Shannon Deans Photography: Blog en-us (C) Shannon Deans Photography [email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:40:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:40:00 GMT Ohio Family Photographer| The "W" Family This was my first time working with this lovely family, and they absolutely blew me away with their easygoing and charming personalities! They wanted to fit a few family/sibling poses into their session, with a couple extras of their adorable little guy, who had recently turned two.  I loved watching these siblings interact! They were not only well behaved, but they treated each other with such love and respect.  And when their little brother didn't find me to be the funniest person in the world, they (along with their parents) did a fabulous job at getting loads of smiles out of him.  They didn't even seem to judge me when I brought out my terrible singing skills.  (Yes, even though I have a horrendous singing voice, I find it usually gets attention from little ones... I apologize to anyone who has had to endure it!)  Here are a few of my faves from the "W" family's sunset session... 

[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Families Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:57:25 GMT
Ohio Family Photographer | Family Session at Burton Century Village This session was so much fun, though I wish Burton Century Village wasn't slightly out of my travel radius (because I would shoot there every day). It made for such a beautiful location!  I really enjoyed meeting this family, and I was so excited when 'Mom' told me that she wanted to incorporate a Superman theme into some of their shots! After I told her that my son also loved superheroes, her little guy came with a Batman figurine for me to give me to him.  How seriously sweet is that?!  Here are a few of my favorites from their "Smallville" themed shoot... 






[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Families Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:58:50 GMT
OH Children's Photographer| "H" Turns One | Cake Smash Session It's been a while since I've posted on here, but I had to take a minute to share some images from Sweet "H's" cake smash session...I just love everything about it.  I love the soft evening light that we had to work with that day.  I love the pretty lace dress and boots that "H's" mama wore in the family photos (so perfect for the country look of our location), and the way the bright colors that "H" wore for her cake smash session popped against the neutral background.  I did her newborn session, and after arriving in the world quite a bit earlier than expected, she was the smallest newborn that I have worked with.  So, I am so very happy to see her so giddy and healthy at her first birthday session!  And as you will see from the images, she was just full of expressions and personality... and that was really the icing on the cake (cheesy pun totally intended!) ;)  


[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Babies Cake Smash Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:36:12 GMT
OH Photographer| Tip Tuesday: What to Wear {Spring 2014} For today's Tip Tuesday, I've created two little "What to Wear" boards for ya'll (I was born and raised in Ohio, but, for some reason, I sure do love a good ya'll once in a while!)  The first example is for an older brother/little sister sibling set, but I'm really just trying to show what I mean when I say "coordinating without being too matchy." 

Pieces from this set can be found at...
Gymboree (Girl's dress, bracelet, & shoes; Boy's shoes)  
Gap (Boy's shirt)
Old Navy (Boy's pants) 
Carters (Girl's flower clips) 


The second example is for a casual outdoor spring session for a family of four.  This would probably be best for late spring here in Ohio, due to the short sleeves and all.... 


Pieces from this set can be found at: 

Gap  (Mom's Shirt, Jeans, & Sandals; Boy's Jeans and Fedora) 
Banana Republic (Mom's Necklace)
Old Navy (Dad's Shirt; Boy's shirt & shoes; Girl's dress and shoes)
J.Crew (Dad's jeans)

[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Tip Tuesday What to Wear Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:00:00 GMT
Oh Photographer | Tip Tuesday: Don't Forget About YOU So, today I'm not really offering any specific tips, but instead, a reminder that you are important too.  And what I mean is...don't forget to be in photographs WITH your children sometimes! I took the following images right before Valentine's day.  My daughter had a snow day, and  we decided to make cookies, just for fun.  I had been aching to try out the remote and tripod that my husband got me for Christmas, so I figured this would be a good opportunity for me to sneak in a few of the shots with them.  I did an absolutely terrible job at hiding my remote (check out my hands ;) ) but I don't really notice that when I look at these.  I just see how much fun I had on an ordinary February day with my kids.  Fortunately, since taking these photos, I have learned how to to hide my remote a little better! 

I know these probably aren't anything special to the average viewer, but to me, they mean the world.  I am so thankful that I took the time to set everything up to catch these.  And, I really hope you will try to capture your special moments with your kids too!! Even if  you don't have a DSLR, just grab whatever camera you do have (cell phone included!) And, If you don't have someone else to take photos for you, or a tripod and/or remote, then work that self timer baby! I took this shot of my son and me playing at the library.  I used my self timer, and my camera was placed on top of a stool.  I was extremely worried that the librarian would think I was a weirdo, so I hurriedly got my settings in place, and accidentally focused on the bookshelf behind us, rather than, well... us.  But again, that doesn't even cross my mind when I look at the image.  I'm just glad that I caught the moment, whether it's technically perfect or not. 


