Author archives: Shannon

  • Finding Self- Acceptance

  • Now, this is a story all about how My life got flipped-turned upside down And I'd like to take a minute Just sit right there I'll tell you how I became the queen of a town called self love...... There were always the subtleties....my food got cut off much quicker than my older brother, I had [...]
  • A Charity You Need to Know

  • I believe passions should be shared. I also believe photography can heal. Ya know that photo of a loved one that has passed? Every time you look at it, you can't help but smile at the memories. Some only get a short time with their little treasure. Some little ones change our lives without ever taki[...]
  • The Dancers at City Dance Theatre

  • I am one who likes to rise to a challenge and not shrink back. They are my own weird games I play with myself. Little did I realize what I was committing to! By far my biggest gig to take on. I had no idea I would take so many photos. Over the course of 4 days I took around 500 photos. Then I had to[...]
  • 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[...]