Shelby Caitlin

I am a girl that will show up caffeinated, early and ready to shoot. I thrive in environments that may seem a little chaotic, but y’all this isn’t my first rodeo. I can wrangle the groomsmen like a boss, handle the mother and mother in law gracefully, and be ready with things you didn’t realize you needed or wanted like that ice cold beverage. Did I mention, my colleague and I (Lauren when you book us together) enjoy a shot of whiskey at the end of the day with the Bride & Groom?
So, your wedding is down a dirt road with no service? An hour away from the closest town? Shoot, that sounds great to me! Growing up a rancher’s granddaughter I can take directions like a cattle hauler.

Authentic and real. I will always have my “go with the flow” pants on, while remembering to catch those details that you will cherish years to come.

What to Expect

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You love images that are Authentic, bright, and filled with love & laughter.


Great coffee or fine wines are your guilty pleasure.


Getting lost down a dirt road isn't a time to panic, but a time to breathe and pray.


Your goal on your wedding day is to be surrounded by those you love, enjoy the party & celebrate the next chapter in your journey.


You want to be a little fancy & a little ranchy on your wedding day. louis vuitton for the ceremony and old gringo's for the party


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You believe a girl can never have enough turquoise… or horses. ;)


Your favorite place on earth is riding shotgun with your love checking cows or fields. 


You’re most comfortable at home, sweats on, watching Yellowstone or Lonesome Dove with your love.


Planning for marriage is more important to you than planning the wedding day.


you might be my client if

  "I have now had the pleasure of shooting with Shelby on two separate occasions. Both times I was amazed at her ability to remain gracious under pressure. Shelby took charge of so many different pieces, giving direction, helping the models pose, finding suitable light (on a rainy day), and coming up with creative ways to show off each person's contribution. The pictures came out beautiful and I knew I wanted to book her for my family pictures.
            I am absolutely in LOVE with the way she captured my family. She was playful, patient and engaging. My husband, who hates getting his picture taken, even had a great time. Shelby made us feel comfortable and joyful. She has a way of removing any awkwardness or embarrassment from the process. It was more like having a friend over than a scheduled appointment to take pictures. I would highly recommend her to anyone hoping to get amazing and authentic pictures."

"playful, patient & engaging"

                 I booked Shelby to shoot both my engagement photos (southern OK) and my small destination wedding (Ruidoso, NM) this year - both trips halfway across the country for her. I can’t gush enough about how spectacular she is to have around on your special day. She will both pose you right down to the fingertips, and capture your personalities in candids beyond what you could have imagined. She never panics or shows stress - she is a problem solver and will make your photos happen, no matter what it takes. On the day of my wedding, she was as much of a coordinator as she was a photographer, and she made the photo process SO enjoyable for all of us. My day was perfect and beautiful in every way, and I still couldn’t have dreamed how much more magical it would look through the lens of her camera. Like most women, I’m someone who is insecure in photos and will pick myself to shreds. I never expected to love my photos as much as I do - I am INFATUATED. She knew exactly how to bring our love story to life, in a way I can’t put into words. Not only is Shelby immensely talented, and will go out of her way to make your vision become reality, but you will leave your shoot with a dear, kind, fun FRIEND. She never feels like a contractor - she truly feels like a friend capturing your day. Out of the many decisions I made for my wedding day, booking Shelby from afar was the best decision I made. I’ll never use anyone else! She’s MY legacy photographer, for sure!
- New Mexico Bride-

"Infatuated, Legacy Photographer & forever Friend"

“ I met Shelby a few years ago when she was working for The American Rodeo down in Arlington, TX. Shelby was down in the arena capturing the rough stock ~ truly amazing! Since then we have worked a wedding and facilitated a photoshoot together. When you hire Shelby for your family pictures, engagement photos or your wedding photos, just know that Shelby is such a kind/fun/adaptable person ~ she will easily put you at ease and create a wonderful experience for you. She is not only a true professional and incredibly thorough, but also shows a consistent mastery of lighting and composition in all of her images. The photographs she creates are clean, timeless and sincerely beautiful. I would be honored to have Shelby take my forever photos! “
Xoxo Tami Bernard Makeup Artist


Not only did Shelby Caitlin take AMAZING photos, she also stepped in and coordinated, helped with any little thing that we needed, fit in just like family, and brought joy to everywhere she was on our wedding day. 
I cannot recommend her enough, no matter what state you are in!!
-  Texas Bride - 

"Amazing photos, like family & helpful"


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I am Located in Paso Robles California, as well as Lincoln (long distance relationships. Anything for Love right. 💜). I travel to Texas, Oklahoma & Arizona a few times a year. Don't worry my bags are packed and ready for an adventure.

