"All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are more alike than we are unalike." - Maya Angelou
"So often I’m the one behind the camera (phone) capturing our growing babe, so to see our bond captured so candidly was a gift. Shea’s focus on moms and their babies acknowledged that there is a sweetness between Oakley and I that is special enough to be noticed, and documented through her lens. She left, and I wondered if we did it right, did we do enough, but I was wrong. The pictures she sent made my heart melt and I could see so clearly that Oakley and I have a sweet little love that didn’t need any doing, it just need us being. Shea is also just a gift of a human being –I felt encouraged as a mother by her, which is a feeling we could all use more often!" - Leah
"First of all-wow. We are SO HAPPY with the pictures you took! From the moment you arrived in our home, we felt instantly comfortable and at ease. Our session felt like hanging out with an old friend-despite the fact that we had met you only that day. You captured beautiful images of our family filled with love, gentleness and intimacy."
"Your style is perfect for people like us who are a little camera shy and prefer to keep things low key. Thank you for creating a little snap shot into our lives post baby, I know we will treasure these for many years to come... looking back at the images, I think I especially love the shots of normal things (breastfeeding, bathing, clothing, etc) because they feel so loving, gentle and intimate. When I look at myself looking at her in these pictures, I'm overwhelmed with love. You captured our new family perfectly :)" - Erin
"I really love (the images)! Truly Shea, you have such a keen eye and heart for this work. We are so grateful for this precious gift you have given us. I will always cherish these images, the memories Jack and I shared that morning, and what life looked like, felt like, sounded like at this very moment in our lives. I think thats why I have been so drawn in by photography since becoming a mother. It makes me feel like I can stretch it out, remember it clearer, and make it all last--- just a little while longer." - Emily
"I love that you captured our home, our everyday. These are the moments that I want to remember forever. And you blended in seamlessly so that it felt like we were just having a regular morning. I can definitely see doing this type of session every year. I only wish I had you out after Owen was born. And Wyatt. And when I was pregnant." - Mary
Gratitude and Inspiration
“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” - Steven Spielberg
I've been lucky enough to have been supported along my journey by some incredibly strong visionaries for the craft of capturing life and love. If you ever have the opportunity to work with and/or learn from any of these women and mamas, I sincerely hope you do so!
To my teachers - thank you for giving me the power to find my voice. For this, I will be forever grateful.
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