Shelley Reis is a self-taught lifestyle and documentary photographer based in the Illawarra region of Australia who is inspired by both the magic and mundanity of every day life. She loves to capture authentic, soulful moments for her clients while also documenting her family’s unique story through her personal art. Shelley’s work has been featured in international publications such as The Huffington Post and The Long Way Home magazine as well as Australian Photography Magazine, Capture Magazine and The Sydney Morning Herald. In 2019, Shelley was awarded 3rd place in Australia’s Top Emerging Documentary Photographers competition and Clickin Moms listed her among their Top 100 Artists to Watch in 2018. She was named by Canon Australia among the Top 11 inspiring females on Instagram. Shelley is an Educator with Beyond the Wanderlust, where she teaches her workshop ‘Art & Soul: Adding Depth and Emotion to Storytelling Images’.
I am fascinated with the significance of childhood as the most important source of reference across an individual’s lifetime. Shooting in a photojournalistic manner my aim is to create pieces that are both contemporary yet serve as a source of reflection and conjure up a universal sense of nostalgia. Counter to popular culture’s idealised notions, childhood is complex and multifaceted. It is simultaneously joyous yet fraught with challenge. It can be carefree and jubilant yet also isolating and vulnerable. I use layering, movement, colour and contrast to give what could be a ‘classic’ childhood snapshot a modern and hyper-real twist and create a greater sense of depth and narrative in the work. The iconic Australian suburban existence and the Australian geographic landscape feature prominently in my work, to either compliment or contrast with the narrative and enhance the emotional impact of the image.