Hey there, Shelley here! I'm a free-spirited woman who loves incorporating a little bit of glamour into my life wherever I can. I believe in kindness and honesty and living life to the fullest. Flowers and laughter, and sweet, quiet moments are my favorite. I think the way which I capture things in photographs is very much an extension of who I am.
While I’ve lived in Raleigh for over the past 9 years, I’ve had the amazing fortune to travel all over the world photographing weddings. I love photographing weddings both big and small, urban or outdoors, What I love so much about weddings are that each one is unique and exciting in its own way!
As far as photography style goes, I love to keep things as genuine to you as possible. Rather than cookie-cutter poses, I like to guide couples to interact, connect, and have fun. Most of the time, I want you to forget you’re even being photographed. That’s my ticket to capturing the gorgeous, real you! I love natural light, and honest, natural moments. When you look back on your wedding photos each anniversary, I want you not only to see the beauty of the flowers, your dress, and the cake you chose- I want you to relive the sweet memories that you shared with each other, your family and friends! That is what is really important to me.
If you’d like more information about me, or are interested in having me photograph your beautiful wedding memories, please don't hesitate to contact me! I look forward to getting to know you and hearing ALL about your love story!
Michelle Elyse Photography
NOTE: Michelle Elyse Photography is a sister company of Hartman Outdoor Photography, both of which are owned and operated by Michelle Elyse (Shelley) Hartman.
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Recommended by 100% of couples
Ray · Married on 04/14/2018
Working with Shelley felt like working with a close friend, if that close friend was an incredibly talented and competent photographer. My wife discovered her through a friend’s photos and thereafter kept going back to her portfolio - even before the wedding we couldn’t imagine the day through anyone else’s lens (or eye!). Her wedding photos are both expansive in the magnificence of the natural scenes she selects as well as intimate in the quiet emotions she is able to capture. Her style in editing is subtle - she does not overwhelm you by oversaturating everything in happy pastels; rather, her finished products draw the viewer into the details of the portrait through the skillful use of a slight grayscale, and make the richness of the colors all the more apparent through her use of contrast. Shelley is uncannily skillful at catching the best light and her subjects within it. She somehow manages to snap poignant little moments while everyone in the wedding is running around - she is a great observer. We also were impressed by the dedication and creativity with which she approached location scouting… she definitely won’t just park your wedding party in front of the nearest acceptable looking background! The images that we got and the fun we had getting them were all because of Shelley’s adventurous spirit and ability to put people at ease. Her communication in leading up to the event was detail oriented and especially helpful in terms of planning our timeline; it was clear that she is incredibly experienced. She was excellent at crowd management of a large wedding party, and was able to efficiently use dedicated portrait time by giving clear instructions and prompting spontaneous looking arrangements. We also highly recommend adding an additional session, whether as an engagement shoot or a day-after shoot. It is such a privilege to have her work to look back on for years to come!
Ruthanne · Married on 09/22/2018
Shelley was wonderful! She put us totally at ease and was super flexible with scheduling our engagement and wedding weekend photo shoots. She is exceptionally talented and friendly and we would highly recommend her!
jill · Married on 08/16/2017
Hartman Outdoor Photography was the best decision my husband and I made! Shelley is beyond accommodating, flexible, professional, warm, and prompt. There is not a single photo that my husband and I are not in love with; every photo more beautiful than the next. We can not be more pleased with the quality of Shelley's work - we relive our wedding day each time we look at the pictures. Thank you Shelley - we look forward to working with you in the future!
Offering $350 off full-day wedding packages booked between now and 11/25/18. Valid on weddings in central North Carolina only.
Shelley is a phenomenal photographer, and a pleasure to work with. She knows her business, and manages to get great photos without being intrusive.
Josh and Shelley's work speaks for itself, but add to this that they are both kind, funny, and professional on the wedding day. A pleasure to work with and I confidently recommend them to all my couples seeking a photographer!
Josh and Shelley are the perfect team! They get the most amazing shots and are totally fun and friendly to work with. They both took the time to greet me and were polite in asking if I had any rules about taking photos during the ceremony. It is very clear they are passionate about their work and are true professionals. I highly recommend them and loved working with them!