San Miguel De Allende | A Birthday Adventure

San Miguel De Allende | A Birthday Adventure

It was my 30th birthday at the beginning of May!  I decided to get out of town to celebrate and visit this little mountain town I had been hearing so much about.  San Miguel de Allende, the magic is real.

All of these were taken on my iphone and edited with VSCO 

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The airbnb was tré cute!

 

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Café Jardin Rama | I LOVED this spot.  Had my birthday breakfast here and the best tequila I’ve ever tasted.  I hate hard liquor so that’s saying something.

 

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La Gruta Hot Springs | Look at that little mysterious cave you can explore! ^

 

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Mama Mia Restaurant | Those lanterns…We stumbled into a live salsa band here Saturday night too.

 

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He didn’t bark at us, whatta good boy.

 

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View from the 2nd terrace of our airbnb.  Such a sweet spot!

 

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A man from the coffee shop next door (Café Eluney, mmm those quesadillas) gave us a tour of this hidden gem of an alley.  Wish I could remember the name…go ask them if you visit!

 

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El Tupinamba | Any time we walked past this place there was live music and a fun atmosphere.  We stopped in for Flamenco night, such good vibes and a passionate performance by the first male flamenco dancer I’ve ever seen.

 

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We told the taxi driver to take us to his favorite taco place.  We could not stop eating these.  A hole in the wall near the main square, go find her!

 

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Lavanda Café | A very popular breakfast spot, live guitar music, just swell.

 

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Me | Sarah | Laini

I just loved this town and these beautiful people I got to experience it with.  We didn’t have time to visit Guanajuato, that’s #1 on the list for next time.  Also…blog post on the Chapel of Jimmy Ray coming soon!!

 

Shannon @smwimages

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Día de los Muertos on Olvera Street 2017 | 35mm Film Photography

Día de los Muertos on Olvera Street 2017 |  35mm Film Photography

Born and raised in LA and I had never witnessed any of the Day of the Dead parades on Olvera Street.  This year I set the date on my calendar and headed out with my Canon AE1 and a roll of Porta 400 film.  Oh what a sight it was to behold…

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xoxo

Shannon

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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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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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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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Oh hi there Caribbean

Oh hi there Caribbean

I was on a boat for new years…and I had strep throat, which means I was instructed by the ship’s doctor to stay in isolation in my room (hence the solo reflection picture of me celebrating with myself).  Just thought I would get the worst part out of the way.  But then this boat took me to glorious places and I didn’t have strep throat anymore!  Good story, eh?

Anyways…Dominica had the greenest greens I have ever seen.  Bonaire had the bluest blues I have ever seen.  St. John had the most epic rainbow I have ever seen.  In Curacao, a smiling character walked right into my shot – the easiest portrait I have ever taken!

I feel so lucky to experience all of these beautiful places.

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Going on a trip?  Take me with you!  Seriously, I am travel sized and take pretty epic pictures :)

 

Shannon

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