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Arika Shelest

June 22, 2017

It is always so nerve wrecking to ask someone to marry you, but when I talked to Adam about proposing to his girlfriend, Sydney, all I heard was excitement! Adam planned to take Sydney out to Belhaven for dinner with friends, a place that they have been talking about visiting, but really he was taking […]

June 14, 2017

Arika Shelest

This past weekend I traveled to Winchester, Virginia to photograph this sweet couple’s wedding! Tim and Amanda met while attending Ohio Christian University. Ohio has a special place in my heart, so it was great to be surrounded by Ohioans all day! After a super sweet proposal in Barnes and Noble last April, they were […]

Arika Shelest

May 18, 2017

Sometimes you have the most perfect weather and lighting, and have a dream session! This was Emily’s session this past Sunday! Emily is a Senior at Grace Christian School and will be heading to North Carolina State University next year. Emily is such a sweet and beautiful girl, and we got explore Historic Oak View […]

May 5, 2017


What is better than having a senior photography experience with your best friend? Bailey and Ashlynn booked their senior session together, so our evening was fun of laughter, silly faces and turtles (lol) These girls killed their session and got super cute pictures together that they can keep in their dorm rooms while at different […]

Arika Shelest

May 4, 2017

Miss Bailey King!!! Bailey is one of my 2017 Senior Spokesmodels, and oh so beautiful! I love this girl. She is a such a bright light, and brings so much life to the room. Bailey is a devoted Christian, and has a love for life. She is graduating from Cary High School this June, and […]

May 3, 2017

Arika Shelest

Oh Ash! I have gotten to know Ashlynn the past year. Ashlynn is one of my 2017 Senior Spokesmodels and I have loved having her on my team! I love all my seniors, but my spokesmodels especially, as I get to see them several times throughout the year for different shoots. Ashlynn is a Senior […]


May 2, 2017

I had the pleasure of shooting these lovely ladies and their dates before they headed off to Prom on! They were champs dealing with the 90+ degree weather, but at least it wasn’t raining like last year. Check out some of their sneak peeks from their Senior Prom!

April 11, 2017

Arika Shelest

Oh it is so good to be back! After spending 7 weeks on maternity leave, I had my first session with the gorgeous Ashling Murphy! Ashling graduated this winter from Apex High School (a semester early, you go girl!) She is spending time working before she starts at North Carolina State University this Fall! For […]

Arika Shelest

February 16, 2017

My last session of my pregnancy was spent with these two gorgeous twins! Delaney and Carlye are Seniors at Bunn High School. We were so lucky to have a 70 degree weather on the 1st day of February and had fun exploring Historic Oak View Park in Raleigh. They are both pretty awesome soccer players, […]

December 22, 2016


Christmas is just a few days away, and I just shot my last session of the season! I am ready to rest, relax and count down the days till this baby comes. Izzy is such a sweet heart, and didn’t mind walking around downtown, climbing 6 flights of stairs or the slightly chilly windy day! […]




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