Shelley has work in private and public collections. She has received two Cultural Contracts from the City of Austin as well as a Partners in the Arts and Humanities award. She continues to create and exhibit work while sharing her love for photography through teaching. Shelley teaches many avenues of photography at a variety of schools in Austin and privately. Her work has been published nationally and internationally. She has served as the Director of the DarkRoom Co-op since 1994 and has been teaching swimming since high school.
Shelley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas concentrating in photography. After working as a photographers' assistant in California and New York she eventually transitioned into working as a freelance photographer never loosing sight of her personal work along the way. Around 2010 she began teaching photography.
In 1999 Shelley and her husband, Jason, decided to move to the country from the City of Austin, Texas and purchased 10 acres with a house, a barn and 2 ponds. Uniting their last names, Lambert and Wood, and efforts, they began a new life at LamWood Ranch (LWR). She returned to her upbringing working with a variety of animals including horses, sheep and pigs - raising one or two at a time. Jason also grew up with animals and wanted to pursue an interest in raising goats. Life here often mirrors life outside of the fencing.
Simply put the photographs of LWR are about life with land, caring for animals, observing, creating and living in the country. An ongoing body of work, Shelley is the photographer and together she and Jason (who is instrumental in caring for the ranch) "create" the scene. Together they are always attacking the work of the day; a barn is falling down, new fencing, coyotes attacking the goats, shearing, and snakes. But when Shelley looks at these things, her muse appears. The animals, the surroundings, capturing the wonderful essence of day to day life that happens here. The muse is her connection to the land and all the animals have their own names and distinct faces.
Without a connection, the camera is only a tool. A capture to document. A still reality, until the photographer communicates further, expressing emotion, mood or perception. With LamWood Ranch I want the images to go beyond the time consuming responsibility of care taking, toward the enchanting, at times also tough, existence of animals living as they do.