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"Shelly did a phenomenal job on our wedding day. She helped us with the timeline and always available to answer questions during the planning process. She did a great job with making sure my husband and I are comfortable in front of the camera. Her photos tell the story and bring back every feeling from our wedding day and we look at them feeling laughter and tears. Shelly is truly talented and captured everything and we will treasure these forever." ~Ann

    Hi! I tell everyone that I have the best job in the world. It's true. I get to  witness true love with a front row seat on the wedding day. I get to travel all over documenting this love. It is the happiest day of my clients' lives, and they are surrounded by friends and family. The best part though, is that I find I become life long friends with my clients. 
      I've been photographing weddings for about 8 years now, starting out in Upstate New York, and then moving across country to San Diego, and now residing in Colorado. It doesn't get old! Every event is different. I've been loving how creative couples are on their big day! I also understand that the wedding planning process can be daunting, and I AM HERE TO HELP YOU! I've seen it all, and love giving advice on wedding day timelines, photo ops, and the general flow of the months leading up to your wedding. I don't care what your flavor is, I want to get to know you as a couple. Your wedding is uniquely you!
       I also love meeting and bonding with my couples before the big day. (Another reason why I love engagement sessions too!). Let's grab a drink, a cup of coffee, or a cupcake! Bonus points if you bring your pup.
    When I'm not behind the camera, you can find me traveling, road tripping, hiking mountains, backpacking in the woods, wine tasting, or crushing hard on every puppy that walks by..... 

    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? 

MEET SHELLY

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    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? 

WHERE I'VE BEEN

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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.

ICELAND

SOUTH AFRICA

JAPAN

NORWAY/SWEDEN

SOUTHEAST ASIA

TULUM

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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? 

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Meet Shelly

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      "Shelly is an incredibly talented photographer!!! We spoke with her on numerous occasions before the big day to discuss additional ideas and she was extremely open minded and eager to make the photos everything we had visualized. She was so great about making us comfortable and relaxed, yet at the same time giving us enough direction and guidance to keep our shoot lively and varied throughout the time together. Shelly has an incredibly natural style. She was not only prepped and familiar with the shoot locations ahead of time, but she has the unique ability to read the environment on the fly, pickup on something that's favorable in the moment and adapt to it instantaneously. She was extremely professional in her communication, quoting, scheduling, email and phone interactions, and execution on the special day.  We highly recommend Shelly for wedding, engagement, or any other special moments in your life... her work is top notch and you will love her!" ~Katelin

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All photo sessions include downloading rights of your images via an online gallery,
All wedding packages also include a Client Guide, Preferred Vendors List, Wedding timeline assistance, and much more!

Please contact me for more detailed information and a Welcome Guide!

$3,850

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Portraits and Engagements start at



All photo sessions include downloading rights of your images via an online gallery. All wedding packages also include a
Client Guide, Preferred Vendors List, Wedding timeline assistance, and much more!


Please contact me for more detailed information, 
as well as a Welcome Guide!

*with an average package purchased being $5,050

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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. 

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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!

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DO I NEED A SECOND SHOOTER?

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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.

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If you are having a destination wedding, do not hesitate to ask about my travel experience! I have traveled all over for weddings such as to Mexico, New Orleans, Miami, Portland, Scotland, New York, and much more! I look forward to traveling to more places for shoots too! Please contact me to ask about my travel costs. 

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DO YOU TRAVEL FOR WEDDINGS?

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Sure do! If your venue requires proof of insurance, just give me the heads up and I can provide it for them.

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DO YOU HAVE BUSINESS LIABILITY INSURANCE?

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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. 

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Shelly was PHENOMENAL. She was very easy to communicate with from the very beginning and she made us feel comfortable from the very beginning. She really listened to what we wanted out of the ceremony and the pictures and executed it perfectly. The day of was relaxing and not stressful for us at all (even though we were both very nervous about taking staged/candid pictures). She also finished the pictures super fast! We absolutely fell in love with the pictures and everyone at the wedding loved loved them as well. Thank you so much Shelly for being such a fun person to work with! ~Kelly and Sean

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Wow, where do I even begin? I can't speak more highly of Shelly. From day one she was professional, sweet, understanding, easy, fun, and made both my husband and I feel the most comfortable. To back track, choosing a photographer felt like the hardest thing until both my wedding planner and I stumbled upon Shelly's Instagram and immediately fell in love. We both found her and sent an email to each other and it felt like fate. I was struggling with finding someone with the style I wanted who had a proper business and professionalism with that. I was nervous to just find someone on Instagram who no one I knew had worked with but once I talked to Shelly on the phone, she embodied all of that and more. I was ecstatic. She went out of her way to help us find the perfect engagement shoot locations and even stayed longer to make sure we got those epic shots on the mountain before the storm came through! A big part for me was making sure my husband was comfortable and he absolutely loved Shelly. Once he told me that, I knew we had made the right decision. We had SO much fun on our engagement shoot together that we knew we could trust her even more with our wedding day. For our wedding she came early and scouted locations which I thought was so awesome because she was going out of her way to make sure the lighting and locations were prepared so we weren't rushing around on the day of. She also stuck to schedule and was so organized! Everyone was just so amazed and pleased with her I got so many compliments! The photos turned out absolutely amazing! I couldn't preach more about the value of a photographer like Shelly and how much the time and money was worth it. She captured our day perfectly. Everyone says, OMG, I thought that was a magazine cover, or WOW you guys look like models. She captures moments and emotion perfectly and her editing is just gorgeous. So in the end, I can't express enough how much I appreciated having Shelly as a part of our journey and how grateful we are for her dedication to making sure our day went smooth and that the photos turned out just as we had wanted. She will forever be our family photographer for all important parts of our life! ~Kaitlin and Nate

