Hi I'm Shawnee! I'm a queer feminist photographer with a heart of gold and a no-fuss kinda attitude. I've been photographing weddings for the past 8 years, and each one offers a new and interesting challenge. I love finding creative ways to shoot my couples that are unexpected and fun. My goal is to keep you laughing, relaxed, and cuddly during this awesome party you have planned, and make sure you remember such a wonderful day in the most genuine and authentic way possible. I'm all about adventuring off the traditional wedding path, and making your wedding day exactly how YOU want it to be. I live in Richmond, Virginia with my partner and our crew of animals, and absolutely adore this little city. I live to travel and am up for going anywhere your heart desires. Travel is included in every package, so where would you like to go? Check the travel dates below to see if I’ll be near you.
I'm laid back and try to blend into your event without being in the way or making the whole day feel like a photo shoot. Getting to truly know my couples is an important part of this process. I want you to be comfortable, and I won't overly direct you, interrupt what is naturally happening, or put you in weird awkward poses. Your expressions should be natural and reflect who you really are. I believe the best images are created when your personality gets to shine through an already incredible moment; I just have the honor of capturing this through my own viewpoint to tell your extraordinary story.
I love and appreciate all kinds of relationships and celebrations, and will travel wherever your heart desires to be apart of your ideal moment in time.
-Societal and Gender "norms"
-Gossip & Comparisons
-Weird awkward poses that no one would
ever do in real life
-Traveling the world
-Red wine and a big 'ol cheese plate
-Parks and Rec
-Sadie-Sue, my rescue pit bull dog-child
-Gender neutral pronouns. I use y'all a lot, and
it's not just because I was born in the south
Every celebration and event is different, and that's what makes my job so interesting. Whether you are having a private vow renewal in a remote location, a small backyard party to celebrate your commitment to each other, or a wedding with 500 guests at the swankiest of venues; we can work out a package to fit your needs perfectly. I love to travel and will go anywhere you need me! My partner and I travel very frequently throughout the year. Check out the travel dates below, as I make my way around the world. I'd love to connect with you!
(Travel within the Continental US and Puerto Rico is included in all packages)
*Please contact for elopement / weekday wedding rates
2017 Travel Dates
March - Beaufort SC
April - San Francisco, Salt Lake City
May - Eagles Mere Maryland, NYC, Hartford CT
June - NYC, Washington DC
August - NYC
September - Albany NY, Cape Cod MA, Washington DC
October - Houston TX, Baltimore MD
Raves & Reviews
Raves & Reviews
I... I’m speechless! Omg. These photos are freaking incredible! I mean, I already knew I loved your work, but you’ve still managed to somehow totally knock my (and Tom’s!) socks off. They’re so beautiful! It’s art that makes my eyeballs happy, and features people we love! The moments that you captured are utterly priceless. You even photographed a tender moment between my Mum and Dad, which I don’t think has been caught on film since their own wedding day! You’re a wizard. A wizard of art and memories. It’s the only explanation.
Mum and I were chatting a few days after the wedding, and remarking on how lucky it was that the internet gods led me to you. In particular we praised your non-intrusive photography style, and even she noticed that whenever there was a special moment or connection, she would look around and sure enough you were there capturing it. I also want to thank you again for the shoot in the park at dusk, with just the three of us. That was honestly one of the highlights of my day, it was a really surprising but welcome relief to be able to play with my husband in the park away from everyone’s attention. I always felt completely comfortable around you, and I honestly can’t tell you just how grateful and happy we are with the photos we have. I mean, really. You’ve absolutely blown us away.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
So we finally had a chance to sit down with a glass of wine and watch the slideshow of of the STUNNING wedding shots you sent us, and all I can say is:
OMG I'M SO OVER THE MOON AND VERY LUCKY BECAUSE THESE ARE SO RIDICULOUSLY GORGEOUS AND AMAZING I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW FANTASTIC YOU ARE!!!!!!!
Like, SERIOUSLY, Damn woman! We watched it through 3 times in a row because they are so beautiful! I can't thank you enough for all the work and effort that went into this project for you, and I am simply in awe and admiration of your talent and expertise. You captured moments that I completely forgot happened, ones that I was so happy to witness even though I wasn't present for them, ones that made me and my heart smile so big! Rebecca said she can't believe how comfortable she felt being photographed the whole time, and that means a lot to me. The lighting, the tree, the smiles and laughs, the emotion, the things that all touched my heart, and made our wedding really feel like OURS...you just captured it all perfectly! I am so grateful, truly. You are amazing, and I'm so happy we have found you. I can't wait for something else major to happen for us so I can call you again!
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about A Lovely Photo and Shawnee. The girl has some serious talent behind the camera, and she captured moments that we will forever cherish from our wedding day. I am not quite sure HOW she got some of the crazy shots she did, as she seriously just fit right in with our guests...I didn't even know she was snapping those pictures sometimes! She is super personable and fun and makes you feel completely at ease! Just hire her for your next photo session...you will NOT be disappointed.
Q. What kind of equipment do you use?
A. I've always been a Canon person, and I have a serious love for the Sigma Art lenses.
Q. Do you have insurance?
A. Sure do! Just let me know if your venue needs my information.
Q. Will you be the one photographing our event?
A. Absolutely. I currently run this business on my own, so everything from emails, consultations, shooting, editing, and delivery is all handled by me. If you would like more than one photographer for your event that is always an option, and I have a handful of very talented photographers I will call upon for assistance.
Q. How many years have you been doing this?
A. I started shooting weddings a little over 8 years ago, and haven't looked back since. I recently dove in head first to this wonderful little business of mine and left my 9-5, which was terrifying at the moment, but has been so incredibly rewarding. I seriously have the most amazing clients, and absolutely love what I get to do everyday.
Q. Do we get the digital files from our portrait session or event?
A. Yes! You will always receive the edited high-resolution images in an online downloadable gallery, with printing rights included. You can order prints through me (they won't break the bank) and they will be printed at my professional lab on archival paper and last a lifetime. Or you can take them down to the local market and print them off there, whatever you want to do!
Q. Can you make me thinner/taller/look like a magazine cover in my photos?
A. Short answer, no. I think you are beautiful just the way you are, and focus my work on body positivity and genuine moments. Aside from removing any surprise blemishes (zits, bruises, or injuries), I don't "retouch" any of my images.
Q. We really want to work with you, but live so far away! How do we make that happen?
A. Living far away is no problem! I love to travel, and will go wherever you are or want to have your celebration. I always want to meet my couples so we can chat and get to know each other before working together. We can do this via Skype/Google Hangout/Facetime or by phone. Whatever works best for you is great for me.
Q. How long until we get our pictures back?
A. My goal is to have your images back to you in two weeks. Sometimes my shooting schedule becomes a little insane and that isn't possible, but I will always have your pictures and online gallery ready in no more than 30 days from your event.
Q. We're ready to book! What's the process?
A. Yay! In order to reserve the date with me, I require a $1000 retainer fee (that is applied to your total balance due) and a signed contract. Both of these can be taken care of online, and you can pay by card or check. The remaining balance on your package is due one week before the event.