Into the Woods | Celebrating 3 Birthdays in Upstate NY | 35mm Film by Los Angeles Photographer

Into the Woods | Celebrating 3 Birthdays in Upstate NY | 35mm Film by Los Angeles Photographer

I keep ending up in NY!  One of my favorite people lives there (hi Sarah) and it was her birthday last weekend.  We had a big campout celebration at her cabin with two other friends with close birthdays plus maybe 15 more people from Brooklyn and Albany.  We were all forced to unplug from our devices – no service for miles and it was kind of awesome!  Here is what my camera saw…

Film: Porta 400

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T H E  E N D

Back in Los Angeles and feeling refreshed….

xoxo

Shannon

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Sophie is ONE! | Santa Monica Beach Birthday Cake Smash | Los Angeles Family Photography

Sophie is ONE! | Santa Monica Beach Birthday Cake Smash | Los Angeles Family Photography

I think Sarah (Sophie’s lovely mother)  is going to start a new trend – surfboard cake smashes.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it and I’m so into it!  Keep scrolling to the end and you’ll see the magic that unfolds.  We had such a lovely early morning shoot by the Annenburg Beach House in Santa Monica.  Sophie started the session with a face full of smiles and a left the session with a belly full of sand.  Life is good.  Shout out to Sarah for all the creative props and stylings you’re about to see!

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Baby in a box!  We heard that about 100 times on the walk back to the car :)

Looking for a photographer for your kid’s birthday party?  Check out my new business Remember Makers.  All kids parties all the time!

xoxo

Shannon

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Karla in the Flowers | 35mm Film | Portrait Photography Los Angeles

Karla in the Flowers | 35mm Film | Portrait Photography Los Angeles

Yes, the film photography adventure continue…and it really never disappoints.  Such a fun and unexpected shoot with Karla!  We were supposed to shoot at the pink houses in Mid-City LA, an impermanent art project where someone spray painted three houses hot pink that were due for demolition (more info here – https://la.curbed.com/2017/6/12/15782818/mid-city-pink-houses-m-rad-public-art).  When I arrived the houses were painted white and covered with no trespassing signs (and a large sign saying “EYESORE”).  Neighbors must’ve been a little upset about the pink  tourist attraction.  We decided to go ahead with the shoot anyways, pink flowers…pink houses… close enough!  I adore the photos we captured…

1 roll of Fujifilm 400h

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Go find Karla on instagram, she’s awesome! @karlacheers

Until next time,

Shannon

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Family Documentary Photography in 35mm Film | Los Angeles | A Mini Visit with Mj, Sam, and Ava

Family Documentary Photography in 35mm Film | Los Angeles | A Mini Visit with Mj, Sam, and Ava

I was there when these two met.  Mj was the creative director of the shoot, Sam was the model, and I was totally clueless that a romance was simmering.   First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes this crazy cute baby that I had to meet in person asap!  Yep, I couldn’t find any creative way to rhyme with marriage so I didn’t even go there.

I brought along my film camera to the visit because, as you probably know from my previous posts, I’m obsessed with 35mm at the moment.  This time I was shooting with Fuji 400h.

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A Day in the Life | Documentary Family Photography in 35mm Film | Los Angeles

A Day in the Life | Documentary Family Photography in 35mm Film | Los Angeles

Shooting with film is hard.  You are left with so many unknowns…did I get the shot?  Did I expose correctly?  Were they blinking?  Did the film even load correctly!?

BUT IT IS ALL WORTH IT WHEN YOU GET BACK PHOTOS LIKE THESE.

Sorry for the all caps but I have to portray my excitement somehow.  I am so grateful to Gilda and Adam for letting me into their home, I couldn’t have asked for more amazing subjects.  Their life is seriously magical – see below.

Film used – Porta 400 and Fuji 400

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Film!  My new imperfect grainy love!  Oh how I adore thee.

Message me to set up your own day in the life session in 35mm!

 

Shannon

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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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Message me to set up your summer photo session!

 

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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