These are some of my favorite photos that I have with my kids and I.  I often forget to hand my husband the camera when we are out places, and usually when I do, my kids will not stand still long enough to let me get a decent picture with them.  When I do it this way, they are just hanging out, doing what they always do, and I get to see myself from a different perspective... the way they might see me every day. It freezes moments that feel so routine, and ordinary to us right now, so that one day, when they are no longer routine and ordinary, we can remember how special they actually were. 


[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Personal Tip Tuesday Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:00:00 GMT
OH Children's Photography | Cake Smash Sessions I just wanted to pop in to share some collages from some of the most enterntaining sessions around.... Big ONE Sessions!! For those who are wondering what they are, my Big ONE sessions include a one year portrait session with a  cake smash session at the end.  I seriously love watching from behind my lens, while these are going down, and seeing the unique expressions and personalities of these sweet little ones as they experience cake for the first time!  Some of them dig right in, while others are more reserved.  A few of them have even cried, but they have all ended up loving it at one point or another!  Big ONE sessions are ridiculously fun and adorable, as you are about to see...  Here are some cuties that I had the honor of working with in 2013 + 2014, so far! 

[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Babies Cake Smash Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:00:00 GMT
OH Photographer | Tip Tuesday: Finding The Right Photographer If you are reading this, there's a good chance that you are a fan of mine on my Facebook page  (if not, please feel free to click the link, and hit "like" :) ) .  Hopefully, that means you have already fallen in love with my work, and are either a current client, or that you hope to become one. But, if you are looking for a photographer, and are on the fence about who to choose, I'd like to offer you some tips on how to select one that you can be happy with.  I know that there are a lot of us photographers out there, and since you are investing so much of your time and money into something that's very personal to you, it makes sense that you would want the very best. A lot of the time, when I ask clients how they have found me, the answer is usually that a friend, colleague, or family member referred them to me.  I absolutely love hearing that, because I know that they wouldn't recommend me, unless they had a great experience with me!  However, when seeking someone out for any service, including photography, a recommendation is a great starting point, but it shouldn't be your determining factor. If you want to end up with fantastic results from your session, here are some important points to consider: 


Just like there are a gazillion photographers out there, there are a lot of photographic styles.  Try to envision how you want your session to look and feel.  Are you going for a vintage vibe or a modern one?  Are you a fan of stylized or more traditional settings?  lifestyle or posed? Colorful or neutral?   Once you pinpoint the style you are after, browse through a few portfolios, so you will know that the photographer you are seeking, will be able to create the exact look that you are craving.



As much as I like to think that I am a likeable person, who can get along with just about anyone... I realize that not everyone is going to love me.  Likewise, I am not going to love everyone that I meet.  But you know what? That's okay!! Fortunately, there are enough people in the world, that you shouldn't have to settle for hiring someone you don't really care for.  Sessions can last anywhere from thirty minutes to four hours (or all day if it's a wedding), so it's crucial that you select a photographer with a personality that meshes well with yours. You can find out a lot about a person, just by looking to see how they interact on their business page, blog, or email correspondence.  If you get a bad vibe from the start, then keep searching! 



Very few photographers (if any) will be awesome in every area of photography.  I am confident that I can shoot a great newborn, children's, family, maternity, boudoir, or senior session, but I doubt I could pull off a wedding with an A+, and that's exactly why I don't do them. Before contacting the photographer of your choice, try to see where their strengths are, by looking through their portfolio, or reading their "About Me Section" (This is also a great way to get a feel for their personality!)  If you can't find this info, don't be afraid to contact them with questions about their level of experience in a particular area.  I'm sure they will appreciate that you have done your homework, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 


I mention this one last, because I honestly think it should be one of the last considerations you make when selecting your photographer.  Generally, more experienced photographers are going to cost you a bit (or even a lot) more than one who is just starting out.  I know there are new photographers out there, offering hour long sessions, with all the files from the session on a CD,  printing rights, and sometimes even prints included, for fifty bucks or less. That all sounds so very tempting, and I understand why you would want to jump on it.  But, before you book with such an affordable photographer, consider what your goals for your sessions are.  Do you want a CD with all of your images, or do you want someone who can offer you other options as well?  Do you want to take your CD up to Walmart for prints, or do you want high quality, professional prints that will look exactly the way they were edited to look, and are guaranteed to last a lifetime?  What will you do, if after your session, you want a gorgeous canvas of your children to hang on your wall?   If you are honestly out for quantity over quality, then maybe that less expensive photographer will be a great fit for you. But, if you've fallen in love with a photographer's portfolio, and are only booking with a cheaper photographer, because you can't afford the one you really want... then I strongly suggest you save.  All things in life that are worth having, are worth working for, right?  If you really can't afford to pay a little extra for your session, and you don't want to compromise on quality, then maybe you can see if the photographer you are interested in, offers mini sessions.  I offer them, and I know a lot of others do too. It's a fantastic way to get a feel for a particular photographer's work, or to get a few great images at a lower price.  

