shameless staff

We Love What We Do!

Our Mission is to help you to feel more empowered and embodied — and to see femininity as a space of play and possibility rather than shame.

Meet Our Photographers

Sophie Spinelle, Founder

Sophie believes the complexity and power of glamour, and thinks rhinestones can be radical. She was educated at Sarah Lawrence College and Harvard University, and has studied many forms of art, including painting, theater, and music. In her first career, she worked for world change at a policy institute — but when she fell in love with photography and launched Shameless in 2009, she knew she’d found her calling. She feels blessed every day to do this work, and will stop at nothing to make sure that every person who comes to Shameless walks away feeling inspired and confident about who they are.

Carey Lynne, San Francisco

Carey has been in love with photography for as long as she can remember. She received her BFA in photography from George Mason University and studied for her Master’s in Photography at the Academy of Art University. Before joining Shameless, a great deal of her photo work focused on women, femininity, and bringing awareness to issues like rape and body image. When she joined Shameless in 2011 she knew that she had found something special — a perfect combination of creating beautiful images of strong women communicating messages that could change the way our society perceives beauty. Most recently, Carey’s American Beauty photo series was featured in newspapers, blogs, and magazines across the globe.

Angela Altus, New York

Angela is a visual storyteller whose work as a photojournalist, portrait and lifestyle photographer have enabled her to capture those unmistakable authentic moments of humanity that exist in people’s lives around the world. Angela’s professional mission is to champion stories of equality and to showcase female heroes looking to break the glass ceilings of their lives.  Most recently her photojournalism assignments with the BBC and USA Today have taken her to remote (and not so remote) communities in Cambodia and Vietnam as well as her hometown of Detroit. She is thrilled to bring her passion for female empowerment to Shameless in New York, working with each client to embody their own beauty and truth.

Meet Our Team

Brooke Russell, Studio Manager

Brooke is not only the anchor of the Shameless ship, but she’s also an accomplished artist in her own right. Brooke has been studying the arts all her life. She has gone to college for Art and Design in Bristol, England, and Fine Art at the University of Ulster in Belfast, N. Ireland, as well as CCA in Oakland, and studied towards a Masters in Photography at the Academy of Art, in San Francisco. She has worked as a freelance photographer and photo retoucher since 2007. With her creative background and administrative skills, Brooke works to ensure that Shameless flourishes logistically as well as creatively.

Stylists & Assistants

Shameless would not exist without the dedication and passion of its makeup artists, hairstylists, assistants, and interns. These amazing and talented women have added immeasurably to the quality of our images and made our studio a place full of laughter and warmth.

Our current San Francisco lead assistants are the amazing Natalie Carrabello and Aleina Pawluk.  In New York, we are blessed to work with Venetia Singh and Caity Urquhart.

Our past team members include: Abigail Cassner, Brittany Powers, Asha Maxey, Kelly Camp-Force, Susan Simmons, Emily Mitchell, Isabel Gonzales, Stephanie Poulos, Eve Maria Dwyer, Brenna Daugherty, Julianne Kerry, Christina Campbell, Bryn Kelly, Carla Crawley, Paula Perez, Constance Cavallas, Cara Pardo, Aoife O’Sullivan, Beth Lerman, Maria Del Naja, Malaika Suarez, Whitney Arostegui, Kastania Rasmussen, and Galina Arnaut.

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