PHOTOGRAPHER . TIKTOK CREATOR. DIGITAL MARKETING GURU.
I’m Shayla, Photographer, TikTok Creator & Digital Marketing Guru
A favorite quote of mine comes from Alfred Eisenstadt, one of the most prolific photojournalists of the twentieth century: “It is more important to click with the person than to click with the shutter.” More than anything, this speaks to why I succeed as a documentary-style photographer.
I photograph people the way they are and the interactions that happen between them. I am constantly on the lookout for a hidden smile, a knowing look, a private joke, acrobatic moves on the dance floor — any interaction that creates energy while telling a story.
YOU’VE PROBABLY SEEN ME FEATURED ON
HOW THE HECK DID I GET HERE?
Funny story. I never actually wanted to be a photographer until I was one. I have no cool backstory where I grew up loving photography and studying it. It really happened by accident.
It all started at the young age of sixteen when my mother bought a crappy vacation camera and couldn’t figure out how to work it. We had an upcoming vacation, so she hastily asked me to figure it out and then teach her. I took my friend outside and we spend hours running around my parent’s land filling up the SD card with photos.
Eventually, my friend had to go home that day, but I wasn’t done. I was enjoying myself way too much. I was already editing our photos and planning out my next photoshoot.
That was the beginning.
I remember the first time I learned I could actually make money doing something I loved. A family I had never met saw my photos on Facebook and asked if I’d do family portraits for them. Of course, I pounced at the opportunity to photograph someone other than my best friend. I’ll never forget my shock when they asked me how much they’d owe me.
After that session, I told myself I was going to turn my passion into more than a hobby. I immediately started educating myself through none other than YouTube university. I reached out to any and every photographer in my area to see if I could shadow them. As time progresses, I’m continually learning new things and furthering my skills.
Mom, I can confidently say I can now teach you how to work that crappy vacation camera. I guess you could say mission accomplished.
Satisfied clients & lifelong friends
Road trips each year
The number of weddings of I shoot each year
Redbulls I drink each week
GET TO KNOW ME
Just a few of the things that are prominently featured in my life
PROUD WIFE & MAMA
My lifelong dream has been to find my dream man and start a family. That dream has been fulfilled and I couldn’t be happier. Peep the photo of Dustin (husband) and Sawyer (cutest baby).
I DO MORE THAN PHOTOGRAPHY...
I actually have my B.A. in Advertising and work as a Digital and Social Marketing Director for an advertising agency in Little Rock
MY FAVORITE THINGS
In no specific order. RedBull, The Office, Dr. Pepper, Goldfish Crackers, Fuzzy Blankets, Romance Books, Exploring, Kayaking, Road Trips
It’s still so crazy to me that I have over 350 THOUSAND friends on TikTok. I love creating content in my spare time.