Let’s put our hands together to welcome one of the most recent additions to our list of Olympia wedding photographers, Shelby Schmidt! She considers her photography style to be a fusion of photojournalism and portrait photography.
“I catch both candid moments and detailed composition- I call it a fresh take on timeless.”
(Hint: Don’t miss out on a special deal at the end of this post!)
When it comes to photography, Shelby claims that it was love at first shutter click! A high school photography class ignited her passion and then she continued shooting throughout college at Washington State University. It wasn’t until after she graduated college that Shelby Schmidt Imagery was founded- and after her husband purchased her a better DSLR camera as a wedding gift!
Some of her biggest artistic inspirations come from the personalities of people Shelby meets through her career. She enjoys being able to hold pre-session interviews with potential clients to get to know their hopes and dreams from a photography session as well as what makes them who they are.
Interested to learn why Shelby now always carries a bandana in her camera bag? At one of her weddings, the bride and groom’s wedding preparation photos had been taken and it was time for their first look photos. The bride thought the groom had the blindfold ready, and the groom thought that she did! Of course, he couldn’t be trusted to simply keep his eyes closed. Thinking quickly, Shelby and the wedding party searched for something they could tie around the groom’s head…and came up with the best man’s sock.
“It ended up making the first look a very funny and cute encounter; I learn something new from each wedding!”
Shelby is a firm believer in following your passions. Aside from running a photography business, she is also a gymnastics instructor. She coaches competitive gymnasts as well as teaches “Mommy & Me” classes for the littler ones. A few more fun facts? Our Olympia wedding photographer loves a good book and can be found reading on her porch rain or shine!
“The thing that I love the most about living in the Pacific Northwest is experiencing every season and the landscape contrast. I can go from photographing people in an urban setting to a snowy mountain top to the Puget Sound!”
Brides who mention this post when booking wedding photography with Shelby Schmidt Imagery will receive a free one hour engagement session!