Well? This is it! Have you ever heard of the saying, “If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough?” This is most definitely a DREAM COME TRUE!! I want to thank my family, friends, and complete strangers I’ve met along the way for all of the encouragement and support, but, above all, thank you, God, for affording me this amazing opportunity!
For those of you that do not know me (yet!!), I’m Shelley, just a girl with a camera…creating and preserving beauty with attitude, behavior, and actions.
I am married to my best friend and the proud mom of three GREAT kids who inspire me to no end. I didn’t grow up with a camera in my hand. In fact, I didn’t even think about it until my late 30’s (I’m not old…don’t judge!) when my mother-in-law appointed me to be the family photog. I am so glad she did (love you, Mary!) because I have thousands of photos, mostly of my kids, that “speak a thousand words” and have preserved lifetime stories that I truly believe will bridge generations to come.
So? How did I get to this point?
Well, you remember those kids I was talking about? Mine. They started growing up. FAST. Yep, just like everybody warned me. My kids started playing sports during their elementary school years and became talented athletes throughout their high school years. As the years passed, not only did they move FASTER, the overall action in their games became more intense! BOOM! It hit me. The only way I would be able to savor the memories and keep up with their action-packed lives was to invest in one of those “fancy” cameras. Got one. I had absolutely positively no clue how to use it, but I was bound and determined to figure it out. I read and researched cameras, lenses, concepts, and settings, as well as attended photography workshops, every chance I got and took lots (practice) and lots (more practice) and lots (practice makes perfect!) of photos of my kids, her kids, their kids, his kids, everybody’s kids!
I became very passionate about photography as I wanted “the best” possible photos of my kids…photos that stopped the action and were not a blurry mess when they ran, jumped or swung a bat.
Soon, family, friends, and parents of my kids’ teammates, as well as complete strangers, were asking me to help them configure their camera settings or, even more so, take photos of their kids playing ball and/or partaking in a special event. Now, not only was I shooting bring-a-tear-to-your-eye photos of my kids, I was capturing spontaneous, photo-worthy, amazing “life” moments of other peoples’ kids too!
Next up? You guessed it. My oldest son decided K-12 was enough for him so I had graduation staring me in the face. Senior pictures. No, I did not take them for a couple of reasons: #1. I honestly was not confident at the time. #2. I wanted him to have the “senior picture” experience with somebody other than his mom, who had taken so many pictures of him that I could get him to smile on command. I researched photography studios and his pictures turned out amazing. However, the price of beauty was definitely an eye-opener for me. I had no idea. I’m not sure first time parents of high school seniors really do. The Reader’s Digest version of this part of my journey is this: My love for photography goes hand-in-hand with my passion to help others. You can figure out the rest.
My photography style is simple.
Great, fashion-styled photos that won’t make you gag in years to come when looking back at them. I look at my high school senior pictures and think, really? But, then again, the only option I had for my senior pictures was the traditional, high volume studio. My pictures looked just like everyone else’s, they did nothing for my personality or style…I mean really, a “Little Bo Peep” formal complete with a hoop?! Not even kidding!
You know the ones who have taught me so much and inspired my love for photography? Well, my two youngest (yes, twins!), will be off to join their older sib in college too. Three college kids! WOW! Where did the time go? And, while, all the hype of their K-12 days may be over, I have GREAT memories and lots of photos to prove it!
I’ve learned that our kids grow wings and FLY whether we are really ready to let them go or not. Sometimes we don’t know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
I would be honored to help you document those most special to you. Kids. It’s what I know best.
Contact me for further information regarding modern high school senior portraits and/or game day sports action shots. I’m here to give you my absolute best. Oh! Did I mention my kids?