Author archives: Shannon

  • The Duggar Story is Mine

  • I know this is not what I normally write about here but the subject is incredibly important...... My soul has so much to say but I find the words aren't there. You see, this story is mine. I am very open about my life but up until now have chosen to keep the finer details private. I feel God's ca[...]
  • Taking the Awkward Out of Pictures

  • Getting your picture taken is awkward. I won’t try to deny that. Did you know they don’t have to be? What if I told you they can be fun? One major reason people don’t like to be in a photo is because they are self-conscious. Sure, even the super models have body parts they wish were different. Wh[...]
  • Planning Chaos

  • I always thought with my small children, life was busy. Then, they grew. I was busy alright, but with wiping snot and changing diapers. I could do this all from the comfort of my own home. I could wear what I call my "home clothes". My makeupless face and ratty clothes would probably scare small chi[...]
  • St Louis Ponds, Woodburn Oregon

  • It is no secret, I love nature. I am always on the look out for great locations in nature that don't cost a penny (well, other than taxes) to enjoy. St Louis Ponds has become one of those locations for us. It is well maintained, quiet, and provides some beautiful backdrops. You start going down a lo[...]
  • Woodburn High School Prom

  • When I was in high school I was the looser hanging out under the bleachers smoking, with all my other looser friends. I was at school because I was supposed to get a diploma, that's all. I was quiet and withdrawn. It's no surprise I never went to prom nor had any interest in it. Actually, the night [...]
  • Tips to Nail Your Own Headshot

  • In the age of social media and sites like LinkedIn, everyone should have at least one great headshot. The man is in the business world and pleads with me to save people from their own bad avatar. I wish I could be an avatar fairy waving my magic wand over everyone's tiny picture. I could wear a big [...]
  • Mt Angel, Oregon Location

  • The adventurous spirit in me loves scouting out new locations. Earlier this week I went to Mt Angel to find a perfect spot. For little feet, I don't like a whole lot of walking around. They tire easily and want to pick up every rock along the way (read: tantrums and dirt). A small space with differe[...]
  • Part of My Sanity Retention Program

  • Being organized is my sanity retention program. Having my kids help with our hectic family schedule is a part of my program :). Come check out the post I wrote for A Grande Life about how to get your kids involved and help you out. You want some of your sanity back too, right?!
  • Stop Your Guilt!

  • Christmas and Easter, the two holidays that remind me how fast my kids are growing up. Soon I will have to release them into the world and hope they make good choices. What a scary thought! Have I prepared them enough? Will they have healthy relationships? Is their life going to be successful? A[...]
  • My Current Charity Photography Project

  • Often times I don't think we give ourselves enough credit. Sure you may not be spectacular like so and so. Are you proud of what you HAVE done? The world of photography is very competitive and as a new business I may not be busy with clients all the time (yup, I said it.) It is not a get rich scheme[...]
  • What Ducks Taught Me About Photography

  • I love watching nature and the interaction! When we get frazzled, we can step back and let nature teach us. What these 2 ducks taught me: 1. Always have a buddy. Life can get lonely when we are caught up in our own little world. 2. There is enough for everyone, so share. The world can be co[...]
  • The Hidden Secret of Photoshop

  • If you have spent anytime in this massive program, you know how overwhelming it can be. I think this may be why purchasing actions is so popular. Let someone else figure it out, then pay for their knowledge. My science background makes me want to do it myself. I have to prove it works before I can c[...]