I am a Detroit wedding and portrait  photographer capturing love stories for couples, families and more. I have been doing this amazing career for over thirteen years now and have been in the wedding industry for even longer. Traveling to different cities, states and even internationally, I have shot 100's of weddings. Seeing other places has been such a beautiful part of this journey, but my wanderlust always leads me back home to Michigan. Northern Michigan is my happy place and if I could pick one place to explore more, it would be there! 


WELCOME, I'm shanell

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It is my passion as an artist and storyteller to create imagery that is joyful, romantic, authentic and ultimately beautiful. I want to capture each and every client as they are, showcasing their love story. After shooting 100’s of weddings and serving this industry for over thirteen years, I’ve learned more than anything how a day needs to be ran. Taking the days timeline into my own hands, has been one of the biggest benefits to my clients. Not only will you know where you need to be, when you need to be, I’ll be there helping to guide you. I want my clients to be able to fully intrust in me. Also trusting in my directional posing, management of your bridal party, and making sure your day is a flawless as possible. 

I am inspired by the magic of love and wonder of this world, finding beauty in all the moments, from big too small. Finding joy and celebration in watching the story unfold and capturing it all, giving my clients a tangible heirloom of their most cherished memories. 

Please explore my work and send me a note with any questions.


MEET shanell

meet the artist



I believe the love you share becomes your legacy and my goal is to capture those moments. Photography is more than just a person and a camera, it's about carefully crafting and capturing the moments of your life and telling your story.





Brittany +Alex

Shanell is hands down, without a doubt, THE photographer you want to capture one of the most important days of your life. She is easy going, understanding, encouraging, funny and very professional. She was literally THE ONLY vendor on the day of our wedding I could actually count on. My husband and I consider her a real friend now, more than just our photographer. Although I am super excited for her to capture all of our future family events, like maternity and newborn photos! We had two engagement sessions with her and it can be nerve racking at first, when you aren’t a model and you have someone you don’t know that well capturing the love you and your partner share with one another. But with in a matter of minutes she made us both feel so comfortable and relaxed. It ended up being a ton of fun! And when we got the pictures back ( in such timely fashion), she made us LOOK like models. It was everything I had dreamt. Our second engagement session was in the FREEZING cold (literally, like -2 degrees outside) and she was such and amazing sport! She kept us laughing and having fun and those photos turned out EVEN better than the first session (which I didn’t think was possible). Bottom line, she is worth EVERY penny of your wedding budget and you would be doing yourself a disservice 



Randi & Matthew

Shanell is amazing! I am SO glad she was recommended to me by several of my friends. She's such a nice person and so talented. I've followed her on social media since booking her and have loved every single photo she's posted. We recently received our engagement pictures and we LOVE them!! Shanell made the day fun and easy. She was all for doing our sports themed pictures and capturing them exactly how we wanted them! The time flew by and she got so many great shots. We are so glad she will be doing our wedding pictures as well. It's a great feeling to not have to worry how your pictures will turn out because you trust your photographer 100%. I would recommend her to anyone!!!




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