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  • Writer's pictureShannon Edney

Best of 2020

I think we can all agree 2020 didn't end up being the year we expected - for many reasons. Because of the pandemic I didn't shoot as many client sessions as usual, but as I was combing through the portraits taken during 2020, I am surprised at how many incredible shots DID come from such a trying year. I actually had a difficult time narrowing down my picks to a number that wouldn't be overwhelming to include in this post.

A few things about the year (relating to my photography) that stand out to me ... Because my 2020 sessions were fairly spread apart I had more time to prepare for each shoot, was able to be more creative in the setups, and found the editing process was a breeze as there was actually very little editing required. As a result, the portraits I took in 2020 are some of the very best of my career.

And with that, here are my BEST OF 2020!


The year started with a portrait session of a beautiful litter of Border Collie puppies. Each puppy unique in its markings and personality, it was such fun to capture them playing in the snow for the very first time! What made this particular shoot extra special was that I had photographed the proud mama of these puppies when she was a puppy. What a joy to see her beauty and spirit perpetuate in her first litter of pups!


I shot a record number of dogs and puppies in 2020. In total, I photographed 68 canines, 50 of which were puppies. I guess you could say 2020 went to the dogs! ; )


As I didn't shoot many horse portraits in 2020, I was able to revisit portraits taken in past years and edit some that hadn't previously been shared. From this combined collection, here are a few memorable captures that have earned Best of 2020 status.


Surprisingly, I shot a fair number of individual and family portrait sessions in 2020. Social distancing was practiced, masks were worn (except when the subjects were in front of the camera), and some incredible shots were captured!


For all the things 2020 wasn't, it did bring some amazing sessions with incredible people, horses and dogs. It allowed me to grow as a photographer, resulting in some of my most inspiring work to date. Thus the silver lining of an otherwise pretty awful year.


Award-winning portrait photographer Shannon Edney's photos have been featured on multiple magazine covers with photos published in print and digital advertisements around the world. Based out of Missoula, Montana, Shannon specializes in portrait photography showcasing people, dogs, and horses (all breeds, with a focus on the Arabian horse). Shannon is known for her ability to catch the perfect expression and capture her subjects in unique lighting, resulting in portraits rich in artistry that will be treasured for years to come.


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