Well, there you have it!  Hopefully , you will be able to easily find a photographer with a great style, personality, and price, who specializes in the type of photography you need.  Obviously, I hope that I am the one, but if not,  then best of luck  in your search for your shutter soul mate! Oh, and please leave a comment if there's anything that you think I may have missed.  I'd love to hear about what's important to you when searching for a skilled person in the service industry.     


Side Note:  I'm not knocking new photographers, or photographers  who are charging way less than they probably should be.  I started my business two and a half years ago, and I was that photographer.  I realize that it can be scary to raise your prices in fear that you won't have any clients.  But, what I will tell you, that I wish someone would have told me is... be true to yourself, and the wonderful people you are serving. If you need to take a break from your business while you take some workshops, or even to do online research, and self teach the ins and outs of the photography business, then do it.  You'll come out a lot more confident, and you won't have to feel bad about pricing yourself at what you're worth!  



[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Tip Tuesday Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:58:57 GMT
OH Newborn Photography | Baby "C" Okay... I must admit that I am a bad blogger. One of my goals for the new year is to get back to blogging as much as possible.  I  have decided that there is no better way to get back into it, than by starting with this adorable little 10 day old boy's session.

He was such a sweet and easy going baby.  I knew he would be, after I worked with his fabulous parents and big brother this past fall.  At the time of this session, his brother was still adjusting to having to share his parents, and did not want to hold little "C"  And that was okay with me, as I have learned that when working with babies and kids, they are the ones who control the flow of a session. I was so proud of him for laying down next to his baby brother for a few photos, as I can imagine that would be a little intimidating for a two year old to do.  Both boys did an amazing job! I guess that wouldn't be too hard when your main job is to be cute, and they already have that covered. 


[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) newborns Tue, 11 Feb 2014 01:57:38 GMT
OH Family Photography | Fall Minis 2013 To be 100% honest, mini sessions give me mini panic attacks.  As a (mostly) natural light photographer, I am so dependent upon the weather (If you've spent at least a week's time in Northeast Ohio,  you probably have a pretty good idea about the crazy back-and-forth weather).   Whenever I am scheduling multiple sessions for the same date, having a dry day and soft light is even more important, because it's a lot easier to reschedule one session than to reschedule five.  Fortunately, we had lots of sunshine, and no rain for both rounds of fall mini sessions!  Here are a few of my favorites, starting with the first round. These were taken in my hometown of Leroy, at Indian Point Park.

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And here are a few favorites from my second set of sessions. These were held at the gorgeous Penitentiary Glen, in Kirtland.

It has been a busy few weeks around here, but I am so thankful to have spent these busy weeks with so many amazingly fun families! I'm just hoping, wishing, and praying that next week's holiday mini sessions go just as smooth!

[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Mini Sessions Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:00:00 GMT
My fun friend! :) Every once in a while, it can be refreshing to do a shoot just for myself.  That's when I call my friend "B" over, and we choose completely random poses, laugh, and have an impromptu session.  It doesn't hurt that she is one of the most beautiful & photogenic people.   The only downfall, is that I edit her photos on my downtime, so, being a wife, mom of two, and business owner, I can't seem to find much of that, which means I am still editing our session from March! I guess it's a good thing that she's patient too! Here's a little sample of our shenanigans: 



Thanks "B" for being awesome, and letting me share these with everyone! :) 
[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Personal Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:45:58 GMT
To Good Health I don't usually like to share a lot of personal information about myself on my business page, because, let's face it... you are here to see photos, not learn every detail about me.  But, I am going to break that rule in this blog post, because I want you to know why, even though I love being a photographer with every cell in my body, I am going to be cutting my appointments down to one per week.

After experiencing some mystery symptoms for two and a half years, I recently received a diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome.  This is not a life threatening syndrome, but if I let it get out of control, illnesses may develop, which I would absolutely love to avoid.  In order to get this syndrome under control, my doctor has ordered me to go on a low carb diet (kill me now, please!) and get lots of exercise.  With the amount of sessions that I have been taking on, I have been struggling with sticking to my diet, or making it to the gym, pretty much at all.  

