Senior Reps!

Hey all! How is your summer going? Mine is busy busy busy! Fun, too, of course.

I’ve decided to launch a senior rep program for high school seniors. I absolutely LOVE working with seniors and this is going to be fun! I’ve spent what feels like a gazillion hours researching different program options, trying to figure out how I want to set mine up and I finally have it! I’m really excited! (Can you tell, by all the exclamation sentences??)

You might be asking yourself what IS a senior rep anyway?? …Well, it’s a pretty awesome opportunity for a select number of high school seniors. I like to think of it as sort of a mini partnership where we both benefit from each other and grow with the help of everyone who is a part of the team. From my aspect, it’s a chance to work with high school seniors and have them not only represent my photography but also let them help with some things that will quite literally affect my business. I love getting to know clients on a more personal basis and this provides a great opportunity for that. From the rep’s aspect of it, it will give them some pretty awesome discounts and opportunities to help not only with my business but also the community (I have a few fun things planned for the upcoming year and they will not only be a part of it but they will help organize it, advertise it, and help those in need in our community!) They will gain leadership experience and that in itself is pretty awesome for a resume! You could sort of look at it like it’s a PTA for a business (except I promise not to have monthly meetings and need them to spend countless hours volunteering for me, haha!) They will be a part of a small group who gets to have their input on some pretty important things and actually make a difference. Aside from discounts and experiences, I’ve decided that the “fun” level has to be right up there in importance so I’m going to do a little competition and giveaway prize too!

In the following years I will be looking for senior reps towards the end of winter, while school is still in. This year my decision to make all of this happen was after the year has been let out so we have a little challenge on our hands to wrangle submissions during the summer. If you’re interested in becoming a rep for the 2017-2018 school year, all you have to do is head over to this link right here and fill out the application! (You will be asked to send in some photos of yourself, so have some ready!) I will be selecting senior reps at the end of July from the submissions I receive and we will meet shortly after that to go over details and get started!

Check out the fancy schmancy ad I made for it!

Senior Rep Promo {Shannon Hall Photography}

I’m looking forward to checking out the submissions and moving forward!

For now though… you guys enjoy your summer! How in the world does it fly by so quickly????

Shannon Hall

 
 


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Dress Models Needed!

I have these dresses I’ve been dying to photograph and I had this brilliant idea to do some freebies because, hey, who doesn’t love free stuff?! I have been uber busy lately and realized I really needed to blog, so I figured “Blog a call for dress models! — Two birds with one stone!” (I’m all about efficiency, what can I say?)

So here’s what I came up with…

I’m opening submissions for dress models and the models chosen will receive a free session! Models can purchase whichever photos they’d like- no minimums required! Digitals can be purchased or they can save money by purchasing an 8×10 or larger and get the digital of that photo for free. (Just an fyi- the term “model” is used loosely. I just mean the person wearing the dress. They by no means have to be a “model”.)

Are you wondering what the catch is? Nothing crazy, I assure you! The only “catch” is that there will be limited availability for these sessions so you must reply as quickly as possible. All you have to do to email me (shannon @shannonhallphotography.com — remove the space before the @ symbol) with some information regarding yourself/the “model”, along with a few photos. Once the models have been chosen I will set a date for the shoot.

That’s it! Pretty simple, huh??

One last thing before I post the dresses! Signing up to receive future emails is highly recommended! This same offer was sent out to all email subscribers along with an extra perk! I will be sending out occasional emails with updates, newsletters, special offers, chances to be a part of various happenings, and sometimes you will even be able to voice your opinion on things that will have a direct impact on my business! All of which won’t be posted on social media (we all know social media is awesome but unfortunately it’s not reliable to actually reach your audience- bummer!) So signing up for emails is a definite bonus! If you want to sign up, all you have to do is click the menu link above that says “Email Subscribe” and fill out your info. Easy peasy!

Ok without further ado, here are the pretties!

Dress above: Size 2. Very fluffy and pretty!

Dress above: Size 4 with a corset back, so model size could vary. Gorgeous dress!

Dress above: Size 2. Soft and dainty appearance.

Dress above: Does not state size but the back is stretchy so it can fit a variety of sizes. Should fit children sizes 8-12 comfortably.

 

Have a great Memorial Day tomorrow! <3

Shannon Hall

 
 


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  1. Tracey Clere

    I have a daughter who wears a 2 but is only about 5′ tall if that works for you. I can send you a few pix if you are interested.

