Melissa Shanley

Professional Photographer

I am specialized in portrait photography for seniors, but I also love photographing engagement, maternity and weddings. These weddings take the life out of me, but OMG, the moments I get to capture !!! . I pride myself in going above and beyond to produce beautifully retouched portrait photographs no matter what I’m photographing. I make sure that your photo session is an experience that you will enjoy and remember. I honestly give you everything I’ve got, no matter what kind of shoot.

My two sons are my main assistants at senior shoots during the summer. Rutger is in charge of gear and assists me with light, filters and setting up the changing tent. Connor is my videographer. Some shoots include a little behind the scenes video of the shoot. When my kids are not available, I ask my best friends Michelle and Deb to help. At weddings I invite one or two additional photographers to capture your memories.

I take my time getting to know everyone, shooting the session, and editing each and every picture individually. I have no limits on clothes changes, use 1 or 2 locations if necessary, and make sure specific wishes of my clients are met. I like to keep things simple, so my prices include everything. Each taken picture I edit is yours. I deliver a high quality product on which I spend many hours on perfecting and retouching, and am proud to have my name attached to, no matter what you book me for.

I love my career and I really love getting to know and capturing different personalities and stories. It doesn’t hurt that we live in such a beautiful state, with the best locations and light.

Fun facts:

  • I was born in Suriname (South America), moved to Amsterdam (The Netherlands) when I was 17, and to Denver in 2010.
  • I have three nationalities.
  • I am married to an American from New Jersey. I met him 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.
  • I never want to leave Colorado. I think it’s the best place in the whole world to live.


  • 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 88,000 views
  • Over 5000 likes on my facebook page

What to expect Family Shoot

Taylor Family at South Mesa Trail Park

What to expect senior shoot

Reese Senior Shoot at Eldorado Canyon and Chautqauqua Park

What to expect Portrait Shoot

Emerson and Shamus Ballet Portraits at Lost Gulch

More videos of my shoots:

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 Photography

Broomfield, Colorado

Cell: 303-888 4000