A Model Beauty

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A Model Beauty

A MODEL BEAUTY


A COLLABORATIVE LIFESTYLE PHOTO SHOOT BY SHANNON KATHLEEN PHOTOGRAPHY FEATURING ma.belle.fleur

3 weeks ago I received a private message on Instagram from a model beauty named Mary asking me if I was available that day for a collaborative lifestyle photo session. She just happened to be in the area visiting from Arizona.  I inquired with her how she discovered me and she stated she found me through the hashtag #stpaulphotographer on Instagram :) So, keep hash tagging people!! You just never know what opportunity may arise because of it :)

At first I didn't know what to think because now a days you never know if someone is trying to trick you!! But, I did my research on her personal Instagram profile and she seemed legit ;)

We both took a risk meeting up ... and to our delight, neither of us turned out to be a creepy man trying to catfish the other ;)

Mary wanted her session to take place in St. Paul, MN. She was looking to have images taken in a downtown setting and in a St. Paul neighborhood. I suggested Lower-town St. Paul, MN for our city shots and then the neighborhoods along Summit Avenue in St. Paul, MN

This girl was an absolute dream to work with!! We spent the golden hours of the evening walking around intertwining her beauty along with natures beauty.

Enjoy the following images!

All color images edited using SMAL Rose presets by www.svenmalojlo.de/presets

Black and White images edited using the "Glory" preset by http://pppsactionsandmore.bigcartel.com/product/whole-store-sale or the Black 06 preset by http://tribearchipelago.com/product/lxc/

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The Next Chapter

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The Next Chapter

THE NEXT CHAPTER


Dear upcoming graduates:

As you prepare to launch into a new world of independence after high school, I want you to know that no matter your circumstances in life - where you live, the family you were born into, what happened to you as a young child that was beyond your control - NOW is the time to step forward into your own true self and begin the next chapter of life that is truly yours for the making. 

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." ~Henry David Thoreau

It is so easy to gloss over the transitional periods in our lives and look forward to our arrival at the next chapter. But this chapter, the one right between your childhood accomplishments and your big dreams, is one that deserves to be documented in a way that's all you.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
— Steve Jobs

My Senior sessions are created so you can settle in and get comfortable in front of the camera, while expressing yourself through different outfits and locations. My goal is always to let your personality shine through :)

Senior portraits don't have to be stressful! We can have fun! Yes, FUN! No manufactured moments.  All of my on-location sessions are spontaneous and unplanned. We'll glide through your session naturally and have a an amazing time doing it! Not sure about an outfit or a location? Let's handle this process together! I am here to help! 

The following images are of a 2017 High School Graduate, Erin :)

Erin has big dreams and a bright future ahead. She has the drive and passion to become an Environmental Engineer and make her footprint on the world. For Erin's session last month we ventured around Lowertown St. Paul. As we walked along in search of unique and inspiring areas to stop and take some images we talked ... This young woman has a heart of gold and she will make a difference in this world :) I wish her all the luck on her next chapter.

Last but not least, I would say you should have big dreams, full dreams, not half dreams. You know, it’s very simple. You can’t put a large box in a small box. Well, you cannot put a full life in a small dream box.
— Elias Zerhouni

Know a senior graduating?

Please send them my way! :)

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To Lead People, Walk Beside Them ...

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To Lead People, Walk Beside Them ...

TO LEAD PEOPLE, WALK BESIDE THEM ...


Photographing Couples

I have been asked "How do you achieve a successful couples session? How do you get them to feel comfortable and look comfortable in front of the camera?"

My answer is simple ... I walk beside them. Whether it is them leading me or me leading them ... I walk beside them. We walk beside each other and create this art together.

I believe that as I am leading a session, it is best for them to not notice my existence. I walk beside them and begin to follow their lead.

