About - Shelley Costello Photography
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Style & Approach

My style of photography is more natural, in the moment and as it happens. To me photography is about telling the story, being real and capturing truth, so I’ve a very relaxed and intuitive approach.

Good photography evokes emotion when you look at it…it’s about that second when you have stopped time and captured the moment. Whether that’s the beauty of nature or the emotion or experience in someone’s face…it’s connection.

People & the Sky

I love photographing people and the sky. No two are ever the same and it’s like creating a new story every time I pick my camera up.

In my experience you get the best photographs of people when they are relaxed, natural and in the moment. Sometimes when they aren’t aware of the photo being taken.

Its all about the light, the colours that creates and where that takes you…


I have always loved and been drawn to photography, but didn’t come to it until later in life. I’ve a diverse career history in management, coaching and brand and marketing. I am a published writer and completed a Diploma in Photography.

I’m currently working on a book project called, Children Say the Funniest Things, that’s a collection of my photography and funny anecdotes and quotes. When it’s published profits will be donated to the NSPCC.

Inspiration is everywhere.

A few photographers who have inspired me.

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879)

Like me, she came to photography later in life and developed the soft focus technique.

Margaret Bourke White (1904-1971)

American photographer who was the first woman to photograph for LIFE magazine. I’m particularly inspired by her work around war; being described as, “one of the most effective chronicles of violence”. She also took the last photograph of Gandhi before he was assassinated.

Cecil Beaton (1904-1980)

British photographer who was renowned for photographing Queen Elizabeth at her coronation and the Queen Mother.

He also took the famous photograph of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Go Lightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Marilyn Monroe and the Rolling Stones were other favourites of his to photograph.

Steve McCurry

I love his work. He is most famous for his photograph, ‘Afghan Girl’. My favourite photograph is the Young Rinpoche. No words required.

Peter Lindbergh

I find his work fascinating. I love the emotion and truth he captures in monochrome.


Margaret Bourke White – Gandhi


Cecil Beaton – Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffanys




Steve McCurry – Novice Monk