My name is Nesshell Rainford aka “Shelle Rai”.
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I was also partially raised in Manchester, Jamaica when I was really young. I am a Christian, a mother to an adorable 3 year old, a sister to 2 amazing young men, a best friend to my biggest supporter, and a daughter to the best mom anyone can ever have.
My love for photography started in High School. I was an Art Major at the High School of Fashion Industries NYC. We were required to take Film Photography. Before I even started taking photos, I knew I loved to draw portraits and self portraits. But when I picked up the camera, I instantly knew I loved to photograph people.
I started digital photography in 2011 and it was more of a hobby/side thing until just last year (2017). I LOVE portraiture and how it allows me to see specific attributes that no one else sees and trying to capture that – a hidden emotion or another side of them that isn’t seen with the naked eye.
I love capturing families and romances…I love being able to tell a story with my photos alone. And I LOVE the reactions and happiness from my clients.
At the end of the day this is the gift my Lord and Savior granted me. And there’s nothing more that I want than to use my gift to make others happy. I believe this is both my passion and my purpose.
I have had many struggles and doubts about pursuing photography. A lot of things that happened would have made anyone call it quits!
But when I hold my camera, I get a boost of serotonin and adrenaline…it’s one of the things that make me extremely happy and I wouldn’t mind doing it forever.