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Based out of Princeton, New Jersey, Dear Heart Films + Portraits is a business that provides wedding and lifestyle photography services. Owner and operator Shelby Staub Hunter is a photographer and cinematographer who delights in showcasing wedding celebrations through vivid images. You can call on Shelby to seamlessly document the emotion, beauty, and details of your wedding day.


Since 2016, Shelby has poured her passion for photography and videography into Dear Heart Films + Portraits. She has worked hard to develop her current style. For photos, she shoots a mix of natural candids and poses involving movement and edits in natural tones with leanings towards pinks/purples and the moodier style. For video, she enjoys the storytelling aspect and the artistry of cinematography. Either through photo or video, Shelby wants your individual personalities as well as who you are as a couple to come through her work.

Services Offered

From the Poconos to the Arizona desert, Shelby will travel all over the world to capture your day! Wedding service with Dear Heart Films + Portraits comes in a range of customizable packages to suit your requirements. Every photo package includes a complimentary engagement session to help you prepare for your big day in front of the camera. Upon request, Shelby will provide additional hours of coverage, move with you between wedding venues, and bring in professional second photographers.

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Engagement Shoot
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Multi. Locations
One Event / Day
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2nd Shooter
Engagement Shoot
High-Res Images
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One Event / Day
Digital Files

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What photography services do you offer?

Additional Hours
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Engagement Shoot
High-Res Images
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Wedding Portraits

What photography items do you offer?

Digital Files
Matted Prints
Save the Date
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Rachel M. Married on 09/03/2023
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The best photographer!

Shelby and Marlena were amazing, kind, patient and fun to be around. Shelby was able to get all the shots I asked for and more! She was on top of the time and yet super flexible adjusting as needed throughout the day. She was amazing at making me feel comfortable and at ease and deal with my family's craziness. She fit right into the party and made herself present but yet non intrusive during the reception which is exactly what we wanted. The pictures were amazing and she was able to capture our natural selves! I highly recommend hiring her for any event!
Carly F. Married on 10/16/2022
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Shelby is the BEST!

Shelby truly captured the day and was an asset throughout the whole wedding planning process. We were looking for someone who took a more natural approach to photography, and knew that when we met Shelby, she was the only one we wanted to capture our special day (and our engagement photos)! She was so easy to work with, and her online interface and booking system was easy to navigate. Her work is stunning, and she is the biggest sweetheart. We absolutely love her! We are so thankful that we had Shelby to help us capture the most important day of our lives thus far. I HIGHLY recommend Shelby and Dear Heart Films + Portraits!
Anna A. Married on 09/25/2022
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Amazing and Talented!

Dear Heart Films + Portraits was the best decision we could have made. Shelby is kind, professional and insanely talented! We loved her pictures from the get go and she delivered for both our engagement photos and our wedding photos!! Her and Nick were nothing short of amazing capturing everything on our wedding day. The sneak peaks we received are so beautiful and we get so many compliments.

Thank you Shelby and Nick!
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Shelby Hunter
Shelby Hunter
Photographer & Cinematographer

I've been shooting photo and video since I was old enough to pick up a camera. In college, I started my business and shot three weddings that year. I realized I LOVE hearing people's stories, everything from how they met to what they enjoy doing together to what their favorite things about each other are.

I believe people need to be passionate about their work and this is especially true when it comes to creative industries. I genuinely love what I do and it shows through my photos and films. I want to get to know my couples so their personalities can shine through what I do.

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