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Janae found her passion for photography at a young age when she inherited her grandfather’s antique 35mm camera. She knew from the moment she took her first picture that this was her life’s path, prompting her to enroll in high school at the Las Vegas Academy for Visual Arts. This passion for seeing the world through imagery took her to Brooks Institute of Photography where she continued to expand the foundation on which her future photography career is based. Shortly after graduation in 2003, she married her true love and found that weddings were the medium in which she would express her art. Through her own joyous wedding experience she knew she had found how to apply her skills and creativity.

After relocating to San Francisco she opened the doors of Janae Shields Photography specializing in weddings and portraits. Her images have been featured in The Knot, The Knot Northern California and Brides Northern California. She has also been awarded for her work at Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. She pulls her inspiration for each wedding from a love for the city she calls home, each couple’s love for one another and her background as an artist. Her love of meeting new people and desire to experience new things combined with a couple’s joy are all essential to capturing the details and emotions of your wonderful day.

Janae believes this is one of the happiest days of your life and approaches each wedding with a fresh perspective and fun attitude. She captures each couple individually and tailors this day to their relationship and unique vision for their wedding. As your photographer Janae is with you through the entire wedding process. From the concept to the final captured images, Janae is your expert, resource and support. Hiring Janae as your photographer will give you more than just a beautiful day of celebration, it will give you a lifetime of memories in the form of timeless photographs.


Kim & Sean

"Janae is a photography goddess! She did a fantastic job of capturing every moment of our July wedding, and blending in seamlessly to our day. It was like having your best girlfriend from college there with you. . .she was patient, calm, organized, confident and helped out with whatever we needed. Janae arrived early, kindly let us know when it was time to catch some great sunset or moonlight pictures, and took advantage of all the amazing scenery. Janae’s creativity led to some great FUN shots that are so classic and timeless looking. She gently guided us through the shots she needed to take, and then quietly stood back and got the candid shots that told the most poignant behind-the-scenes story of our day. Janae’s skills in capturing the perfect shots made us all look like glowing, sexy, wedding models. "

Carrie & Tony

"There are no words that express the excitement I have looking at the pictures! You did such a beautiful job and we will forever be grateful to you. The pictures were the most important thing to Tony and I and they are exactly what we wanted. Thank you for everything you’ve done for us!"

Nathalie & Kevin

"We just wanted to thank you again for being such a big part of our wedding experience! It was a pleasure working with such a talented, professional and easy going person. We love the photos and will continue to refer you to our friends. You rock!"

Nenette & Halid

"JANAE SHIELDS ROCKS!!! If you're looking for a professional photographer who has real passion for her work and takes a genuine interest in you she's the one. Her customer service is amazing (I swear I have no idea how she's able to follow up on my questions-- which were many! -- so quickly, especially because I knew she was booked for several weekends one after the other. She is open to hearing your vision and gives you feedback if you ask. And her enthusiastic/engaging personality helps her get along with just about any personality among vendors and guests (trust me, this is huge). Finally, she put together an amazing slide show (with music!) for us that we forwarded out to friends who all loved it... we felt like celebrities."

Monica & Ed

"Janae shot our wedding and our entire experience (from meetings, to the wedding day, to the photographs) was excellent. I got a warm fuzzy feeling from her the day we met her for our first meeting and I knew I’d feel comfortable having her photograph such a huge day."

Geri & Jeff

"Janae shot our wedding and our entire experience (from meetings, to the wedding day, to the photographs) was excellent. I got a warm fuzzy feeling from her the day we met her for our first meeting and I knew I’d feel comfortable having her photograph such a huge day."

Michele & John

"Janae was an absolute pleasure to work with and we couldn’t be happier with our wedding photos. We get so many compliments! Please often comment our photos look like they are straight out of a wedding magazine and some even mistake the wedding photo I have on my desk as the one that came in the frame. Janae has a way of making you feel calm and comfortable, even on the day of your wedding when you are anything but calm! We definitely made the right choice with Janae."

