I specialize in sundrenched, glowing, and vivid photography for the wild dreamers, the madly in love, the champagne poppers and the joyful-hearted families. My clients are the ones who love their families like nothing else and who plan the B.E.S.T. parties to celebrate that! If you're looking for classic photos that capture the most joyful moments, keep scrolling. I can't wait to meet you.
Driving the backroads with the windows down and the country station on, reading a good mystery novel on our front porch with a glass of red wine, and hauling my kids on hikes through flower fields and u-pick farms. And also, Junior Mints.
I grew up in Aloha, Oregon, and I've loved photography since I was on the high school newspaper -- as an editor! I wrote my way through college (Go BEAVS!) as an English major and yearbook editor, and then through grad school in a writing program. But darn it, I was always a little bit jealous of the photographers at the newspaper and yearbook checking out amazing cameras and running off to make beautiful photographs.
I learned what I know about photography from my grandfather and my mom, and then from the community of photographers I was blessed to find in my previous home in the Sacramento area. After the birth of my son, our family moved to Oregon. I'm so happy to be back home! We bought our home in Newberg in 2017, and I'm currently booking weddings and sessions in and around the Portland area.
I'm a wife and a mama, and I believe that family days spent exploring outdoors are the BEST days.
I love to capture yearly family portraits: seeing the same families come back to me year after year as their families grow is one of the most rewarding parts of my job! If you're looking to snuggle with your fam, play games, and blow bubbles, let's make some photos of those moments! I book family sessions about 1-2 months out.
If glowy light, outdoor adventures, spectacular celebrations and even more spectacular love stories are your thing AND you're newly engaged: HOORAY! We'll get along just fine. I accept 10 weddings each year to ensure my couples receive my very best, so inquire with the button below to see if your date is still available. If it is, I'll send you my pricing guide and we can set up a time to Skype or grab coffee together to see if we really are the perfect fit!
"We've turned to Samantha Shannon for engagement/wedding photos and holiday photos for several years now. Her attention to detail, ability to personalize each shoot, and incorporation of natural light and details is perfect. Will definitely be coming back for years to come!"
"I just have to say how absolutely amazing our engagement photos turned out and how much we enjoyed working with Samantha! We were both nervous going into our session, but she immediately made us feel so comfortable and we ended up having a great time. She is so sweet and made the shoot effortless and enjoyable. She has an incredible eye and our pictures are so beautiful, I am just blown away! We definitely will be recommending her to all our friends and family and look forward to working with her again in the future! She did a fantastic job capturing beautiful memories we will cherish forever!"
"We have had wonderful experiences with Samantha time and time again. Samantha handled our engagement, wedding, newborn, baby's first birthday, and anniversary shoots - we just love her! Samantha is super sweet and easy to work with, and does a terrific job with lifestyle-type shoots. She knows all the best nearby parks and gets amazing outdoor shots. What looks like an ordinary grassy field becomes magical in her pictures. We highly recommend Samantha for capturing life's special moments."
"Five stars all the way! Samantha is an amazing, extraordinary, phenomenal photographer!!! Her work is absolutely magical and she's super sweet and wonderful to work with. My wedding photos definitely exceeded my expectations and I'm so, so thankful!"
"The quality of her shots is amazing--she has such a gift with using natural light. Not to mention that she was so patient and had such a calm demeanor with my two rambunctious girls. I planned on only purchasing a few photographs, but I had to buy the whole album after seeing them."
I can't wait to hear from you!
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