Welcome To The Studio
a greenville local business

We're So Glad You Are here!

Hi!  We’re Esther and Michael Gambrell.  Even if you never do any business with us, we’re genuinely thankful you stepped inside our website.

Things you might find interesting about us:

We love Jesus, Family, People, Photography, and Lego – in that order. ☻

We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in September.  We got married in 2011, and if you’re like most, you’re doing the math in your head right now to see if we keep our website up to date.  Yes, we do. ☻  We value the time you’re taking to get to know us, so we think it important to keep things relevant.

We don’t view ourselves as a Business to Business (B2B) or a Business to Consumer (B2C) type service.  We see ourselves as Human to Human.  We believe in building relationships with people whether they choose to use our services or not.

Michael loves photographing places, and Esther does the portraits, but we tag team on everything.  He’s the engineer; she’s the creative.

We’re both Greenville natives and grew up less than two miles apart, on opposites sides of the railroad tracks.

When you call our office, if you press 0, you’ll get routed directly through… even afterhours.  If you’ve read all this so far, we think you deserve that little extra inside information.  ☻ 

Thanks for stopping by.  Feel free to reach out with your questions.

Shine on!

~ Esther & Michael

Shinig Star Studios

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help other local businesses by providing personal support and imagery centered around their brand and goals.

Meet the Team


Lead 360° Photographer | Studio Manager

 When I’m not on set, I’m invisible engineer ensuring that your files are processed and delivered to meet your specific needs. If you have a problem, I’m the guy who fixes it.


Lead Personality Photographer | Owner

My job is to make you look your best and be your authentic self in front on the lens. I utilize my extensive posing and body language traning to give you confidence that your personal presence will connect with your audience.

Pam Dunlap

Associate Photographer

Pam produces high level quality work that our clients have come to expect and handles all our large wedding leads.

Chris Hartwick

Graphics Guru

With over 25 years as a graphic designer, Chris creates eye-catching marketing assets for our clients.  Whether you need a billboard or a business card, we have you covered.

Elana Moye

Set Director

Elana helps everything on set run smoothly.  From taming flyaways, to fixing necklace clasps, to making your kiddos smile, this girl does it all.

Bethany Shirk

Administrative Lead

If organization were an Olympic event, this woman would have the gold!  We could not survive a high-volume session without her.  She keeps us all straight!

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We don’t view ourselves as a Business to Business (B2B) or a Business to Consumer (B2C) type service –  we’re Human to Human. 

We believe in building relationships with people whether they choose to hire us or not.

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