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SAMANTHA SHANNON PHOTOGRAPHY

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of light, bright, airy photos!  And you know what?  I love them like that ALL YEAR ROUND!  I may live in the rainy PNW, but something about a warm, bright photo just feels like HOME!  When I coach my clients through what to wear for the photo session, […]

What to Wear for Light and Airy Fall Photos mustard oatmeal and maroon

This is one of my very favorite family photos.  My good friend and fellow photographer Halsey took us to Sauvie Island about four summers ago for our family photo session!  For years, especially before my son was born, I did elaborate setups with a tripod in front of our Christmas tree and then popped those […]

country themed family photos in a field

I love holding photo sessions in Oregon’s wine country!  Champoeg State Park is basically my favorite place in the whole darn state because of the incredible backdrop variety, beautiful glowing light, and sweet country feel.  So when I invite clients to Champoeg, I know it can be a journey from Hillsboro or Portland for them, […]

Hillsboro engagement photo session | Hillsboro wedding photographer

I love that I get to start wedding days off in the bridal suite as the bride and her besties are getting ready! Anticipation and emotions are running high, all the beautiful bridal details are there, and there is a ton of opportunity for beautiful getting ready photos!  This is always a favorite time in […]

Hillsboro wedding details - Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon

This morning, I posted some happy anniversary wishes to one of my favorite SSP couples, Lacey and Taylor.  They got married two years ago at Camp Turnaround, and I saw them just recently for an anniversary session.  I’m so glad they chose to do an anniversary session, and it got me thinking about all the […]

beaverton family photographer anniversary session

If you’re like me, when you shop for regular clothes you probably hit Target, Old Navy, Gap, Loft…the usuals!  I might pop over to Anthropologie or Nordstrom’s for something nicer, and if I’m searching for something specific I hop onto Amazon.  BUT, dresses for pictures?  Well, those need to be a little special. I’ve searched […]

Portland family photographer

Happy Friday, friends!  We’re ramping up into wedding season–I’m deep in timelines and wedding logistics on my desk.  So today, I thought I’d chat about a big choice my couples make during their wedding planning that can effect their whole reception timeline–the receiving line! High up on many of my couples’ priority lists for their […]

mcmenamins grand lodge wedding photographer hillsboro oregon

If you caught my Instagram Stories last night, you saw a little preview of my newest addition…a 12×12 vegan leather wrapped lay flat wedding album!  I used Jenna and Armando’s beautiful McMinnville wedding for this one, and I can’t get over how vibrant and true to life the colors are.  It’s one thing to spend […]

lay flat album for hillsboro wedding

When I meet with potential wedding clients, I love to bring a folder full of wedding planning info for them.  Besides the fact that I am one of those people who love to assemble folders full of information (cough, Leslie Knope, cough), I genuinely want each couple to walk away with the best wedding planning […]

mcmenamins grand lodge wedding in forest grove, oregon - portland wedding photographer

It’s SPRING!  Which means it’s time to figure out what to wear for spring photos!  I’m kind of loving making these What to Wear posts, friends!  I get to “shop” and put together everyone’s outfits.  I hope these are helpful posts for you! Today I’m sharing an Easter-inspired What to Wear board for family portraits.  […]

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