Hello! I am Shannon, a single mother to the sweetest and most wonderful 14 1/2 year old boy who's life goal is to become a professional golfer. I grew up in the northern suburbs of St Paul, Minnesota. We currently reside in Champlin, MN.

By day I work full time as a Certified Medical Assistant in a Dermatology clinic. By nights and weekends I am a self-taught artist and photographer who is bound to craft of photography by feel... I am super deeply and emotionally connected to each photo I take. This art is my passion and my creative outlet. 

As a photographer, I strongly believe in the importance of getting in front of the camera myself. This allows me to have more empathy and compassion for those I am photographing.

Pulling others out of their shell is what I'm passionate about... you see, I was THE shyest person in the entire world up until the age of 14 or 15. I was soooo uncomfortable in my own skin. I hated it. I talked myself out of it and decided to do everything that made me uncomfortable, to tear out of my shell. Then I never looked back ;)

I want to inspire others to tear out of theirs ❤❤ So I started to take self portraits.  I even wrote an eBook on how to create your own self portraiture -- you can check my eBook out HERE


  1. My son, myself, my boyfriend and his 2 boys have an obsession with super hero movies!! We go see all the super hero movies the day they come out! I find them super exciting and the gorgeous men in them aren’t bad either ;) I'm a total comic book movie nerd ;)

  2. I love to read!! I will read any way I can whether it be an actual book or by listening to audio books. I tend to read a few books at a time and have read More about 100 books in the last year. A few of my favorite authors as of late are:

  • Colleen Hoover ... she tends to write beautiful love stories with lots of twists and angst ;)

  • Brene Brown ... everything she writes is profound and makes so much sense to me; I swear by her words like a bible.

  • Blake Pierce ... this man writes about leading women heroine characters who are FBI profilers in his serial killer crime novels and I find them to be the most intriguing!


Published in Bella Grace Magazine, Issue 18

A self portrait of mine published inside! Read more about it HERE

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Published on the COVER of Bella Grace Magazine, Issue 17

Read my blog post about this publication

Shannon Kathleen Photography | Bella Grace Issue 15

Published in Bella Grace Magazine, Issue 15

I wrote an article about teaching my son photography. Read it here.

Shannon Kathleen Photography | Bella Grace Magazine Cover 2017

Published on the cover and in Bella Grace Magazine, Issue 11

My image IS THE COVER and I have a personal feature inside the issue!! Read more HERE

{Click "Read More" below to read about my first publication}

Shannon Kathleen Photography | Make Minnesota

Published in Make Minnesota Magazine, The Vision Issue / May 2018

Cover of Make it Minnesota Magazine

Published on the cover of Make Minnesota Magazine, Discovery Issue / August 2017

Shanon Kathleen Photography published in Make It MN

Published in Make Minnesota Magazine, Wild Issue / June 2017

Shannon Kathleen Photography in Dear Photographer magazine

Published in Dear Photographer Magazine, Volume 1 Issue 1


Traveling Dress Project | Shannon Kathleen Photography


daily update 1/23/18

Picking up the pieces | Shannon Kathleen Photography


daily update 2/28/18

  • Featured artist at Our Weekend Stories. Read my interview here! :)

  • Read my interview with Inspire Me, Inspire Be.

  • I wrote a guest blog post for Dear Photographer regarding my favorite types of shooting style and you can read it here!!

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