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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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In-Home West Palm Beach Boudoir Session | West Palm Beach Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

In-Home West Palm Beach Boudoir Session | West Palm Beach Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

This in-home West Palm Beach boudoir session is full of gorgeous light, piercing blue eyes, geometrical tattoos, and an incredible woman. Some of my blog posts consists of stories and really deep conversations. Sometimes I feel that the photos tell their own story and no words are needed.

So…

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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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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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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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