Welcome to Gilded Prairie Studios

As your photographer, there is nothing more important to me than capturing the real you.  You are beautiful, you shine, and I can’t wait to create art you will cherish.

So let’s get real.  I’m Laura Shanks, a wife and mother, biologist by education, glamper and photography nut by passion.  I love traveling the back roads of the country, reading, cooking, gardening, crafting, old movies, a cup of coffee in the morning, and a glass of wine at the end of the day.

Photography has become something I am not whole without.  I believe in a true and authentic portrait because you are you–and that is beautiful.  I believe in traveling with an open heart and mind because there is so much wonder out there; let it pull you in.  I believe in life and love and laughter and good lenses.

I believe in creating art that is true to you and will be cherished by you now and your grandchildren in the future.  I also believe that photography is so much more than photos, it is about service.  Sessions with Gilded Prairie Studios will have you feeling spoiled at each step of our process.  I want to be more than a photographer, I want to be YOUR photographer.

We are located in Altus, Oklahoma and readily serve southwest Oklahoma and northwest Texas.  I love to travel and would love to talk about destination photography sessions.



Just Shine

Custom portraiture is an investment in your family’s story.  Portraits mark your time together, they remind us that we are loved, they show us where we’ve been, and give us hope for what is yet to come.

Whether outdoors, at your home, or in our studio, sessions with Gilded Prairie Studio are fun, tailored to you, and may even include a laugh-snort or two.  I understand the trust you place in me and I aim to exceed your expectations of your experience.   Continue reading “Portraits”

Parties at the Studio

Your children are your everything.  Their childhood is so precious.  At this last stage of childhood, celebrate your tween or teen with a unique and fun party at our professional studio.  Capture the amazing person they are becoming in beautiful portraits and allow them to express themselves through group photos with their friends.
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One of our core missions at Gilded Prairie is to promote other small and local businesses.  We love working with other entrepreneurs to create a beautiful imagery that elevates and promotes their brands.

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We can’t wait to start planning your session!


Email contact@gildedprairie.com or complete the form below:



Our Studio is located at:

217 N. Main Street

Altus, OK 73521


We are open by appointment only.