Beautiful success!

Yay! I finally took some friends away from jcpenny portraits! I mean nothing against them… But I like to think that I offer something you can’t find there!! I now have this amazing studio to work at, great lighting, I can set up whatever ideas I would like, have fun, and most importantly take the time needed, and make the kids comfortable. 1 1/2 and 3 can be hard individually but also shooting together! It can either be good, bad, great, terrible, etc! It’s all about the kids and their mood! It went wonderfully and they are so beautiful! They look just like their mommy and daddy! She called me after and said Shannon, I have never been able to get pictures of both of my kids smiling! I was so happy with the pictures and knew what it meant to them. Little things like that make me so happy and makes me feel good that I am able to offer people something they can’t always get somewhere else! I was able to capture both kids smiles and personalities, Portraits, and my favorite is candid parent and child shots! Knowing they will have these gorgeous pictures of their kids for their house and that she is giving as Christmas gifts makes me smile! I love my job!! I put everything I have into it and the way I feel successful is when someone loves their pictures!

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Engaged to Be Happy!!!!!!

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My best friend asked me to take her engagement pictures.  It was such an honor for me!  I have known her longer than anyone and I have known her fiance for about 8 years as well.  My husband and her fiance grew up together and I invited her to come along to a concert with us one night… and it was history from there!!  They are the cutest couple!  She is so sweet, and he is funny!!  They really do bring out the best in each other.   You know it is true love when you can smile in the rain, have fun, and really look into one another’s eyes!!  It is the beginning of fall and the weather is already getting chilly.  It was drizzling but we set out to a great park by their house.  I think the rain and the cool air made the pictures even better!!!  They got engaged while they were fishing.  He put the ring on the end of the line and she reeled it in!  I still can’t believe he cast it out there!!!!!!!  I can not wait for their destination wedding next summer!!  I hope to photograph there as well and then come back and use the pictures for their reception!  I can’t help but smile when I look at these pictures.  My beautiful friend is so happy and I could not be happier for her!  I hope they enjoy these pictures for years to come and can look back over the years and remember this time!!  

Baby Boy and Lots of Joy!!

This was my first adult/maternity shoot.  I wasn’t nervous because I had some ideas planned and a pretty spot, and a gorgeous couple!  I was really excited to capture the excitement and happiness of a an upcoming new life!  It made me remember my own pregnancy and all the things that come along with it!  I am very used to candid shots, and also just chasing kids around.  This was a new challenge for me.  I had to plan every picture, every pose, and tell them what to do.  Kara is 7 months pregnant and looked gorgeous so that was easy!!  Frank was amazing.  He would touch her belly, or look down at it, and hold her hand.  I was very impressed that he came and was into the shoot.  They were so cute!  You could tell they were nervous and I would say, ok its time to get a little intimate.  :-  My favorite shot is the one of just her belly with the bow and his hands.  This actually came out of a bad pic too!  Her eyes were closed and I had a previous shot that was similar so I wanted to try to make something else out of it… I could not have been happier with the result!  I am really happy with all the pictures and I know the couple is too!  I am so excited for them and she said she can’t wait to put the pics around their brand new apartment they just got together!  How exciting for them.  New apartment and even more a new life on the way!  I am going to their baby shower on sunday and am going to blow up some pics for part of their gift!!  ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage