About - Shelley Costello Photography
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A little about me…

Truly I think we are all here to use our innate gifts to help and give to others…mine is photography. I’ve always loved stories, colours and images, so now it seems I was always destined to become a photographer. My photography style is documentary; natural, in the moment and as it happens. To me photography is about telling the story, being real and capturing truth. I love photographing people and having strong intuit for feeling, I find capturing emotion just comes naturally. Having a relaxed approach makes people feel relaxed too…revealing their emotion or experience, their story…and the result is natural photos.

Good photography evokes emotion when you look at it; whether that’s the beauty of nature or the emotion or experience etched in someone’s face, it’s connection.

I have a Diploma in Photography, a background in brand & marketing and my career has blessed me some very useful skills. I’m a published writer and to keep my body from heading south and my mind healthy, I’m a devoted practitioner of the ancient system of ashtanga yoga, which I practise at 5 most mornings. I’ve also become somewhat of a meditation & mindfulness ambassador.

Rose Gold

I LOVE rose gold.  So when I created my branding and logo, it just came together… photography connects with my soul and my softer side (having so many brothers created the shell..literally!) which in turn reveals that I’m in love with the fairytale, that happily ever after….dude on a galloping white horse kind of thing. Back to those stories again…and explains why I love weddings so much.

Despite the exterior ‘shell’ my rose gold branding is a true reflection of my inner princess.


I’ve just published a book, Children Say the Funniest Things, which is a collection of my photography and funny anecdotes and quotes. All profits are being donated to the NSPCC and if you’d like to support this, you can buy the book on Amazon.

Inspiration is everywhere and in photography I’ve been inspired by:

Steve McCurry – Novice Monk

Steve McCurry

I love his work. He is most famous for his photograph, ‘Afghan Girl’. My favourite photograph is the Young Rinpoche.

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879)

Like me, she came to photography later in life and developed the ‘dreamy’ 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”. Although the subject matter is distressing, through photography she showed truth and there was some peace in that. 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.

Peter Lindbergh

I find his work really fascinating. I love the emotion and truth he captured in monochrome and the fact that he refused to conform. He had big fashion houses and magazines sign contracts to say that they wouldn’t Photoshop anything he produced for them! Sadly he is no longer with us and died recently in 2019.