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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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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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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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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One Morning in Grand Central | NYC Family Portrait Photographer

One Morning in Grand Central | NYC Family Portrait Photographer

The plan was Central Park…but as the weekend approached the temperature dropped and we had to think of a different plan.  We agreed on Grand Central Station and I am oh so happy we did!  The travels of strangers painted the backdrop of each image, it was magic.

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– Shannon

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Griffith Observatory | Los Angeles Family Portrait Photographer

Griffith Observatory | Los Angeles Family Portrait Photographer

I’ve shot with these lovelies for years and every shoot day has been filled with bright blue skies and perfect weather.  Last week we met up at the Griffith Observatory to TOTAL cloud coverage…but we embraced it!  Why not something new, eh?  Playing in the clouds turned out pretty amazing if you ask me…

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This might be my last blog post for a bit, holidays and travel plans soon to come.

I will be in Brooklyn next year from the end of January to the end of April,  message me to set up a snow shoot!  Or if you have any tips for surviving winter in NYC!

 

Lots of love,

Shannon

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Home for the Holidays – Brentwood Family Portrait Photography

Home for the Holidays – Brentwood Family Portrait Photography

Home shoots are the best!  And yes, this is winter in California…you can wear shorts and dresses…why would anyone leave?  (see writing at end of post)

Anyhoos, here are some of my favorite shots from last weekend.  These kiddos were so much fun to chase and play around with!

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Brooklyn is calling!  I will be in New York from the end of January until April.  Trading this temperate California winter for an icebox, am I nuts?  Will I survive?  Only time will tell…

Send your NY friends my way, snow photo shoots await!

Shannon

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Fall is Here – A Family Portrait Session in Arlington Gardens Pasadena

Fall is Here – A Family Portrait Session in Arlington Gardens Pasadena

Get ready for some ridiculously fashionable suspenders, girls disappearing in orange trees, and adorable moments backed by yellow leaves.  Ready?  GO!

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  • Intermission – Outfit Change

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And it ended like all great shoots end…..nap time.

 

Contact me to set up a shoot for yourself!

 

Shannon

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