wedding is different. I always *suggest* a second shooter for many reasons, but I will always be capable of shooting a wedding on my own. Second shooters are useful for photographing the groom getting ready, candids during cocktail hour, as well as reception detail shots while I am focusing on family portraits after the ceremony ends. I TRY to be everywhere at once, but a second shooter makes it much easier!
On average, I deliver around 100 images per one hour of photography. It could be more, it could be less. Engagement sessions seem to be at a higher rate than that. I will always try to deliver as many of the images that I shoot, giving you a wide range of options to look through.
I always try to help out in the wedding planning process when needed. I work closely with my clients and their wedding coordinators to come up with a seamless timeline of the day. I do get asked a lot throughout the planning process on tips and advice when it comes to reception room lighting, placement of the sweetheart table, when and where to do the first look, etc. I've seen it all! I'd like to think I know what works best in most situations. So please feel free to ask any questions about your wedding that you may have! I also have a great list of preferred vendors (or "friendors!") if you are looking for other wedding day professionals to hire.
SHELLY IS BASED IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
BUT IS AVAILABLE FOR TRAVEL WORLDWIDE