My style of photography is documentary.
From landscapes to people, the fleeting to the persistent, the profound to the simple, I am drawn to chronicling the moments around us. It is both a great joy and honor for me to preserve a record of our world through the lens of a camera.
The East Bay Parks Project
A selection of print and digital news magazines and nonprofit publications in which my photographs have appeared.
Sources in order: Der Spiegel (June 2020), The Paris Review (June 2020), The Berkeleyside (August 2020), Greenbelt Alliance Strategic Plan (2021-2023), Microplastics Pollution Project (San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI), 2019), Urban Ecological Planning Guide (SFEI, 2019), Regional Monitoring Program Update (SFEI, 2020), The Pulse of the Bay (SFEI, 2019), East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy Fair Development Campaign (2015)
“Shira photographed our daughter's Bat Mitzvah party this past April. Her beautiful and skillful photos surpassed all of our expectations. They were the perfect mix of spontaneous but composed. She was always in the right place at the right time, and her camera brings out the best in people, which is particularly impressive because the guests were in masks. On top of that, Shira is wonderful to work with-- kind, warm, and incredibly organized. We feel so lucky to have found her.”
You're 10 years old. You pick up a camera. You shoot and shoot. You fall in love with the magic of capturing a moment. You put the camera down.
Many years later you pick up a camera. You shoot and shoot. You're still in love. This time you don't put the camera down.
Hi. I'm Shira and this is my story. In 2014, I returned to one of my earliest passions and haven't looked back.
While my photography spans across a variety of genres there is one common thread: documentary. I aim to create images that tell a narrative of ephemeral moments both big and small. Sometimes, only through the passage of time do these photographs truly reveal their beauty and poignancy.
With an emphasis on the candid and authentic, I enjoy photographing events, portraits and Bay Area landscapes.