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SAMANTHA SHANNON PHOTOGRAPHY

It’s been a while since my last Wanderlust Wednesday post! Today I’m sharing one of our family’s favorite lesser-known trails, Trappist Abbey in Carlton. We love this family-friendly hike near Newberg for the beautiful country landscape, views of wine country, and great mix of forest trails and oak savannahs. My husband’s from the northern California […]

Decorating has never been a gift of mine. I enjoy it, and I’ve definitely spent some time moving furniture around and buying new vintage quilts (okay, a LOT of time on that last one), but pulling a room together where it looks like a real grown up lives there? NOT something I was ever able […]

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We had a pretty incredible vacation at Mt. Hood last week, and now that I’m finally done going through the photos…I had to share! I think our last REAL vacation was five YEARS ago! Woo! We were overdue! On our last vacation, which was to Bend, we rented a cottage on a farm on AirBnB […]

I’ve spent these last few weeks getting my systems set up again to start accepting portrait bookings for this summer—friends…I’m BEYOND excited to start shooting again! After 2020 collapsed in on itself, I grabbed a few sessions here and there, but between health concerns and suddenly homeschooling, I wasn’t able to take on as many […]

Well, since we’re officially into summer now here in the Willamette Valley (even though today’s cloudy weather might have you thinking differently), it’s time to check spring OFF the list!  I love to recap each season here–what happened professionally and personally for me the last few months, AND go over my goals for the coming […]

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It’s WEDNESDAY! It’s been a few weeks since the last Wanderlust Wednesday while weddings took the lead over here.  I thought since the weather is getting warmer more often, it was a good time to pop in and remind you of a great family friendly hike here in Newberg!  It’s a shorter one, but I […]

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If you’ve been around this blog for any bit of time, you know my love of Champoeg State Park runs deep!  Do you ever have those places that just feel like home?  Places where you feel totally at peace and where it feels like you’re supposed to be there?  Champoeg is one of those places […]

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There’s something I love just as much as connecting with wedding and family photography clients. Something big. It’s bringing together PHOTOGRAPHERS!  There’s something so rewarding about creating a space for people in this industry to meet in person, to chat, commiserate, swap tips and make coffee dates.  I really believe that with social media being […]

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It’s Wednesday AND spring break, which means it is prime time for ADVENTURE!  Hopefully you are already mid-adventure, but if you’re hanging around the house, get out and go enjoy a trail!  This week I’m sharing Magness Tree Farm, just outside of Sherwood.  I love this trail because it’s easy to get to from Portland […]

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Ohhh, friends, I am so SO excited to share this post today recapping the Dream Bigger Creative Mastermind Retreat.  If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you probably know all about this creative mastermind retreat for Oregon wedding photographers that I hosted in Lincoln City a few weeks back!  This was a seriously needed soul-searching […]

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