SmugMug Corner #119: Shelly Porsch Chetty

We’ve got another fantastic SmugMug Corner photographer interview this week with Shelly Porsch Chetty who’s been a SmugMug customer for over 5 years! The interview includes 20+ of her favorite photographs - a great way to get inspired to go out and take some photographs this weekend.

Name: Shelly Porsch Chetty

Watery Veil

The Journey Begins

Rubber Band Ball

Tell us a little about yourself.

My professional background centered around 20 plus years of nonprofit and medical public relations and marketing, but finally I heeded the siren call of photography and slowly phased it into a full-time profession. I am a wife, a mother to five grown sons, a gardener, a dog-owner, and a child of The King. I love to be silly and goofy and to make my clients feel very very special.

All I Need

Annika’s Vacation

What is your background/training in photography?

I’ve always loved and dabbled in photography, but on a whim five years ago, I attended a portrait workshop sponsored by a local camera store. Suddenly I saw light in a whole new way. Silly as it may sound, I felt as excited and giddy as if I had just fallen head over heels in love. Since then, I’ve taken advantage of countless workshops, classes and online seminars. There’s SO MUCH information available out there! Hardly a day goes by when I don’t learn something new.

Passionate Dancer

Up From Here

How long has photography been a passion for you? When, where and how did it start?

My parents put a little plastic Diana camera into my hands on a family vacation when I was 5 years old and was hooked. They were wonderful about always providing enough film for every vacation and every trip to Girl Scout Camp – and then they threw in a few extra rolls for good measure.

Only a Matter of Time

To Kiss the Salty Air

What equipment is in your camera bag? What piece of equipment will be added to the collection next?

Canon Gear… Mainly I shoot with a 5DMII and carry 40 D’s for backup. My favorite go-to lenses are the Canon 70-200 2.8, a 24-70 2.8, the 16-35 2.8. For macro work I love love love my 100 2.8. On the road I use 580ex II flashes as needed. My studio lights are all from Bowens Gemini line. Next on my list? Maybe a more powerful lightweight strobe for location work, or a tablet for detail editing.

School’s Out

Mount Rushmore

What are your favorite places/subjects to photograph? Why?

More than anything, photographing REAL people, the ones who don’t realize how beautiful they actually are – because I have a surprise for them! I adore my high school seniors and the brides who will come out to play in their wedding dresses after the ceremony. For FUN, I get a genuine charge out of finding beauty and art in the details of everyday life, especially small things, old things, and patterns.

Geez — Get a Room

Wild Redhead

Who are your biggest photographic influences? Why? What about their work influences your work?

My dad, of course… and don’t laugh… but I still remember sitting through a US Forest Ranger’s presentation at a New Mexico campground when was 11 or 12 years old. He talked about general composition, framing, the rule of thirds, color, perspective and more. Today it’s beyond exciting to study the work of countless talented artists. They all have something unique to offer.

Low Brass

Mystery of the Door

How long have you been Smug with your photographs? What features do you most enjoy with your SmugMug account?

I signed up for a SmugMug account in late 2006. At the time I was looking for a simple tool to share my images and to sell event prints, but since then, I have customized my site to match my brand. I also love love love the unlimited amount of storage available to pro users, and the warm personal attitude of the SmugMug Family.

Follow the Yellow Brick…

Texas Friday Night

If you had do sum up in 50 words or less the impact SmugMug has made on your photography/photography business, those 50 words would be…

The support and camaraderie, particularly of people I originally met through the Dailies Community, has been amazing. This is where I came for a pat on the back or for constructive criticism. Other Smuggers have made me aware of different classes, conventions and workshops, too. A couple of years ago I even shared a hotel room at WPPI with three other women that I met through SmugMug. We never met in person until we all walked into the over-crowded and laughter filled room that we shared for the next week. I honestly feel as if I have friends all over the world — and look forward to meeting more of these people in person when the opportunity arises.


Autumn Fairies

If you had to give one piece of advice to those wanting to pursue photography, what would you tell them?

Enjoy yourself. Love what you’re photographing, and it will show in your work. If you want to turn your photography into a business, take the time to invest and treat it as a business. Otherwise, just HAVE FUN, keep learning, and keep shooting.

Safe and Secure

Early Lunch

Otherworldly Reflections

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2012–04–20 16:19
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