I received a message from someone following my work on FB.
"I showed your photos to a 92 Year Old Woman and she said:
THIS IS WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT!"
Fantasy The Art of a Woman
I have just finished a photoshoot with Shelley, this, by the way, was not the first shoot!!! Once you have worked with the best.... you always go back!!! Shelley has gone with my whimsical nature, having me be just apart of my stories!!! It has been so much fun!! Shelley sweetly and gently coaxes your essence to emerge and at that very moment, she catches the true beauty of who you really are!!! One only wishes I could wave my wand to give you more than just 5 stars, I would give you at least 7 out of 5!!!!
I have to say you are amazing Shelley. Corina looked like someone had taken away her candy for most of the session. I can hardly believe you got such a beautiful photo of my sweetie!
What joy! This is our second session and they are so worth it! The boys love the sets. My serious little 2-year-old gets the biggest smile. The talked about their "Fishing Trip" Down by the Pond for days and they still want to come back to the Winter Wonderland. For them, this is magic in our world. It's beautiful.
And the fun! From the chaos of the kids being over-excited on the set to seeing Shelley's photos you are amazed - how does she do it?! And how come it feels like I am seeing my boys all anew for the first time?
It's the joy in their eyes, the smiles they have for each other. The pictures catch it in a way that's perhaps been shielded from me shomehow - the love they have for each other.
And seeing that, for me, has been an amazing gift.
Mother & Baby
My session with Shelley was amazing. First I was pampered with a wonderful day of hair & makeup (which made this now mom feel human again). Then photos with my baby girl. An outfit to make me feel beautiful and the direction to ensure my last few baby pounds stayed hidden. I felt truly beautiful and so blessed to share such beautiful moments with my baby girl. The photos are so amazing and really capture our love.
Down by the Pond
This was the first photo session Jax had & he did amazing. I was so proud of him. He is normally very shy & cries if strangers talk to him. But with Shelley, Jax never batted an eye. They were so good with him. During the session, he never looked up wondering where I was! I was able to peek in and watch a bit and I knew it was going to be a hard decision to pick the best three.
Shelley is very professional. She is very quick to respond to emails which helped this experience as I have many questions. She even found the perfect outfit for him and captured the most amazing pictures. I cannot wait to get and share these pictures. Just seeing the results makes me so happy!
Down by the Pond A Children's Storybook Portrait
My boys aged 2 and 4 years were very excited to fish for imaginary trout! It kept their attention longer than usual. Thanks for the photos!
We had an amazing time with Shelley. She is very kind and professional. We loved her work and how the pictures look so unique and special. We will certainly refer her to our friends and family. We will come back again in the future!
~Sunny, Amen & Amaaya~
Thank You, Shelley, for a fun and whimsical experience. Even though my 2-year-old daughter was a bit shy at first she quickly warmed up and had lots of fun exploring the Enchanted Forest. We had a lovely time and are looking forward to bringing our prints home!
We had an amazing experience at the Enchanted Forest. From the beginning when Shelley opened the door dressed as a fairy. She was so good at explaining to the kids what they should do in a playful way and the assistant helped to keep the kids happy! We were so happy when we left.
We just saw the presentation of all the pictures, and I was in tears because they are all so beautiful and magical. Shelley is doing a great job. It is so obvious that it really is a passion from the heart, not just a job.
I loved every minute of the photo shoot. I enjoyed the excitement of everything. I also felt so comfortable and overall happy. This is an experience I will never forget! The results that we got were very fun to look at and I am glad that we will have these forever.
This was the best photo shoot I have had so far. I love the set. It was truly magical! Thanks so much for this fun experience. The pictures look amazing and I imagine them after the retouching and sparkles as absolutely beautiful.
I loved everything!!!!
Wow, watching the experience of my three daughters transformed into a magical wonderland was amazing! Thank you, Shelley, you have incredible talent. I know my daughters will treasure these photos for the rest of their lives.
Down by the Pond
We had an amazing experience. Shelley explained what the kids should do in a playful way and helped keep them happy! I just saw the presentation of all the pictures and I was in tears because they are so beautiful and magical. This really is a passion for Shelley and not just a job.
An amazing experience with Shelley. Her photos depicted an Enchanted Forest and we got to be the fairies! Our costumes were amazing and Shelley took the time required to make everything perfect. We had a perfect day and the photos are spectacular. Thank You, Shelley, they will always be treasured.
What a beautiful presentation! Thank you for capturing our Fairy Experience. Your art shines through like the crystal you are.
The Ole Barnyard
We came back for another session after we loved our fishing pictures. The old barnyard theme seemed fitting since we come from a family of farming, horse racing and rodeo. Jax enjoyed his session as you can tell from the amazing photos that were created. He made a very cute cowboy. I could help but smile as I saw all the beautiful photos for the first time. The tough part is deciding which ones to have on my wall.
