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Life Photographer | West Palm Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin

Life Photographer | West Palm Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin

If you asked me what the highest honor of my career is, I would tell you it is when I get to photograph repeat clients. Yes, beautiful photography is important, but more important than that is the experience. I want the people that stand in front of my camera to want to return to it year after year. I want their photographs to line the walls of their homes. I used to love looking at the family vacation photos that the Kennedys had taken every year they traveled. Real moments. Raw moments.

Krysten is someone who I’ve photographed through all of her huge life events. We were new friends when I photographed her wedding and now she is like a sister. We’ve built a trust around my camera and she allows me to fully create art. When new life events come up we already know I’m going to be there to photograph it. We create mood boards and talk locations. She’s hired me to photograph her engagement session in Tallahassee, wedding in Jupiter, maternity photos in Atlanta and Miami, boudoir in Tallahassee, and travel to Oregon. What an incredible ride.

I love travel, I love photography, and I love documenting real moments in people’s lives. I hope to be many people’s “life photographer” during my career.

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San Francisco Documentary Family Session | San Francisco Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

San Francisco Documentary Family Session | San Francisco Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Sometimes you get families who just get it. They understand that while an hour family session is wonderful, it’s not really what a day in their lives looks like. This family wanted to spend a few hours just documenting what life is really like when you have a small child. Jessica is a destination photographer and ends up taking her family with her some of the time. This is what life looks like for a lot of traveling photographers. It’s not always glamorous or easy, but there is beauty in it. When you’re gone a lot and constantly busy, sometimes you just have to bring the whole family!

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Stop Missing Out On Your Family Memories | South Florida Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Stop Missing Out On Your Family Memories | South Florida Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Be in the photographs.

Think about the message your passing down to your own children that are looking up to you. If you constantly complain about your looks or not wanting to be in family photographs, what do you think that says to your children, especially your daughters. It’s going to make them question how they see themselves. It will put these ideas in their heads that women shouldn’t age. That women should feel guilt or shame in living their lives naturally and beautifully. If you’re at the place where you don’t want to be in photographs because you feel you have a few pounds to lose, you don’t like your haircut, you think you look to old, or whatever the case, I encourage you to put that all aside and get in those photos. You’ll be so glad that you did.

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The perfect birthday gift | Sea Island Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin

What if you could come up with the perfect birthday gift for the most important people in your life? 

Memories are what we cherish the most, but they tend to fade over the years. Stories get altered when passed down through generations. Older family members might start to have a hard time remembering certain occasions. As we get older, we start to lose the ones that mean the most to us. There are so many beautiful celebrations in life that are worth remembering. 

A perfect example: My mother asks for the same thing every year, which is, "I just want some photographs of you and your sister." I decided to surprise her two years ago and she came home to a gallery wall of framed photos from a secret session we did. She was beside herself and many tears were shed. She said that she loves looking up every day and seeing her precious family on her wall. I honestly can't remember many gifts that I've given her over the years, but this one has stuck out the most because of her reaction on that day and every day since then. 

Jennifer contacted me on a Saturday and I was photographing her husband, Landon's, 40th birthday a week later. We chatted on the phone and she explained to me how important this celebration was in their lives. They live in Colorado, but travel to Sea Island every year for vacation. They decided that this year that they would incorporate Landon's birthday into their yearly vacation. We talked about how Jennifer wanted the actual party photographed, but then we discussed the possibility of incorporating a family session into her coverage. I'm so glad that we did. These photographs and moments are so dear to my heart because they are the only tangible thing that is left from this celebration. Jennifer and Landon's girls will only be this age once and they are growing so fast. These are photos that they can share with their future families. These are stories they will be able to look through for lifetimes.  

What I love the most about this entire day was the fact that I got to see a small window into their lives. I was there while they were getting ready for the party, all the way through to the toasts and tears, during. To be able to tell a complete story of the day is something that resinates with the very intention I have when photographing people. I'm honored they let me in, to encapsulate some of their memories. 

Planning by the incredible (and gorgeous blonde you see pictured bellow): By Sutton

 

Rosemary Beach Family Photographer | Bosse Family

30A is one of the most beautiful stretches of Florida beaches. It is known for it's white sand and breathtaking sunsets. It is no wonder that families come from all of the world to vacation here. I get a lot of calls and emails with vacationing families inquiring if we can set up a family session while they are visiting. It is one of my favorite places to photograph, as there are so many options other than the beach. We typically end the session on the beach, close to sunset, but start with taking precious photographs around the town. If you've never been to Rosemary, Alys Beach, or Seaside, it's like you walked onto a movie set. The architecture of the homes and restaurants is so perfectly executed. There are gorgeous walls that are filled with ivy, cobblestone streets, natural hued stucco, and just everything dreamy that you would want as a back drop. Then, you have the sunsets that look like watercolor painted across a vast, never ending sky. I love variety and Rosemary Beach gave us exactly what we were looking for.

The Bosse family was visiting because Rhiannon, mom in these photos, was attending a floral workshop. They decided to make it into a family trip and wanted to document this season in their lives, while in Rosemary Beach. When Rhiannon called me and asked if I would be willing to come to Rosemary, I jumped at the chance. The vibe on 30A is so perfect and I will take an excuse to head that way. It was truly an honor to capture such fleeting moments that they have with their son. I can't imagine a better career than to be a photographer, especially on the days that I get to be a Rosemary Beach family photographer.