Meet Shala

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Fun Facts

  • I can eat a bowl of Corn Flakes (or two) for every meal of the day. 

  • Hot Tamales are my go-to sugar fix.

  • I met my husband playing ultimate frisbee on the National Mall in 2004. We were married in 2005!

  • I’m a proud mixed baby to an African-American Navy sailor and a Filipina who were married for 26 years until death did them part.

  • Jesus said he came to serve, not to be served, so my mission is to serve other people.

  • I’ve been a full-time creative entrepreneur since I was 23.

  • I was commissioned by the Smithsonian to photograph for their Jubilee exhibition when I was a student at Howard University.

  • Olivia Benson is a one bad mamajama. #SVUforever

  • Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie.

  • Ice cream makes everything better.

  • My husband makes me a better, more balanced person.

  • My dad nicknamed me “Boo Boo” after Boo Boo Bear. My mom and brothers still call me that.

 

Why I Do What I Do

I've been a full-time entrepreneur and wife since 2005. I've owned and operated several businesses at the same time (because I'm either really ambitious or really crazy), from a branding and design firm to a coworking space for creatives. As a certified branding expert who has helped brand hundreds of organizations, I combine my brand strategy, my love of supporting women, and my passion for telling powerful stories into my photography sessions. I couldn't be more excited about every opportunity I have to ignite confidence in women as they courageously chase their callings. 

Not only that, I'm thrilled to be the Youth Director at The Bridge, a church for imperfect people in Silver Spring. Teaching people to know and love God is probably the only thing I love doing more than helping women thrive in their pursuits! But ya can't blame me, can you? 

I'm a proud graduate of Howard University's Division of Fine Arts and the Savannah College of Art and Design, where I earned my MA in Graphic Design. 

 

My Brand Values

As a brand strategist, I understand that the foundation of every brand is their values. Values are the things that point you true north. They inform how you operate. As a photographer, I value authenticity, growth and fun!

Authenticity

Every photograph I take captures your authentic brand story, one that is meaningful, confident and full of truth.

 

Growth

I create value for every client I serve. An investment in brand-driven photography strengthens and positions you to grow professionally.

Fun

Having your portrait taken shouldn't feel like going to the dentist! Our time together is our own adventure, and I work to infuse it with joy and laughter.