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about

Welcome to professional photography at affordable prices! 

Servicing the San Diego and southern California area, Top Shelf Photo offers a wide range of photographic services: weddings, engagements, and outdoor portraits. You name it, we would love to photograph it! We understand that there are endless options of photography companies and services and we appreciate you checking us out. We strive to create a casual, fun experience that will result in lasting memories.

Background
My name is Shaun Hagen, and I have lived in north San Diego County for most of my life. During the past two decades I have taken my camera with me wherever I could. I have traveled throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. To be out in the world, camera in hand; there's nothing better. 
For the past several years I have focused the camera more on people. I quickly went from photographing landscapes to photographing babies, couples and weddings.  Having a passionate hobby grow into a full-time business has been a dream-come-true.

Education
I graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. degree in Graphic Design. Over the 20 years I have taken many photography classes ranging from black & white, color film, classic darkroom methods, and a variety of digital classes.

Philosophy
I try to approach photography in a very casual manner. I like to capture scenes as naturally as possible. I'm not a big fan of putting people in scenes that look forced and unnatural. I want to showcase the people, the environment, and the emotions of the occasion while interfering as little as possible. 
I believe in building relationships with my clients; especially for weddings. I don't like to just show up, shoot some photos and leave. I want everyone involved to be familiar and comfortable with each other, so together we can come up with the best experience and quality photos as possible.