Hi, friend!

I am passionate about telling the story of each couple that I encounter in an authentic and real-life way. 

I cherish capturing beautiful memories more than words can express, and am so thrilled at the possibility of doing this for you! Are you looking for someone who is intentional with their couples, serves them wholeheartedly, is a calming presence on the wedding day, and is a genuine friend? Then you are in the right place.

I'm Shelby, your Birmingham wedding photographer!

serve joyful couples through the engagement & wedding process with heirloom imagery

My purpose will always be to

 I am confident that your genuine and true joy, captured in an artful way that displays your personality, your story, and your heart...are what create heirloom worthy photographs that will stand the test of time.

Contact me today to secure your wedding date!


I have been a full-time Birmingham wedding photographer for several years now, and have been photographing the stories of people for well over 8 years total...that is pretty crazy to say out loud!

I have personally moved over 18 times in my life, but the heart of my work is always centered around the beautiful city of Birmingham, where the majority of my couples have their wedding.

Click the button below to inquire about your wedding!

Your experience with me will leave you feeling confident & encouraged after every conversation, and will help you to be excited about your wedding day.

Kind Words

On my wedding day (during our first look!), we had a sudden rain shower out of nowhere- and thank goodness for Shelby who was quick thinking to switch locations and honestly put my mind at such ease. I never once looked back and thought of the weather as a hiccup - it was truly perfect and just what we needed! Shelby puts things into perspective in terms of what matters most on your wedding day and it shows through our beautiful and thoughtful wedding images. She treasures the intimate and quiet moments of joy and we appreciate her so much for documenting our wedding day for us. We highly recommend Shelby and are so thankful and blessed to have had her as our photographer and now, friend!"


 "Shelby was a blessing to us when we were planning out our wedding. My husband and I did not know much about wedding planning, and with full-time internships in our senior year of college, we did not have much time or energy to devote to our wedding either. Shelby was really involved with the whole process, more than what we could ask from a photographer. She gave us many ideas and options that we didn't think or know about before meeting with her. On the day of, I was very nervous, but Shelby was very caring and assuring. She made sure I didn't miss any little details on one of the most important days of my life. Shelby was detail-oriented and also captured our emotions in a way that can still make our hearts so joyful looking at our wedding pictures almost 2 years after our wedding day. We are very thankful for Shelby and really treasure the photos she took for us.”


I would highly recommend Shelby! She did my engagement photos and will also be photographing my wedding in August. She instantly makes you feel at ease and is so easy to work with. I can’t recommend her enough!


"Shelby is THE BEST! She made me and my fiancé feel like ourselves, and the best part is that she uses film! If you’re looking for a someone to take good quality pictures, catch your good side, AND be a friend THIS IS YOUR GAL. We can’t wait to book our next couples session with Shelby Willoughby Photography — we are so glad we found her!!!"


My husband and I got married in July, and our day truly would not have been the same without Shelby. Throughout our engagement, she was intentional, kind, involved, and low-stress (which is SO great when you’re planning a wedding!). On our wedding day, she was a calming presence to be with and genuinely killed it. She’s amazing at what she does. When my husband and I got our gallery back (which Shelby worked so hard to get back to us in record time!!), we seriously could not contain our smiles and gasps. I can’t stop printing out photos for our home, and, true confession, I look back at our gallery multiple times a week. Our absolute favorites are the film photos she took. The light and color in our pictures is just stunning. We knew Shelby was amazing, and we loved her previous work we’d seen, but she completely blew us away. Her work captured so many sweet in-between moments from our wedding day, and it feels like I actually get to experience our day again whenever I look back at her photos, which is the greatest gift I could ask for. She captured true emotion and it’s just so sweet to have these photographs forever! I cannot recommend Shelby enough!