We're chatting with a locally-based wedding photographer to learn more about how she's capturing couples' timeless memories.
Shelby Odessa Albertz credits wedding photographs for inspiring her to become a wedding photographer. She says it was the look on her grandmother’s face that stuck out and stayed with her.
“It radiated her genuine laugh as my grandfather swept her away in their getaway car for a moment alone,” she says. “I’d like to think that in reflecting on that photo, my grandparents felt a renewed rush of love as they remembered their wedding day. Ultimately, that is my goal.”
Albertz aims to capture those moments and inspire them to fall morein love through their photos.
“If I can create heirlooms that bring authentic joy and love into the hearts ofmy couples both in the moment and for decades to come, then I’ve absolutely done my job,” she adds.
Today she is the owner of Odessa James Photography, a Cincinnati-based destination wedding photography company.
Albertz focuses solely on couple sessions and wedding or elopement photography.
With a background in graphic design, Albertz has a knack for telling stories through a camera lens. “As a graphic designer I created visuals for brands that told their story and spoke to their consumer,” she says. “I was capturing images for some of these companies when I got tagged by a friend to last-minute assist him with a wedding. Long story short, I found that crafting gorgeous photos for real couples in real moments was so much more fulfilling.”
Albertz says that when she’s photographing, she focuses on her client. “Showing you off is key,” she says. “Your photos should 100% reflect you two and your story. At Odessa James, we keep our style timeless and let our posing be inspired by you. We don’t force fit trendy editing filters or make each couple do the same poses. Instead, I get to know you both and develop a relationship with you so when it comes to your photos, you can let loose and just be you.”
With a sense of normalcy on the horizon, Albertz says she’s busier than ever with destination weddings and she’s excited to share her knowledge with other up-and-coming photographers through her West Arrow Workshops.
“We’re so excited to safely host some amazing shoots and lessons out in areas like Sedona and Yosemite this year,” she adds.