Shannon Collins

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Capturing joy as resistance.

self-portrait headshot of Shannon Collins, a white woman with hair down to her shoulders and blue glasses.


I’ve been photographing weddings in the Philadelphia area for +12 years. When I’m not shooting weddings, editing photos, or watching an obscene amount of Bravo programming, I’m hanging out with my two children and my partner, Pete. We also live with a nervous dachshund and a fifteen-year-old chinchilla named Maude. Elopements, intimate weddings (aka microweddings), self-uniting weddings, and LGBTQIA+ weddings are my main focus and make me excited to wake up in the morning.

More about me? I volunteer for The Trevor Project every week as a crisis counselor for their LGBTQIA+ suicide prevention messaging services. My glasses fog up all the time. I look forward to fresh podcasts in my feed. I like trying to keep plants alive. I wish Moira Rose was my friend. I wish David Rose was my sweater provider. I apologize too much.  I firmly believe Black Lives Matter. I identify as nonbinary, queer, and disabled and diversify my media feed to reflect these identities and learn more about how I can better serve the wider community, through intersectionality and the amplification of BIPOC voices.

wedding photography, Philadelphia


So many people reach out to me to let me know they’re awkward or shy in front of the camera. If you break out in a rash from nervousness, you are not alone. I’m here to make you more comfortable and ideally forget that I’m tucked away behind a bush somewhere while you cuddle your partner. I won’t force poses that don’t seem organic to who you are as individuals. Instead, I allow moments to happen naturally, while subtly guiding you — with your permission — into the best light along the way.

I want your wedding day to be filled with positive vibes, so I’ll work with you leading up to the day to make sure the timeline flows smoothly and you feel as prepared as possible. Weddings are incredibly personal, so I feel really privileged that I get to call this my profession. Capturing celebrations while focusing on color, composition, and getting to really know the people whose story I’m telling is what makes me thrive.

inclusive, wedding photographer, Philadelphia, LGBTQ+, POC


Planning a photo session should evoke excitement, not fear, but that is not always the case for those who are marginalized. My intentions as an affirming photographer are to reduce the amount of labor that my clients have to engage in.

An oppressed group can’t simply stop being oppressed, we all need to fix it. I connect LGBTQIA+ clients with affirming vendors and by advocating for safer, more diverse, more inclusive, and more accessible industry standards. I want to honor your experience by letting you lead the way in terms of how you identify and how you’d like to be addressed.