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Shell Royster Photography

Chapter: Atlanta /
Pro Type: Photographer

I got my first camera in junior high school, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Throughout high school and college, I was the girl always snapping shots of people and places, and later in my formal training at the International Center of Photography in New York, I began to refine my technique and hone my eye. Today I remain zoomed in on a mission and driven by a passion—the art and magic of transforming experiences into powerful images.

I bring more than a decade of professional experience to my editorial and commercial work. My tenure in the industry also includes serving as a studio manager, producer and editor as well as behind the camera, giving me a mature sensibility about what makes images stand out. My photographic point of view and style incorporates elements of chiaroscuro and is driven by my desire to shape light to evoke a sense of timelessness and artistic tension in my images.

I love the creativity involved in culinary photography, whether styling food, troubleshooting in a kitchen, or shaking up a Singapore sling or stirring up a dirty martini. I’m equally at home in the field and on location, with specialties in food, travel photography and portraiture. Whether out in the boondocks on a farm or in studio shooting ceramics, I bring versatility, a sense of adventure and fun, and I’m a natural at making subjects feel at ease and understanding clients’ needs.

My range of clients includes national and regional magazines, agencies, and corporate clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small, scrappy artisans. I’m currently based in Atlanta and New York, and work with clients across the country, and am always eager to speak with anyone who understands and values the power of the image. If that’s you, let’s talk….

Partial list of clients:
Kraft, Velocity Media, DDB Worldwide, Moe's Southwest Grill, McAlister's Deli, Schlotzky's Austin Eatery, Cinnabon, Auntie Anne's, Land O Lakes, Edible Charleston Magazine, Charleston Magazine, Bella Grace Magazine, Stampington Publications, Edible Columbia Magazine and the Edible Communities.