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 life's moments. It is both a great joy and special honor for me to preserve a record of the world through the lens of a camera.


Personal Gatherings

Memorable occasions of all kinds: b'mitzvahs, small weddings, birthday parties and business gatherings.


Individual and family portraits with an emphasis on the candid both available in your home or out.

local events

Bay Area community and political happenings including campaign events, rallies, protests and meetings.

bay area landscapes

My landscape pictures are available in a variety of custom prints. I also offer image licensing.

current project

Photographing all the parks in the East Bay Regional Parks District is my current personal photo project. It's been an absolute joy so far. To read more about it, check out the dedicated page and subscribe to the newsletter.


A selection of print and digital news magazines and nonprofit publications in which my photographs have appeared.

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Eliza H.

“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.”

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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 which 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 personal, professional and local events, individual and family portraits, and Bay Area landscapes.

In the left-hand picture, that's me as a teenager enthusiastically photographing the late actor, Christopher Reeve. He was visiting my hometown that day campaigning for Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. This picture ran on the front page of the Local section of the Burlington Free Press in 1986. Photo credit: Debbie Dlott