JEN SHANNON

What happened?

What happened?

July 22, 2016

IMG_1008Let’s talk, girlfriend to girlfriend… I realized, rather recently, that I’ve gotten really far away from blogging. I blog regularly (every Monday morning) but I talk about business. What happened to the days when I used to blog my life and what has been going on? Maybe on some level, I felt getting too personal was a business no-no, but that’s not me. It never has been. Maybe on another level, I thought, “Who cares what’s going on in my daily life? People just want to know what I can do for them.” I’ve come to realize that even if people just want to know what I can do for them, my blog is also an extension of me. It’s a diary. I look back at things I’ve completely forgotten about and get excited that I remembered to document it. I get to relive my thoughts, feelings, and photography from my entire journey and even if that isn’t special to anyone else, it’s special to me. So, I’ve decided to commit to being “me” again on my blog.

To start anew, I’m going to post about what’s been going on with me lately both personally and professionally. First, I started Jasmine Star’s 7 day Instagram challenge. I like to think I’m pretty good at using Instagram regularly, but let’s face it… IfJasmine is teaching a course, I’m usually going to be in the classroom!

Carly, our oldest daughter (4.5 years old) just started swimming lessons this past week. Poor girl did NOT like going under water. Tough love though… Tough love.

I haven’t been at the studio at much these past couple of weeks. I’ve been sick and just when I finally kicked the last one, I got a new one a couple of days ago. I’m hoping to make it there this weekend to sew and hang some drapes in the back that I’ve been meaning to do forever. The girl I share the space with, Frankie, just bought a couple of new chairs and some rugs that look awesome. I’m just super in love with having a studio space. It’s such a long time dream come true. I remember sitting at my desk at home when we lived up north, working at home for Aetna, and thinking how wonderful it would be to have my own studio one day. Of course, those were the days I thought pet photography was going to be my career.

I’m getting my braces off in exact one month! Gosh! It’s FINALLY happening. I’m super thrilled to finally be freed of my metal shackles and be able to floss freely once again!

I’m going to be teaching a class coming up on August 13th at my studio on how to take better pictures of your kids using your camera phone. I had ten spots available and filled them all so I’ll have a full house! I’m really looking forward to it! In the mean time, I’ve been creating my presentation for it and pulling together some of my favorite cell phone pics of my kids and taking long walks down memory lane. Talk about procrastinating. Put me in charge of finding pictures for work and I’ll become that min pin from “Up” shouting “Squirrel!!!!!” at every photo I find that I’d forgotten about.

Let’s see. Oh! I have the Bridal Fantasy Show coming up again in August. I can’t believe it’s already been almost a year since my first show. That will be a lot of fun.

I’m also so excited for my dear friend Lauren. She’s gotten engaged and is going to be getting married August 6th. I’m SOOOO happy for her and get to photograph her wedding. It’s going to be a beautiful and small ceremony. I love small, intimate weddings. I’m really looking forward to that.

I recently got to shoot video for my dear friend Laurie to create a promo video for her boutique! It was an online boutique but not she has her own store front and I’m SOOO proud of her! I’ll post that in the coming weeks on the blog. I don’t shoot video professionally and definitely won’t but she and I’s relationship has made it something I was totally willing and able to do for her.

I think that’s about it for what’s on my mind right now. Why? Because it’s 11:30 at night and Clara just started crying. Motherhood calls. Word to your mom (and do you moms out there!)

 

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