Author archives: Shannon

  • Tale of Two Desires

  • You know those life changing moments when your spirit struggles between 2 dreams? Just yesterday I was crying to the man while trying to plan my week. How in the world am I going to juggle all these balls? The over achiever in me wants them all done well. I hate half-assing anything! After a yoga se[...]
  • Children's Books to Inspire You (not your kids)

  • Have you ever read a children's book and thought, "Why am I wasting my time with long self-improvement books?" I was reading two books to our youngest and after had to take a few minutes to ponder what I had just read. Kid's books? Really? Yes, really. The first one we read was Have You Filled a [...]
  • Finding Self- Acceptance

  • Now, this is a story all about how My life got flipped-turned upside down And I'd like to take a minute Just sit right there I'll tell you how I became the queen of a town called self love...... There were always the subtleties....my food got cut off much quicker than my older brother, I had [...]
  • A Charity You Need to Know

  • I believe passions should be shared. I also believe photography can heal. Ya know that photo of a loved one that has passed? Every time you look at it, you can't help but smile at the memories. Some only get a short time with their little treasure. Some little ones change our lives without ever taki[...]
  • The Dancers at City Dance Theatre

  • I am one who likes to rise to a challenge and not shrink back. They are my own weird games I play with myself. Little did I realize what I was committing to! By far my biggest gig to take on. I had no idea I would take so many photos. Over the course of 4 days I took around 500 photos. Then I had to[...]
  • The Duggar Story is Mine

  • I know this is not what I normally write about here but the subject is incredibly important...... My soul has so much to say but I find the words aren't there. You see, this story is mine. I am very open about my life but up until now have chosen to keep the finer details private. I feel God's ca[...]
  • Taking the Awkward Out of Pictures

  • Getting your picture taken is awkward. I won’t try to deny that. Did you know they don’t have to be? What if I told you they can be fun? One major reason people don’t like to be in a photo is because they are self-conscious. Sure, even the super models have body parts they wish were different. Wh[...]
  • Planning Chaos

  • I always thought with my small children, life was busy. Then, they grew. I was busy alright, but with wiping snot and changing diapers. I could do this all from the comfort of my own home. I could wear what I call my "home clothes". My makeupless face and ratty clothes would probably scare small chi[...]
  • St Louis Ponds, Woodburn Oregon

  • It is no secret, I love nature. I am always on the look out for great locations in nature that don't cost a penny (well, other than taxes) to enjoy. St Louis Ponds has become one of those locations for us. It is well maintained, quiet, and provides some beautiful backdrops. You start going down a lo[...]
  • Woodburn High School Prom

  • When I was in high school I was the looser hanging out under the bleachers smoking, with all my other looser friends. I was at school because I was supposed to get a diploma, that's all. I was quiet and withdrawn. It's no surprise I never went to prom nor had any interest in it. Actually, the night [...]
  • Tips to Nail Your Own Headshot

  • In the age of social media and sites like LinkedIn, everyone should have at least one great headshot. The man is in the business world and pleads with me to save people from their own bad avatar. I wish I could be an avatar fairy waving my magic wand over everyone's tiny picture. I could wear a big [...]
  • Mt Angel, Oregon Location

  • The adventurous spirit in me loves scouting out new locations. Earlier this week I went to Mt Angel to find a perfect spot. For little feet, I don't like a whole lot of walking around. They tire easily and want to pick up every rock along the way (read: tantrums and dirt). A small space with differe[...]