“Today you are you, that is truer than true.
There is no one alive who is youer than you.” - Dr. Suess


Well, hello there! 
I'm Shelby and I would LOVE to meet you, cuz I have no doubt that you're awesome. 
But, I suppose you'd feel weird meeting a stranger, so let me introduce myself.

Let's start with the basics. I hail from Akron, but am now a dedicated Cincinnatian. I love Jesus and I know for a fact he loves you. I'm on the fur-baby end of the spectrum at the moment with my pup and cat (sorry mom). I volunteer at a farm with horses, cue childhood dream finally coming true. I have red hair if you need help finding me at coffee shops for meet ups. Lastly, I'm a graphic designer at heart having worked in Singapore, San Francisco with Apple and now at Spicefire blending graphic design with brand and lifestyle photography as my job. I LOVE what I do. And while what I do doesn't define me, it sure is a blast.

As for photography, Odessa James Photography has evolved since its origin in 2012 when I, Shelby Albertz, began shooting with local photographer Eliot Gomez. I was instantly taken with photographing weddings, oftentimes one of the most memorable days in a person's life. To be able to capture the relationships, history and stories that are shared in one day is deeply moving and encouraging. But we'll leave more of that mushy gushy for our coffee date, or hot chocolate in my case. 

It's a pleasure to meet you in words, but I would love to meet you in person,
so let's connect!