"A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people."

—annie lebovitz

Keli Schimelpfenig

Troop Leader, Player One, Wild Child, Hype Girl

As a photographer, I have a unique background in that I got my start on the theatre stage and not behind a camera. My theater directing experience allows me to anticipate moments of human emotion and expression that show in my work. Helping you to look your best, is what I do best. I also know a thing or two about great lighting, setting the scene, and wrangling groups of people and pets. (Don't underestimate the abilities of anyone who has directed a community theatre production of Annie, and has lived to tell the tale.) I started Shiny Penny Studios after falling in love with entertainment event photography and portraits while working in higher education. I formed the company in 2018 and made national news in 2020 with Dad Bods: A Year of Midwest Sexy.

In my "off" time you will find me out in the woods hiking and camping my way through our National and State Parks with my 9 lb. mutt, Nutmeg. Or as I like to call it - location scouting!

business owner and Cleveland photographer Keli Schimelpfenig holds Nikon camera

photo, Hannah Floyd


If you're getting married outside of NE Ohio, and want me to photograph your beautiful event, check out my travel schedule for the next 12 months.

FEBRUARY: California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Las Vegas

APRIL: Hocking Hills, Chicago

MAY: Virginia, Washington D.C.

JULY: Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota

OCTOBER: Michigan U.P.

NOVEMBER: Las Vegas, Washington D.C

DECEMBER: Virginia, Washington D.C

JANUARY: Minnesota

Hannah Floyd

Player Two, Dress Fluffer, Girl Friday, Kitten Wrangler

Before joining Shiny Penny Studio I graduated from Slippery Rock University getting a BA in music therapy and vocal performance. Though I majored in music, there was something that always fascinated me about photography. The way a single photo can bring so much joy and capture so many precious memories. Thankfully my family noticed this and as a graduation gift got me my first Nikon 3300. At first it started out as a hobby, but it has grown into a huge passion of mine. Now I work along side Keli and love that this is not only a job but a passion. Like Keli, I also have a background in theatre, making me be able to understand how to get genuine poses and reactions out of people. 

When I’m not taking photos you can find me traveling, singing a tune at karaoke, or snuggling with one of my pets. 

Cleveland photographer Hannah Floyd holds Nikon camera

photo, Keli Schimelpfenig


Goodest Girl, Co-Pilot, Model, Security, and Human Resources

Nutmeg is a 9 lb. mutt adopted in 2018. Her hair is inexplicable, but she is an expert snuggler and adventurer. Also know for her feature in Dad Bods: A Year of Midwest Sexy and select wedding photoshoots. As a studio dog, it is quite appropriate that her favorite food is CHEESE!

Cleveland dog model, Nutmeg a mutt or schnoodle
Love Notes From Our Clients

Sarah and Tony

couple at Ariel Pearl reception center during their first dance

We worked with Keli for our reception and could not have been happier. She highlighted us as a couple, got all of guests in photos, and made sure we got all of the photos we wanted. Her work is real and so beautiful. We feel so lucky to have Keli capture our day!
We loved her idea to capture all of our tables with a “photo dash”. Our guests talked about it for weeks and we had a blast.


Schimelpfenig (shim-ul-finn-egg) is not the easiest last name to pronounce so I decided to go with the English translation of the name that my family was (long-ago) told translated to "shiny penny." I cruise along a few years with the name and then I meet a couple from Germany who smile and then say "moldy penny," after I tell them my name. I give them a confused (and perhaps horrified) look and the woman then explains that my last name translates to "moldy penny." Google translate verified the dirty family lie. Someone asked afterward if I would be changing the business name and I said the only name I would be changing would be my last name - Keli Glänzendpfenig has a ring to it!

Keli Schimelpfenig, Cleveland Photographer, Woman-Owned Business Owner

Chettara Hunter, The Neon Museum, Las Vegas