As a native of the Sunshine State, I've lived, travelled & adventured across 19 countries on six continents, and fallen in love with mountains, ancient cities and other vibrant cultures.
National Geographic Photographer. That was my dream job at age 11. I spent evenings voraciously exploring my family's 70 year span of NatGeos, and was selected as a 6th grade student ambassador to Alaska & British Columbia. I got my first camera, and started teaching myself how to use it...
Since picking up a camera professionally in 2012, I've poured my soul into blending my love of documentary storytelling, fine art & color theory, and visual ethnography into creating fine portrait & wedding photography...
When I'm not photographing.. I love getting out and exploring the world with Joshua by my side, or cozy days in with our wild little junglecats Foxy + Scout. I'm slowly turning our apartment into a jungle, and the three of them seem cool with it. Every few months we hop in the car or on a plane and go exploring to places like Cumberland Island, Key West, the Sleeping Bear dunes of Michigan, New Zealand or wherever our work or family takes us.
I think I have the coolest family in the world, but I'm a little biased. :) Organic food, hiking, yoga, tea drinking, books & art are where most of my energy goes outside of photography. I graduated with a B.A. from Warren Wilson College, where I wrote a thesis on activist street art, with a minor in Art- History I & II, Painting, Life Drawing, Intaglio Printmaking, traditional bookbinding, Design + Color theory, and have found my way to wedding + lifestyle photography through a meandering path of work experience that range from Bookshop keeping to office managing a Landscape Architecture firm, flower arranging for tennis themed South Beach bar mitzvahs and selling NZ native plants to Aucklanders during my working holiday. I guess I'm not your typical Florida wedding photographer, eh? :)
Florida's Unique Landscape: Live Oak Forests,
Bluewater Springs & Beaches
I love working with the incredible golden hour light we get here in Florida when the weather gods are on our side, and the diverse locations we have here- from old growth cypress hammocks in my backyard in Seminole County, to the historic downtown areas of Winter Park and Sanford, and the secret tropical garden nooks tucked about the city of Orlando and Maitland.
Modern Kinship Rituals
I'm endlessly fascinated with rituals & culture (B.A. in Anthropology) and love how weddings are our most widely celebrated modern right of passage, and often a time that two people can not only express their love and lifelong commitment to their partner, but also unite their families and best friends. So many details go into weddings, and I love how each little element- from the cufflinks the groom chooses to the wedding venue atmosphere- adds up to such a raw and poignant experience.
Art inspires life. Life inspires Art.
I pour my creative energy and time each day into documenting your world beautifully for your now, and your future. As photographers, our perspectives are inspired by all of our experiences. It's a beautiful cycle. What inspires my life? Love stories, Wes Anderson films, early morning forests, Scandinavian/ Old World crafted objects, 1960s travelogues, Anthropologie magazines, the National Geographic Society and wildflower gardens all hold kindred places in my heart, and often inspire what I make.
The Tim Ferriss Show
Women of the Hour
Zero to Travel
I LOVE BOOKS- here are some FAVORITEs
How to Change your Mind - Michael Pollan
+ Are you based in Orlando?
I live 15 mins from the Atlantic Ocean on Florida's Space Coast, just north of Melbourne (sadly, not the aussie one). I grew up a block away from the beach in Mimai, lived across the sunshine state as a kid, earned a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology at Warren Wilson College up in Asheville, NC near the mountains, before moving to a 30 min walk from the ocean in Auckland, New Zealand for 2 years on a working holiday visa.
+ Describe your wedding photography style:
I like to keep things really natural, with light posing, lots of candid moments. I also love making dreamy artistic photos that capture more of the emotion of the moment than purely documenting it.
+ What inspires you?
Wes Anderson films, National Geographics, the trunk of old photos I have from my grandparent's adventures across the world, and the US, Scandinavian illustrators, Haruki Murakami novels
+ How do you edit our photos?
I have been editing for 16 years, and I edit each of your photospersonally. I don't outsource this process, since I feel the artistry is in the edit. Programs I use include PhotoMechanic, Lightroom CC, ASE X2 and my film-emulation presets inspired by classic Kodak + Portra film scans. I deliver mostly color images, with a few black + white images when it suits the style and mood of the photo.
+ Do you backup our photos?
Yes- this is something I take seriously. For weddings and sessions, I always bring two full frame camera bodies, multiple L-glass lenses, extra batteries + cards. After your session, I back up your photos on a RAID system, and your online cloud gallery will be up for 1 year+.
+ Will you travel for our stateside wedding?
If it fits into my travel schedule, I'd love to. I am based out of Florida's east/ central coast and need airfare from Orlando International Airport or Sanford/ Orlando Airport, and accomodation for 2 nights. I'm a keen traveler, and usually arrive a day early to meet you two, and explore your ceremony location.
+ Will you travel internationally to our wedding?
Yes- I have a current passport, Global entry and have travel ready photo gear. I'll need roundtrip flight from Orlando International Airport (MCO), and two nights minimum accomodation. I love being immersed in other cultures, and try to travel internationally once or twice a year. I've traveled for weddings, styled elopement, family sessions and personal trips to New Zealand (lived there 2 years, went back in 2017), Australia, Bali, Thailand, Cambodia, China (twice), Japan, Fiji, Colombia, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Peru, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, Egypt and South Africa.
+ How can we book you as our photographer?
It's simple. Give me a call or email with your information and the wedding collection(s) you're interested in, and I'll send you a client portal to setup your $500 deposit and contract.
+ How do you say your name?
Shaina = "Shay-nuh", DeCiryan= "Dee-seer-ian".
+ Are you familiar with my wedding venue?
If it's in Winter Park or North Orlando, the answer is probably yes! If I've never been there before, I'll arrive there early on the wedding day to explore around and find out some great spaces for photos throughout the day. I also usually look up ideas online for inspiration.
+ Do you only shoot weddings?
I also have lots of experience photographing families and little ones, and am available for senior sessions and headshots depending on the time of year. I am also available for marketing work to small, local businesses in the health, adventure, yoga, sports, fashion & lifestyle industries from June- Sept, and December-Jan.
+ What is your philosophy on photography?
I go into this more on my about page, so go check that out if you haven't yet.
+ how do you shoot dark wedding receptions?
I shoot a variety of styles depending on the situation and style of your wedding. I'll either use ambient light, my trio of off- camera flashes or some playful dance floor drag-shutter.
+ Do you recommend hiring a wedding planner?
Yes. From my experience with and without planners on site the day of, and organizing the wedding along the way- it always helps the day to flow more smoothly and leaves you two less distracted with making sure things go right during the day. This means more time for celebrating, great conversations and of course, more awesome photo ops! Check out my page of wedding friends if you're looking for some wonderful planners I've worked with before.
+ Can I see a full wedding day gallery?
Sure thing! Just ask, and I'll send you one that is similar to your wedding venue and style.
+ Do you use photoshop?
I prefer to keep my images as natural as possible, and generally do little to no photoshopping. I have been using photoshop for 15 years, but no longer feel the need to use it often because of my knowledge of flattering poses/ angles and lighting. I also feel strongly about supporting our body images- no matter your size or age.
+ Can we print our photos?
You and your partner have unlimited print rights to your images. You can order professional prints through me in your online gallery shop, or you can order from somewhere like Minted.com or Artifact Uprising. I recommend against using local chain stores to print your photos. Respect your photos and don't print them in a cheap, disposable way.
+ Are you insured?
Yes, I have a event photography specific business insurance that covers my gear, and can give you a liability waiver for your wedding venue if requested.