Today we’d like to introduce you to Shaye Sicurella.
Hi Shaye, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I have always had a love of photography. I remember being a toddler and being obsessed with my Aunt’s Polaroid camera, the kind that printed out the image after you took it. I was always taking photos of everything. As I got older, I would either use disposable cameras, digital, or my phone. I was lucky because my high school offered photography classes which I took my senior year. For Christmas my freshman year of college (2015) I received my first DSLR camera and haven’t looked back. I minored in film photography for a hot minute at the University of Akron which helped my composition, but I later self-taught myself in the digital realm and joined any online photography group I could find. It is very important to continue to learn and grow! Later on, in my college career, I joined WZIP 88.1 and had the opportunity to go to music festivals and concerts which is where I learned that I loved concert photography! Being able to capture the feeling of a show is one of the best experiences. Professionally have been a photographer for seven years and I continue to teach myself and learn from fellow photographers!
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Photography can be expensive and the imposter syndrome that comes with being creative is something I have had to learn to deal with. Everyone starts off somewhere and if you are constantly comparing yourself to others, you are going to have a hard time seeing what you are good at. You can have the most expensive equipment in the world, but it’s a composition that matters the most. It’s something I have to remind myself every time I go on a shoot or I am editing photos. I can’t tell you how many times I have started editing and absolutely hated what I took only to come back to it the next day and love it. Sometimes all you need is a new perspective and confidence in yourself which is easier said than done. I am very fortunate to have friends and family who are as supportive as they are!
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
With Sicurella Photography, my main specialties are family portraits, engagement photos, elopement ceremony photography, concert photography, headshots, and what I call fantasy photography. With fantasy photography, I like to capture a series of images that tell a story. This is great for the spooky season, cosplayers, and those who are looking for out-of-the-box portraits. I work with my clients to make sure their vision is captured in any of the photos I take. Not everyone is comfortable in front of the camera, so I make sure to get to know who I’m working with and create a safe space! I want people to leave their session with me feeling refreshed and I want them to look back on it with fond memories!
What do you like and dislike about the city?
There’s so much great music, food, and drinks in Cleveland! Coming from a small town with little diversity, it is refreshing to try different cultures’ cuisines, and art created by local artists, support the DIY scene, and be able to appreciate everything Cleveland has to offer! There is also a lot of opportunity for young professionals who are starting out in their careers. As for what I like least, I would say housing costs. Housing prices in Cleveland are constantly increasing displacing people who have been here for years and hurting family businesses.
- Portraits: $100/Hour
- Headshots: $80/Hour
- Elopement Ceremony: $800 Flat Rate
- Fantasy: $150/hour
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.shayesicurella.com/projects
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shaye_sicurella/