I am a photographer, a registered nurse and a passionate animal lover.  I am originally from St. John's, Newfoundland, a city on the eastern coast of Canada that is soaked in a rich culture of music and art.  Photography and music have been part of my life for a very long time.  I moved to the northeast of Massachusetts in 1998 for a nursing job and fell in love with the rocky coastline that reminds me of home.  I am happy to still be connected to the sea.  

I have an appreciation for all areas of photography, but storytelling and making portraits are what I am drawn to most.  Spontaneity, connection and the expression of what's inside people are what I strive for in my portraits.  In June 2015, I completed the Certificate program in Fine Art Photography at New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH.  Learning about photography at a school of art gave me the perfect foundation to grow from and evolve into the photographer I aspire to become.  In summer of 2017 I completed a 12 week photography intensive at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine, crossing paths and being influenced by some of the best photographers in the country, an experience that has tremendously influenced my portrait and storytelling work. 

If you are interested in any of my photographs or would like to commission me for a portrait session, please email me at sheppardjphotography@gmail.com.  If it is a newborn session you are interested in, or a personal individual session, I have a small studio in my home that is well lit and perfect for natural light work.  I do prefer natural light, but I have a few small pieces of lighting equipment that I use if needed.  I am happy to come to you if within a reasonable distance from Salem, MA.  I look forward to hearing from you!