Golden Door Photography

Hi there, I’m Shaina. I’m a world traveler, a lover of good eats, and a moment-driven wedding photographer. I can’t walk past a used bookstore without going in and I think a good picture is worth more than the sum of its Facebook “likes.”

I believe your wedding should be a reflection of your values as a couple. It should bring together all the things you love most. Maybe that means getting married in a beautiful natural setting or luxuriating over an incredible 6 course meal. Maybe it means inviting 150 of your closest friends or inviting no one at all. Maybe it’s dancing your ass off all night long. Whatever it is, I’m here for it, because it’s totally “you.” (I’m actually so devoted to the topic of getting married authentically, that I created a podcast about it.)

No matter what your wedding looks like, I believe you should spend less of it posing and more of it celebrating. You should focus on being present, while I create beautiful, honest images that will pull you right back into the feelings of the day. I work with my couples every step of the way to plan a day where your ease and presence is the highest priority.

Here are some more things I believe:

  • You can learn something from anyone.
  • You never lose anything by being nice.
  • We should all spend less time “fitting in” and more time finding people who “get” us as we are.
  • Families come in all shapes and sizes.
  • Equal rights belong to everyone (and it’s my responsibility to share all kinds of love as widely and loudly as I can).
  • Broadway Musicals > Pop Music
  • Beauty can be found anywhere and everywhere.
  • You’re going to look incredible in your wedding photos!

I take my responsibility as the keeper of your memories very seriously and I’m so excited to hear all about your wild and wonderfully authentic wedding plans.

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How I cater to Offbeat Brides

I’m wholly convinced that we are all weird and wonderful on the inside, but only the brave truly embrace it! I love all kinds of love and all kinds of celebrations of love, be they big or small, near or far. (Traveling to take pictures is the best!)

My favorite weddings and elopements to capture are deeply authentic. I love when every inch of the day feels like the couple. One thing I remind my couples often is that you don’t have to do anything in particular on your wedding day. You don’t have to wear white or walk down an aisle or do specific dances at specific times. I encourage them to challenge (and flat out reject) outdated, anti-feminist traditions.

I know that sometimes, planning your dream wedding means ruffling a few (traditional) feathers. That’s why I created a free guide to dealing with people who are less than supportive of your wedding plans. Check it out!

“Shaina provided the most amazing photos from our wedding. She managed every detail, making the day stress free while providing us with memories of a lifetime. If you are looking for a photographer who is a true professional, a delight to work with and will deliver amazing results, choose Shaina.” – Linda S.

Check out some full reviews on Facebook!

Receive 10% off the Standard or Gold packages by mentioning Offbeat Bride.

Examples of my work


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