One of the best ways to vet who you potentially want to work with, is to see what past clients have to say about that photographer. Client care is my #1 priority. I go above and beyond to make sure each couple of mine has a easy and stress free wedding day. This job goes beyond taking pictures. It's helping you create your timeline, answer any questions you may have about the flow of the day, managing crisis before they arise, chatting with family members, getting photos back in a timely fashion, helping you create long lasting memories with beautiful artwork and wedding albums. It is much more than picking up a camera and coming to your wedding! I want to get to know you as a couple and let your personalities shine, all while making your day easy.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
~Amanda and Taylor