Shelby Phillips


Shelby Phillips



United States

State / Region

New York



I am a photographer and an actor, so I know what it's like to be in front of the camera as much as I know what it's like to be behind it. I also ride horses, and love to photograph horses and their riders!

Shelby, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?

I started as a photographer when I was 15, and have always had a passion for capturing moments. I want to be an actor, and I love horses with my whole heart.

Who is your inspiration in life Shelby? How do you keep inspired?

My photo inspiration is Jessica Whitaker. I love her use of color and how beautifully she captures a moment.

We all make mistakes Shelby; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.

I often get frustrated when I am doing a favor for a friend by making time to shoot them, or doing a service for them for less than I normally charge. I find it difficult sometimes not to get angry when they cancel on me because I feel taken advantage of.

Shelby, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?

I make sure to start with individual shots, so everyone has at least one beautiful photo. Only after all of these are captured do I move onto the group and smaller group shots.

Please tell us, Shelby, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?

Last weekend, I had 7 shots over the course of 3 days. I had to edit everything the night of, and even completed edits between shoots. Had I not, I would have fallen way too far behind to make sure everyone got their photos in time to order Holiday cards.

Shelby, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.

I once had a mom concerned about doing an early shoot, and I had to reassure her that earlier was better for light purposes. We were finally able to see eye-to-eye, and she was beyond thrilled with the final product!

Shelby, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?

My proudest professional accomplishment was my first editorial spread for Sidelines Magazine for a store I shot on Geoffrey Hesslink! My photos went in a national magazine, and they were even photos of my favourite shoots-- horses and their riders!

Shelby, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?

I recently did promotional photos for a show that was focused on food and how messy it can be. It was the first time I was shooting in a studio setting, and we were throwing things at the actors and spreading food all over of them. It was disgusting to shoot, but the photos were awesome!

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?

Practice, practice, practice! I worked for free a lot to work out a lot of kinks in my technical style and aesthetic.

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?

I would love to work with bloggers!

Photo Credits:

Photographer: Shelby Phillips @itrainspurplesummer