Testimonials

“Lani has an incredible talent for capturing the moment. The spirit of individuals and spaces come alive through her lens.”

– Melissa Tarr, Owner, Design of Mine

“I have had the great pleasure of working with Lani for a photo shoot in branding my business. Specifically in capturing a profile/bio photo of my business partner and I.

The photo shoot was extra special because my business partner is my mother.
Lani was patient, kind, and understanding of what we were looking for as business partners and also family.

I highly recommend Lani for your website, and any/all photography needs.”

– Alanna and June, Owners, Smitten

 

“Lani has a keen eye for photography, bringing her subjects to life, and making her portraits and candid shots, especially of children, particularly impressive. I’m very excited to be using one of her beautiful sea landscapes—a view looking across Joppa Flats towards Plum Island—for the cover of my new short story collection, “The Vivian Girls”, a perfect photo for the title story, which is set in Newburyport. In addition, she is such a delightful and engaging person, meeting her and working with her is a treat.”

-Brooks Wright, Local Author

 

“Lani brings out the essence of her subject with each photo. She captures the heart of Newburyport with candid shots. Her use of light and composition give her photos a serene quality that evokes a soothing sense of peace and tranquility.”

– Kathy Buckley

 

“Lani has the most incredible eye and captures the beauty in the everyday and the extraordinary. She is wonderful to work with – professional, collaborative, and creative. She is a true artist. I’m honored to have been photographed by her and to own several of her original prints!”

– Cristina Fernandez

 

“Lani brings energy, creativity and passion to our collaborations. She’s fun, smart and reliable. The way she plays with light and color in her photographs produces stunning results.”

– Kelly Martin, Owner, Kelly Martin Marketing

 

“Lani and I have known each other for many years. It has been such a pleasure watching her develop her photographic expertise capturing the magic of New England landscapes. She’s a light-whisperer, knowing how and when to catch the best of illumination around her subjects. Recently, I had the pleasure of being the subject of her lens and was blown away by how lovely she made me look!”

– Rebecca Hopwood

 

“I love watching Lani work her magic behind the camera and seeing the thought, creativity and unique perspective that goes into the stunning photos she takes.”

– Kate Cerasulo Mostello

 

“I was fortunate to meet Lani Shumway through our mutual interest in photography and love for the Newburyport/Plum Island area. Lani is a professional photographer and has aided me as an amateur to enhance my skills. We have taken photos together and she has shared her impressive skills and photos with me. In addition to her multifaceted photographic abilities, she is a wonderfully kind and talented woman to work with. You will be delighted with her photos of scenery, people, parties, concerts, children, fashion shows, and many other scenarios.”

– Cookie Tenenbaum Gale

 

“I met Lani by chance on a retreat in Costa Rica, and was immediately drawn to her kind, caring + friendly nature. I felt like I manifested her: a photographer, sharing the same suite, on a retreat which I had only dreamt of hiring a photographer for. There she was! We had such a blast doing an afternoon photoshoot. I’m so thankful for her talent and friendship!”

– Brittany Bamrick, Yoga Instructor & Owner, Bliss Camp Retreats

 

“I enjoy watching Lani as she is working on a photo shoot. She totally concentrates on her subject, usually with a smile on her face. With her talent she takes such awesome, unique pictures. Way to go girl!”

– Connie Lankford-Sanford, Yankee Homecoming Volunteer

 

“Working with Lani has been a real pleasure! As a Yoga Teacher that leads events I have been blessed to find Lani. She is able to find perfect moments to capture, helping all that attend have these memories to look back on forever! I could not be happier with the results and will hire her again for my future events! She is very friendly and professional and has gone above and beyond on every occasion! Hands down the best!!!!!”

– Sarah Shippee, Yoga Instructor YT, CPT, PTA and Owner, Rising Lotus LLC

 

“I have had the amazing opportunity to work with Lani on a few different occasions, and she is just a pure joy and radiant light to be around! Lani is not only a talented photographer, but she also, as an artist, has a specific eye for color and contrast. Traveling with Lani to Spain, Greece, Mexico, Western Massachusetts and Costa Rica on Yoga retreats, she has gone above and beyond to make the group and myself feel comfortable during sessions. She has incorporated nature and culture into the photos, and is excellent at “reading the energy of the room” to feel out the perfect shot at the perfect time. Lani can truly connect with the person or group she is working with, it feels like just hanging out having fun with a friend, but at the same time professional and structured. Thank You, Lani!”

