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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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Photographer's Branding Headshot Session | West Palm Beach Headshot Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Photographer's Branding Headshot Session | West Palm Beach Headshot Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

When we got to the beach (around sunrise) it was drizzling and grey. It’s not exactly what we had in mind when we talked about her bright and happy work, but it ended up being perfect! It was neat to see the space around her light up once she got there. She’s so full of love and warmth. I’m not kidding when I say she was laughing the entire session. Her happiness is contagious and I really hope that we got that message across to her future clients.

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Boudoir Sessions Serve a Greater Purpose | West Palm Beach Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Boudoir Sessions Serve a Greater Purpose | West Palm Beach Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

I still get people who don’t understand boudoir. They think it’s purely sexual, vain, or pointless. I can keep putting up blog posts that explain why they are so much more than that. I can try to explain it in my own words (which I’ve done several times). But, what I think speaks the loudest are words from other women who have been photographed by me.

This one hits way too close to home for me. M (we’ll call her) isn’t sharing the photographs with the public because of her job. I reached out to her and asked if she would be willing to share her story, though. I told her that her words might really need to be read by someone who is in the depths of hell. I wish that more women had talked about their struggles when I was in my marriage. There were so many times I felt shameful and alone. E is allowing me to share one photo and her words.

I want to point out that not every woman that I photograph is “broken” or going through hard times. I photograph women who are engaged, married, divorced, have kids, can’t have kids, don’t want kids, have done boudoir sessions before, have never done boudoir sessions before, and so on. But, this is E’s story and it’s a pretty damn powerful one.

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