Creating art for individuals and families in the greater Missoula, MT and Nampa, ID areas
Have a high school senior? Just got engaged? Interested in family portraits? Need a professional head shot? Great! Let's get started ...
Family is everything to me, so having a career that enables me to capture special moments in your family's life is very rewarding! With the many picturesque landscapes available literally minutes away from nearly anywhere in Missoula, my portrait sessions are on-location using natural light - taking full advantage of the incredible backdrops that Big Sky Country has to offer.
As of 2022, Shannon has decided to focus her photography primarily on dogs and horses. Family and senior portraits are offered if your dog or horse is included in some of the photos with you.
Family is your greatest gift. Through photography, you can honor and preserve the memories you are making together every day.
We all have hundreds of photos of our family and loved ones on our phone. Most of the time these photos remain on our phone, are sometimes shared on social media, but rarely do they get printed, framed, and displayed in our home. A professional portrait is carefully planned, beautifully executed, curated, and edited to be a work of artistry. Professional portraits make gorgeous additions to our home decor, giving us an everyday reminder of the special people in our lives.
Let's capture your family’s unique personality and spirit in images that are filled with love - images that will bring you joy every day!
WHY PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY?
WHY PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY?
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Visit my Welcome Guide to learn about the portrait experience,
investment information, and answers to frequently asked questions.
PRAISE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
FROM MY CLIENTS
While each photography session is unique, I always strive for the experience to be pleasurable for everyone. That can only happen if you love your photos! Here are what my clients have to say about their experience working with me.
" ...we were not prepared for just how incredible our photos looked!"
Despite the nervousness on our part, Shannon immediately impressed us with her professionalism on the day of our session. Neither my husband nor I have had our photos taken like this before, but Shannon guided us through each shot and found the best backdrops and lighting. She has an eye for detail and it shows both in her work and in how she interacts with clients.
After the session, we both cried (happy tears!) during the photo reveal; we were not prepared for just how incredible our photos looked. Considering both the actual experience and the final product, I highly recommend working with Shannon to photograph your future favorite memories.
Thank you Shannon for capturing our special day!
- Rachael & Jon
" ...Shannon is THE best!
My go-to photographer for all my family and business needs."
Shannon is sweet, understanding, patient, and kind. Photos can be a stressful experience if you don't have a photographer who understands the person, their needs, and what it takes to get comfortable in front of the camera! Shannon is THE best! Her work speaks for itself!
" ...our photographer of choice for all future occassions!"
Shannon took the most incredible photos for my family and me. What's more is she was so kind and receptive to our creative vision. Through working with her we got exactly the photos we were hoping for! They will be treasured for the years to come. Shannon is now our photographer of choice for all future occasions!
- Jeanne & Cori
" ...5-star photography!"
Shannon totally rocks! She is a talented photographer! Not only will your photographs be beautiful but the personal touch she adds to the photo session along with the communication and display of your choices when deciding what photos and photo gifts you will want to purchase. Shannon is a 5-star photographer!
- Brittany & David
" ...I will cherish these special memories!"
I could not be more impressed with the professional quality of my photos - Shannon's talent shines in them all! I will cherish these special memories!
- Tiffany & Family
" ...so many great portraits that will be TREASURED for a lifetime!!"
Working with Shannon was working with a true professional. After seeing her work online, we contracted with her to take our daughter Nancy’s senior pictures with her horse, Majik Like Marilyn.
We live in Georgia but we flew out to Montana where Nancy’s horse now lives and are we ever happy that we did. Once there, we met with Shannon and learned she had completely staked out the shoot location beforehand and knew where and when the best backgrounds and lighting would be. She suggested an early morning start time so the lighting would be perfect.
During the shoot she led us through all the motions, poses, locations and expressions and knew exactly what result she wanted to achieve. She made us all feel very comfortable and we had a ton of fun. The resulting photos are absolutely stunning - I would recommend Shannon to anyone thinking of getting highly professional portraits taken.
- Mike, Donna & Nancy
" ...we were THRILLED with the results!"
We wanted to honor the memory of our 50 years of marriage, so decided to have photos taken of us and our family. Having seen some of Shannon's work as well as knowing her integrity and commitment to her craft, led us to choose Shannon as our photographer.
Shannon listened and made us feel comfortable prior to and throughout the process. She gave us advice on the type of clothing to wear to fit the style of the photos we wanted. She was accommodating and willing to spread the photo shoot out over more than one day and location to fit our circumstances. Shannon knows how to take photos to fit individual "styles." When we received the photos, we were thrilled with the results.
- Virginia & Jim
" ...loved every single portrait!"
Shannon is the rare photographer that captures the essence of what she is photographing. Working in both the film and horse industries, I have a very critical eye when it comes to capturing the moment. Shannon has that talent. Shannon LOVES her work and is very passionate about it... which shows in her art.
" ...we were so happy with Shannon!"
Shannon was amazing, very professional. She had us relaxed and smiling with her quick wit. She took such beautiful photos! We enjoyed every minute of our session with her and would gladly do it again. We highly recommend her to anyone wanting quality professional photographs. Thank you again Shannon!
- Judy & Jeff
" ...Shannon is a true artist!"
My daughter had a session with Shannon that was not only joyful, creative and professional, but that yielded incredibly beautiful senior portraits. Shannon is a true artist. She beautifully captures both the essence of her subjects, as well as her settings, in her photography. My daughter's portraits looked like they could be published in a magazine!
" ...the quality of your portraits is truly remarkable!"
We really appreciated the direction you gave us while taking our pictures. You are very personable, sweet and easy to work with. Additionally, the quality of your photos / finished product is truly remarkable. We will definitely look to you in the future for our family pics!
- Tom & Holly
" ...the pictures surpassed our expectations in every way!!"
I contacted Shannon a bit last minute and she was very responsive and worked hard to fit us into her crowded schedule. She was so nice and friendly that my son and I felt at ease immediately. At the end of the photo shoot we were packing up and ready to drive away and my son got a last-minute idea for a different photo, and she was SOOO accommodating..... she just unpacked her equipment and acted like it was the easiest thing to keep working.
We got our pictures back right away and they surpassed our expectations in every way. We are very happy and will contact her again when our next son graduates!
" ...our portraits are absolutely, amazingly wonderful! We are speechless..."
WOW! Our portraits are absolutely amazingly wonderful! Fantastic! We are speechless… We just finished looking through all of the images and think you really have a fantastic eye and touch. We just love them - could not be more pleased with the outcome!! We are super thankful to you and your talent. What a perfect family reunion this has proved to be. In awe.
- Steve, Natalia & Family
" ...extremely high quality!"
Quality. That's the word that comes to mind when I think of Photography by Shannon. Shannon is experienced, so sweet and kind - it was such a pleasure to have her capture my family's photos. I couldn't be happier with the extremely high quality of the prints and canvas we purchased. I would highly recommend Shannon to anyone (and I'm picky)!
- Ali, Brian & Family
" ...I have never seen anything more beautiful!"
As a new mother of a week-old baby, I was feeling a bit frazzled. When we walked into the session, it was calm and peaceful. What I liked most about Shannon is that she knew exactly what she was doing and had everything planned out for every pose. The finished photos of my baby girl were mind blowing - I have never seen anything more beautiful
" ...portraits that are treasures to last a lifetime!"
Shannon is very warm and welcoming, and really cares to deliver the best for her clients. She puts you at ease and captures the personality of her subjects so perfectly. The finished products from my son's senior portrait session are absolutely breathtaking and exceeded our expectations!
" ...easy and fun, I will definitely schedule with her again!"
We scheduled an outdoor family photo session with Shannon. The day of our appointment it was very windy and a bit rainy out yet Shannon was still able to capture beautiful pictures. Shannon was easy and fun to work with, I will definitely schedule with her again!
- Shena & Family