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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Day at the Horse Show | Family Documentary Photographer Los Angeles

Day at the Horse Show | Family Documentary Photographer Los Angeles

This was such a beautiful day!  Snowcapped mountains in the distance, blue ribbons twirling with the wind, majestic creatures, and some family bonding…perfection.  Documenting these family experiences is one of my favorite things!

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Ciao!

 

Shannon

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Green Thunder – Soccer Game Photography in Los Angeles

Green Thunder – Soccer Game Photography in Los Angeles

This was my first time capturing a soccer game and I absolutely loved it!  The intensity and focus of these girls was so inspiring, it reminded me of my soccer days and that one time I was hit so hard in the face by the ball that I thought my nose didn’t exist anymore.  Luckily everyone kept their noses in this game.

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So much love :)

 

Shannon

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Halloween Jack – Kids’ Birthday Party Photography in Santa Monica

Halloween Jack – Kids’ Birthday Party Photography in Santa Monica

I have been photographing Jack since he was a wee baby (and his family years before he came into existence).  Now he is 4…I think the world is stuck on fast forward.

Anyhoos…I am terrible at dressing up for Halloween,  please send your costume ideas my way.  I’m pathetic, one year I dressed all in green and said I was a chia pet.  Another year I dressed in pj’s and said I was “nighttime Shannon”.

These kids know how to do it right…here are the Halloween shenanigans!

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Fin!

I’ll be in Denver for the next week to visit one of my favorite people.  See you all in November!

 

Shannon

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Bubblemania!

Bubblemania!

I was invited to document Colin’s 2nd birthday last weekend (the cutie that can’t keep his eyes off the magic bubble solution below).  It was my first time encountering this type of entertainment at a kid’s birthday party and, let me tell ya, I’m sold.  It was even hard for me to keep my eyes off the bubbles and in my camera.  Here is their website if any LA parents are interested –

http://www.bubblemaniaandcompanyla.com

Invite me to your next bubble party so I can take more magical pictures like these!

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I’m having this at my next birthday.

 

– Shannon

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Photographing Laser Tag – Birthday Party Photography in Los Angeles

Photographing Laser Tag – Birthday Party Photography in Los Angeles

Last weekend I was hired to shoot a laser tag birthday party at Ultrazone in Sherman Oaks. I was excited and a little nervous to shoot in that dark dark room, I had no idea what to expect or what shots I would be able to capture.  To my surprise the lasers actually showed up in my pictures!!  I’m very excited about how they turned out :)

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Here are the ranges of my camera settings (Canon 5d mark iii with a 35mm 1.4 lens) during the laser tag games if anyone is interested –

ISO – 12800

F stop – 1.4 – 2.8

Shutter – 1/100 – 1/500

 

Happy shooting!

Shannon M West Photography

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Fiddlin’ away!

fiddleI was lucky enough to attend the Topanga Fiddle and Banjo Festival this Sunday morning!  What an inspiring place to be for a wannabe fiddler.  It was shocking to see how young and incredibly talented all of these kids were..(why didn’t I stick with violin in 5th grade!!).  Don’t miss it next year – https://www.facebook.com/topangabanjofiddle

Wish I took more pictures but I was busy enjoying the impressive musical jammings-fiddle9fiddle7fiddle12fiddle13fiddle11fiddle3fiddle6fiddle5fiddle4fiddle10fiddle2

 

-Shan

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