~ Trisha Kennedy ~
The Ole Barnyard
This whole process has been very unique and exciting. The boys really enjoyed the cool set & props! Shelley was so patient with the chaos and had great vision & instinct. I love getting family photos once a year, so this is perfect for us! I enjoyed being able to see the photos so soon. They were so cute! Amazing experience for us!
~ Danielle Spencer ~
Thanks for the photos! Nice, Quick and entertaining for my short attention children. The Pirate Session perked their interest and they enjoyed playing with the treasure.
Baby's First Year
She is here my little newborn. All I do is change diapers, nurse, and rock her to sleep. I'm so tired and sleep deprived but at the same time so happy. It seems like it will always be like this. And then one day I woke up, still tired, but a little less, still nursing, still changing diapers, but my little human is now a one-year-old walking toddler. Where did the time go? Can I remember when she sat by herself for the first time? Can I remember when she first crawled? Can I remember her first smile, her first teeth, her first steps?
Everything happened so fast! The Baby's First Year Program captured all these moments, even if a little blurry in my mind they are beautifully sharp in the spectacular portraits Shelley created! Thank You for helping me remember the most amazing year of my life.
~ Veronica ~
"My photo shoot with Shelley was absolutely amazing and transformational. I've always held a fear of being seen yet that is one of the very things I desired most. Shelley helped me to not only be seen but to see myself through an unfiltered lens with no judgement. It was more than a photo shoot, it was a shot at being myself and discovering the playful side of me!"
We were all excited the day of the photoshoot. The preparations, hair, makeup, outfits were all ready. Shelley prepared us well. She was welcoming and gave us all the instruction we needed to achieve the best pictures. Shelley is a very professional artist and we are very grateful to have worked with such a great person. We look forward to our next shoot.
WOW!! I don't know where to start I am so blown away. The pictures are stunning. I feel beautiful just looking at them. The session with Shelley was relaxing and it shows in my smile but more importantly, it is reflected in my eyes and together the feelings are magnified.
My heart is fluttering and I really sit here in wonderment at the sights and the music that played. Shelley your passion and care for me and your craft really is a gift and a snapshot of the present or maybe a glimpse of future things to come. I feel blessed.
The Art of a Man - Casual
As someone sho does not like having their photo taken I purposely contracted Shelley in order to try to overcome that fear. The day the photos were to be taken I almost talked myself out of going. The actual photoshoot could not have been easier. I knew Shelley was an accomplished photographer so all I did was follow her direction which was easy to do! Given the opportunity, I would do this again. My experience having Shelley take pictures of me could not have been better.
The Art of a Woman - Lace & Lingerie
I came to Shelley for a sorely needed confidence booster. The photoshoot itself did the trick! Shelley is so warm & made me feel so comfortable & beautiful. It was a wonderful day.
but the photo review was amazing! I was nervous to see what the photos would look like. The slideshow presentation was such a beautiful touch & when the first photo came on the screen, I immediately burst into tears. They were stunning!!I never knew how truly beautiful I was. Shelley captured something in me that I never knew I had.
This entire process has been one of the most uplifting experiences of my life. Thank you, Shelley. You have made me see that I am a sexy, beautiful & vibrant woman. I'll always walk with my head held high now.
This has been such an amazing experience for me. I turned 40 this past year, so I think doing a glamorous session with you was exactly the think anyone should do for a milestone birthday! I wish I had done this at 30 and 20!
You really made me feel comfortable and confident. I absolutely love the photographs and can't wait to see them in print!
Thank you o much!
Shelley, I want to thank you for your compassion and the time you took with me choosing one of the older photos of my late husband and me. In going through my own albums after his passing, I realized there were not many of just the two of us. Thank You for having kept our images for all these years. You not only do great work but you are super professional as well!!
It was after my Art of a Woman design session with Shelley that something inside of me started stirring. Together we came up with a few ideas of what I could explore in my feminity to bring together the many aspects of who I am. I was so excited & equally nervous to express myself in a way I have never before experienced. From the beginning, Shelley made it so easy to feel into the moment. Her words gently guided me, on what to think about to bring out the expression and how to pose my body in an elegant way.
While watching my slideshow, I noticed I was quick to judge the things I do not like about my body. But as I let that go & allowed myself to see my expression, all the critical self-talk started to fade away. I could clearly see the beauty in my face, in the moment I was in, & that was powerful. To see myself as a confident woman is such an incredible gift.
Thank you, Shelley, for this Amazing Gift of being able to see the beauty of who I am. Lots of love.
I had a great time working with my body and being able to be expressive without judgement. It was nice to have some me time to cherish.
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Shelley Vandervelde, MPA Master of Photographic Arts Best in Class Child Portraiture 2006, 2007 & 2014 2012 Canadian Portrait Photographer of the Year