Tell me a little bit about your business!
I received my first film camera on my 16th birthday from my mom, which she had actually gotten for her own sweet sixteen! I became immediately hooked and I shot my first wedding shortly after. I began photographing weddings more seriously in college, and after my own wedding in 2017, I knew in my heart that this is EXACTLY what I wanted to do! Shelby Heisler Photography was born! Today, I am usually assisted by my mom, Kim, and we truly put absolutely everything we have into each wedding and session we photograph together.
What makes your work unique?
When I take wedding photos, I always have the mental image of my couple showing their photos to future generations. My goal in both my editing and posing is to be timeless with still being unique to you as a couple. Whether you’re more calm and reserved, cool and trendy, or just straight up nerds like my husband and me, I want to capture all of that. I want you to look at your photos and go, “Wow. This is just so us!”
Being that my business is a multi-generational family affair, my mom looks at portraits in the lens of someone who’s been looking at her wedding photos for over 30 years. She knows exactly what you’ll want in the long-run, and I can’t stress the importance of that. I want your photos to hold up long after we stop using Instagram.
What is your ideal client like?
Honestly? My ideal client is someone totally upside down bonkers in love with their significant other, and that brings their pets to their engagement session! Laughing at my jokes is a bonus.
What is your approach to photography?
My approach to photography is truly letting my clients be themselves in every aspect. My posing includes a ton of prompts so that your significant other’s laugh is genuine and exactly like how you fell in love with it. Photography, specifically wedding and portrait photography, is all about capturing authentic moments above all else.