I am so excited to share this post! Launching Alex Shelley Photography has been a long-time dream in the making.
Let me introduce myself and tell you how all this came to be:
I’m Alex. I am a mom, a football coach's wife, and a living kidney donor (give life!). I have never met a stranger, and I love to laugh and take long walks through Target. Alone. With Coffee. I love Kate Spade, Pottery Barn catalogs in the mailbox, sarcasm, and meeting new people. And coffee.
For nearly 15 years, photography has been my not-so-secret passion. I discovered this love while working as a journalist at a small-town Texas newspaper. We didn't cover national news or politics, but instead focused on the stories of the locals. I loved getting to know the people I wrote about, and usually learned far more about them than needed for articles. I made friends and connections, some I have kept till this day (thank you, Facebook!).
After earning a degree in journalism and public relations, my professional career turned toward PR & marketing for higher education. I continued telling stories – this time of students' goals, dreams, and success. I was so very blessed to have a job that allowed me to use my passion for photography.
In 2013, my career accidentally went different route, and I began working directly with students to help them achieve their dreams. I loved connecting with such a diverse group - each of their stories both unique and inspiring. Seeing them succeed was so rewarding. At this point, photography and creativity took a back seat, but the passion was still there.
In December 2015, my boss and leader of the college passed away from pancreatic cancer. She was so full of wisdom and her life's passion was to help others succeed. With her inspiration and the support of my family, I decided it was time to achieve my own dream.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
I jumped (more like leapt) and so began Alex Shelley Photography - a full-service, comprehensive children's and family photography service that specializes in archival framed, heirloom portraits & gallery walls with a modern twist. I designed this business with busy parents in mind. I handle everything with white glove service so that you spend your time where it’s important – with your family.
I love being able to use my talent and creativity to document your memories, and I am looking forward to capturing yours!
So get your sparklers and your confetti poppers ready; the cork is ready to pop! Here we go! 3…2…1!!