How do I do that you might ask? I am in their faces after all LOL ;)

I remain quiet for the most part. I do not want to disturb their connection. I do not want to tell them to feel a certain way or to do something that might not feel natural to them. They might be feeling silly or giggly to start... I roll with with.  They might be feeling a little nervous to start ... so I roll with it.  I walk beside them. Annnnnd sometimes we might stop at the liquor store to pick up some whiskey to get them to loosen up ;)

Standing still and staring at the camera is out.  Walking through a forest or enjoying a drink together in an intimate room while laughing at his dumb (yet adorable) jokes is in ;)

I want to document the way your hands fit together, the expression he gets when he looks at you, and the one piece of hair he's always putting back behind your ear ...  This is the real stuff that makes you, you.

"If you want to lead people, you must learn how to follow them." ~ Lao Tzu

I had the AMAZING opportunity this past March to meet some fellow photographers in real life that I have known and bonded with over the last 2+ years in one of the most vibrant cities of all ... New Orleans.  One of the ladies hired me to do an intimate couples session for her and her husband. When she asked me I was blown away with flattery and was completely thrilled to do it!!

We started by visiting a liquor store and purchased a bottle of whiskey on our way back to the hotel to start the session.  Once we got to the hotel ... the magic began.

Below is the result of this session. It will forever hold a special place in my heart. The love between these two was palpable.  Britney and Chase have been together since they were teenagers and have lived through so much together. My own personal goal is to find and have a love like theirs :)

Thank you SO much Britney and Chase for allowing me a glimpse of the love you two have for each other.

Enjoy! Here are a few of my favorites!

I told him that I would love him with everything I had in me until the very end of everything, and I meant it.
— Sarah Ockler
The very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone.
— Jane Austin, Love and Friendship

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May Special!!

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May Special!!

Let's come on out from our winter hibernation and get outside to capture some memories! 

It is Spring again. The Earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.
— Rainer Maria Rilke

If you book a session with me before April comes to an end to take place sometime in May you get $25 off your session price!!

  • May is blossom season and it is short lived, so grab your family and we can catch some beautiful images!
  • May is also the month of Mother's Day! What better gift is there than photos for mom or grandma! 
  • Fishing opener also occurs in May! Get those fishing poles and let's head to the lake!
  • Father's day is in June! You know you need to update your Father/child images!
  • Maybe you're a couple looking for some kick ass couples photos πŸ˜‰Β 
  • This is great for any last minute Seniors too!

SO COME ON LET'S DO THIS! :) 

Click HERE for my online booking or see below.

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2017 Booking Updates

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2017 Booking Updates

Did you know that when you book a session with me you get ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING?

Hello!! I have gone through my calendar for this year and set the dates that I am available :) There are a limited amount of dates for bookings and Fall 2017 is almost completely full!!

I don’t want to be hired to just take a picture; I feel anyone could do that. I have experience in turning life’s simplest details into beauty.

Whether you are a senior graduating high school, a small family wanting memories frozen in time, or bringing home a newborn, a woman looking for some unique and stunning Boudoir images, a professional looking for creative environmental head shots, a couple looking for engagement photos or some kick ass intimate couples photos, I am your gal! Let’s light it up together and create some amazing art!!

Also, I have made a few price adjustments and added something new to most of my sessions. Keep reading to find out more!
— Shannon

I never want you to have to choose your favorite images and I never want to restrict the images that I edit and place in your gallery... I don't believe in holding any images hostage ;)  My style of photography results in a collection of beautiful and creative images that speak to you, that tell your story.

I am a thrifty gal that values quality and options. Therefore, I created my services to be something I would invest in myself! 

Your session fee includes:

  • Your amazing on location photography session experience.
  • The time to professionally and artfully edit your images.
  • All the final high resolution beautifully edited images to keep for life to print and use as you see fit.
  • A private, secure, and gorgeous online gallery where you can view/share/download/and print your images from a professional print lab.
  • Print release.

NEW!! STARTING IN 2017:

You will receive a complimentary custom album from your session.  I want my clients to take away something tangible from their session. Leave the design to me! I will design and deliver a beautiful custom album that will last for generations. **30 minute session, Head shots, and Boudoir NOT INCLUDED -- Boudoir has it's own special album ;)**


Schedule a special MOMMY AND ME photo session!!

