Hi everyone! My name is Bradley Shackleford. Born and raised in Johnston County, North Carolina. With over 6 years of professional photography experience, I will ensure all your photography needs are met!
I am a native of North Carolina and have lived most of my life in the greater Raleigh area. However, I served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years and spent much of that time traveling. I was stationed in Norfolk, VA aboard the mighty warship Vella Gulf. While stationed in VA, I was privileged to serve three deployments to the eastern Mediterranean in defense of Israel. I have visited roughly 16 eastern countries and would love to visit again someday. Israel and Turkey were my favorites!
I work full time for a large technology company based out of Raleigh, North Carolina, and offer my photography services during my free time. At home, I have a loving wife named Kayla, and a beautiful baby girl named Lillian. Also, I love serving God and his people by using my gift of photography to glorify Him. I would love to get to know you and capture your special moments in life.
My Approach & Photography "Style"
When choosing a photographer, you will have so many options to choose from, and of course, the two things to settle on are your photographer's approach and style.
My approach is simple. I consider myself a photojournalist. This means that I document my clients through photographs without manipulation. Instead, I prompt my clients to a natural reaction, and that is when I snal the shot. Most of the photographs that I take are "real" or unprompted emotion. While there is a time and place for a "posed shot", you will not find that to be my go-to when documenting your wedding day. I love to tell love stories through beautiful imagery.
My style is what I have fine-tuned over the years that creates images that can be defined as; clean, pure, authentic, rich, warm, cinematic, and semi-contrasty. In today's saturated photography market, you will see primarily three styles of photography. Light & Airy (not me), Saturated Vibrance (not me), and Dark & Moody (also not me). My style tends to be in the mid-range of moody and bright as I find it brings focus to my subjects.
As you dive into my portfolio, you will notice that no two images are alike, but my consistent style is what I strive to deliver every single time. I want to provide you with beautiful imagery that will age well and prove to be timeless for generations to come, while still being artistic and "different".
- Follower of Christ.
- Husband to Kayla.
- Daddy to Lillian & Rocky.
- I am an introvert...but love meeting new people and building relationships.
- I love coffee... like I have to have it every day! I run on Dunkin.
- I also like Kombucha tea...its so weird but so good.
- I love yard work, working outside is my dream! Only when it's warm though, not a fan of the cold.
- I love tech and speak fluently in specs.
- I am a 100% Canon Shooter.
- Mac > PC
Meet My Wife!
I’m Kayla, Bradley’s other half. I handle all of the behind-the-scenes stuff so Bradley can spend his time behind the camera. So if you see the word “cute” in a post on Social Media, it’s me, not Bradley. (He said it was necessary that I clarify that!)
Our sweet baby girl was born during the Pandemic of 2020. Super exciting times! She is a sweet girl, loves to smile, loves to laugh (now), and loves cuddles! She seriously gives the best cuddles at night right before bedtime. Kayla and I have to rock/paper/scissors to figure out who gets those cuddles each night! We love her.
“He's very friendly and professional and did a great job at getting our youngest (and easily distracted) son to focus! We will definitely use him again and highly recommend him to anyone that wants high quality pictures for a good price
— Kim Ambros”