Hi, I'm Keli Schimelpfenig.
You can just call me Keli.
As a photographer, I have a unique background in that I got my start on the theatre stage and not behind a camera. I learned about framing and group composition by watching theatre directors and choreographers work within the confines of a stage. I received an MA in Theatre (specializing in theatre directing) from Case Western Reserve University in 2019 where I also served as the primary photographer for the College of Arts and Sciences for five years.
My directing experience allows me to anticipate moments of human emotion and expression that show in my portfolio. Helping people to look their 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.)
My portfolio of work includes weddings, engagements, portraits, business branding, and arts events. My shooting style is a mix of naturally posed portraits and candid captures. Give me a call, let's play!
“Shiny Penny Studios has taken cast photos and show photos of a few different theater productions for Lorain Community Music Theater, and we couldn't of been happier with the quality of the photos and the ease of working with Keli! As the producer of the productions she took photos of, I always knew I could count on Keli to capture the best shots that would really give caliber photos to highlight our show for potential patrons and to have as a keepsake for archival purposes.”
—Lynn, Theatre Producer