Bobcats, superheroes, underwear, and a 3 year old!

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I love this little guy like he is my own! He is the sweetest, funniest, cutest little boy I know!!! I have known him since he was in the making and can’t believe is he gonna be 3! Side note he is taken lol!! By my 2 1/2 year old daughter!!! Hehehe!! So his mom and I planned a day just for him!! Take him down to the studio! Photograph his beautiful little face… write out his favorite things and have him pose with it… dress him in his Superman cape and mask and boots and underwear with a fan blowing his cape! I got him a little John Deere hat for his birthday because he loves his diggers and bobcats that his daddy uses!! So we get there and he’s excited!! I show him my studio and I start photographing him! After about 10 minutes his attention is not on the task!! What 3 year old wants to sit there and do what his mom and I are telling him to do!! The chalkboard…well that’s fun!! Even more fun for him to erase it over and over and want to chalk on it!! So funny!! We were trying so hard to just have him hold it and look at us! The one picture I did get that it wasn’t erased ended up being something I love! Candid and him looking down at it! I got some great shots of him laughing and making silly faces at me!! Its funny how you try so hard.. and I have to go back and remind myself that he’s 3! If I force him into doing something he doesn’t want to do… then it is no longer fun for him!! And besides some pics for mom, that’s what is all about!! After the day was over we were like well that didn’t go as planned… but as I look at the pictures more and more I love every single one of them more and more!!!! Each one shows exactly his personality!! Cute, funny, smart, and a little stinker!! And I love each picture and him so much!! So you will notice there are not any cape and Superman pics…. He wouldn’t put the cape on! We got him to somehow put the rainboots, socks and underwear on! While coaxing him into putting the cape on and showing him how cool the fan was going to be…he kicked his boots off, tore his socks off, and next thing we know… his underwear are off too!! I couldn’t take a picture because I was laughing soooo hard!!! Think we pushed it a little too far and he just didn’t want anything to do with it!! Gotta say that’s one photographic moment that’s going to go down in the books as the most entertaining of my career!!

Hello 2013

Hi everyone!! 2012 was an amazing year!! I am doing some restructuring and a little bit of formalities as to be able to provide a better experience for you! My goal is to provide something special, high quality, professional, fun, affordable, and something that will leave an impression and last a lifetime!

All sessions (child, family, engagement, maternity, etc) will be one standard price $125 (with the exception of newborns as more time is needed and of course weddings or events) The session price will include some prints (2 8×10 and 3 5×7) and an online private viewing gallery of all images! Session times will be 60-90 min in studio, or can be at an outdoor location!

All clients will receive a welcoming packet explaining all of the details and about me as your photographer! :). I like to get to know my clients and would like you to know about me as well!! I want to make your experience as fun as possible and provide a service that will have you return as a client or to refer me is the best compliment I could ask for!

A $50 Deposit that is applied toward session fee will be required to hold all session dates as well as a signed contract before session!

I feel that there are two different needs to be met with clients. The digital vs print. I have printed images from cvs, Walgreens, and a pro printing lab. I would like to show the differences in printing and show you that it can be done at a reasonable price, but the difference in high quality images is important. You are paying for experience, professionalism and high quality, and images less than that defeat what you are coming to me for. My objective is not to make money off of you, but to provide you with a fun, professional experience with a high quality standard. You can select and purchase through me the quantity of images that you would like. I will not be making a package or rates or a minimum purchase order. I want things that will be affordable and to meet your individual needs. Prices will be a la cart. $2- 4×6 $4 5×7 $8 8×10 $12-11×14. We can also discuss fun options of larger prints, canvases, metal and wood prints, photo books etc! Explore new ideas, and customize photos for your home!!

Cd’s still can be purchased for $100 with all images and a printing release. I like to provide a lot of images and will edit every usable photo from the session. With the digital age we live in if you would like to have the disk for your computer, digital photo frame, facebook or anything else that is great! You can also have the printing release with it being known that I can not be responsible for the quality of the images you print, but you are more than welcome to print with it wherever you would like! :). I would prefer to have my work represented in the best way, and I also want to be able to meet your needs or wishes!! These disks can be great for birthday invitations, birth announcements, calendars, thank you cards, holiday greetings etc!

With all of this I want to express how much I really love what I do! I love meeting new people!! Watching kids laugh and being able to capture that! Seeing a baby grow up before my eyes and camera, and getting to be a part of it every few months!! Seeing their parents faces light up when they see their child’s or families portraits!! I strive to capture the moments and feelings of a couple in love, or have them remember the moment when they look back years from now. I love each experience and moment I get to be a part of! I want to offer more to people and have something that you can’t just find anywhere!

Thanks and hope to see you in 2013!
Shannon

Christmas Angels!!

Throughout all the hustle and bustle of the holidays I forgot to post the two most special little Christmas angels!! One in the little car with the cutest smile and fun idea for her mommy and daddy’s Christmas card is my niece!! She is so beautiful! Loves to smile and the camera… But she was not having my new studio downtown!! We ended up taking her little coupe car outside and I like it even better!! The other angel is mine!! Gosh I love her little face!! So angelic!! I swear though I take out my iPhone and the kid hams it up!! Smiles all day long and tells me to take her picture! I plan something and set it up and take out my big expensive camera and she either freezes or doesn’t want anything to do with it!! You would think being a photographer I would have tons of pictures of her…. But if it wasn’t for my trusty iPhone which literally has over 2k pics in it, I wouldn’t have any!! I love this sweet picture of her for my Christmas card though!! 🙂

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Wedding

This my first all day solo wedding. I knew what to expect and prepared myself with tons of batteries and sd cards and comfortable shoes. Even with all the preparing I was still surprised with how much work and how exhausted I was at the end of the day. I left my house around 10 am and went to the brides sisters house. Did an emergency run in between getting ready shots for needle and thread for a ripped bridesmaid dress zipper. Ran off to the church. Then the venue with bridal party pictures outside. Then the reception and i made sure to photograph all of the introductions, the dances, cake cutting, speeches, etc. My goal of the day was to capture every moment, every exchange and greeting, to try and have a picture of every guest and moment. To try and tell a story from beginning to end. After almost 12 hours and close to 1,000 pictures I think I accomplished this. I had a great time and even got teary eyed during the speeches and dances. Weddings can be a beautiful thing. It is amazing to watch the bride and groom and them surrounded by all of their loved ones. I was so nervous the entire day and doing it alone I was worried my camera wasn’t going to hold up or something. Next time I will be sure to have a backup camera and possibly an assistant or second shooter. The reception is easier with more candid shots and less formality. Those moments are my favorite to watch and capture. I try to capture photos that when they look back at them in a month, a year, or ten years they not only smile but can remember exactly what they were feeling at that moment. A picture should be more than a snapshot. They say it should be worth a thousand words. It should also bring back memories and recreate a feeling. The formal church pictures is something that is newer to me. I’m more nervous about the lighting, positioning everyone, messing up a particular shot etc. It is something that hopefully after a few more under my belt my nerves will settle down. I was truly honored and it means a lot when someone asks you to be the one to capture their perfect wedding day moments. The bride was very laid back and wanted candid vintage looking shots as her style. I hope I delivered and I know she has a ton of photos to look back on and remember her day with her husband, daughter, and family and friends. Here are just a few from her day!

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