My 30 minute lifestyle package is perfect for that!! 

  • Just Mommy with up to 1-2 children.

  • Great for Mother's Day!



I have attached my Online Booking page below.  After reviewing my Sessions & Pricing page come back here where you can pick the type of session you want and then see my calendar of available dates :)

https://shannonkathleenphotographyonlinebooking.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php



Your Self: A Meaningful Guide to Self-Portraits
15.00

What You Get.

(1) A 22 page PDF that includes: My Why, The How with real working tips and advice, 4 complete image breakdowns showing SOOC/Final and giving you an understanding of my thought process--how I created them as well as my philosophy behind each, my gear and editing, the images and breakdown of them on how I edited each self-portrait session from the videos, and finally a list of suggested inspiration to help you create your own!

(2) A bundle of 5 videos: 3 editing videos of me going through and editing 2 different Self-Portrait sessions while talking you through my process.  2 videos of pull back images with me talking you through the philosophy behind my choices, the location, mood, and lighting.

(3) A private and friendly Facebook Group comes along with your purchase as well!! A place to support each other and somewhere for inspiration.  This will be a safe haven to post your creations and tell me and everyone what you’re learning about yourself along the way and how taking your images makes you feel.

(5) In this group you can also ask me questions!  I want to be there for you all!

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Photo Contest Results

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Photo Contest Results

Shoot and Share Contest Results

In January I entered a HUGE (and free) photo contest for the 1st time.  This contest is called Shoot and Share and it consumed my life for the entire month of February ;)

There were 332,768 entries total entered into 25 categories and over 100 different countries participated.  This contest went 12 rounds.

Since this contest was free to enter I thought "What the heck! Why not!"  So I entered the maximum amount of photos which was 50.  I am happy to report that I did quite well!! I did not expect to do as well as I did so I am pleased and wanted to share my excitement and results with you all :) Can I get a whoop whoop?!!?!!

Out of the 50 images I entered :

  • #1 made it to the Top 100 (which placed 66/23,969 in the Children:Kids/Teens Category)
  • #1 made it as a Finalist (which placed 402/35,527 in The Wedding Couple Category--that's the top 3.5%!!)
  • #14 made it to the top 10%
  • #7 in the Top 20%
  • And #6 in the Top 30%

And even though this consumed me and my time ... I am excited to enter again next year!

Some of you clients of mine may recognize some of these images!! :)  I appreciate every single one of my clients to the moon and back :)  Thank you to all of you for having me as your photographer!

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Your Creative Self (+ a freebie!)

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Your Creative Self (+ a freebie!)

The Self-Portrait Experience:

A way to explore yourself in every possible situation, to stimulate the creative process, to improve self-knowledge and self-esteem, thus empowering yourself.

Along my photography journey I have discovered how passionate I am about female portraiture.  For many of us, we can feel overwhelmed by orders as to who or what we should be… life gets hectic as we go about with work, maintaining a family, being a mom, wife, sister, daughter, grandmother, friend … the chance to belong to our own self can seem woefully out of reach.

We have a right to be alive in our own way, and that our relationship with our self is more intimate and more knowledgeable than anyone else’s experience of you can ever be.

{Keep reading to get a FREEBIE!!}


I have written an eBook on all things Self-Portraits! I have poured my heart, soul, and brain into this project :)

In this eBook you will learn:
* My why.
* Real working tips and advice on how to create your own self-portraits.
* About my philosophy and editing process behind 4 full breakdowns of images of my own.
* About my gear and my editing.

You will get:
* A 22 page PDF full of goodness and images.
* A bundle of 5 videos: 3 editing ones and 2 pull back image videos explaining my thought philosophy.
* A suggested list of inspiration.
* Access to a private Facebook group for continued inspiration and friendly support!

With this eBook I want to remind you of your real value as the creative soul that you are :)  I am SO excited to share this with everyone!!

For me, taking self-portraits started as a once or twice per month β€œmust do” as a prompt for my 365 daily photo project I participated in. I loathed getting in front of the camera!!
But, like with anything in life, when I am presented with a feeling of resistance I tried to figure out why I don’t like it and how it really makes me feel.

