shelley anderson | Cage and aquarium

Shelley Anderson began exploring photography in high school. She studied photojournalism at the University of Missouri - Columbia’s Journalism School where she learned the ins and outs of storytelling.

Shortly after college, Shelley fell into weddings and has focused on them ever since. After 15 years Shelley still loves wedding photography and remains passionate about capturing love stories.


In 2007 she founded Cage and Aquarium with her husband, Tyler Huffman (DJ Bothsides) as a deejay and photography company for weddings and private events. 

Originally Chicago-based, Shelley and Tyler are now living in the Bay Area. While they get Cage and Aquarium off the ground here, we are happy to offer them as a husband and wife DJ and photography team!



As far as the photography work goes, we couldn’t have been happier with our organized/professional Shelley was on our wedding day...and the results...WOW! 

Shelley with Cage and Aquarium couldn’t have been a more perfect fit for our big day! She was very accommodating with any requests we made prior to the big day, very quick to respond to communications, very organized and professional, and Shelley did amazing work!
— Devon B. Yelp
Working with Cage & Aquarium was a very enjoyable experience. We hired them both for photography and deejay services. When we met with Shelley, one of the co-owners of the company, we knew we wanted to hire them. I cannot say enough great things about Shelley. She is well-organized, a great communicator, and has a great ease about her which just makes everything seem so effortless and easy—it’s exactly what you want when planning a wedding. 

We did both engagement photos and our wedding photos with Shelley. Our engagement photos turned out really great and we can’t wait to receive our wedding photos next month! Not only was Shelley able to capture beautiful posed shots, but she also captured some special moments when I didn’t even know we were being photographed. Some of those turned out to be my favorite photos!
— Mary - Wedding Wire
We worked with Cage and Aquarium for our August wedding. Shelley did our photography and Tyler was our DJ. They were both wonderful to work with, and we along with our guests were SO happy with the photography and music at our wedding! 

First, working with Shelley was perfect. We appreciated her laid-back and creative style - she offered suggestions for engagement photo and wedding day locations for pictures around Chicago that we didn’t know about, which turned into the most beautiful pictures. Our friends and family continually commented on how she captured the fun from the entire wedding day perfectly, from getting ready, to first look, to the ceremony all the way through our send-off at the end of the night.

Next, Tyler was the BEST DJ. We loved working with him. He has such a strong knowledge of jazz (we wanted a unique vibe during dinner) and hip hop (later in the reception) and found the perfect balance of relatable and unique. He also struck the right balance with popular wedding songs and songs to keep the dance floor moving - The dance floor never cleared the entire night! I almost wanted to skip my bouquet toss because I didn’t want to break the great vibe on the dance floor :)

We would definitely recommend Cage and Aquarium for both DJ and photography! Thank you Shelley and Tyler for helping make our wedding so memorable!
— Katherine S. - Yelp