Shannolynn Photography: Blog en-us (C) Shannolynn Photography (Shannolynn Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:43:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:43:00 GMT Shannolynn Photography: Blog 80 120 A Little Give Volunteering. You don’t need a simple little website to tell you how good it is, how it warms the soul, and how happy it can make those in society around you. And hey, if you do, here are some great ones: and Go forth and explore!


We all know how it feels, sure, but where do we start? As photographers, our schedules are busy, awkward, and rushed; sometimes, we don’t get enough time to see our family, let alone put in some non-existent hours for local charities. Even so, from a small business perspective, it’s a great opportunity: it gets your name circulating, flowing through mouths like water, and it can plump up an otherwise stagnant portfolio. Photos can wind up on business or association websites, with your credit right there where everyone can see it. If you have to look at it like a business move, consider it part of advertising. Hey, whatever gets you out there.


But there’s the more important side, of course: the personal aspect. With our default mode being “Complete and Utter Overdrive”, sometimes the deep breaths and warmth that comes from helping a cause you truly believe in is vital. It can recharge someone, create a new environment to work in, and allow you meet people (sometimes professionals, sometimes other artists) that you normally would not get a chance to.


On top of that, the simple smile on someone-in-need’s face can be the Zen at the end of a busy work week, a palate cleanser to the stress we normally feel. Give to the community and feel it give back in return.


Finding charities to donate to often come in the most unlikely of forms. Recently, wrote an article about some volunteer work I did with a local hospital and my school photographing cancer patients and their families ( To say it was one of the most moving experiences of my life is an understatement. “Awe-inspiring”, “humbling”, and “the sort of moment that had tears burning my eyes on the ride home” seems far more true and encompassing. It was a gift that was priceless and beyond any value, and all it cost me was my time, a few measly hours I would have spent otherwise asleep or editing.


There are other places for artistic people like us, however. Animal shelters often want us to come in and photograph homeless pets in hopes of raising chances for happy adoptions. Social groups want volunteers at rallies and functions, documenting events in hopes of getting the word out. The homeless could require photos for possible job applications and pursuance. The ill might want photos with their loved ones or pets (who are just as important as any of our loved ones, any pet owner will tell you).


There are no ends to what we can do when we give back. Our skill might be specialized, but that makes it all the more important and valuable. Go forth and help the world we all live in together!

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Fall is the new Spring Has any one else noticed this lately? Spring was always wedding season, was always family photo time where everyone was just so happy to be done with the weight of the snow and the dark days. It was brighter, it was inspiring, and all those creative dreams you harbored while you hibernated could finally be explored once the ice melted away and the flowers shyly poked their heads out.


But lately, there's been winds of change. Family photos are more popular in fall. Weddings, with all their autumn themes and rustic color schemes, are everywhere. And why not? The season has amazing lighting and wonderful backdrops (colored leaves and apple orchards, anyone?), and even better props (pumpkin carving and those fuzzy sweaters, am I right?). It's a perfect set up to some perfect pictures, that final last "Hoorah!" before the cold and unforgiving cold sweeps through us again.


Plus, it's always nice to have some hot apple cider in a thermos out on a photoshoot.

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Pleasant Beginnings! Welcome, friends, to my humble abode, and I hope you find the surroundings to your liking! Thank you for visiting; please leave your shoes at the door as carpets are such a hassle to clean. 


I thought I take this chance to give a little bit of a background on myself: I'm a photography student poised for graduation, and loving every single minute of it. I am partial to portraits with a fashion spin and really artistic plans, but I love travel, still life, cosplay, and street photography. I'm a Canon die-hard, born and raised, and before I even understood half of what I do now about sensors and the different types of cameras, I was always drawn to them. I would love to continue my education after I graduate, be it in the field as an assistant or at another school; to say that I want to learn everything I can is an understatement.


I have a single cat by the name of Solo who might be the subject of a few photos as well. He sometimes finds himself dressed in silly outfits, but as for how he winds up in those, I plead the fifth. In my freetime, I love to travel, attend concerts, go for walks, and bury myself in a myriad of books and video games. A lot of video games. 


I have a Facebook ( ) and a Tumblr ( ) showcasing my artwork. If you have any questions, requests, and wonders, feel free to drop me a line! I'm always up for it.


And hey, I hope you enjoy your stay. 


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