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Shelly was simply amazing. She shot our engagement session in Page, AZ at Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend then came to New Orleans to shoot our wedding. For our engagement she was so accommodating and very punctual with her emails throughout the process to plan everything. It made everything so easy the day of the shoot because everything was so planned out. The photos came out beautiful and she was super sweet even though the shoot went a bit over what I'd imagine is her normal shooting time for an engagement. As for the wedding, different day same results. Shelly & her second shooter Jamie showed up ready to shoot earlier than expected, captured amazing photos for the prep, ceremony, & reception, and delivered them in impressive time (I believe 2.5 weeks). Considering the number of images she delivered that's unreal. Everyone in our wedding party not only told me how nice our photos came out, but how nice Shelly was to work with. I seriously cannot wait to work with her again. I'm making excuses to fly to Southern Cali to shoot with her again haha. Thanks again Shelly. We seriously fell in love w/ your professionalism, zeal, and dedication to your craft. -Calvin & Marilyn 

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Shelly is an amazingly talented photographer. We scoured the internet to find the perfect photographer before choosing her and we are incredibly happy with our choice. My husband and I used Shelly for our engagement photoshoot and wedding day, and we honestly couldn't have chosen anyone better. Shelly's photos are BEAUTIFUL; the colors, the lighting, the attention to detail, the angles, and the thought she puts into each one of them, are all truly remarkable. Added bonus: Shelly's personality is absolutely wonderful. These photos are extremely personal, and especially with engagement photos, they can awkward. Shelly has a knack for making photo sessions fun and is great at helping you loosen up and enjoy yourself. Shelly is the best, if you're thinking about hiring her, DO IT. I will be giving her name to everyone! If you hire Shelly, you'll meet someone who will give you the most beautiful photographs of you and your spouse you have ever seen. You will meet someone who you want to call a friend. You will meet someone you will vow to call for another photo session when you have babies! We loved Shelly and her stunning work and we are sure you will too!! ~ Mahnaz and Drew

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Shelly is simply the BEST. Leo and I can't describe how grateful we are to have found her for our engagement & wedding photoshoot. Her work is absolutely amazing - perfect composition, beautiful colors and romantic feels. She truly captures the best moments. She listened to what we had in mind and truly exceeded our expectations on delivering what we've dreamt of. More importantly, she is really a GREAT PERSON to work with. She is easy to talk to, organized, professional, and so friendly that we felt really comfortable with showing our true selves when standing in front of her camera! (Really, it was my very first professional photo shoot in my life, and I didn't even look like a novice model in any of her photos) ~Irene and Leo

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Shelly is truly extraordinary. My husband and I were immediately impressed with her work when we were searching for photographers. Her photos are striking and have a very distinctive quality that we knew we wanted for our engagement and wedding photos. She is so skilled at capturing the most touching moments of the day, the reactions, and relationships that transport you back to the actual moment. Not to mention her warm and laid-back personality which made both our engagement shoot and wedding day so fun and relaxed. She exudes good energy and was very flexible, which I really appreciated as a super high-strung bride. Shelly was also extremely professional and well aware of the timeline and best spots around our venue to photograph. She was truly committed to getting the best photos of us, our wedding party, family members, and all the small details in between. We wanted our wedding to feel intimate and that's EXACTLY how the photos came across. Looking through them (and all of her work for that matter) evokes true emotion. She is also incredibly quick in terms of turn around time...we got our photos within two weeks--amazing!! Her style is so unique and she will tell your love story in the most genuinely beautiful way. Thank you SO much Shelly!!! ~Colette and Brian

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With so many choices in planning a wedding - hiring Shelly was the easiest (and BEST) decision we made. We had seen her finished work from a friends wedding, and knew right away we wanted her. From our first call she was so friendly yet thorough, and all the way through the big day had this effortless way of being extremely organized but never, ever pushy. I had a day-of planner, but I know we would have been truly lost without Shelly there to keep things upbeat and on track. Shelly came out a day early to check out the venue and we talked through the day-of, while we walked the entire property (because I swore there were clovers... sorry Shelly, that was a long walk). I also basically made her drive all over Portland - from shooting the rehearsal dinner, to our day-of 'getting ready' location, THEN following us to the venue. But she had the best attitude the entire time, took everything in stride, and then took the best photos. Right, so THE PHOTOS *swoon* - - our wedding was crazy, did not follow a normal schedule AT ALL, and had 20+ more guests than RSVP'd (how does that even happen??). So, needless to say it was quite the fiasco. Shelly documented moments and faces we otherwise would have missed in unique ways we would have never seen them to begin with. He composition and attention to detail in every shot brought out the depth, emotion and all the energy of the day. Any post editing was consistent, purposeful, and only made the photos/moments feel more authentic and immediately nostalgic. The way she curated her blog post of images from our wedding told the story better than I could have ever described. Every. Single. Image. was beautiful. There were a lot of things that didn't go the way I hoped (vendor flubs, family drama, hungover bridal party haha) but Shelly's photos literally completely changed how, not only myself, but my friends and family remember our wedding. Basically, all I can tell you is: don't get married without Shelly. She really is the best ever.  ~Amanda and Taylor

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"Shelly was amazing at making us feel comfortable and kept us laughing the whole time! She was also really good at being in the background and super stealthy to get those candid shots. All in all would 100% recommend her. She also sent us our pictures in only two weeks!" ~Emily

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