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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Katie Rose is LIT | Fire Hooping Photo Session Los Angeles | 35mm Film

Katie Rose is LIT | Fire Hooping Photo Session Los Angeles | 35mm Film

I was so excited to try out my new film camera with FIRE HOOPING! Katie Rose is a serious superstar when it comes to all things flow.  Oh, and ridiculously brave.  I don’t know how she dances with hot flames that close to her body and keeps her cool.  Do you see her expressions?  Not even a trace of unease.  Such a fun shoot, thanks for sharing your evening and art with me Katie!

I highly recommend following her on instagram for some gorgeous hoop flows, whimsical paintings, and all sorts of creative endeavors – @tippytoes_flows

Camera: Canon AE1

Film: Kodak Porta 400

First things first…puppy.

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Ok, now on to the hooping spectacular:

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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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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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Darin + Darren | Engagement Photographer NYC

Darin + Darren | Engagement Photographer NYC

This was an amazing day!  I met Darin and Darren at the Williamsburg Waterfront to take their engagement photos.  From there we jumped in a cab and headed to the bar where they had their first date.  AND THEN THEY GOT MARRIED!  They will have their official wedding with family and friends next year but they signed the paperwork and were officially hitched.  We shared drinks after the small ceremony (the “sharknado” which was the drink they had on their first date) and just enjoyed the sun setting on the bustling New York City streets.  One of my favorite moments in New York so far, life is magical.

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Shannon

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