Every time I get a message from Shannon, I get excited with possibilities. The possibility of growing and maturing in the skills I have acquired over 15 years and the opportunity to break away from the grind of posed photo sessions. Selfish, I know.
Don’t get me wrong, posed photo sessions aren’t a negative thing. Even I occasionally want photos of my own family looking pretty and smiling at the camera, but when you turn your hobby into a business, the time to be creative and play like you used to becomes less and less. Shannon gives me the freedom to shoot with very little expectation or a preconceived idea of what I’m capturing. She also has an amazing, artsy eye for different angles and light in photos so I never want to leave her disappointed with our end result.
I’ve had the opportunity to shoot a few family vacations for the Cho family. Each one capturing stages in their lives. At our very first session, Fisher was still a nursing baby and now he’s a little boy, learning to fish. There’s very little posing and the sessions are not grand in locations, clothing or style. I think Shannon almost told me not to come for this session because 30 minutes prior to my arrival, the kids had dirty hands and faces, she wasn’t wearing makeup and everyone was in rain boots. It goes to show that the people themselves and the relationships between them are where our attention lies and it’s what my lens is drawn to immediately. These are the memories we hold close to our hearts. Thank you Shannon and Min, for setting the example of where we should be placing our values. Creating quality family time and preserving the memories.