My name is Holly Shankland, and I have been a professional wedding photographer for over 14 years – capturing love, great lighting, and even better love stories, from the coasts of Mendocino to the mountains of Carmel, the vineyards of Napa, and my home, Lake Tahoe, California.
I feel so fortunate to call the Tahoe basin my home and to have designed my life around the natural beauty I feel so inspired by. When I’m not capturing love, I’m falling in love with wake surfing, yoga, snowmobiling, and backcountry skiing, all set to the tune of bluegrass and reggae music. You’ll often catch me adventuring outside with my two golden retrievers, Forest and Harper, and if you’re an animal lover, I’d love to feature your furry friends at your wedding too!
The outdoors is where I feel most at home, but my love for photography was birthed in the dark room where I spent most of my youth experimenting with mixed media. I carried this passion through college, studying Studio Art and running my own dark room, where I discovered that photography was my way into the soul rather than an escape from the outside world.
To this day, I aim to capture the soul of the moment, producing images with a soft, faded film look reminiscent of my time spent in the dark room. My style is clean, consistent, and plays off nature and natural lighting whenever possible, incorporating vintage elements to blend the old with the new to produce timeless images you’ll treasure forever.
Like my spirit, my process is free-flowing and organic, capturing real moments so that your photos not only feel like you but tell the unique story of your love. I want to know what feels special to you, what lights you up, and who you are so that your wedding memories – both in person and in print – are nothing short of the magic you so deserve.
It is my deepest honor to hold space for you on your special day. Maintaining calm, fun energy is my main goal so that you can enjoy your day. I often blend in with your guests, so you forget cameras are even around! I lead with humility, create with fun, and cannot wait to celebrate alongside you like an old friend. Together we’ll tell the visual story of one of the most memorable days of your life.