So, even though I hate saying no to anyone who wants to schedule with me,  I need to be firm about getting my health under control (as well as spend some quality time with my kids, while they are still little).  I am so fortunate to have such amazingly sweet clients, and I would hate to lose a single one of you.  So... I have set up an availability calendar , on my site , that I will update as appointments are booked.  As you will see, I am currently booking into October. If you know you would like a fall or winter session, please let me know as soon as possible. I will book on a first come, first serve basis, but I will also do what I can to schedule sessions for current clients as requested. Also, please keep an eye on my Facebook page, in the fall, and again around the holidays, as I will be hosting mini sessions to accommodate as many wonderful clients as possible. 

I apologize for any inconvenience that my schedule change may cause, and I hope to be up and running at full force by the new year.  And since a photography blog without a photo, is like tennis shoes without soles, I hope you don't mind if I share a few images that I took back in April, of my outgoing, intelligent little girl.

[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Personal Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:56:20 GMT
OH Boudoir Photography | SDP Introduces Boudoir Well, I'm dusting the cobwebs off of my blog today, to share the results of gorgeous 'L's" boudoir session (Thanks for letting me share these, girl!)  I'm very excited to start introducing these sessions to my clients, as I think every woman should experience how much fun they are! These sessions make great gifts for your significant other on your wedding day, or as an anniversary gift.  They can also just be a celebration of beauty. If you are interested in scheduling one of these sessions with me, please keep an eye out for pricing and booking information, which I will be posting sometime in the next few weeks!

Without further ado, here's a little glimpse into what a boudoir session with Shannon Deans Photography is all about:



[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Boudoir Sat, 15 Jun 2013 17:56:31 GMT
OH Newborn Photography | Baby "A" Newborn Session Meet handsome, 8 day old, little  "A"!  He was SUCH a joy to work with!

My newborn sessions are  2-4 hours long, and are usually spent feeding, and comforting babies who aren't in the mood to pose.  But this little guy, slept the entire time, and we got so many incredible poses in, in under 4 hours.  And just look at all that fluffy baby hair! He also has a sweet big sis who absolutely adores him! 

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[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) newborns Fri, 12 Apr 2013 18:35:42 GMT
OH Children's Photography | Easter Minis I'm not going to lie... mini sessions can be pretty challenging.  But, once again, I got SUPER lucky, and had some very happy, well-behaved kiddos.  And, as you are about to see, they were all gorgeous too! 20150826_1249-2 0470_SaraKauss_7024

[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Holidays Kids Mini Sessions Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:38:17 GMT
OH Children's Photography | Valentine's Minis I really had so much fun working with my valentine's mini clients last weekend.  I know I say it a lot, and I know it sounds super corny, but I really mean it when I say that I have the BEST clients.  Thanks again to all those who came out last weekend! If you are interested in scheduling for mini sessions, but you weren't able to make it to last weekend's sessions, keep checking the Shannon Deans Photography Facebook page for updates on when the next ones will be! Here are a few of my favorites from the Valentine's sessions:

[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Holidays Kids Mini Sessions Sat, 02 Feb 2013 04:16:34 GMT
OH Children's Photography | My Snow Bear My daughter, Ally and I decided to have an impromptu photo session yesterday.  Since the temperature was in the teens, we were only able to be out for about five minutes, before we thought our fingers were going to freeze off.  I am not really a winter person, and often wonder what I am still doing in Ohio... but if there is one thing I like about the snow, it's photographing in it! Snowy weather makes for some beautiful images, with wonderful contrast! I apologize to my friends on here, who already saw these on my personal Facebook page yesterday.  But, I really want to share them again, because I am just so in love with them. They really capture Ally's 4 1/2 year old mentality of "cold & snowy? What's that?!"  She would have stayed outside all day, if I would have let her.  And, I just love her dark eyes and hair against the white snow.  I can't wait to order these prints and put them in albums, so I can look at them all the time!  

[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Personal Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:26:23 GMT
Referral Contest Winner First of all, as corny as this sounds, I really wish that everyone who participated in the contest, could have won.... but if I gave a free session away to everyone, I would not be able to pay my bills, and that would not be a good thing.  So, as promised, I listed all of the entries in alphabetical order, and used to select one winner.  

Here are the results: 


Congratulations Jamie! :)  I will be mailing your gift certificate for a free session, tonight.  And to everyone else who participated, even though I can't give you all free sessions, I do want to give you a little something for participating.  So, please message me at [email protected], and I will reply with a 10% off coupon, good towards any package or product through Shannon Deans Photography. Thank you all for referring your friends and family to me!

