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SAMANTHA SHANNON PHOTOGRAPHY

If you’re wondering whether it’s worth it to hire a professional makeup artist for your family photo session, my answer is always YES! This question comes up a lot in my pre-session consultations as clients decide what sort of experience they’d like. I wanted to take a minute to round up my favorite resources about […]

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Family pictures coming up and you’re wondering how to pose for pictures to look your best? Today I’m sharing my top three tips for how to look great in family photos! While gently guiding my clients into flattering poses and authentic moments is my job, I always like to start out with these three reminders. […]

Family of 5 in a lavender field

As you’re trying to figure out what to wear for your next family photos, a good place to start is to figure out your best colors for family pictures outside. Once you have a color palette in mind, it’s usually much easier to shop for clothing for pictures. I’ve rounded up my eight favorite outdoor […]

Family photo with burnt orange, olive, and cream color palette

As a photographer in Hillsboro, Oregon and a mom myself, I know it can feel so impossible to get the family out the door, ready for a photo session. My kids’ moods could go either way! Today I’m sharing what happens if it’s family photo session time…and your goal this year is to have a […]

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If you’re struggling to figure out what to wear for maternity photos this spring, today’s post is for you! One of the things I’ve been busy with in the off season has been adding new pieces to The Client Closet and updating the links for client style boards. Every booked SSP client gets a personalized […]

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Are you getting ready for your family photos and wondering what a session might look like? What photos will we make sure to get? These are the ones I always make sure to get for each of my clients. I like that going through this list covers all the bases, from the posed traditional portraits […]

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Welcome to part one of my 4-part series on my approach to family photo sessions. Over the last decade, I’ve refined the way I photograph families to make the process enjoyable and authentic for each family, as well as something that can be reproduced so that the feel that you see in my portfolio is […]

mom and daughter laugh together in a field near portland, oregon

Hey friends! This is a crazy time right now, but you know what? LIFE is still happening! My son had a birthday last week. I’m getting inquiries from people bringing home new babies, or whose kids are having milestone birthdays–you know, the things I love to document for my families! While Oregon is under a […]

Maybe it’s just my Enneagram Type 1 showing, but my anxiety around the pandemic has been materializing in PROJECTS! I’ve been in the kitchen, baking cookies, cakes, and breads. I’ve decluttered and organized and cleaned. And currently, I’m working on a project that I think many of you might like help on: I’m working to […]

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If you’ve been cruising the blog for a while, you know there is a special place in my heart for Oregon country weddings!  I love a good field, a barn, rolling hills with valley views, and plenty of space for a dance party!  Luckily, my couples are on the same page as me–they love venues […]

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