I live off tea and hot sauce. I love anything and everything Audrey Hepburn, JLaw, Emilia Clarke, and Mindy Kailing. I wish I could always dress up classy and fashionable, but my truth is jeans, converse, and a t-shirt.
I love my dog, my family, and every kind of music under the sun. I drive old cars, I can drive a tractor, and I almost never have my nails done.
I'm obsessed with my family history and I want to be apart of documents YOUR history.
“There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point?” – Pam Beesly
Hey, it's me, Shaleena, lover of dogs and sarcasm and cracker of bad jokes. I'm 27. I've finished college twice, and I can never decide how I want to keep my house and I am waiting for my furniture to break because I move it. ALL THE TIME. I currently work in occupational health as well as my photography.
Honestly, I am just plain weird. I crack jokes that no one understands, I make references to TV shows most people have forgotten, and I, in NO WAY, look cute in a messy bun ya'll.
It ain't pretty.
DOG MOM, puerto rican, collector of cameras + funko pop
I'm usually found on my computer, with Guardians of the galaxy's record playing on my turntable, building a website, working on social media marketing, pinterest, like shopping for things I probably can't afford.
I like playing Minecraft... and maybe The Sims... and Age of Empires.. and Portal.
I like technology, but I also hate it. If I could be anywhere I'd be camping. I love the smell of a bonfire, and the sound of birds in the trees.
I enjoy taking naps in a hammock and naps in general.
“I talk a lot, so I've learned to tune myself out.” – Kelly Kapoor
I laugh at my own jokes and I have conversations with myself. I love everything I see in Target and I like to roll on the back of the cart. I don't have children but I have a neice and nephew that I adore from afar (they are in IL). My dog is a 5 year old dingus but I love him anyways. (senior dogs rule)
My name is Shaleena, and my life is capturing your unscripted moments.
“Everything I have I owe to this job…this stupid, wonderful, boring, amazing job.”
– Jim Halpert
EXTROVERT OR INTROVERT? INTROVERTED EXTROVERT
BEACH OR MOUNTAINS? MOUNTAINS
FAVORITE CITY? DULUTH, MN
WORK HARD OR PLAY HARD? WORK HARD
MAC OR PC? PC DUH
EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL? EARLY BIRD
STAY IN OR GO OUT? STAY IN
FAVORITE SHOW? BONES
TACOS OR PIZZA? TACOS
My entire business is built around memories and feelings. The memories and feelings are yours, and mine... through the process we become like friends, and every part of your session or event, even the film medium I use, is tailored to how to best suit your needs & feelings; your life's art.
During your session I get you giggling, laughing, smiling. No forced smiles. No cheesy poses. Candid, raw, real. I want you to look at your photos and feel something, because when I send you a gallery, it's not of pictures, it's of moments, memories.
My ideal client is someone that has an immediate connection with me, and so far, I have been lucky enough to work with and create bonds with such like minded people.
I want to walk out of our experience, with not just a client for life, but a friend for life. If you think that we are kindred spirits, feel free to contact me! We can get some coffee... or tequila shots, your choice
I was so worried about an in home shoot not being nice enough, but Shaleena came and delivered! She captured our family and new living space perfectly! We worked with a gloomy, super windy day and she got the cutest pictures/ Per the usual. I originally met Shaleena back in 2017 and she has been taking our photos ever since. She is super accommodating (when possible) and responds quickly if you have questions.
Most importantly she is SUPER patient with kids if you have them, she is great dealing with them. Looking forward to more shoots with her in the future to capture ALL the memories!
Shaleena has done three sets of photos for us now, a pregnancy announcement at home, a maternity set at home, and a family set in the desert and with all three shoots she’s gone above and beyond in making us (especially our three year old who can be... moody) have fun ! I love that she doesn’t focus on doing posed shots but just us having fun with a little bit of guidance on what would look best in the photo which makes things look much more natural. We cherish the photos we have gotten with her and will continue to use her every year for an updated family session.
I wandered through the Phoenix bridal show, terrified and overwhelmed. I had been chased by eye cream wielding European men to my absolute wits end.
And then, I found Shaleena. Her booth was understated, purposeful and quiet. She was exactly what I was looking for. A few minutes of talking, and I knew we were kindred spirits.
Fast forward to my wedding day and she was there with bells on. Beautifully dressed, professional and joyful to be around.
She’s exactly what you want while you’re dropping you’re brand new makeup palette and breaking your nose ring. She’s also what you want when you’re hugging your maid of honor you haven’t seen in person in 8 years and seeing your groom for the first time. She has an ingrained sense of what’s important and to say my wedding photos are beautiful is almost an injustice. Shaleena, thank you from the bottom of my heart for capturing all the good that existed on that day.
We met Shaleena at the Bridal show of January 2018. We went hoping to cross one item off of our ever-growing list. It was an overwhelming event, to say the least. We stopped, and I briefly chatted with her, it was reassuring that she wasn't enjoying all the chaos either. I won a free engagement session, so it felt meant-to-be. Vince and I are not exactly camera friendly, but Shaleena made us feel a lot more comfortable as time went on. We literally signed our contract with her in the parking lot that same day! Our engagement photos turned out just as beautiful as I was picturing; she also got them all to us that night!!
As the wedding got closer, I received regular emails from Shaleena checking in and hoping we hadn't decided to call it off yet. lol We couldn't have made a better choice in choosing her! She was fun, hard-working and completely dedicated from day one to wedding day. She was on the move the entire wedding! She knew exactly how to make us all laugh and turn those moments in beautiful photos. We couldn't be happier with how our photos turned out. And we will forever be grateful to her for going above and beyond for us. p.s She's also a great time, try tempting her with tequila
I was kind of skeptical in the beginning, it's really hard to trust anyone nowadays. When I finally did meet her she's such a sweet heart. Our photo session was between 11am to 12pm, and I was worried about the sun being too bright and that the pictures were not going to come out perfect, but she proved me wrong! Such a professional person that knew the perfect angle with the bright sun wow!! Amazed! Our pictures came out so beautiful! Everyone complemented our photos. We felt so relaxed and she made us laugh the whole time. I truly recommend Shaleena! Thank you so much! You made our day extra special with our beautiful pictures.
Shaleena never disappoints! She listens to what you want and delivers. Being our photographer through the years you can see how well she has mastered her skill in photography and is absolutely natural and executes it all very well! ♥️
Met her at the 2018 wedding expo and from our first conversation I knew that I wanted her to be my wedding photographer. Beside her beautiful photos I really enjoyed that she took the time to get to know me and my now husband before the wedding to learn about our story and what makes us laugh. If anyone I know needs a photographer I would recommend her without a second thought and will use her in the future. Thank you so much Shaleena for preserving such a special moment in my life with such beautiful photos!
Our family shoot photos are absolutely wonderful and we couldn't be happier with the way they turned out. Shaleena was referred by a friend. She has a way of capturing naturally beautiful moments and instead of forcing cheesy poses. She is also unbelievably easy to work with very friendly and kind. My 8 year old loved her jokes and she capture beautiful natural giggles of him I will treasure them forever. Each picture perfectly captured the emotion! Shaleena is super responsive over text or email and provided our photos way ahead scheduled. End-to-end we couldn't have had a better experience nor have we ever seen a better set of family photos.
Thank you, thank you, thank you Shaleena!!