We're Shaina and Arturo, a husband and wife photography team based just outside of New York City in Fairfield County, Connecticut. In the early half of my sophomore year of college while studying photography, I started working a part time job at Trader Joe’s where Arturo also worked. We were good friends long before our relationship took a romantic turn, which I believe created the strong foundation we have in our marriage today. We love Salsa dancing and traveling the world together, especially if we’re headed to Hawaii!
We know wedding photographs exist to do more than to just look beautiful. We create them to capture the story of your celebration, the people you love and the authentic emotion which comes to life on your big day. We believe in crafting family heirlooms that can be passed down from one generation to the next. We want you to have a collection of beautiful wedding photographs to look back on for years to come with your children and grandchildren. What do you want to feel when you look back on your wedding?
Our goal is to provide you with an entire wedding experience as fun and celebratory as the day of your wedding. Shaina Lee Photography clients know that their best experiences come from working with someone they have a relationship with and trust. When your wedding arrives, we want you to feel like your day is being documented not only by photographers, but by trusted friends. Each couple, engagement session and wedding is different, and we enjoy learning about the love story between the two of you which has brought you to this very moment today.
SHAINA, Lead Photographer & Exclamation Point Over-User
I’m a creative at heart and lover of color! I have a passion for the romance and human connection of wedding photography and the beauty and elegance of boudoir photography. I’m a sucker for a good love story and a hopeless romantic, so when you tell me yours and all about the proposal be sure to give me all the juicy details! If I could, I’d live in flip flops everyday. Depending on how long you’ve been following along with my adventures on social media, you’ve probably noticed that I use exclamation points way too much (and I’m totally okay with it)!
Things You Should Know About Shaina:
She loves the finer things in life, like Kate Spade & Chanel, but also loves long walks through Target.
Enjoys interior decorating and has a serious obsession with HomeGoods.
Shaina has had a crush on Leonardo DiCaprio since she was seven years old.
Go-To Cocktail: Mojito
Favorite Movie: When Harry Met Sally
Favorite Music Artist: Bruno Mars
Hidden Talent: Calligraphy Artist
She is a stepmom to two girls, Marisa and Delilah.
ARTURO, Business Manager & Cigar Aficionado
Arturo is my partner in crime and our family's travel agent! He’s my assistant photographer and manages all things business related. Arturo loves to cook; he’s an excellent chef no matter what ingredients are in front of him. He'll never turn down a good cigar on a beautiful Sunday morning to enjoy with his coffee. You’ll often find him out on our back deck grilling steaks and veggies. To match his colorful personality, he quite often has a fun pair of Vans sneakers on his feet!
Things You Should Know About Arturo:
He once owned a comic book and sports card shop with the most terrible name: Stand Up Comics. People would always call asking for jokes and comedy material.
He has more pairs of Vans sneakers than Shaina does total pairs of shoes.
Arturo is a die-hard WWE fan and has never missed a Wrestlemania event.
Go-To Cocktail: Cuba Libre
Favorite Movie: Uncle Buck
Favorite Music Artist: Michael Jackson
Hidden Talent: He could make a pretty sweet career as a voiceover artist
He's an incredible father, something Shaina totally admires about him.
US, Hawaii Fanatics & Donut Deliverers
Hawaii is our favorite place on Earth! You’ll find plenty of pineapple décor in our studio and home office to signify welcoming and hospitality to anyone who stops by for a visit. We fist bump to celebrate both big and small accomplishments. We’re all about having fun and enjoying everyday that life gives us! We call ourselves the Donut Crusaders, because we firmly believe that delivering boxes of donuts from our favorite local shops to friends and family who are least expecting it is one of the best ways to spread joy and happiness!
Our favorite weddings have plenty of natural light, meaningful personal details and a first look. Arturo and I are all about celebrating the love of any couple who is truly, madly, deeply in love (because hey, love is love)! We’re bewitched by documenting authentic love and serving couples who enjoy even the smallest things in life. We have bubbly, fun and outgoing personalities, and can’t get enough of working with couples who are just the same!
When we meet with our wedding clients to go over the details of their day, one of the most common things we hear is “I hope it doesn’t rain on our wedding day!” We were married during a monsoon in early October 2014, but didn’t let the weather rain on our parade (although it literally did, we still had the best day of our lives!). Our day was proof that the old wive’s tale, “Rain on your wedding day brings good luck to your marriage” is certainly true!
Places We've Been & Where We Want to Go!
Travel Bucket List
San Francisco, California
The Grand Canyon
Big Island, Hawaii
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico