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Photographing Your Family Every Year | West Palm Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Photographing Your Family Every Year | West Palm Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

This precious family just relocated and it got me thinking about how special it’s been to photograph them every year (before I moved to West Palm Beach, myself). We were able to create this incredible relationship that allowed their three girls to trust me and knowledge that I was going to get them the best heirlooms for their home. It was really neat to be able to email Autumn (mom) every year to set up a session. She knew that these girls were growing fast and wanted to make sure that she captured each one of their personalities as the years flew by.

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The Truth Behind Breastfeeding Sessions | West Palm Beach Breastfeeding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

The Truth Behind Breastfeeding Sessions | West Palm Beach Breastfeeding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

It’s really interesting to me that I’m someone who wasn’t breastfed and haven’t had children of my own, yet I’ve been pulled toward breastfeeding photography. I remember when I received my first inquiry for a breastfeeding session. I hadn’t ever considered that this was something that women wanted captured. I knew, from watching my closest friends breastfeed, that it was something really special. It was a way that they bonded with their children. In talking to one of my friends the other day he said, “When our baby stops breastfeeding I think it’s going to be much harder on my wife than our child.”

I hear this from a lot of women.

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Write Your Own Story | West Palm Beach Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Write Your Own Story | West Palm Beach Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

I saw something yesterday that said, “Write your own story”. How can those 4 words evoke so much inside of me? About an hour before reading those words, I discovered something I wrote when I was in the middle of my darkest year (2017). I had lost my dog, my grandfather, my uncle and my grandmother, all within a few months. I then asked my husband for a divorce. I was spiraling, but maintaining (it was only from having support from those around me). What I wrote on the pages of my journal was why it was so important for me to write my own story.

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Why Professional Headshots Are So Important | West Palm Beach Headshot Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Why Professional Headshots Are So Important | West Palm Beach Headshot Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

In running my business, it’s important that I look at algorithms, themes, and numbers. What’s the connection to this photo over other “standard” headshots? It’s pretty obvious and somewhat clichè, but we heavily connect to the eyes when looking at a photo. There is something that makes Kaylee (pictured above) approachable in this photograph. She feels like someone we could sit with and have a meaningful conversation with.

This is why professional headshots and branding for your business are so important. With everything being online now, we get to “see” people before we meet them. When I get a recommendation for a business, restaurant, company, etc., the first thing I do is go look at their website and social media. I want to see if they’ve invested in their company and how seriously they take themselves. I want to make sure I’m hiring a professional. I want to feel that connection with them before ever reaching out.

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Is an Intimate Wedding Right for You | West Palm Beach Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Is an Intimate Wedding Right for You | West Palm Beach Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

When I began photographing weddings 12 years ago they were completely different. Wedding magazines had been around for a while, but wedding blogs were a newer thing. Pinterest wasn’t a thing. You would cut out photographs and tips from magazines and put them into a folder. Now, we have the internet and social media at our fingertips. This is a wonderful thing, but it can also be overwhelming and make some couples obsessive. Thanks to wedding blogs, it almost feels like a competition to have your wedding featured or to have the prettiest details. While details are an important part of your wedding day, they are certainly not what it’s about or what your guests will take away from the day.

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