Sunday, March 30, 2014

Shea McGrath Photography

Last month I had the pleasure of tagging along with lifestyle photographer Shea McGrath on one of her photo shoots as she gave me a lesson in portrait photography. Shea is a wedding and lifestyle photographer, specializing in natural light photography. She first fell in love with photography as a young girl, when she received her first film SLR camera as a gift from her Godmother. Shea says,

"I didn't really think about doing photography for a living until my study abroad experience in college; I created and captured so many wonderful moments which turned into unforgettable memories." 

When she came home from studying abroad in Spain, she purchased her first digital SLR camera and started taking her friends' engagement photos. She then began working with D&orfs Photography in Ames, Iowa as she finished her college career at Iowa State University.

"This hobby of mine has quickly turned into a passion and it is something that I truly love doing. Being a part of those special moments in peoples' lives brings me pure joy and happiness!"

As Shea showed me the ropes of portrait photography, it became clear to me how fun and easygoing she is to work with. She does an incredible job of listening to her clients' wishes and making them feel comfortable. She is full of innovative ideas, and has the ability to intuitively capture a person's essence in her shots.

During my photography lesson with Shea, I jumped in a picture with my friend Jennifer from Food, Love, & Life. Jennifer writes a fantastic lifestyle blog filled with fun photos of her adventures in Spain and a myriad of mouthwatering recipes! Check it out here!

I had such a great time learning about portrait photography with Shea, and I seriously hope that one day I'll be able to take photos as well as she can! If you are ever in need of a photographer in Madrid or Iowa, I can't recommend her enough. Check out more of her work on her websiteblog and Facebook page.

6 comments:

  1. I went to college in Iowa (the rival) and will definitely be sending along her stuff to friends who are getting married. I shot a wedding last minute for a friend, and it take a lot of patience and guts and knowing how to work your camera at the opportune moments.

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    1. Thank you so much, Cat! :) I would really appreciate some Iowan customers... even if they are Hawkeyes ;)

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    2. You're totally right Cat. I could never handle the pressure of photographing a wedding! Just thinking about it makes me anxious! Shea, you're a rockstar. I seriously don't know how you do it.

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  2. Shea takes beautiful photos! I really need to get her to do my portrait for my blog, but I can't see myself having a photo shoot.. i'm nervous!

    But Courtney, you also take amazing pictures! I feel like every one of your posts is filled with gorgeous photos. If you're just now beginning, I can't wait to see how you'll progress with photography!

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    1. You are too kind, mi amiga. Muchísimas gracias :) I only hope to one day be as talented as Shea! Someday... :)

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    2. You ladies are so sweet! Kelsey, we are having a photoshoot. It's a done deal. :)

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