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 often 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.
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?
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.....
I would love to take a pause on your scrolling to let all my couples know that I photograph people.....all people, and all their love. No matter what your love represents, or what your flavor is, I do not discriminate on who I choose as my clients. Love comes in all shapes, sizes, races, genders, ages, sexuality....you name it. It is all special and equally precious. I want my couples to feel comfortable with me knowing that I am here for you and I see you, and I think your love is beautiful.
Mountains of Colorado
Napa Valley, CA
New Orleans, LA
Puerto Vallarta, MX
Yosemite NP, CA
New Haven, CT
Isle of Skye, Scotland
Playa Del Carmen, MX
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
Grand Cayman Island, Caribbean
And many more places!
My boyfriend and I have a golden retriever named Gonzo!
I've been photographing weddings since 2013
I shoot on Nikon d850s, and I've always been a Nikon girl!
I love to travel. So far I've been to almost 30 countries.
I've backpacked a lot! Including in Sequoia NP, the Catskills, Vermont, and in Arizona!
I lived in New Zealand for 6 months!
I'm an enneagram 7
I grew up in Upstate NY, then moved to San Diego where I lived for 10 years, and I now reside in Denver!
Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
My ultimate list of places I'd love to shoot at!
Discounted rates for locations listed below!
Acadia National Park
Glacier National Park
But let's be honest, this list is always growing!
SHELLY IS BASED IN COLORADO, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA,
AND UPSTATE NEW YORK,
BUT IS AVAILABLE FOR TRAVEL WORLDWIDE