located in birmingham, alabama

Originally located in north florida, painted oak photography now serves equestrians and high school seniors in florida, georgia, alabama, and tennessee.

Photography is more than just memories. I help my clients to gain confidence, pride, and create an experience that they love. My goal is to make my clients so comfortable that they feel like they’re posing themselves. I keep it real with you, I will probably say awkward things to make you laugh, and do all of the poses with you. By the end of your session you feel like a superstar! After your session I want you to feel proud while looking at your photos on your wall, or flipping through your album. Yes, that’s YOU! Yes, you look AMAZING! And yes, we created that art together. I want your memories to be something you want to show off to your friends. I want your experience to be something that you’re glad you did.


the artist: shelly carter

photography is more than just memories

how it started

Photography has always been about more than “photos” to me. Originally photography was a fun hobby. My horses were my main subjects and I loved to sit in the field with them photographing them during the golden hour. Shortly into my photography obsession my first horse, Cody, had to be put down.. I also lost a laptop full of my precious photos around the same time. Looking back at the opportunity I missed to have photos of my sweet boy, photography began to mean so much more. Today I cherish printed photos, albums, and any physical form of art that I can enjoy. It’s more than a photo, it’s a memory that I don’t want to forget and that is priceless. 

Behind the scenes