Kerry & Eamon

"The pictures are absolutely amazing. I couldn’t be happier. I first looked at the slideshow and cried! You have a truly amazing talent and I am so, so happy. The day seems so much more real now that we have the pictures. Thanks again!"

Joelle & Andrew

"Last year I interviewed at least 15 photographers for our August wedding and Janae was our last scheduled interview. Hands down we walked out of the interview and told each other that SHE was going to be our photographer. The end result was amazing. Our albums SHOWED the story of our wedding day and most importantly OUR LOVE and it did it in such a talented and beautiful way. EVERYONE who has seen our wedding photos have given such wonderful comments about her and our photos. Janae has an amazing eye and is SOOOOO talented. I highly recommend her for anyone’s big day... and can’t wait for another special occasion to have her capture it..."

Alli & Jeff

"Janae is so much fun to work with! At the engagement session, she made it fun and comfortable...we didn't feel like we were even at a photo session and we laughed the whole time. Her photography is outstanding and at the wedding she got every photo we wanted. During the wedding we never even knew that she was taking pictures because she is that good, but she gets every angle so that when you look back on the wedding, you feel like you were there again just through the pictures. I highly recommend Janae for your wedding! She makes you feel comfortable throughout the whole process, she makes it fun, and she even becomes one of your favorite people to work with. She puts together amazing slideshows and through those alone, you can see that every part of the day was captured. Her albums are beautiful and she knows exactly what she's doing. Her professionalism is outstanding and she really adds to your day. I definitely recommend her!"


Frequently Asked Questions

What is your approach to wedding photography?

I approach wedding photography the same way I approach life, to the fullest. I believe each moment is unique and that life should be a fun, memorable experience. Your wedding is one of these pivotal moments in life and as your photographer I strive to capture every element of your day: the looks of love, the stolen glances, the relationships, and the details that make your day completely unique. The images reflect each individual couple and I strive to capture the elements of your day that make it completely yours.

How did you develop your style of photography and approach to weddings?

My training has played a large role in my style. It has given me the necessary technical skills to express my art. I have also learned through my time of photographing weddings that the relationship between couples and their loved ones are such an important element of the day. I think of myself as an observer of these moments and not as the director. I love capturing the authenticity and candid moments of each couple’s day.

Where are you located?

I am located in San Francisco but travel the entire Bay Area and beyond to be a part of your wedding day.

How do I find out about your rates and packages? Do you offer custom packages?

Refer to the Pricing Information and Albums & Extras pdfs, above. This provides information on all of my packages as well as the extras that can accompany those packages. I offer customized packages to fit all your needs and am willing to tailor my packages for your specific day.

Do you shoot digital or film?

Digital. I am constantly researching and educating myself on the most up-to-date technology in order to create the best photographs possible. I was classically trained in film and have evolved my digital practice to utilize film techniques while at the same time allowing me to take advantage of the benefits of digital capture.

Do you have an assistant or second photographer?

Yes I have a second photographer who accompanies me on each wedding. This service is already included in all my packages.

Are the negatives included?

Yes the high-resolution digital negatives are included in every package.

How long before I see my wedding images?

Between 4 to 6 weeks depending on the time of year. Every image of your wedding day is looked at to make sure it’s up to the standard of my studio.

Can I view my images on the web? Can friends and family buy photos online?

Yes, online ordering is one of the services included in every package. The images will be available through the Order page of my website where friends and family will be able to access them. These photos will be available for one year after the wedding.

Do you need a list of “must have” photographs?

I am committed to capturing as many elements of your day and all of the special images that are important to you. With my wedding experience I have a great perspective on the flow of weddings and the events and moments that are often important to couples. The process runs smoothly if I have a list of the family and wedding party photos that you would like taken so that I can organize these efficiently. If there is anything special or unique to your specific day just let me know.

Do you provide engagement sessions?

I love photographing engagement sessions. I recommend having an engagement session prior to your wedding day as it allows us an opportunity to get to know each other better. Most couples have never had professional photographs taken together before and this is a way to work out those nerves before the wedding day.

More questions?

Feel free to call or email me with any more questions that you might have.