About our Studio 

Hello, and thank you for checking out Sterling Photography! We specialize in creating custom works of art to cherish some of life's greatest moments. We serve clients all over Connecticut, New England and beyond! 

Sterling Photography was founded in 2014 by Shea Wordell when she was just 18 years old. Shea has spent the last 6 years perfecting her craft and growing this company to give families the best service and products possible. 

In 2016 She opened our Middletown Studio location, which is located on  the beautiful historical Main St. of Middletown Connecticut. As the business continued to grow she decided it was time to partner with other fellow artists who could help her continue giving families this personalized experience they loved. In just a few short months, she met with Lauren and LA Page Makeup and knew she would be the perfect addition to our team, by giving new and seasoned moms a moment to be their own person for just an hour or so, while they enjoyed some much needed pampering, while getting ready for their portrait session with us. 

After more growth over the next year, Shea was finding herself having to turn families away due to being fully booked. She knew with the start of her Doula business her availability would only continue to limit the amount of families she was able to serve each month. She decided it was time to move her focus strictly to Birth, Maternity and Newborns and hired another talented artist named Erika! Erika's passion for photography and preserving these moments stood out to Shea upon their first meetings and she knew she would be the perfect addition to her legacy. So, she passed her reins to Erika, and as of 2019 Erika will be taking over the Sitter, Child & Family portrait sessions while also working alongside Shea to capture some of life's greatest celebrations. 

Together they have grown this company to better serve all of Connecticut and are opening up their Second location in June of 2019 in New Haven Connecticut. They both couldn't be more excited about this expansion as it will be located right inside a community of other amazing businesses who focus on serving new and seasoned moms and their journey through parenthood. 

Our Locations

Our New Haven Studio 

495 Blake St. Suit C 

New Haven  CT 06515

Our Middletown Studio 

360 Main St. U2A

Middltetown CT 06457 

Meet the Team!


My name is Shea, 

I'm an animal lover, a tree hugger, tea lover, photographer, and I just recently added doula to that list too!  I'm also the founder of Sterling Photography! Ever since I was a young girl I always loved capturing moments for my family. I grew up in Florida (I know why would I move up here?! - But the need for that change of season was real! Plus I was born here so it just felt right.) Growing up my fondest childhood memory was sneaking into my Grandma's room with my little brother to rummage through old portraits. She had a huge collection stashed away that hadn't made it on our walls and we loved reminding over them. 

As I got older and became more aware of my body; I was in awe of all it could do. I remember stumbling upon Birth documentaries and being fascinated that our bodies could not only grow these tiny humans, but birth them so courageously  I was dead set by the age of 10, that I would be in the medical field working with moms and their new babies ....Someone probably should have told lil ole me that I didn't enjoy Math & Science enough to live that dream! 

Somehow the universe has a funny way of working out though. As I found myself asking what it is I wanted to do with my life I was torn. I AM an artist. It is who I've always been. I spent my high school days studying Art, and even  went to college for it. 

So when I asked my self what it was I wanted to do with my life, the age old phrase "Do what you love and you won't work a day in your life" came to mind. It was then, that I realized I could combine my passion for art and photography with my love for babies and children and spend my life creating beautiful custom pieces of art for families to love and cherish just as we did as small children. 

Over the last 6 years my dreams have evolved into more then I could have ever hoped, and I have been able to make so many amazing new friends along the way. I feel truly blessed that I get to live my dream and that families have come back time and time again to trust me to preserve their most precious memories


My name is Erika, I met Shea about 8 years ago while we were still in high school. I watched her grow and make her dreams come true and saw as she accomplished every goal. 

This was my motivation, to realize a natural talent and a hidden dream. A few short years ago, I discovered my love behind the lens. I realized that capturing the most vulnerable moments,were going to be the most cherished. I started taking portraits when my fiancé bought me a Nikon for our anniversary and soon became in love with those moments.

I am not only an artist in the field  I am a full time mommy, to a beautiful earth side baby boy, Liam. I am also a mommy to an angel Baby, Samuel. 

I do my very best for my family along with my life partner and soon to be husband Michael. Together we accomplish everything. 

Not only am I all of these wonderful things, a mother, an artist, a fiancé  I am also a dog mom to two Boston Terriers, a cat mom, a lover of all things coffee, a collector of mugs and a cactus enthusiast. 

I can't wait to meet you and learn all about you and your amazing family!

Hi guys! I’m Lauren and I am the owner of LA Page Makeup. I’ve been providing makeup services to CT and New England for over 8 years and have found nothing lights up my world more than serving clients and giving them the confidence to shine!

I am a dog lover, cheese is my kryptonite, and Netflix is seriously the best way to chill.

I have earned my beauty and theatrical makeup certificates, as well as certificates in lash lifting and tinting. Continued education is so important to me!

My favorite part of doing makeup is the look of awe my clients get when they look in the mirror. If I can help give you the confidence and self-love to shine, I’ve done my job right!

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