Couple things…

Tonight is date night with my daughter.  We’ll be doing a little shopping, eating and with any luck belly laughs will also be shared.  There are a couple things I’ve been meaning to post about so I’m going to try to make it short and sweet because remember I have some belly laughing to do.  I get e-mails almost daily from photographers and aspiring photographers asking me questions about photography, business, where I get my props and so on.  While I’m flattered to have inspired others I just don’t have the time to answer every one.   In a perfect world I could take the time to sit down and answer every question in detail but right now keeping up with my clients and my family is all I can handle.  The world wide web is a wonderful thing and you can find pretty much anything you take the time to search for.  I will tell you that I shoot manual 100% of the time when photographing clients.  There is no luck involved in the creation of my images.  Well, sometimes I get lucky with a killer expression or a pose that one of my little clients create themselves, but I choose the settings, lighting, background, posing, ect.  I know my camera, I know my lights, I know the rules of composition.   I have even gotten really good at anticipating those killer moments, in fact, when my photographer friends were here I was photographing a newborn and  said to them, “mark my words, we are about to get a smile!”   Sure enough within seconds our little baby was grinning from ear to ear 🙂   I will admit that when I first started my shots were mostly luck.  I couldn’t stand the feeling of not being in control and knowing I was going to be able to deliver fantastic images every single time so I have spent the last 6 years continuing to learn and develop my skill.  Another thing to consider is not only the photography aspect of being a photographer, but the business aspect also.  It’s not always easy running your own business.  I could certainly do without the business part of business but in order to succeed and plan for the future  I have to devote just as much, if not more, to that part of being a photographer.   Having a business plan, insurance, studio policies and paying taxes are just as important as knowing how to take a great photo.

The second thing I’d like to chat about for a second also has to do with e-mails I receive.  I get so many great e-mails, facebook messages, even hand written notes from clients thanking me for their experience.  I would like to create a testimonial link here on the blog.  If you’d like to write a testimonial I sure would appreciate it!  You can send them through the contact link above.   95% of my clients come from referrals…that is pretty awesome!  I would love to share some of those experiences with my potential clients so if you have the time I would greatly appreciate it 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!
Let the belly laughing BEGIN!!

Sweet Rides and Tough Guys!

The inspiration for this mini session came from 2 images actually.  My all time favorite shot of my boys together and another little fella which still makes my heart melt every time I look at it.  The image of my boys has been hanging on my wall for several years now.  It will hang somewhere in my home until my grand kids are old enough to do this shot 🙂

my boys…

little heart melter…

My latest little model and quite the tough guy himself…

These sessions are not 20 minute sessions.  They are 45 minute sessions, therefore space is limited.  Please send me an e-mail if you’d like to book and I will send a PayPal invoice for $85 to the e-mail you specify.  Once I receive payment we will set up a time.   I cannot reserve time slots without payment.  You also do not have to have a PayPal account to pay via PayPal but if you do have an account already set up please send me that e-mail address when you e-mail to reserve your spot.  I’d appreciate it if you didn’t text me.  I prefer to have the e-mails all together and it will help me keep things coordinated and the order in which people booked.   My E-mail is shannonwalton@sbcglobal.net

If we fill up Sat.  I will open up times on Sunday.  The 11×14 image will be printed on metallic paper which is awesome for metal and high contrast images.  Bikes, trikes, petal cars, skateboards, look awesome on metallic.  The image I have of my boys is a metallic gallery wrap.  You do not have to have it printed this way, but highly recommend it for this session 🙂

Here is the rest of the info you need to know….

Illinois newborn photographer

Just a note to let you know I will be unavailable until Tues.  My friend and fellow photographer are getting together to shoot each others families over the weekend.   I am over the moon excited to have some images of my family to plaster all over my walls.  It will be nice to let someone else shoot my kids and as an extra bonus I get to be in them too 🙂  I LOVE her work and if I can’t shoot my family, she is who I’d pick so it should be fun!

People say that newborn smiles are only gas….I am a firm believer that those newborn smiles are VERY real!  There is no way this is gas…

I’ve shot so many great sessions this week.  Will share bunches next week!  Have a great weekend everyone!