Author archives: Shannon

  • Don't shake it off, shake it up!

  • Ya know the saying, "The only guarantees in life are death and taxes?" Well, I think there is a third guarantee, it's called change. I don't know if it's my ADD personality, or my insatiable appetite to learn new things, but my life is in constant change. Shiny objects lure me away. Maybe that's why[...]
  • My Unromantic Love Story

  • The most unromantic love story EVER! In honor of the official day of love, let me tell you how I met my love.  At the time we met, I had a 3 month old. It was an abusive relationship and I had left him when I was pregnant. I fully expected to raise this precious life by myself and mentally prepared [...]
  • Must-Read Parenting Book!

  • My growing up years weren't what you would call happy. Although I love my parents and am grateful for what they instilled in me, I didn't get everything I needed. I always knew I wanted to parent differently than mine, but had no idea how to do that. Back before there was this thing called the inter[...]
  • Choosing Outfits for Your Portrait Photography Session

  • Now that we have discussed color, let's talk about choosing outfits for portrait photography. Remember, we want it coordinated but not matchy-matchy. 1.  I always like to start with the favorite outfit. That one you know has to be photographed. Usually, it's a child. If it's you, you have a stand[...]
  • Woodburn's Daddy Daughter Dance

  • You know that feeling when you are in the right place at the right time and it was meant to be? That's how we felt when we met Kristin Wierenga from Woodburn Parks and Rec. We think she's pretty terrific! Out of this was born something we never had on our radar, but have fallen in love with, the pho[...]
  • No Resolutions! Just One Word....

  • We are 2 weeks into the new year. Have you already given up on your resolutions? Don't feel bad! You would be a weird one if you kept them (just kidding). Years ago I decided to end the disappointment of New Year resolutions. You set this expectation of loosing weight and 2 months later you have to [...]
  • My New Project - Project 52

  • How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, Practice, Practice! Heard that one before? Well, maybe I am not quite going to Carnegie Hall, but I do always want to get better at my craft. Last year I participated in AND finished a 365 project. This is huge! Most faulter and don't make it over the finis[...]
  • My Favorite 5 Android Photo Apps

  • There seems to be much more love for Apple than for us poor Android users. Getting info takes a little digging, I like to think it makes us more awesome. Here are 5 of my favorite photo apps:   VSCO Cam: This is my go to app! I like the more professional photographer feel and function. I have [...]
  • How to Scrapbook Simply

  • For years and years I was jealous of those women who could take everyday photos and make these beautiful scrapbooking pages! I'm a simple gal. I love shiney things like the next one, but I don't want 20 when 2 will do. I tried my hand at this craft when my first was born. It didn't last long at all![...]
  • Color in the Family Portrait

  • Now that you are thinking about color in the family portrait, let's take that one step further. You have an idea of what colors you want, we are now going to narrow that down. Unless you are going for the circus look, pick 2-3 colors only. Different ways to make those 2-3 colors not so boring and[...]
  • Infant And Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day

  • Today is a day close to my heart. Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. I think this is the worse kind of loss. You have these dreams for this little being. You imagine chasing them around your house, and tucking them in at night. Yet, that opportunity is stolen. When we lost our litt[...]
  • What To Wear In Color (not black and white)

  • Do you open your closet and see a theme or color trend running through it? For me, I have an unhealthy obsession with cardigans and love color. I own one black top and I don't wear it very often. The color of your photoshoot clothes is just as important as nice hair and clean teeth. From a photog[...]