hi, i’m shelby! i’m an inclusive photographer, actor, and equestrian based out of manhattan with a bfa in drama from nyu’s tisch school of the arts with a minor in child and adolescent mental health studies.
the most important thing to me when i’m working with anybody (weddings, engagements, horses, dogs… you name it!) is that my client is comfortable and able to be themselves in front of the camera. i like to believe i’ve become an expert at minimizing the presence of the camera and giving my clients the space to relax and enjoy themselves. most of my clients start off with “i’m really awkward,” and i always assure them (you) not to worry, because the more present you are able to be, and the more comfortable you become with discomfort, the more you will shine through the camera.
i believe in not having a client-photographer relationship while i shoot, but rather a relationship between people who are all there to achieve the same goal: capturing a relationship, personality, and life. whether it’s a summer outdoor ceremony or a rustic winter wedding, i adapt to the environment to make your special day look as magical as it feels.
what i offer
my booking page has tons of information on any questions you may have: www.shelbyphillipsphotography.com/booking
you can also read about how i work from past clients: https://www.shelbyphillipsphotography.com/testimonials
i look forward to being in touch!
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Philippa · Married on 04/02/2018
We honestly don’t think we could recommend Shelby enough! We decided to elope in New York very last minute and so as the day approached were worried that we might have ended up without a photographer at all. After some last minute searching we found Shelby’s website and were so taken by how stunning, professional and yet natural her photos were. Having never had any couples photos together we were completely unprepared, but Shelby’s warm and friendly personality relaxed us, and her experience and knowledge in both photography and the area led us to some beautiful shots, capturing the day and our personalities perfectly. On the day we tied the knot, there was a considerable amount of snow, which meant some gorgeous pictures but also that visiting other sites in the city would have been cold and miserable. Shelby was kind enough to go out of her way to meet us again a few days later so that we got the best photos possible – the absolute best of both worlds! Shelby really surpassed any expectations we had by miles! It is over a month later and we are still getting compliments on all of our stunning photos. We have absolutely no regrets booking with Shelby, and would 100% recommend her, regardless of the occasion! If ever we need a photographer in the New York area, we know exactly who to contact!Sent on 05/15/2018
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Beth Bates · Getting married on 10/02/2019
Creative thoughtful photographer
Shelby was very communicative and responsive and it was easy scheduling a date for our engagement photo shoot with her. I was very happy with how the photos turned out and she did a great job encouraging us to try different poses and moving to different spots in the location we had chosen. I would highly recommend hiring her!Sent on 02/14/2019
Shelby Phillips Photography's reply:Beth, thank you so much for the kind words. My evening with you and Charlie was absolutely lovely, and made me feel so full. Best wishes in the UK, and I'll be thinking of you!
Corinna Spoto · Married on 07/20/2019
To be honest, I didn’t want anything elaborate for our engagement photos. I knew I would be spending a lot of money elsewhere on our wedding. I decided to check out Instagram to find someone local and Shelby was the perfect find! She exceeded our expectations by far. She knew all the best iconic spots in Dumbo. I was really nervous about the weather but she was consistently responsive and we decided to keep our original scheduled date. As soon as we started we saw the rain clouds starting to come. But she took us to about 5 of the best spots all within an hour and a half and we just missed the rain! My fiancé and I aren’t really camera people but she made us feel so comfortable from the second we met her. Got all our photos very fast and she was reasonbily priced. Would definitely recommend!Sent on 02/15/2019
Shelby Phillips Photography's reply:Corinna, thank you so much for your kind words. You two were so lovely and the overcast worked perfectly for us! I wish you both the best, and thank you again for sharing your time with me.