I am 28, living in Arizona but born in Minnesota. I am a spicy Puerto Rican with a love of history, hiking, diy projects, and my 100lb dog, Ronan. I am also the front office manager & CMA for an acupuncture clinic in Chandler.
So why me? Why should I be the one to take your photos? Honestly? I'm not the type to sell myself on my skills and experience, though I can tell you I have 10 years of experience and am skilled in my trade. However, the best way to choose your photographer is not on skill or pricing alone. Make sure you love you photographer as a person!
Your session will be 100% better if you enjoy your photographer's company. So here are some things about me! Lets see if we are a good fit!
“There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point?” – Pam Beesly
Hai, I am Shaleena, Leena, Shae, Bean.
I'm OG from Minnesota, laaaand of thick accents and many lakes. I have been taking photos all my life. My parents used to bring the film in to develop and find out I used it all on random things around the house. Including photos of the cat's butt.
Sorry, not sorry.
I did my first ever wedding at 12 with my 4mp Kodak Easy-Share camera. I didn't get paid, but I had an amazing time.
Photography has always been very special to me. I love history, memories, beauty; My aim is to capture everything. Including the moments you thought I didn't notice. I photograph every aspect of life. My goal with my business is to make sure you never need another photographer. From the moment you say "I do" to bringing your first baby into the world, I am here. It's my passion, my calling.
DOG MOM, puerto rican, collector of cameras + funko pop
I enjoy playing video games, reading, coloring, crafting & much much more. I am always taking webinars & shadowing other photographers to learn to be the best I can be. I am always learning, improving, & experimenting. I am a huge believer in helping others the best you can.
I am a Jehovah's Witness. I decided to get baptized when I was 13 & I have been carrying on ever since. My faith is important to me, it is the reason I am who I am, the reason I love ALL people.
I understand that some people may not agree with my lifestyle & beliefs, that's okay. If I am not the girl for you I would be more than happy to give you recommendations to find your perfect photographer fit. Just send me a message & ask for a referral & I will send an alert out to our very large photography community of all shapes, sizes, genders, races & beliefs.
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”
— Michael Altshuler
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 two nieces, two nephews, & another nephew on the way. Three in AZ, & two with my sister in IL. I try to visit as much as I can.
My dog's name is Ronan after Jason Momoa's character in Stargate Atlantis. (*cough* geek *cough*) He is a Amstaff/Mastiff mix & even though he is bigger than this picture and eats like a horse, I adore this dingus of mine.
My name is Shaleena, and my life is capturing your unscripted moments.
Am I the one? Do you like what you see? Wanna go on an adventure? Send me a message.
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.”
— Walt Whitman
EXTROVERT OR INTROVERT?
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
Had our family photos done and WOW! Shaleena did such an amazing job!! I couldn't have asked for more when it came to the photos! And the fact that you can order prints from her was a must!! She was super flexible with time and didn't mind waking up at the crack of dawn to take our photos before the AZ heat killed us!! Definitely will be having more pictures taken by her in the future!! Thank you so so much!!!
Working with Shaleena was so enjoyable! She knew her way around the location so well which made our session run smoothly. She played music which helped me relax and capture some fun shots. She was very accommodating with my request for my brand shoots and I received my photos in a short time so I can use them for my business already. I would love to work with her again in the future!
Shaleena was amazing! Not only was she willing to come to us (our home) due to our young child, she was extremely patient with our little one during the photo session. She captured some special moments and we are so excited to do another session this fall!
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!
We had our couples shoot this past Sunday (5/9) and not only was it short and sweet, but fun and full of the most fun energy. Shaleena did an amazing job catching our best shots and made us both feel comfortable! The pictures say it all, can’t wait to get our entire family together for another session.
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! ♥️
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.
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. 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.
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.
I was kind of skeptical in the beginning, it's really hard to trust anyone nowadays. When we did meet her she was such a sweet heart. Our photo session was between 11am to 12pm, & I was worried about the sun being too bright & that the pictures were not going to come out well. She proved me wrong! She was so professional & knew exactly how to shoot in the bright sun! Our pictures came out so beautiful! Everyone complemented on our photos. We felt so relaxed & she made us laugh the whole time. I truly recommend Shaleena!! You made our day so very special with our beautiful photographs.