Where Are You Located?

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The amount of images varies on the session or event, plus the number of hours. 

How Many Images Are Included?

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I do not, unless it is a special request like someone wanting to purchase the Copy Rights to the images. Which will be expensive. I am open to the conversation.

Do You Give Out Unedited Photos?

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A retainer is due the day the contract is signed to lock in your date. Then remainder is due 30 days prior to event. Cancellations 72 hours prior to event or session will be charged a fee but not limited to $200. 

How Does Payment Work?

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Oh, I got you! Click the Book Now tab. 
Once you have submitted your form, we will either Facetime or have a coffee/wine date to discuss the details of your big day. Once, I have all the answers I need, I will build you a custom proposal, chat again then sign and go from there. 

how do i book you?

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In case of an emergency like I am dying or deathly ill, I will find a photographer to cover your date. I have some pretty amazing people in my corner. 

What if you can’t be at our wedding?

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Great question. Every wedding is unique, I like to inquire about the size of the wedding and those must have moments. Those moments will determine if I think its best to spend the extra money or save it. I love to use Lauren Maeve Photography ( I am her go to second shooter), but she is expensive but worth it. Also, with Lauren if I have your date booked already I highly recommend Lauren.💜
 Or Lindsey Hahn, which if you check her page she maybe able to assist you with a bridal boudoir session. Tell her I sent you 💜

What about a second shooter?

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I have had a camera in my hand since 2012, I started photographing the ranch I lived on and the people that worked with us. It wasn't until 2018 that I was inspired to take a leap and buy the big boy camera. Then October 2020 (during a pandemic) I quit my job and decided to go full time as a wedding, family and all things story telling photographer.

How long have you been a photographer?

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Well they say rain is good luck on your wedding day. 
We will work with it. If there is anything I have learned, it's be adaptable and ready to serve. You would have the choice to adjust your wedding day (postpone if the weather will be gnarly) You will then have to coordinate with everyone to reschedule

What happens if the weather is bad?

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Yes, when I say Yes, I mean I will touch up if something is obstructing the image, but I will not make anyone look not like their true selves. I take pride in be a natural light and authentic photographer. 

Will you photoshop us?

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Don't worry, I have a custom guide for you that will answer all your question. I like to encourage couples to be true to themselves. 

What do we wear to our photoshoot?

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Oh money questions, everyone's favorite topic.
If I am traveling to you in another state, flight and hotel must be booked by you 5-6 months in advance. I will take a cheap flight all day, but a hotel with my gear that I will be traveling with, please don't stick me in a sketchy part of town. A rental car is also included with travel. 
If you do not want to organize my travel, I am happy to invoice you after you have approved what I have found. 💜

How does travel expenses work?

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I offer discounts once a year. Guess what time of year. Black Friday in December. 
I also offer gift certificates on my site as well. 💜

Do you offer discounts?

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My turn around time for a wedding is 4-6 weeks. A traditional session 2-3 weeks. 

What is your turnaround time?

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💜Yes💜 Once you have booked, I will share my preferred vendors list with you. As well as showing you a timeline so you have an idea, if you do not have a wedding planner or day of coordinator. 
We will go over the pros and cons of a first look with your groom, possibilities of small details that I have seen at others weddings that may fit your vibe. PLEASE 💜 Please remember this is YOUR & your FIANCÉ day! 

Do you help in the planning process?

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Short answer: Yes.
I love doing family or senior sessions. I didn't grow up with a close or big family, so anytime I have a chance to capture the beauty of family, it is always a YES!💜 
Newborn sessions, if you go on my Insta, you will only see one (it is super cute of a little girl in a boot), unless the couple requests a simple yet traditional style I am happy to do it, but Robin Barnes Photography is who I recommend for the Central Coast. 

Do you photograph newborns, families, etc. ?

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