This week’s Featured Photographer is:
Shannon Alexander Photography
Areas you Serve:
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
My husband who’s a chef and I lived around the country and finally moved back to my hometown in Vermont to raise our two girls where I also work as a portrait photographer.
How did you get started in photography?
I worked in luxury hospitality most of my adult life and never dreamed of being a photographer. I had been living in New York City for sometime with my husband and had seen some nicer than average photos popping up on my friends Facebook page and felt inspired. I bought myself a Canon Rebel and became a hobbyist. When we moved back to Vermont my hobby turned into my passion and finally into a real career that I never anticipated.
What do you shoot?
I photograph people, mostly children. Children are challenging in yet effortless at the same time. I have two daughters and I can feel myself reliving the magic I felt at their age. I try to find ways to add a little magic to all my work. As the children I photograph grow I hope they’ll look at their photos and be able to feel the magic too.
Who or what inspires you?
My best friend Angela of Grace Photography has been one of my biggest supporters and inspirations. We became passionate about photography around the same time. She has always been there for me whenever I had a question about editing or was feeling down about my work. My daughters are also my constant inspiration, I live vicariously through them.
What kind of camera bag do you carry and what’s in it?
My camera bag is a leather messenger style purse I found at a discount store. I currently use a Canon 6D camera and my two main lenses are a Canon 50mm 1.4 and a Canon macro 100mm 2.8 which I love for portraits.
What are some of your favorite photography products?
I don’t always use them but love playing around with different textures and overlays like Jessica Drossin’s. They can be really inspiring when you’re not sure where you want to go with a photo.
Three random things about yourself:
I love symmetry and even numbers. I spent a portion of my youth in mosh pits. I was painfully shy when I was young but grew up to be a social butterfly.
Best piece of advice you’ve received?
Never stop learning.
Any advice you’d like to share?
Don’t limit yourself. Keep yourself challenged and always aspire for more.
Mac or PC? Photoshop or Lightroom?
Pc. Photoshop & Lightroom but mostly Photoshop.