– Sarah Oleson, Yoga Instructor and Owner, Sarah Oleson Yoga

 

“Lani has been a pleasure to work with, she has helped me with some instagram photos for my shop – you can tell she loves what she does.”

– Amy Williams, Owner, Amy Williams

 

“Lani is not only a beautiful woman on the outside she is on the inside as well. Lani took pictures at a family party just because!!!!! She captured many loving moments with family and friends in such a comfortable way! Lani’s gift of giving and her talent with the camera are just amazing!!!!!!”

– Mareeta Antonelli, Plum Island (PI) Resident

 

“Simply wonderful! Lani provided the photo shoot for my daughter Abbey’s senior pictures and she was an invaluable inspiration, support and professional from step one of planning the locations right through to the final photo choices. Her love of photography is infectious, her playful nature and clear confidence in her role helped ease Abbey’s self consciousness and she had a really fun time!

I believe Lani’s skill and intuitiveness really helped draw out Abbey’s true nature, which translated to phenomenal shots. Abbey also learned a lot about the photography process related to lighting, timing and position.

The photos are gorgeous and it’s been so hard to choose just one! We couldn’t have asked for a better experience for this special milestone in her senior year. Thank you so much Lani! “

– Deb Shumway

 

“Lani’s professionalism is unmatched. Her eye for detail and ability to make us comfortable was appreciated and set the tone for the day. She came early to assess the landscape and lighting and worked with props we had rented with ease, as if she had photographed them dozens of times.

We used her for our daughter’s first birthday photos and Lani was great with her. She was able to photograph my daughter in a variety of ways for almost 2 hours – great skill when working with a baby.

Lani’s prices and timeline were incredibly reasonable. As an anxious mom looking forward to first birthday photos, I was pleasantly surprised when I received several sneak peeks within 24 hours. We were elated at how good they were and how fast they came.

I highly recommend Lani for any of your photography needs. She will do a great job taking care of you on your special occasions.”

– Cristina McIntire

 

“Lani and I met through yoga. As I was about to launch my yoga business, I thought that Lani would take beautiful shots that I could use to advertise my local business. Lani met me down on Plum Island Point on Plum Island, MA and captured some amazing shots with the most breathtaking sunset in the background. She takes the time to set up shots so there is symmetry and you are the star of the show in your pictures.

I was more than pleased with the results, after Lani took the time to go through every photo, she edits when needed, sometimes she doesn’t even have to edit them, because they are already perfection!

Lani has also taken group shots of yoga classes I have taught outdoors, capturing the nature and energy of the class. She will take the time to chat with you before, during and after the shoot to get to know you on a deeper level, this connection enhances the experience and she captures the person’s story and emotion as well.

Lani can capture any occasion, I have witnessed her in action, taking pictures for people’s businesses, events, family portraits, sports while there is movement, all things nature and more! I highly recommend her photography services, and can attest to her skills and positive energy.”

– Janelle Murray, Yoga Instructor and Owner, Janelle Murray Yoga

 

“Lani is an amazing photographer who brings lots of energy to her photo shoots. She has captured the beauty of my sunflower field and tulip fields over the last few years and I give her my highest recommendation.

Lani has also taken a lot of photos during our goat yoga classes in the flower fields and I am constantly amazed at the beautiful moments she captures.

Additionally, Lani got up extra early one morning for a sunrise photo shoot at Cranes Beach with me. She really understands what her clients are looking for and she will go above and beyond what needs to be done in order to capture the perfect photos for her clients!”

Hopefully you get a chance to work with her!”

– Paul Wegzyn, Owner, School Street Sunflowers and Tip Top Tulips

 

I had a wonderful experience working with Lani. Not only is she talented but very accommodating. I had a specific vision of what I needed for my website. Lani listened to my ideas and even helped with the wardrobe selections! I don’t like being in front of the camera and was surprised that I actually enjoyed the photo shoot. She made me feel so comfortable and at ease which is visible in the photos. Highly recommend her. Thanks Lani!

– Cheryl Swann, Owner, Cheryl Swann Coaching

 

“Thank you for covering the GNOCA 5K walk/run for Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness Sunday.
Your photographs are amazing capturing the inspirational spirits participating in the event and the numerous volunteers at work.
Lani you are a wonderful, caring woman who gives unconditionally to our community.
.. and of course, multi-talented.”
– Ann Marie Iannotti Salmon, GNOCA Volunteer

 

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