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      Hi Tracey! I received your comment and replied to you vie email. Please confirm that you got it. Thank you! <3 Shannon

  2. I’m interested in your dress model call I do wear a size 12
    If you don’t have that size I understand

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      Hi Tiffiney! I received your comment and replied to you vie email. Please confirm that you got it. Thank you! <3 Shannon

 
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Sweetlight Collective Workshop

We all have something that inspires us, whether it’s a well written quote, a piece of art, music, or someone else who is in your line of work that makes your heart skip a beat and gets your brain imagining. I have several photographers that I follow because I adore their work and they inspire me to keep going, learn, try new things, and grow. Some have helped shape where my passion lies, what/who I like to shoot, and how I like to edit. Among these are Jessica Drossin, Adriana Varela/Gomez, Sarah Wolfe, and of course… Skye Hardwick, who this post is actually about. I have followed them all since I began my photography career and I have always adored Skye’s work. Her eye for beauty involving antiques, rust, eclectic things, and the way she edits makes me feel something inside that I can’t describe. I remember years ago suggesting she do workshops again and wishing I could attend when she did indeed return to them. A little over a year ago now she posted a couple photos on her Sweetlight Collective Workshop page of a place in North Carolina that she would be hosting a workshop. My heart sank and every piece of my soul wanted to be there, though I had no idea how I’d ever make it happen so I put it out of my mind. A few weeks later I saw the photos again and immediately knew I had to figure it out. By the end of the day… I had. I paid for the workshop and danced around the house with such excitement and disbelief that it was actually happening. I was actually going to the 2 day workshop at a location fit for a fairytale! The wait from March to October would be a long one!

After what felt like eternity and the blink of an eye all at once, the time was here. While my husband took care of the kiddos, a friend and I hopped in the car and drove halfway across the US. And what an experience the whole thing was!

Day 1:

Entering the grounds of Graylyn takes your breath away. It’s a magical place and I could shoot there the rest of my life and it would never get old. The lawns were lush, weeping willows scattered the lawns and the winding road leads you down a path with adorable cottage-like settings, right to the castle-looking hotel itself. My friend dropped me off and went to explore the area while I wheeled my gear up to the building, passing even more inspirational things everywhere I looked. Walking in I was met with a load of perfectly primped models and a table full of goodies, and then there she was… Skye herself. It was pretty much like running yourself right into a celebrity and you get the nerve to say hello while secretly hoping you don’t do something completely stupid and stick your foot right in your mouth!

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Snacks and drinks as we entered the workshop. (phone pic)

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As soon as we walked in we were greeted with the gorgeous gowns the models would soon wear. (phone pic)

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After months of being teased, we finally got to meet Primrose the workshop unicorn. <3 (phone pic)

The workshop began shortly and everyone introduced themselves. We had come from all over the US, Canada and one lady even came from literally halfway across the world. Moments like that fascinate me because life has an interesting way of crossing peoples’ paths that you never would have met otherwise. Definitely one of the best parts was meeting new friends! Becky (of Becky Hinch Photography in Canada) and Rebecca (of Rebecca DeLoach Photography of North Carolina) have been my buddies since!

I watched the presentation, listened, asked questions, looked at sample products, and took as many notes as I could. We took a break for lunch (seriously some good food there!) and did the breakaway portion of the workshop where we went with a guest photographer to learn a little bit about other styles of work. I chose the newborn work, thinking it would be great to learn more about that type of work. It was pretty informative but looking back on it I do wish I’d chosen the couples style shooting. I probably should have opted to hone in more on a type of shooting I already sometimes do. But all is well. I got some great tips from the one I attended and I really appreciated the opportunity to snag some extra info.

After the breakaway we went back to the workshop to get instruction for the hands-on shooting we were about to do with all the models who were gorgeously styled in (mostly) Bentley and Lace and Alora Safari clothing, with their hair and makeup perfectly done by J&J Beauty. We broke into groups and started our rotations. There were 5 different locations and 3-4 models at each one. Our rotations were (if I remember correctly) in about 20 minute increments. It was a pretty interesting experience, shooting in groups. I’m really thankful there were numerous models per rotation because it could have gotten frustrating (each photographer did quite well at “sharing” without hogging any model for too long.) Had there been fewer models it wouldn’t have worked but Skye planned it well and made sure there weren’t too many photographers in the groups and enough models so we didn’t have to spend our time in the rotations waiting on each model. We all picked a model, posed them how and where we wanted, got our shots, then hopped over to the next one, etc. One very cool aspect of shooting with other photographers is watching them do their thing. It’s kind of like mini workshops in itself! It was pretty awesome to bounce ideas off one another, quickly collaborate to come up with cool shots, and learn tips about how they shoot. And of course as we were shooting, Skye made her rounds through the various setups, helping people with whatever they needed and snagging some shots herself.

The rotations outside included the courtyard, stairs, the GORGEOUS bridge and pond, the willow trees and the cottage area. Each with their own models. I really couldn’t pick a favorite spot this day but I most definitely have my favorite shots from each area! The whole workshop was centered around princesses and fairytales, and it was just that… like a fairytale.

With day 1 down, my heart was full and my energy tank was completely empty.

Here are some shots from Day 1 (brace yourself!) …

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I could shoot nothing but this girl for the rest of my life and never grow tired of it.

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This shot is one of my all time favorites and was immediately printed and framed when I got home!

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Such an amazingly sweet little girl! She made a pretty Snow White.

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Her melancholy look was perfect.

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Sometimes the stories behind the photos make them. Her mom was behind me being silly and she couldn’t help but look at her and smile.

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Our Alice, from Alice in Wonderland.

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That hair! J&J Beauty did a phenomenal job!

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Such a beauty. She looks so good in pink!

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That light! It lit her hair beautifully.

