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Nice to meet you!

I am named for my grandmother, Shirley. I never got to meet her, but by all accounts she was intelligent, kind, and resourceful. I have a snapshot of her and my grandpa on their wedding day in 1942 that hangs in my studio to remind myself that the photos I create for my clients will be part of their story. 

Ready to chat?

Whether you have questions about my process or want to learn more about my love of Taylor Swift, I'd love to hear from you!

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The power of print

I believe in making beautiful images, but more than that, I believe those images need to exist in a gallery somewhere other than an Instagram carousel. Printed photos leave a legacy that cannot be captured in a digital-only existence.

Nerd alert! Research also shows that kids' self-esteem benefits from seeing themselves in printed photos. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I wear?

Is the wardrobe panic setting in? Let me help! Mom should start with what she feels comfortable in and build everyone else's outfits around her. Choose a color family and have each member in similar tones or shades. Pops of print work well on kiddos or underneath solids (think plaid or floral layered under a solid sweater). My number one wardrobe rule is to find something that makes you feel like the best version of yourself.

What do I do with my hands?

I have years of experience posing and directing clients and promise to help you look your best. You can rest assured that I've got a trick to help you look relaxed and natural. No Barbie arms allowed here!

My kids won't sit still.

That's not a question, but I've got an answer anyway! 

Family photos can be hectic (especially with little ones involved). I'm a mom and I GET IT. My goal is to capture the essence of your family, and some of the best memories are captured in the candid, sincere seconds of you enjoying each other's company. I'll worry about the kids looking at the camera - you focus on soaking up the moment.