"And remember...that no moment - is ordinary. "
Where Holly Shankland brings her camera, magic follows. A Lake Tahoe based photographer with Midwestern roots, Holly has a fluency with nature that allows her to capture alluring and incredible moments—producing widely admired shots that are both modern and timeless.
With an impressive resume of adventure-based work, Holly spent three seasons as a photographer for Points North Heli Adventures in Cordova, Alaska, as well as traveled across the country alongside Moosejaw Mountaineering, shooting and producing content for their bi-annual catalog.
It is this passion for photography that led her to start her own company, Holly Shankland Photography, in 2009. Focusing on weddings and adventure, Holly also offers engagements, maternity, new-born, family and portrait sessions. With an obvious affinity for the outdoors, Holly’s photo shoots reflect an acute awareness of her surroundings, highlighting natural light and the unique ability to turn “posed shots” into candid sessions, where subjects feel comfortable and at-ease.
In preparation for a wedding, Holly works to establish a relationship with the couple from the first consultation. When clients recall working with Holly, “her easygoing and laid back personality” is often referenced, “allowing Holly to connect quickly” with clients. It is this ability that allows Holly to capture intimate moments beautifully, all across California and beyond.
In addition, Holly finds herself on the other side of the lens from time to time, modeling for outdoor companies such as Helly Hansen, GSI outdoors, Big Truck Brand and Four Winns. When she’s not on assignment, you can find Holly snowboarding, surfing, practicing yoga or exploring the great outdoors.
"You are only as good as your team."
Aubrey Roper has been working and collaborating with Holly Shankland for over ten years. On wedding days, Aubrey is Holly's main second shooter. Together they work to master the final product, from getting the perfect light and location to labor intensive postproduction work. When not capturing a blissful couple's special day, Holly and Aubrey frequently shoot adventure photography in some of the world's most remote locations for premier outdoor industry brands. As a close-knit team, they continue to inspire and motivate each other, making their photography as special and personal as their long lasting friendship.