Hey, I’m Shelly Pate

This Is What I’m All About

This is gonna be way different.

But hey, I think you know that different is good. Chasing that meaningless poses or —stressful—wedding vibes? Yeah, not for me. I’m guessing not for you either. I celebrate the realness of your relationship. It’s not like the movies- its so much fucking better.

I’m here for it all—the happy tears and legit vows, the furry ring bearers and wildflower bouquets. Show me your Beyoncé moves on the dance floor and then detour to your favorite burger joint. Feel all the feels, confident that I’ll be there to capture every awesome minute of it.

Take a look at the galleries of my work to see what I’m all about.

Eye Candy This Way

I Live For The Timeless Magic

Connection is everything—it’s a nostalgic bond between people, places, and your past. Treasured photos, the spot y’all first met, the path you walk every Saturday morning, the dive bar y’all go to every Friday night… these everyday items and places tell your story.

I’ve always been drawn to the legacy hiding in the everyday moments. The little things that make your relationship yours. Those invisible strings are where I find the timeless magic.

That connection—that became my why, the reason behind my work.

Get to know my process

Meet my Team

Meet the

One of them is great with a camera. The other two are major hams in front of it. I love to share my work with my talented husband, Patrick. If you choose two photographers for your wedding, Patrick is your guy!


dancing queen / crime show sleuth / cupcakes for breakfast / tries so hard to keep the pretty plants alive


Tail wag enthusiast / loves literally everything / fetch obsessed / goodest boy ever / pillow stan


New pup on the block / mischief maker extraordinaire / snuggle bug / queen of the bathtub


glorious beard owner / drummer / amatuer bitters connouissuer / podcast junkie / fantasy football champ

What They're Saying

  • "Look no further...Shelly and Patrick are not only exceptional photographers through their expertise and professionality, but they are incredible human beings. Other than your spouse, you spend the most time with your photographer on your wedding day—Shelly was so joyful, flexible, and made us feel so special on our day. Shelly went above and beyond throughout the whole process. There are a lot of great photographers out there, but truly feel that Shelly is the best."

  • "Love love love this girl. She has a gift and if you are lucky enough to have her share it with you, you will be forever grateful. We wanted a more natural, capture the moment kind of photographer and that is exactly what she did. She will be one of the most important aspects of your wedding. She brings a very calm, salt of the earth kind of vibe and I can't recommend her more. I will absolutely use again with pregnancy and children in the future."

  • “Patrick and Shelly are one amazing duo! From my first conversation with Shelly over the phone I knew we just had to have them shoot our wedding. It was the best decision we made. Our friends can’t stop raving about how they look like they belong in a magazine. Yesssss, Shelly is THAT good! They deserve alllll the stars and if you’re reading this, hire them! It’s the best decision to entrust them with capturing the most important day in your journey as a married couple!”