Shuttersmack is a photography studio in Minneapolis focusing on portraiture (both human and canine), weddings and commercial photography. It was founded in 2009 by myself, Leslie Plesser, a photographer and art director who enjoys making things pretty. The best part of my job is showing people the beauty that I see in them through my photography.
I am extremely passionate about outstanding typography, good coffee, the north shore of Minnesota, live music (the louder the better) and enormous dogs. Oh, and let’s not forget about Kansas basketball.
I am happiest when snapping photos of the woods, the water, bands and dogs, but I also love taking photos of people in their own environments. I tend to prefer salty over sweet when it comes to both food and people. If you would like to contact me about a shoot, send me a message.
In 2017, as Shuttersmack turned 4, I brought the amazing Lucy into the business as a second photographer and stylist. Lucy is happiest when photographing delicious food and the north woods (including Lake Superior). Lucy is fantastic at making sure her photos tell a story, and remain beautiful while doing so. She is particular about the details and will always say yes to driving hours away to maybe get photos of birds. She’s my kind of person, and I think you’ll adore her as much as I do.
To book Lucy for a shoot, you can reach her at lucy[at]shuttersmack.com.
* Photo of Leslie, top, by the wonderful Rachel from Rachabella Photography.
Leslie Plesser is a Minneapolis-based photographer with a background in graphic design and art direction.
Her photography has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, the Star Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, Women’s Wear Daily, Mpls/St. Paul magazine, City Pages, Cosmopolitan.com and Vita.mn. Various blogs have written features on her as well as a segment on WCCO. In 2018, the Star Tribune and Kare 11 did features on Leslie regarding her rescue dog project, Adopt a Stray in May. That same month, she won second place and honorable mention in The Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year competition. In 2014, City Pages named her one of Minneapolis’ top five twitter accounts and one of the city’s best concert photographers.
In her previous life (before running Shuttersmack full time), she was the art director for vita.mn and a designer for a variety of newspapers including the Star Tribune and the Miami Herald.
She is continually inspired by Lake Superior, black and white punk photography and everything on her pinterest boards.
She is truly blessed to have her amazing and supportive family which includes her bad-ass husband, her baby boy, Ezra, and her crazy
kiddog, Magda.Lucy Hawthorne is a Minneapolis photographer and photo stylist whose work has appeared in City Pages, Growler Magazine, the Heavy Table and the Star Tribune. Some of her corporate clients have included 3M, Red Wing Heritage, Bix Produce, Juut Salons, William Rogue and Minnesota Center for Book Arts.In her free time, you’ll find Lucy hiking in the woods and along the shores of Lake Superior both admiring and photographing the wonders around her.
Scotch Brand | Post-It | Purina | Progresso |Caldrea | Juut SalonSpa | LifeTime Fitness | St. Paul City Ballet | The North Face | Lean Cuisine | Bogart’s Donuts | The Girl Scouts | Minnesota Historical Society | Minnesota Public Radio | Walker Art Center | Minnesota United Football Club | Colorado State University | Allina Heath | Cosmopolitan Magazine | Women’s Wear Daily | City Pages | Star Tribune | Bix Produce | The Galleria | Roe Wolfe | Cole’s Salon