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I started my business in 2010 and I have been fortunate to meet so many amazing couple‚Äôs who trust my skills to capture their story on one of the most important days of their lives! Being a wedding photographer is truly the most fulfilling career I can think of! From the very beginning, when I meet a couple for the first time, and continue through the planning process up until the wedding day, I am there start to finish. I love helping with the planning process as much as I can! Many couples ask for referrals and questions in other areas of the wedding planning process and it truly is so humbling that they trust my judgement! 

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+ Hanging out with my daughter Violet.
+ Cuddling my kitties.
+ Chips & queso on a Friday afternoon with a cold margarita.
+ Game nights with my husband, Rhys, where I almost always win.
+ Spending weekends at my in-laws house in Red River, NM.
+ Photographing amazing couples who are so in love and ready to take on life together!

Some of my favorite things:

I'm Shay

my process

Finding your ideal photographer is the most important decision you will make for your wedding day! 

The most important quality about my ideal client is a couple who value my work and give me the honor of being present on such a sacred, personal day. They trust me, giving me the freedom to do what i need to do which is crucial not only for them to relax and not worry, but for me to get as free, intuitive and creative as I can be! I want my clients to be in love with my work! I want my style to deeply resonate with their own vision for their day that it feels like we were meant to be!
Whether in a remote destination or a small southern town, my dream clients are those who are willing; willing to be themselves and allow me the opportunity to do what I do best: Creating beautiful photographs for them!

Wedding photographers also want to get to know their prospective couples! It helps us gauge whether we will get along well and be a good fit! Every photographer has an 'ideal clientele.' This ideal client has been carefully thought out by the photographer. Who you are, Where your wedding is, How you want to run your wedding day are all factors taken into account when you first speak with a photographer! We are your shadow on your wedding day, and it is very important (especially for me!) that we are EACH OTHERS' Ideal match! Here are a few characteristics that describe the ideal client for me! 

why i love getting to know couples in love... like you!

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I'll guide you through each step as we get closer to your big day and make sure to keep it as stress-free on you as possible! I know you have a lot on your plate, so you can trust me to handle this so you can focus on those.

Relax & Enjoy


After getting booked, you'll receive some goodies from me welcoming you into the Shayla Cristine Experience. From this point forward I'll be here to help with any and all questions you have in the coming months!

Plan Your Day

follow my lead

We'll have a coffee date so I can learn all about your dreams and aspirations when it comes to your wedding and engagement session! Have a pinterest board full of ideas? Let's dive in and make your dreams a reality!

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