In a world full of fantasy images of models and movie stars, Shameless is working to create a space for women to feel safe, beautiful, and empowered.
The tools of makeup, lighting, and photography can create images that are part fantasy, part reality. It is a powerful thing to enter the realm of fantasy, and to know that you can do so whenever you choose. No model or movie star owns the realm of fantasy — we all do. In some small way, we hope that our business can help women to feel more empowered and embodied — and to see femininity as a space of play and possibility rather than shame.
We’re in this to prove that YOU can be a bombshell, no matter what shape, size, age, color, or ability. We’re here to help every step of the way — from wardrobe to makeup to hairstyling to pose & expression coaching — so that you can see your own beauty more clearly.
Sophie Spinelle, Founder, NYC & SF Photographer
Sophie believes the complexity and power of glamour, and thinks rhinestones can be radical. She was educated at Sarah Lawrence College and Harvard University, and has studied many forms of art, including painting, theater, and music. In her first career, she worked for world change at a policy institute — but when she fell in love with photography and launched Shameless in 2009, she knew she’d found her calling. She feels blessed every day to do this work, and will stop at nothing to make sure that every person who comes to Shameless walks away feeling inspired and confident about who they are.
Carey Lynne, SF Photographer
Carey has been in love with photography for as long as she can remember. She received her BFA in photography from George Mason University and studied for her Master’s in Photography at the Academy of Art University. Before joining Shameless, a great deal of her photo work focused on women, femininity, and bringing awareness to issues like rape and body image. When she joined Shameless in 2011 she knew that she had found something special — a perfect combination of creating beautiful images of strong women communicating messages that could change the way our society perceives beauty. Most recently, Carey’s American Beauty photo series was featured in newspapers, blogs, and magazines across the globe.
Maxine Nienow, NYC Photographer
Maxine is a Mexican painter-turned-photographer from a family of strong willed women who believed in changing the world through art, community, and having a deep understanding of one’s self. She studied painting in Paris, cultural studies at UC Berkeley, and ultimately earned her BFA in photography at Parsons. Her sense of wonder and social conscience led her to create public art projects that joined communities through painting, created photographic series to bring attention to issues of injustice in her home country, and finally to find Shameless. Her passion for using art and beauty as a catalyst for exploring who we are is the reasons she is thrilled to be part of the Shameless team. She thrives on helping Shameless clients see aspects of themselves that they might have not know were there.
Brooke Russell, Studio Manager
Brooke is not only the anchor of the Shameless ship, but she’s also an accomplished artist in her own right. Brooke has been studying the arts all her life. She has gone to college for Art and Design in Bristol, England, and Fine Art at the University of Ulster in Belfast, N. Ireland, as well as CCA in Oakland, and studied towards a Masters in Photography at the Academy of Art, in San Francisco. She has worked as a freelance photographer and photo retoucher since 2007. With her creative background and administrative skills, Brooke works to ensure that Shameless flourishes logistically as well as creatively.
Stylists and Assistants
Shameless would not exist without the dedication and passion of its makeup artists, hairstylists, assistants, and interns. These amazing and talented women have added immeasurably to the quality of our images and made our studio a place full of laughter and warmth.
Our current San Francisco lead assistants are the amazing Natalie Carrabello and Aleina Pawluk. In New York, we are blessed to work with Venetia Singh and Caity Urquhart.
Our past team members include: Abigail Cassner, Brittany Powers, Asha Maxey, Kelly Camp-Force, Susan Simmons, Emily Mitchell, Isabel Gonzales, Stephanie Poulos, Eve Maria Dwyer, Brenna Daugherty, Julianne Kerry, Christina Campbell, Bryn Kelly, Carla Crawley, Paula Perez, Constance Cavallas, Cara Pardo, Aoife O’Sullivan, Beth Lerman, Maria Del Naja, Malaika Suarez, Whitney Arostegui, Kastania Rasmussen, and Galina Arnaut.