Hi, I’m Shannon. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m a Philadelphia-area wedding photographer, focused on capturing intimate weddings, elopements, microweddings, and family sessions.
I’ve been photographing weddings in the Philadelphia area professionally for +10 years and my heart is still fully in it. My focus is on intimate elopements, microweddings (usually 25 guests or less), and family sessions.
As a wedding photographer, I shoot documentary-style, capturing candid moments as they happen. I like telling the genuine story about your day, imperfections and all. That doesn’t mean I won’t be there to help keep everything running smoothly, pose your family or chosen family during group shots, and assist in any way possible.
Who is this human you are considering hiring?
I live in the suburbs with my ginger-haired partner (Pete) and our two young kids. We also reside with a dachshund named Dexter and a 15-year-old chinchilla named Maude. When I’m not taking photos of people who love each other, I can be found overwatering my plants, trying to feel in control by creating checklists, reading books by Black authors, and listening to podcasts.
This is where I share something vulnerable and try not to cringe internally while doing so.
I know this is a space for quirky blurbs about my personality, but I fully believe if I want to create safer spaces for my clients, I need to be vulnerable as well. Last year, I had a random seizure that led to the discovery of a lesion on my brain. In the span of a week, I went from gearing up for my busiest fall season of weddings to recovering from brain surgery and being told I may never gain mobility back in my left hand. It was a blur, and took many months of therapy — physical and mental — to fully process. I never found out what caused the infection, but I was given the all-clear from my neurosurgeon and haven’t looked back since. My left hand mobility is not the same, yet fully functional. It’s something I work on challenging myself on through new hobbies like teaching myself piano and (dare I even say it…) juggling.
Going through that experience led me to focus on what mattered most to me, to make the most of my time. Apart from the obvious things like my family and health, I wanted to strengthen the foundation of my photography business and focus on my brand values.
Photographing elopements and microweddings has always been at the core of who I am as a wedding photographer. It allows me to photograph the most intimate form of a celebration over the span of a few hours and gives me the space to embrace my own joy and love for my family. Too often, the life of a wedding photographer means packing your weekends with triple-headers to meet the needs of clients, while feeling like you can’t come up for air along the way.
I’m privileged in that all of this has given me the opportunity to slow down and embrace the quiet moments of a City Hall elopement or backyard wedding. It’s something that not only allows me to care for my clients fully, but also myself and my family. I no longer have to worry about burnout or becoming a zombie from editing nonstop because I make it a point to only take on so many clients and really value those relationships along the way.
Folks always email me in advance, warning me they’re “awkward” in front of the camera and don’t know what to do. I’m there to help you grow more comfortable, loosen up, and focus on enjoying our time together. You might have nervous feelings in the very beginning, but I promise those will immediately subside because there’s a 99.5% chance my glasses will be steaming up or I’ll be tripping over a rock while making a joke you’ll probably feel obligated to laugh at (thank you). I try to make my clients more at ease by finding the perfect balance of using conversation as distraction and quiet moments as connection.
Blurring the binary.
As an intimate wedding photographer, I aim to create an inclusive experience. Planning a wedding should evoke excitement, not fear, but that is not always the case for those who are marginalized. My intentions as an inclusive wedding photographer are to reduce the amount of labor that my clients have to engage in.
I celebrate all kinds of love and photograph marriers of all races, gender identities, sexualities, cultures, religions, bodies, and abilities. 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.
I aim to refer my clients to like-minded wedding vendors who care about equality, are socially conscious, and share similar values. Specifically, I connect LGBTQ+ clients with other LGBTQ+ affirming vendors in the area and by advocating for safer industry standards.
I’m committed to collaborating with marginalized communities and working to amplify their voices to create a more inclusive culture within the wedding industry. Some of the ways I do this is by unlearning systemic racism, internalized ableism, fatphobia, and the colonized conception of gender — which is an everyday action. I wholeheartedly want to support my clients to foster diversity and dismantle oppression within my small business. It’s worth noting that as a cishet, white woman, I hold many privileges, and benefit from the same oppressive system I’m working to dismantle. As a business owner and individual, I’m committed to centering the pain and progress of BIPOC folks, to work toward equality, equity, justice, and unity.
Let’s be friends.
As someone who suffers from anxiety, I understand how you may feel discomfort or awkwardness approaching a photography session. It can be intimidating having someone take photos of you if you’ve never met before, which is why I like to make it comfortable for everyone by getting to know each other leading up to our shoot. I will probably follow you on Instagram so we aren’t total strangers. We’ll exchange emails leading up to the day about logistics and details, but also our favorite plants, what we’re watching, or swapping favorite podcasts. I really enjoy getting to know my clients personally, I find it really helps to tell your whole story and connect on another level.