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Hello!

I’m Shaena, a documentary photographer and filmmaker. I believe in love and living whole-heartedly. I honor you in all of your uniqueness, your sweetness, your refuse-to-fit-in-a-box-ness. Let's celebrate the love story of your life! 

My approach to photography reflects my love of story, candid moments, and natural light.  

A little about me

It was an old Minolta film camera, and it was beautiful. It belonged to my father and he let me borrow it during my awkward pre-teen years. I’ll never forget the thrill of hearing the metallic clunk of the shutter and the magic of getting a roll of film developed. Years later, I studied photojournalism at Ohio University, and since then my camera has led me to the most wonderful and unexpected places.

I’m currently based out of Chapel Hill and Boone, North Carolina, but welcome any excuse to travel. My fiancé Chad and I have a beautiful baby boy, Osha James, and are currently starting a small sustainable farm in the Appalachian foothills. I love things made by hand, adventures, good stories, social and environmental justice, herbalism, and spending time outside.