About

Shannon Collins Photography, bio

Hi, I’m Shannon! My pronouns are she/her/hers. I’ve been photographing weddings in the Philadelphia area professionally for ten years and every wedding is still so memorable and special to me. I’ve learned that letting people shine without much interfering is the best way to showcase the day. That is why I shoot documentary-style, capturing candid moments as they happen. I like telling a genuine story about your day. That doesn’t mean I won’t be there to keep everything running smoothly, help pose your family during formals, and assist in any way possible. I’m basically a fly on the wall (if flies wore glasses).

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 chinchilla named Maude. When I’m not trying to keep plants alive or swearing in the Trader Joe’s parking lot, I’m taking photos of people who love each other. Or drawing. Or listening to podcasts (Keep It! is my current favorite).

Be yourselves.

Clients 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 be comfortable, loosen up, and focus on the time with your partner. I promise you won’t feel uncomfortable, because there’s a 99.5% chance my glasses will be steaming up or I’ll be tripping over a rock. 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 a certified LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding photographer and someone with immense privilege and protections, I aim to create an inclusive experience, especially for those who are often marginalized.

My goal is to ensure that everyone feels welcome. 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 find comfort in connecting LGBTQ+ clients with other LGBTQ+ affirming vendors in the area or advocating for safer venue spaces. 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 embrace everyone’s choices — there’s no always or never in planning a wedding.

Let’s be friends.

It can be intimidating having someone take photos of you for eight hours on your wedding day, which is why I like to make it comfortable for everyone. I will probably follow you on Instagram and like way too many of your photos. We’ll exchange a lot of emails leading up to the day about logistics and details, but also what we’re watching (Fleabag!) or what you’re up to this weekend. I really enjoy getting to know my clients personally, I find it really helps to tell your whole story and connect on another level.

Let’s do this thing.