A Downriver native who’s never abandoned his roots, Shamus combined his two passions – sports and photography – 20 years ago to become one of the nation’s elite sports photographers.
He’s worked with such big-name athletes as LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Matthew Stafford, Sidney Crosby and Justin Verlander, to name a few, and has had opportunities to travel the world through sports photography.
It wasn’t always that way. Shamus started out snapping pictures for his high school yearbook and taught himself how to develop his own film. He later chose photography over a basketball scholarship and attended the Center for Creative Studies, where he received a bachelor of fine arts degree in photography.
He worked his way up, starting at the sidelines at high school football, basketball and hockey games, cross-country and wrestling meets, taking pictures for the News-Herald Newspapers.
His talents led him to the top, first with University of Michigan football and later for clients who hired him to work such high-profile events as the NBA All-Star Game, the Stanley Cup Finals, the Super Bowl and the World Series. Google him, and you’ll see the portraits and action shots that have appeared on the pages of Sports Illustrated, ESPN magazine, USA Today, the New York Times and dozens of other publications around the world. And now, he’s a staff photographer for Getty Images, shooting the Kentucky Derby, the U.S. Open and other high-profile sporting events.
He’s expanded his studio work as well, adding other talented photographers – Dennis Slagle and Jeremy Rafter – to the studio staff. Both Slagle and Rafter have photography degrees from CCS, and have worked extensively with Gregory Shamus Photography for the last several years. Shamus also is proud to have developed a partnership with his alma mater, Grosse Ile High School, to be its official senior photographer.
Shamus and his wife, Kristen, have two daughters, Julia and Sarah, and a son, Sam, who’ve made terrific portrait models over the years.
As he’s done with world-famous athletes, he’ll take your passions and put them in a picture. As an added bonus, you’ll have a great time along the way.
See what different can be.