In 2000, Shelly Marshall Schmidt created Oh Schmidt Productions, combining her love of photography, printmaking, graphic design and photo illustration.
It was a natural blend of her life’s rich experience. Her interest in photography came early as she flew in her grandfather’s Cessna floatplane, watching him create great pictures and vivid memories. From the air, he photographed the landscape and lifestyle below while Shelly watched from the right front seat. Neither of them envisioned then that Shelly would ultimately fly to the far reaches of the world to take pictures or that she would become a celebrated motorsports photographer. Years later, images that her grandfather captured of the Cree Indians emerging from fog on the waters of northern Ontario inspired Shelly to revisit and document the same remote areas by canoe.
Whether documenting the journey of Romany travelers, a racecar driver in the pits or sandhill cranes on a quiet river, the goal is to honor both the subject and the moment.
Capturing motion has always intrigued her — incorporating blur to emphasize speed, freezing action to record wings in flight, or capturing fleeting nuances in a person's expression.
'Photography is an exploration and rewards the photographer and the viewer with images that neither brain nor eye can perceive,” she says. Perhaps it is this “capture” that accounts for the long held notion of photography stealing souls.
When her vocation and avocation had fully become one, Shelly ventured into commercial photography, graphic design and print making. While pursuing a variety of personal projects, she also enjoys the creative challenges presented by art directors and clients. A love of the rich patina of aged materials has inspired further exploration into photo illustration, the art of taking images beyond realism to another dimension. An assignment for Porsche Motorsport provided an opportunity and a challenge to transform photographs of present-day
911's sports cars into large-format posters with a historic feel as though they might have been murals painted on German buildings when the cars were first manufactured in Stuttgard decades ago.
A variety of other projects have presented the opportunity to hone skills in photo illustration, which represents a significant portion of Shelly's portfolio.
At Oh Schmidt Productions she offers custom art printing on multiple substrates, including canvas, archival papers, and a variety of fabrics. Ongoing projects include graphic design, photography and photo illustration for books, calendars, posters and cards. Clients have included:
Shelly also contributes to charitable and humanitarian causes, including one close to her heart, Women Beyond Cancer, a nonprofit group that hosts retreats in several states for women in various stages of the illness. Shelly, herself a survivor, documents the trips. Her touching photographs are in an exhibit, “Celebrating the Journey,” on permanent display at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, in Aiken, South Carolina, where Shelly lives and works from a downtown studio, and the Comprehensive Cancer Care Center at Mt. Sinai in Miami Beach.
She shares her home with husband Tim, one very happy dog, Clyde, and four challenging cats.
Please use the pull down menu on right for examples of my commercial photography in the following categories: equine | fashion | fine art | food | water sport | motor sport | the natural world | people | photo illustration
Marti Healy, Aiken author of The Rhythm of Selby
According to Jeff Wallace, editor of the Aiken Standard, [“The Rhythm of Selby”] is as warm and comforting as a morning bowl of grits. This is not a story of murder and mayhem, but a much more sedate mystery that speaks about the people of the South and their culture. …” The book brings to life a tragic train derailment, the dying words of one of its victims, a fabled ruby necklace, a strained childhood friendship, a turn-of-the-century murder attempt, and a terrifying storm that washes away a 150-year-old secret that takes an entire town to decipher. It features the photography of Shelly Marshall Schmidt and has won the Bronze Medal for Popular Fiction from the Independent Publishers Awards and two Indy Awards for writing and design. Marti Healy Web Site »
Aiken Center for the Arts
Over the years Aiken has served as the winter home for some of America's greatest collectors of the 20th century like the Vanderbilts, the Whitneys and the Hitchcocks. In honor of the rich tradition of antiques and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Antiques in the Heart of Aiken, the Aiken Center for the Art in 2009 commissioned the commemorative book titled for the event. Antiques in the Heart of Aiken illuminates Aiken's past, identifying and celebrating the generations of antiques in the area. Each chapter features a type of antique traditionally represented at the show. The book, written by Marti Healy and featuring Shelly’s photography, begins each chapter with a story relating to Aiken. The rest of the chapters are dedicated to tips, fascinating facts and lush photography. Aiken Center for the Arts Web Site »
Women Beyond Cancer
A nonprofit group that hosts retreats in several states for women in various stages of the illness. Shelly documents the retreats. Her touching photographs are in an exhibit, “Celebrating the Journey,” on permanent display at Aiken Regional Medical Centers and the Comprehensive Cancer Care Center at Mt. Sinai in Miami Beach. Women Beyond Cancer Web Site »
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Aiken, SC 29801