HI, WE’RE SHELLEY + PORTUGAL.
We met on Instagram and fell in love before we ever met in person. A shared interest in roadkill portraiture is what brought us together, but what compelled us to exchange numbers and talk every day for 3 months was something that we both sensed below the surface.
Nothing about our story is conventional (and it absolutely goes against every warning from our parents against Internet stranger danger), but from the very start, we realized we had a choice to make. Were we willing to take a step into the unknown together? Despite the “what-ifs” and the long-distance logistics, we said yes. And in saying yes to something we couldn’t fully comprehend, many more opportunities were put in our path to say “yes” to more adventures.
Maybe our life together so far can be boiled down to this: We’ve seen the world and its people reflect the beauty of their Creator, but we know that sometimes to see that, you’ve gotta look in the shadows, beneath the surface. It will come at you when you least expect it & when you feel as though you’re not ready, but it will transform you from the inside out if you let it.
Our journey started because of photography, but it was ultimately the pursuit of that mysterious, wild beauty that drew us to one another. And maybe for us, photography is ultimately a means to an end—to chase that beauty down & capture it the best we can. To embrace people & hear their stories. To capture both the bold and loud moments as much as the quiet, in-between ones. And to say “yes” to more unknowns… because even though we can’t be sure what will happen next, we know it’s bound to be life-changing.
+ ADVENTURE-OBSESSED HOMEBODIES.
+ MET ON INSTAGRAM (YES, REALLY!)
+ IDEAL D8 NIGHT: TAKEOUT + NETFLIX.
+ CATAN SUPERSTARS (WE ♡ GAME NIGHT)
+ WHEN WE’RE BORED, WE DRIVE COUNTRY ROADS FOR HOURS TRYING TO GET LOST.
+ ALL THINGS HANDMADE + HOMEGROWN.
+ VINTAGE > MODERN.
+ PEOPLE FIRST.
AND LITERALLY ALWAYS DOWN TO TRAVEL.
Our favorite thing about shooting weddings is all the people we get to meet. The cool thing about being your wedding photographer is that we’re gonna spend a A LOT of time together. We don’t take the job lightly, but we find so much joy in getting to know you two, hearing your story, and becoming friends through the whole process. That way, when we show up on your wedding day we’re not “just the photographers” — we’re your friends, Shelley + Portugal! This comfortability allows us to get the best photos possible on your wedding day… Photos that reflect who you truly are and what you represent. If this sounds like what you’re looking for, let’s chat more.
video by a fist full of bolts