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. At times it can be overwhelming to juggle so much and do it well, but I wouldn’t want my life any other way! I guess you could say I’m one of those people who likes to keep busy and who needs a creative outlet. I grew up in Hawthorn Woods, a small town nestled just north of Long Grove. I loved growing up in an area that was woodsy and free from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. My three younger siblings and I loved the outdoors and fishing and swimming in the lake in our backyard. My hope is to provide the same experience for my children by raising them in the small town of Gilberts near the beautiful Burnidge Forest Preserve.

My background is in art therapy, fine arts and psychology. I received most of my education in art therapy and fine arts at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. During that time, I had a large oil painting and sculpture accepted into and exhibited in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery. After four years, I transferred to Lake Forest College on an art scholarship and graduated with honors as an Independent Scholar with degrees in studio art, art therapy and psychology with a concentration in watercolor, oils and acrylics. I feel very fortunate to have the education and experiences provided in both a large university and small private college. After working in social services for five years, I returned to school to get my Master of Arts in Teaching. I’ve been teaching for 16 years now. My love and passion for the arts and working with the youth runs deep. Even though I am an English language arts teacher, I volunteer my time to work with select students in programs that partner with L.L. Bean and Trout Unlimited etc. I also run a therapeutic art group for a small group of students. I love partnering photography and my occasional blogging with my instruction in creative ways. My new project and hope (I know it’s a long shot) is to build a small greenhouse near the outdoor classroom that was recently built for Dundee Middle School. I think that having a greenhouse would offer so many new multidimensional learning opportunities for the students! If you have any connections that you think might benefit my quest or you would like to donate for this project, please do not hesitate to contact me!

I often read that it is important in photography to be consistent. I agree, to an extent. While my images are consistent within a gallery of a session, they may not be consistent from one session to another. There is a reason for this and method to my art. When I enter a session, there are many variables I immediately have to “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. I am certified “type A” in this department. lol 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!
Shannon

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