Upon examining those feelings, I discovered I felt fear, embarrassment, shy, unworthy, awkward, ugly, I felt like no one would care to see me, I wondered how I would be seen and judged.

You see, I was so preoccupied with my self-image.

When we are preoccupied with our self-image it is like being deaf and blind. It’s like standing in the middle of a vast field of wildflowers with a black hood over our heads. It’s like coming upon a tree of singing birds while wearing earplugs.....
— Your Self: A Meaningful Guide to Self-Portraits

Want a FREE Self-Portrait Inspiration Suggestion List? Fill out the info below! :)

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Your Self: A Meaningful Guide to Self-Portraits
15.00

What You Get.

(1) A 22 page PDF that includes: My Why, The How with real working tips and advice, 4 complete image breakdowns showing SOOC/Final and giving you an understanding of my thought process--how I created them as well as my philosophy behind each, my gear and editing, the images and breakdown of them on how I edited each self-portrait session from the videos, and finally a list of suggested inspiration to help you create your own!

(2) A bundle of 5 videos: 3 editing videos of me going through and editing 2 different Self-Portrait sessions while talking you through my process.  2 videos of pull back images with me talking you through the philosophy behind my choices, the location, mood, and lighting.

(3) A private and friendly Facebook Group comes along with your purchase as well!! A place to support each other and somewhere for inspiration.  This will be a safe haven to post your creations and tell me and everyone what you’re learning about yourself along the way and how taking your images makes you feel.

(5) In this group you can also ask me questions!  I want to be there for you all!

Add To Cart
β€œThe time has come to harness the blessed power within us and to use it to transcend from our current existence into a more empowered reality.” –Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

What some are saying:


To anyone that’s on the fence on whether to purchase Shannon’s eBook...please do yourself a favor and just do it! Shannon’s work has inspired me so much over the course of the last couple years. I won’t lie...self-portraits for me is uncomfortable and awkward, and out of my comfort zone. But I think leaning into things that are uncomfortable, awkward, and out of our comfort zones is where some of our greatest growth comes from. Self-portraits are still all of those things for me, but more than that...they have become therapeutic. It’s caused me to see myself in a new light, caused me to be vulnerable, and has allowed for a more authentic version of myself to come through.
— Maranda
Anyone who knows me, knows I’m horrible at self-portraits. Shannon’s work is incredible and as soon as I learned she had written an e-book on all things Self-Portraits β€”- I scooped it up!!!! It is so insightful... from setups/pullbacks, tips & tricks and editing. Shannon’s e-book has really helped me trust myself in that I CAN DO THIS!!!
OK... now I’m heading out to take some self-portraits, and YOU should check out Shannon’s e-book!!!
Wish me luck!
— Sherida
I’m so inspired! Can’t wait to get some time for more self portraits. I LOVED your book Shannon.
— Fleur
Regarding our perceived imperfections: It is getting easier. It’s totally therapy. It has been a long time since I was deeply connected to myself and it feels great getting it back :)
— Sherida
Shannon, I was so inspired by your eBook I didn’t even finish reading before I started shooting!!
— Dawn
I’m loving your ebook!!
— Kathy

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A Mini Adventure of a Young Man

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A Mini Adventure of a Young Man

A MINI ADVENTURE OF A YOUNG MAN

Cheers To Art

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

My little man and I set out on a mini adventure the other day ... across the street ;) 

There is this wide open field with a few piles of rubble and is loaded with tall weeds.  We tend to avoid this area in the late spring, summer, and fall because of wood ticks... so winter time is our time :)  He and I set out of the house to venture on over there to check it out and take some photographs.

I love following his lead with very little instruction from me as I capture images along the way. Doing so allows me to photograph these real and raw moments of him living his life, tasting the experience to the utmost, and reaching out eagerly without fear ... all for a richer experience :)

For a majority of these images I used a creative technique called freelensing: where I take my lens off of my camera and hold it up to my camera body with a slight tilt up/down/or side to side.  This freelensing techniques causes part of the image or most of the image to be soft and out of focus.  I love the appearance and feel this gives my images.  I feel it can really draw in the five senses by allowing the viewer to see, feel, hear, smell the crisp air, and almost taste the experience for themselves.

