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Shelby Wartick

Creating art is my true passion. It fuels my soul.

I get up excited every day to work with new and expecting parents to share their story about their new miracle. I get the honor of watching first time moms feel the kick of their unborn child and witness them embracing the beauty of pregnancy. It melts my heart when parents aww at how adorable their baby looks posed during a session…of course, every single baby I work with is the cutest baby ever. I don’t know how they can keep getting cuter every single session! I’ve seen many babies take their very first steps during a one-year session. I’ve seen the tears of pure joy come down a father’s face as he sees his little princesses’ first pictures at their viewing…that is my why.

Family, love and creativity…this is what fuels me to create meaningful portraits!


I started my business in 2008 when I first moved to Dubuque, Iowa. Prior to our move I was in a creative manager role and had loved going every day getting to create, develop and market for national brands. When I moved to our great Tri-state community, I found myself looking for a career in a similar field, but with little opportunity for that type of role, I decided to start my own photography business on the side while working full time in the nonprofit world. In 2016, I transitioned to doing photography as a full-time gig and an so happy I did because being a newborn and maternity photographer is the best job ever.

Through lots of practice, one on one mentorships with the best photographers in the world and wonderful partnerships in both the photographer and newborn industry, I’m happy to say that I’m a nationally recognized and award winning newborn and maternity photographer. Besides seeing my art published in national and local magazines, you can also see our art up at Sprout and Hillcrest-Mercy Maternal Clinic. I love what I do and it is my honor to work with you as your family grows.

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