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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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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Zocumentary – Day in the Life Documentary Family Session in Los Angeles

Zocumentary – Day in the Life Documentary Family Session in Los Angeles

I have been so very eager to share this day in the life session!  Today is the day!

Heidi and and her son Zoli allowed me into their home for a day to capture their typical routines, their moments together that usually go unseen by the outside world.  These moments are oh so precious and fleeting, it is a dream come true for me to do this type of meaningful documentation.

Enjoy!

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Send me a message if you are interested in setting up a day in the life session for yourself,  I can’t wait to do more!

 

Shannon

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The Continental Divide

The Continental Divide

This girl (pictured below).  One of my favorite people and she moved away from me to Denver!  Well, the only good thing about this is I got to visit her in Denver!  I had never stepped foot in Colorado before last week and was so happy to have an excuse to visit.  Here are some photos from our mini roadtrip up to Winter Park and the Continental Divide.  I might have complained a little too much about the cold but the photos turned out misty magical.  It was worth the temporary freezing of my limbs.

(also, these photos remind me of one of my favorite songs and videos, so very cold and beautiful – elephants and little girls)

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Shannon

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