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She was in between photographers and this pose was asking to be captured.

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Her hair! Those eyes! That light!! This was definitely a sweet little pocket of light/shade to shoot in.

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Seriously love her hair! She said it’s naturally like this! <3

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Southern Belle

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LOVED that bridge. I NEED one here! I wanted to take the models in the water so badly, but obviously wasn’t an option.

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Such a fierce look from both of them.

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Be still my heart. Both of these photos make me so happy I can’t even describe it!

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I love how soft and fair her skin is.

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Oh how I LOVE Willow trees! (Also… I totally bought that dress after the workshop because I love it so much!)

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<3<3<3

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How gorgeous is she??

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I need a gigantic field of Willow trees!

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Belle, from Beauty and the Beast. So glad I captured the books before she caught them!

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Wait until you see Belle’s transformation the next day. 😉

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Daydreamer

 

Day 2:

More instruction. This day covered a lot of the business aspect of photography and was quite informative. There were lots of tips, suggestions, references and plenty of opportunities for questions. We listened as before, broke for lunch, returned for a little bit and it then was off to shoot again.

First my group got to shoot Cinderella in the spiral stairwell. She had a 10 foot train! (You can see a short video from the workshop here and I just happen to be the one in the plaid shirt doing the shooting, ha!)

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Beautiful model, hair, makeup and dress! Cinderella was amazing.

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O…M…G. (Becky!) Look at that TRAIN.

 

Next was the Gatsby setup and O…M…G did I love it. This one was a little difficult to do with the sun casting some very hard shadows on that area (Hurricane Matthew was bringing some very overcast skies during random times but surprisingly held out until literally the day after the workshop ended!) but it was SO much fun to shoot in that spot. The old car they had sitting there was to die for. I’d seen on the way in the first day and was REALLY hoping we would be shooting there, so I was ecstatic when I heard we were. (I’m a sucker for old cars because my husband restores them and as long as we have been together now, old vehicles have become part of my soul.) It was also partially my favorite spot because I’d asked Skye weeks before the workshop if we could take a silly photo together and she was totally up for it, so I snagged the opportunity to make a fun memory! (I’m not much of one to be on the other side of the camera but when I am, I love to make silly faces!)

Skye Hardwick and Shannon Hall getting their nerd on!

Skye & me getting our nerd on! ;-D

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The Gatsby area. I really love this jacket!

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I absolutely love the reflection, and she’s SO gorgeous.

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Love the car, and her dress! I adore the Flapper look!

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So pretty

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I love this photo so much!

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Love love love this little girl.

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Right before we left that area we found out they were sisters and of course had to pose them together.

After that we rotated as before. Some of the areas we revisited but there were a couple new ones this day. Some of the models has returned for the second day (in different dresses and locations) and some were fresh faces.

Here are a handful more from Day 2…

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See! I told you! She made a perfect Belle from Beauty and the Beast! (Disney needs to be calling her, haha!)

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The Last Unicorn! Primrose made her cameo for us this day. 😉

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Little Red Riding Hood

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Guys… I. CAN’T. EVEN.

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SWOON!!! I love the movement of her dress!

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Her eyes are so piercing!

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They were such playful, silly girls!

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I seriously need to learn how to braid like that! I love this setup and I love that I got them both together. The giggled, as you’d expect Littles to do when you put them that close.

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I love her skin tones and they go so well with that dress color.

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The final images of the workshop. The last little bits of the lighting before the sun was too far down was perfect.

As the sun was setting and everyone was headed in, we got every last minute photos we could and headed back ourselves. It was bittersweet, really. We were super excited at all the shots we got and the entire experience we just had… but we were kind of sad it was over. Being thrown into a small group for 2 days with people you adore and clearly have things in common with, it was kind of hard to say goodbye! Becky, Rebecca, myself and the friend that I drove across the US with all decided to hang out a little longer and headed out to grab a bite to eat. Since they (sadly!) don’t have Chick-Fil-A in Canada we headed on over there to give Becky a taste of their amazingness (is their lemonade not the best ever?!) We hung out a while and had a lot of laughs. Then it was time to go. 🙁

As I relaxed in the hotel bed that night I went through the hundreds of photos I took at the workshop and sat there in awe of the whole experience.

I did it.

I found a way to make it happen.

I bought the ticket, drove halfway across the US, and I made it to that magical place to learn from a photographer I looked up to for years prior to that. It was all pretty surreal, and I hope I never… EVER forget any of the details.

To end this novel, I want to give some thanks.

Thank you Skye, for doing what you do. Thank you for your work as an inspiration to others. Thank you for the workshops you put on and the countless amount of hours you no doubt put into the workshops that only your family would realize just how much they probably wear on you. Thank you for being down to earth and just as awesome as your work. And thank you to Gary, her husband, for being so supportive of Skye. You were fun to meet (and listen to your funny stories!) and you guys were really awesome to watch together. You make a great team. From myself and any other photographer who has been to your workshop(s)… thank you both.

To my readers… Thank you for making it to the end of this gigantic post! And thank you very much for your support!

Shannon Hall

 
 


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