HI, I’M SHILLAWNA
I grew up in Southern California and married the love of my life two years after I graduated high school. It’s been a wild but beautiful ride! My husband and I have 3 children; two girls and one boy. I absolutely love hanging with my family, watching Netflix, getting in a session at the gym or, on the complete opposite end of the spectrum: eating a vast array of junk food.
My photography journey began when I started shooting babies and families. The more I got into photography, the more I realized how much I loved documenting people’s love stories. I’m a planner and an organizer so wedding photography hit all the sweet spots for me! I began Shillawna Ruffner Photography in January 2009 in my home state. When our family relocated to Newburgh, IN in 2016, I found a new a whole new love for all the amazing couples in my new home and I’ve been shooting weddings across Indiana for the past three years. We are now in Terre Haute, IN but I am still photographing in Evansville, IN and also in Indianopolis!
My favorite locations to shoot are in beautiful, rural, outdoor locations! Really, anything with lots of greenery and trees just makes me swoon! I love the 4 distinct seasons here in Indiana and the ever-changing bounty of backdrops that Mother Nature provides.
It’s been a good day at work when I feel like I’ve been able to preserve a very special, fleeting moment for a client. Capturing true love, real life, and genuine happiness is what gets me out of bed in the mornings. It’s my passion and joy and I can’t wait to share it with you!
Ready to get started? I can’t wait to hear from you!
1. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I love to be able to document the most special moments in my clients’ lives and provide them with a way to remember those moments for generations to come.
I love being able to celebrate and showcase my clients and make lasting connections with the people I serve.
2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC TO EDIT TO?
Silence! The old addage, “Silence is golden,” is 100% true in my book! My days are filled with a constant barrage of sound from my family and social media. When I get down to work, I really enjoy shutting everything off and just throwing myself into what I am doing.
3. IF YOU WERE TO PICK ANY OTHER PROFESSION, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Definitely Cosmetology. My poor kids can tell you how much I love to style hair. And makeup is an addiction for me. It seems like no matter how much I have, I can always have more!
2. WHAT OTHER TITLES HAVE YOU CARRIED IN YOUR LIFE?
a) Office Assistant
b) Bank Teller
c) Letter Carrier (aka Mail Man)
d) Sales Associate (Lawn and Garden equipment at Sears)
5. WHAT WOULD CLIENTS SAY THE BEST THING ABOUT WORKING WITH YOU IS?
They love that I am versatile and hardworking and that I can always get “the shot” no matter what. We have so much fun together, laughing at the realities of being a human and human relationships. I am not above “potty language” or making animal noises to get the reaction I am looking for!