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…whatever the emotion…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 and it’s an honour to be a photographer; to connect and share emotions and experiences.

A bit about me …

I’ve always had a vivid imagination and love colours and images. As a child I’dspend 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 completed 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 my photography and funny anecdotes and quotes. When it’s published I’d like to donate the profits to the NSPCC.

I’m 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 is this one. I can’t find words to describe the emotion this photo brings, it’s beautiful.

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