Baby #2 – Family + Maternity Photographer Pasadena

Baby #2 – Family + Maternity Photographer Pasadena

She was due late May but her bebe decided he wanted to see the world sooner…May 5th!  My birthday too!  I was so very excited that we share birthdays.   Luckily we were able to get in this photo session before he made his unexpected entrance.  We had a lot of fun exploring Arlington Gardens, take a look…

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Shannon

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M + N – 35mm Wedding Photographer Los Angeles

M + N – 35mm Wedding Photographer Los Angeles

It’s hard to know how to start this post.  This day was just spectacular.  The love and beauty present was overwhelming, I’m not usually a crier but oh man the tears were flying.  It was my very first time being a bridesmaid for my very first close friend tying the knot.  I knew I wanted to take pictures but also wanted to be present and not inside my camera the whole day (I tend to get swallowed up by my viewfinder).  I decided to bring my new 35mm camera along and limit myself to 2 rolls of film – Kodak Porta 400 + Holga 400

Some lessons I’ve learned from these two rolls – BE PATIENT.  I jumped the gun so many times worrying I would miss the perfect shot.  Better to wait, get a feel for the moment, listen so you will know if someone is about to change their expression.  2 – If you know you missed the shot, and you really think it’s a solid shot, try again.  It feels like you only have one chance with film but it doesn’t have to be that way!

I know they will have millions of perfect images of this day from their photographers, here are a few imperfect ones…

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Melissa and Nathan – I LOVE YOU GUYS!  HAVE FUN IN PORTUGAL!

 

Shannon

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Film!

Film!

This is the very first roll of film I took on my Canon AE1!  I haven’t shot film since high school (has it really been more than 10 years!?) and I feel this excitement in my bones for it.  This first roll was hard for me, every click of that shutter felt like such a huge deal for someone who is used to shooting thousands of frames a day.  My perfectionism definitely got in the way of me shooting anything for a while.  I’m slowly getting over that barrier and can’t wait to shoot more and more!  Film just feels so special.

Film – Kodak Porta 400

Location – Brooklyn + Sarah’s cabin in upstate NY

(any ideas why this first photo turned out like this?  I kind of love it.)

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(behind the scenes of http://www.shopwoolly.com, go check out her glorious rugs!)

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Next stop – Melissa’s wedding!  I will practice restraint and shoot one roll.  We’ll see how that goes.

 

Cheers!

Shannon

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My Friend is Getting Married

My Friend is Getting Married

To celebrate the bride to be we drove up from Los Angeles to Sonoma County for a wine tasting adventure!

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I have this idea stirring in my head – something along the lines of the “Imperfect Portrait Session”.  I’m really inspired by the look and feel of film.  You may be blinking or out of focus but that is what was captured and that image is what you will treasure forever.  I am someone who takes a million photos to capture that perfect moment but lately I’m more and more drawn to those dreamy imperfections that film so beautifully creates.  So, who is into this idea?  I’m ready to make it happen.

 

Shannon

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Cherry Blossoms of Central Park – NYC Family Portrait Photographer

Cherry Blossoms of Central Park – NYC Family Portrait Photographer

This little guy had never touched grass before.  I was so honored to capture this first experience, even if it was hard to get him to look up after he discovered it!   I understand, grass is pretty cool.  We had such a beautiful shoot with the vibrant cherry blossoms and newly green trees, New York in Spring is magical.  Keep scrolling for some travel updates at the end!

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This was my second to last shoot in NYC!  I am back in Los Angeles now with my good friend the sun.  NYC, I will see you in August.

 

Shannon

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Michael Asks Lavina in Central Park – NYC Proposal Photographer

Michael Asks Lavina in Central Park – NYC Proposal Photographer

I think photographing proposals might be my new favorite thing.  You are capturing this special love-filled moment while also feeling like a photo ninja.  Michael and Lavina were visiting New York all the way from Ireland and I scouted the perfect proposal spot right by Gapstow Bridge.  This spot was abandoned for the 30 minutes I was awaiting their arrival and then BOOM someone decided to check out the view right when they arrived (see picture #2).   It’s not a true NYC experience unless someone is in your personal space, right?  A nice little reminder that life is full of surprises, and hey, the view a little to the right was pretty gorgeous as well.

Spring in Central Park is simply stunning, thanks for having me along for the adventure Michael and Lavina!

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And off they went to explore the park as a newly engaged couple…

 

Los Angeles, I will be flying back to you this Friday!  I need to make a super bloom poppy session happen.

 

Lots of love!

Shannon

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Racing the Sun – Brooklyn Family Portrait Photographer

Racing the Sun – Brooklyn Family Portrait Photographer

They were running late from a weekend trip, we almost ended up rescheduling but I’m so glad we didn’t!  With 20 minutes left of sun we had a fun little mini session :)

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Travel Updates:

Available dates in Brooklyn – April 22nd/23rd (contact me for available time slots)

Los Angeles dates – April 29th and then booked until mid May

 

In summary – Brooklyn folks, contact me soon!  Los Angeles folks, the 29th is up for grabs.

 

Cheers!

Shannon

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