[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Fri, 11 Jan 2013 20:00:00 GMT
OH Child Photography | Mya's Smash Session I'm going to try to play catch up on the blog for the next few days, because I really want to share some of my favorite sessions from 2012 with you.  Maybe I shouldn't be so ambitious though...  I guess I will just be happy to get some of my 2013 images on the blog!

Here is a smash session that I did right before the holidays, of beautiful little Mya.  

Whenever I do smash cake sessions, I usually ask the parents how their little one liked the cake at their birthday party. I'm learning that how they react with their actual birthday cake, is not necessarily how they will be during their smash session. Mya's parents told me that Mya was feeling overwhelmed at her birthday party with all of her guests watching her, which resulted in her not digging into her cake.  Well, things were much different when she got into my quiet  home studio environment.  Aside from the typical one year old curiosity of her new surroundings, she seemed pretty excited about her cake! 


By the way...Mya's mommy is Monica  from Hazel Mae Boutique She makes a lot of the hats and headbands that I use in my baby and newborn sessions, and If you are looking for cute crochet hats & sweet girly headbands then you should definitely check her out! She is very reasonably priced, and she takes custom orders!


[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Babies Cake Smash Mon, 07 Jan 2013 19:00:23 GMT
Valentine Cards I have had a few people ask me what the Valentine's Day cards from the sweetheart package look like, so I decided that the best way to explain, is to show you your options :) 

I am offering two different sizes, with several templates to choose from.  The first option, is wallet sized cards. These are great for passing out at school, or to keep in your wallet all year!  Here are the wallet designs:


The other option is a 3x3 card stock card, with white envelopes. These will be double sided.  The cards that are solid colored on the back can be further personalized with a message. These would be cute for kids to hand out at school, or for Grandma to hang on the fridge! 



[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Valentine's Day Thu, 03 Jan 2013 03:15:28 GMT
Referral Contest Are you ready for a little contest?

I have been so lucky to have such wonderful clients this year, and I would love to meet some more like you!

Beginning today, for every 2 people you refer to my Facebook business page, you will be entered to win a free portrait session.  The session will include a DVD with 25+ edited/enhanced images in color & black and white. All 25+ images will be uploaded into a private viewing/ordering gallery (available for 2 weeks after it is launched). It will also include a print release so you can upload or print your photos wherever & as often as you wish. The contest will last two weeks (ends on 1/11/2013 @ 3pm EST), and one winner will be selected using There is no limit on how many entries you can receive. You do not have to be a current client, and the people you refer to my page, may also join the contest. Each person must "like" my page, and write on my wall that you sent them, in order for your entry to count.  I WILL count past referrals, but in order to be entered, you must tell me which fans you referred, and they must be current fans of my page. 


The winner will have one year from the date they receive their certificate, to use it. This offer is only good for a portrait session, and excludes newborn, senior, or cake smash sessions. 

The contest starts....




Now! :)



[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Fri, 28 Dec 2012 20:21:19 GMT
New Year, New Blog I have been meaning to start a photography blog for a while now, and I have been procrastinating.  With the new year approaching, I have decided what better time to do it than right now?  So... here it is!  A picture may say a thousand words, but a little description about a photo, helps to connect the viewer even more.  Each session that I do, is as unique and exciting as the client in the photos, and I am so excited to share some details from these ​sessions with you.  

Also, stay tuned for a contest that I will be doing.  I will be posting the details, right here, after Christmas.  You won't want to miss it, so check back soon! :)  I also have something in the works for the Sandy Hook victims.  I know that this tragedy has touched everyone in America, and I feel immense sympathy for the families in Connecticut who have been affected by this.  I want to use my talent as a photographer to help them in any way I can.  After the new year, I will be hosting a day or two of mini sessions, and I will be donating 100% of the proceeds to the families of the victims.  They should not have to worry about going back to work when they aren't ready.  I want to help them stay home, as long as they need to, in order to grieve. I will need a bit of help in doing this, though.  I am looking for a large indoor space, with great natural light.  If anyone has a space that I could use for a few hours in January or February, I would be greatly appreciative! New backdrops will also be in order, so I can make these photos look fantastic for you all!  Please stay tuned for details on all of this, as well.  

Well friends, thank you for reading my first post! It has been a very busy year, and I am so thankful for all of you who have made it that way! I look forward to learning and growing as a photographer, and I cannot wait to work with you again next year!! I hope you all have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year!  





[email protected] (Shannon Deans Photography) Fri, 21 Dec 2012 18:40:26 GMT