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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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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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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Alex Asks Gina | NYC Proposal Photographer

Alex Asks Gina | NYC Proposal Photographer

Update: Check out our feature on The Knot! – https://howheasked.com/alex-and-gina/

I was camouflaging as a tourist, just enjoying the view of the city and snapping photos with my fancy camera.  I was worried Gina would spot me and suspect something…but she didn’t even know I was there until Alex pointed me out after the proposal had been done for quite some time!  Proposals are so surreal, a magic mist of surprise/excitement/confusion surrounds the couple.  I probably could have been inches away and not been noticed.   On the other hand, their dog knew I was there the whole time.  Enjoy this surprise proposal and family gathering!

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I did not even realize I caught the champagne flying in the air, so happy I did.

 

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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