it was a good year | kalispell wedding and senior photographer

i went into 2011 with huge hesitation. this is the year that i decided to follow my heart and passion.
2011 is when i changed the name of my business and decided that i would no longer do family and/or
children sessions. this was a big, huge and scary jump for me. most of my past clients were children and
family….but i knew deep inside that i had to cut back to be a better mom and wife. i also knew that i wanted to do
more of what i was passionate about. i wanted to shoot sessions that made me jump up and down with happiness,
sessions that inspired me…sessions that made my heart skip a beat. high school seniors, weddings and newborns
have 100% of my love!!

i can honestly say that this has been the best year i have ever had. i feel like i found who i was as a photographer.
i feel like i found my nitch in this big photography world. it was easy to give 110% into every session because i truly
loved every single session i did. i met some amazing people along the way and have made some really great friends.

i learned that i need to follow my heart. i learned to shoot for me. i learned to stop looking at and comparing myself to
other photographers. i learned to show what i want to shoot. i learned that i really, really love what i do.

i can’t thank all of you enough for supporting what i do. whether it’s being in front of my camera, commenting on my blog or facebook
or just smiling when you see a photo you love….i thank you.

i don’t know where 2012 will take me, but i do know that i am ready for it!! i’m excited for a new and amazing year.
i will continue shooting weddings, engagements, high school seniors, teens, couples and newborns (and maybe the occasional child
commercial session). i am toying with the idea of workshops too! i have many inquires about them, so it’s definitely on my mind!!

i wanted to recap 2011, so here is one shot from all my 2011 sessions 🙂 *the children photos you see were from commercial shoots*
it’s a long one, so i understand if you don’t make it all the way through. ha!
you can click on each picture and it will take you to the original post 🙂
happy new year to each and every one of you. i hope all your dreams come true in 2012!! feel free to leave me any comments or questions! xoxoxo

  • Sierra

    This is a great way to show off a great year for you. I love all of your pictures 🙂 hope someday you can take pictures of my son. 🙂

  • Amy Hanson-Bartels

    Shannon I am still so excited to have found you!! We still wished you would have been in Hawaii with us!! Looking ahead to July, and can’t wait to have you back on Glacier with us for the reception! Have a fantastic New Years!! Xx Amy & Mark

  • gorgeous, shannon. and the words are super inspirational. you are moving on up!!!

  • Beautiful work! Happy to hear you ara satisfied with you decision on specializing in certain areas of photography! It’s a brave step!
    Happy new 2012.

  • Chantal

    Looking back at all these photos reminded me of the times when I was supposed to be doing homework and I would find myself oohing and ahhing over each session. I would dream about my wedding photos 🙂 Thanks for such a great year, I can’t wait to see your talent in 2012.

  • shannon

    Thank you, Sierra!
    Amy…I can’t wait to see and photograph! you guys again!! xo
    Tim, thank you!!
    Thank you so much, may!
    Chantal, thank you for helping make this an incredible year!! I know a wedding photographer when the day comes 😉 xo

  • Angie W.

    Stunning images, Shannon! Your passionate artistry shines through in every photo. I am so happy to have met you and treasure the memories that you were able to capture for us! I wish you all the best in 2012.

  • Niki


  • steph evans

    You are doing beautiful things. So glad to be able to watch! Love you!

  • Wonderful!

  • shannon

    angie– thank you SO SO much!! your session will always hold a special place in my heart. xo
    thank you niki and danielle!
    steph- i love you too! thank you for being by my side always. xo

  • Amber

    These are all so gorgeous! You are so talented.

  • shannon

    Thank you amber! So happy to have your little ones make my blog so cute 🙂

  • i’ve enjoyed every moment of your 2011 and i can’t wait to see you blow 2012 out of the water. such a talent. happy new year friend. xo

  • Beautiful, beautiful selection if images! You’ve SO earned the right to be so very proud of yourself…super scary decision and what a payoff…heck, I feel proud of you!! Looking forward to what you come up with for 2012! Cheers!!

  • THANK YOU so very much to all of you!! it was such a great year and i can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store! 🙂

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