About - Shelley Costello Photography
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Natural, relaxed & intuitive photography

Photography makes my soul sing and I have a very natural, relaxed and intuitive approach. To me, good photography evokes emotion when you look at it…whether I’ve captured happiness, sadness, serenity, stillness or chaos…it’s about that second when you have stopped time and portrayed the essence and beauty of nature or a landscape…or the emotion or experience in someone’s face…it is connection, for just that moment, and if you can capture that true essence, whatever it may be, then that’s good photography.

Sharing Emotions and Experiences

Photography for me is natural, real life emotions and experiences.  I photograph what I love; weddings because I am truly in love with the fairytale story and happily ever, sunrises and sunsets speak to my heart and family because there is nothing greater than photographing people. I love to create a story in photographs; a wedding, special occasion, birthday party or family outing at the park or in the woods.

It is an honour to be a photographer; to connect with people and to share their emotions and experiences.

A bit about me …

I’ve always had a vivid imagination and love colours and images. When I was little I would spend a lot of time either staring at people or looking up at the sky. As I’ve got older I try not to stare too much, but find people and their myriad of emotions fascinating.

I have a diverse career background in management, coaching and brand and marketing. I am a published writer and after realising my dream to become a photographer, took a Diploma in Photography.

My Inspiration

I’m currently working on a book project called, Children Say the Funniest Things that is a collection of photography and funny anecdotes and quotes. It will be published later this year and the profits donated to the NSPCC.

I am inspired by several photographers; Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) who like me, came to photography later in life and developed the soft focus technique.

American photographer, Margaret Bourke White (1904-1971) who was the first woman to photograph for LIFE magazine. I am 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.




British photographer, Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) 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.


Young Rinpoche, Bylakuppe, India, 2001
Magnum Photos, NYC56564, MCS2001010 K048



Finally, I love the work of Steve McCurry (1950) who is most famous for his photograph, ‘Afghan Girl’. My favourite photograph of his I have featured below.

I would love to travel and capture culture and other issues close to my heart, bringing them back home through photographs.