Hello! My name is Shannon and I would love to be your family's photographer. These days I wear many different hats. I am a wife, mother of three kiddos, 7th grade teacher, mentor and photographer. Inset, you can see my son and our loveable and goofy chocolate lab, Chewie. I grew up in Hawthorn Woods, a small town just north of Long Grove. I loved growing up in an area that was woodsy and free from all the chaos of everyday life. My three younger siblings and I loved the outdoors and fishing and swimming in the lake in our backyard. My background is in art therapy, fine arts and psychology. After graduation, I worked in social services for five years. I returned to school to become a teacher. The 2021-2020 school year will be my 20th year teaching. I continue to love teaching and photographing babies and families!

I guess you could describe my editing style as richer and more "moody" and "contrasty." Don't get me wrong. I love a good light and airy edit, but it's just not my editing style. When I enter a session, there are many variables I immediately must "size up." I observe the location, its visual elements, the lighting and most importantly, my subjects. My goal is not to create images that are true to me, but more to create images that are true to you, your family and the heart of the session. Each session takes on a mood and feeling of its own and that's what I want reflected in your gallery. In the end, that is what I want to you to remember: you and your family. When you have a session with me, it is always my hope that my down-to-earth and laid-back approach to working with people comes through. After all, parents are stressed enough getting their kids looking picture perfect and to the location at a set time! I know what wildcards children can be! However, don't ever confuse my laid-back approach to photographing a session with how I run my business. It is important to me to deliver beautiful images in the time promised and to make lasting relationships with happy clients! I hope to meet you soon!
"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it
becomes a memory." -Theodor Seuss Geisel
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A morning cup of coffee became routine after having my third kid. Its probably more psychological than anything, but for me a cup of coffee is like a warm hug in the morning.

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I love kayaking, especially in the fall. It reminds me of when I rowed in college, some of the best days of my life!

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The Giver is one of my favorite novels. I've read it multiple times each year and I always seem to get something new from it each time!

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I love summer! What can I say? I AM a teacher. :-) I love watching my kids play in the pool with their friends on a beautiful summer day.

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I love spinning at Randall Oaks Recreation Center. Make it total body spin, and I've found my happy place. My daughter Annie went with me once and decided it wasn't her thing. That's okay. I'm just happy we can now spin without masks!

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One of the GREATEST things about being a teacher and photographer is that it gives me opportunities to reconnect with people. I love catching up with former students and seeing what they've been up to and their plans for the future!

Lens 2 Life Photography

224-535-1322
Gilberts, Illinois

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