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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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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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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The Runaway – A Family Portrait Session in Pasadena

The Runaway – A Family Portrait Session in Pasadena

I had an amazing shoot with Heidi and Zoli last week!  It was a photoshoot and a workout because Zoli was chasing after Trachodactyles (I believe this is some sort of dinosaur/robot/truck) and catching Pokemon.  Such sweethearts, can’t wait to shoot with them again.

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Side Note – Holiday Mini Sessions are upon us!  Spaces limited, message me to set something up.

 

Shannon

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