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All images edited using SMAL ROSE presets for ACR :)


Here’s to freedom, cheers to art.
Here’s to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start.
— Jason Mraz

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Waking up with Butterflies | Butterfly Wonderland

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Waking up with Butterflies | Butterfly Wonderland

Waking Up With Butterflies

Catching creativity is like catching butterflies β€” fast-flying, bright-colored sparks darting here and there, it requires quick wits, good eyes and desire to net them. And once you have them, you need to act fast. An idea, like a butterfly doesn’t last long: it is ephemeral. It is here, and now it is gone β€” so quick, grab your laptop, you pen and paper, your Dictaphone, your sketch pad, whatever your mode of expression or recording, swoop and catch.
— Lucy H. Pearce

When we were in Arizona last month my dad treated me to a mini photography retreat :)  He set it up for me to wake up with the butterflies on a early Saturday morning at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, AZ. 

I gasped with excitement and was giddy like a little girl when he informed me of this delightful little treat.  More than he knew I was dying inside for some soul food ... some creative nature photography.  I packed up a few of my favorite lenses: Lensbaby Velvet 56, Lensbaby Edge 80, and my Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens. I planned on using all three and did just that. 

I was one of a small group of seven women.  We walked around for about 2 hours careful to not step on any little delicate creatures.  We were all in our element ... the energy in the air was buzzing with hopes of creative captures.

Catching creativity is like trying to catch butterflies ... but I managed to capture quite a few and my soul was satisfied. Enjoy :)

Thank you Dad!

Many of these images can be purchased HERE!

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My First Publication!!

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My First Publication!!

My first Magazine Publication

Bella Grace Magazine - Love the Life You Live

This post will contain affiliate links for Stampington & Company. If you make a purchase through any of these links, I will get a commission. All opinions and reviews are 100% my own. Thank you Bella Grace Magazine for partnering with me!

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After a years worth of hesitations, a few months ago I submitted some of my photography to Bella Grace Magazine for possible publication.

I first heard of the beautiful magazine on Instagram through a photographer friend. They tend to have photography contests and if you are one of the 4 images they pick as a winner you get a free magazine!  I have won 3 :) I fell in love with them right away.  Here is a statement right off of their website to tell you what they are all about :

"We believe: An ordinary life can be extraordinary, there is beauty in imperfection, and that magic can be found in the everyday.
Bella Grace is meant to be savored. It is meant to get tossed in your beach bag, or tucked under your pillow to enjoy before bed.  It is meant to be read over and over again.  It is meant to be written in and dog-eared.  It is meant to inspire you to discover magic in ordinary moments and accompany you on this beautiful adventure that is life.
If you believe that life should be lived with a full heart and open eyes, come join us, and get lost in the beautifully penned stories and soul stirring photographs that make up Bella Grace."

Very quickly after I sent the email with my photo submissions attached, they contacted me back saying, "This is too funny.  We've been dying to contact you to be a featured instagrammer in Bella Grace!  The images you sent over are GORGEOUS!"

I was absolutely flattered!!  They then asked me to submit a statement telling them what living a Bella Grace Life means to me in under 50 words ... which was hard for me! ;)  I sent it in and a few weeks went by.

Then on the evening of February 16th I got a package in the mail from Bella Grace Magazine.  I was absolutely giddy with joy thinking this would be the magazine with my feature in it!!  Little did I know after tearing open the package that one of my images would be THE COVER of the magazine!!!  What an amazing surprise that was!!! They also had a great section in the magazine featuring several more of my images.  I am still having a hard time believing this happened :)

The stunning model on the cover is my beautiful friend and neighbor, Katy LeRoy :)

Then last week I discovered that the magazine is available at Barnes and Noble and has been spotted my many friends all over the US!! :) So very exciting ... it's like a dream come true :)

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Bella Grace Magazine - Love the Life You Live

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