Biography

American photographer Willis Shively is best known for his immense body of portraiture work, captured over a career of four decades.

Ballet photographyAfter getting his BFA in painting from Ohio State University in the early 70s, Will went on to teach himself the art of photography while working as a night janitor at a local manufacturing plant. Through hard work and intense focus, Will became one of the most respected commercial photographers in Columbus, with clients like Abercrombie, Victoria’s Secret, Express, DSW, and Ballet Met, among many others.

Always interested in the blurred lines between his artistic and commercial work, Will slowly transitioned in the early 90s to a prolific career as an art photographer, primarily using film development and the layering of 35mm slides to create impressionistic ‘paintings’, and expand the boundaries of what defines conventional photography.

Will currently lives in Willy World with his two black poodles.