Melissa Shanley

Colorado based Professional Portrait Photographer

I love capturing one on one portraits and capturing what you are all about. I also love capturing those moments you will never want to forget; weddings, engagements, maternity or yearly family pics.

From one on one shoots to those memorable weddings pictures, I pride myself in giving it my all in order to not only produce photos I am proud of but to turn your shoot in a special occasion you will not forget. I have assistants who will help carry your clothes changes, pop up a changing tent and help style you. I’m all about pampering you during your shoot.

I take my time getting to know everyone, shooting your session, and personally editing each and every picture individually. I deliver a high quality product on which I spend many many hours on perfecting and retouching, and am proud to have my name attached to.

I only book a limited amount of sessions and these go fast. I love my photography career and I really love getting to know and capturing different personalities and stories. I would love to capture you and your story.

Fun facts:

  • I was born in Suriname (South America), moved to Amsterdam (The Netherlands) when I was 17, and to Denver in 2010. Colorado is my home now and I don’t ever want to leave.
  • I have three nationalities, which makes renewing passports quite a traveling task.
  • I am married to an American from New Jersey. I met him in a bar in Amsterdam.
  • I have a master’s degree in European Politics – which is not very useful in the US :D
  • I home school my kids and both my boys assist me during every shoot in the summer season.
  • I was a graphic designer before I was a photographer.
  • I love photography because it’s not only a creative job, but I get to meet a lot of people and make them feel good about themselves.
  • You will always recognize me at my locations, as I ALWAYS wear white shorts at all of my summer shoots. I know – just one of those things I’m known for and can’t undo :D


  • Won Best of Children Photography Group Award twice for Inspire- Digital or Not Fine Art Photography Magazine.
  • Designed several book covers for authors like Chef Nanda Peixoto and Suzy Cohen RPh
  • Designed over 500 websites for various clients in Europe, including Staples, Reckitt Benckiser, and Schiphol Travel.
  • Featured on 500px – with over 100,000 views
  • Over 5000 followers on my facebook page
  • Featured in Senior Year Magazine and Senior Muse 2019

Melissa Shanley you are amazing! Coming from a fellow photographer who is very picky, I absolutely loved working with her during the whole process. She is kind, patient & talented! She listens to your ideas and respects your opinion. I cannot recommend her enough! Thank you so much Melissa!!!

McKenna Hill Proserpi – Photographer

I highly recommend Melissa Shanley Photography! Melissa is so easy and fun to work with and her photography skills are amazing. Added bonus was how quickly she turned our photos around. Love her!!!

Susie Grotluschen Donahue

What a treat to come home and already see some pictures. I feel like it’s Christmas. The photos look amazing! I love the shots in the meadow with the dark sky. I’m so excited to see the rest. I want to tell you thanks again for all your time and effort today. Alex and I were so pleased with all that you did and taking the time to find those perfect shots. We’re so happy we went with you. I’ll be sure to like your Facebook page, as well as spread the word any way I can. Thanks again for a wonderful afternoon.

Natalie Berry

The pictures more than exceed my expectations, they are stunning, stunning, stunning !! Thank you so much for capturing such a monumental time in her life for us.

Lori Beale

Thank you so much for all of the beautiful pictures! From start to finish you are such a pleasure to work with! You respond to all of my messages and requests quickly, have wonderful locations to choose from, make us look our very best and have the pictures done within a few days. Amazing! I will be recommending you to everyone I know!

Jennifer Langfield

We had the best day with you and your son. Thank you for making Makenzie’s senior photo experience one we will always remember. These unplanned horse photos are beautiful; you are so talented with lighting and catching Makenzies’s personality in a photo
Thank you for taking so much time with us, and no worries we understand there are a lot of pics to go through. Thanks again for a wonderful day!


What a beautiful surprise and gift – the metal print is breathtaking. It is so special. Thank you for making us feel like we are loved. You put the most precious touches on everything you do, and I hope you know that you mean much more to us than just our family photographer. I feel so blessed to know you and your family. Biggest of hugs for all that you do and the special person that you have always been.

Stacy Warden

Thank you so much for sending your beautiful holiday card and our family portrait magnet! Incredible thoughtful and generous. We love it! I also never thanked you for the package of post session goodies (wooden flash drive, collage booklets, etc.) Your generosity won’t be forgotten come family portrait time again next year. Also, thank you again for capturing such gorgeous photos of our family and being so patient. Not an easy task with an active toddler!

Rachel Goodman

Oh Melissa! So exciting, we love them! I can’t express how much we all enjoyed spending the afternoon yesterday with Rutger, Connor and you! You all make an amazing team and truly create some masterpieces!

Jill Clements

Words cannot express my gratitude for your generosity, time, and talents while photographing Sarah. She is so unbelievably excited after receiving the photos in the gallery today – I have not seen anything have that kind of positive affect on her in quite a while. The photos are simply magnificent and your talents unparalleled.

Scott Savage

Melissa Shanley is top-notch! She has taken our family photos on a couple occasions and we’ve been thrilled with the photographs each time. Her style is soft, fun, creative, and airy. The care she takes in “getting it right” comes through in the product she presents. Her assistants are terrific, too! All the details are taken care of and she her team make the experience one you aren’t soon to forget.


Melissa did my daughter’s senior pictures and it was absolutely the BEST experience we have ever had with a photographer! The session was so well done and Melissa is a true artist with her camera. She is worth more than what she charges and you will absolutely not be disappointed!! We have recommended her to many and everyone has nothing but glowing reviews! If I could rate her more than 5 stars I would!

Amy Bell

Melissa Shanley Photography

Broomfield, Colorado