Over the summer I had made up my mind that I wanted to get photos done of Dan and I. No kids, no wedding outfits, no bump in my belly, just the two of us as we are now. Our six year wedding anniversary was coming up, as was our youngest’s first birthday…it felt like we were entering a new phase in our lives (done with babies and firmly planted into our roles with our kids/new house/careers), and I wanted to document it. Dan of course was a little hesitant to spend the money but I told him that it was a perfect anniversary present and that I’d pay for it so he agreed 🙂 So I began searching for photogs around the area and eventually discovered Shannon May of Shannon May Photography through a vendor on Facebook. I enjoyed her style a lot (it’s a bit similar to my own), so even though she’s mainly a wedding photographer I emailed her a long and rambly email asking about photos and talking shop, and I was delighted when she replied with an equally long and rambly email. We met for coffee one afternoon in September for a pre-shoot consul/shop talk date and I knew right away that I wanted to work with her. She sent us a questionnaire to fill out together about our relationship (a lot of fun), and the day before our anniversary (September 16th), we met in SJ for our session.
Let me say one thing: I am NOT used to being in front of the camera. I used to do a bunch of silly self portraits before I had kids (and who am I kidding, I still do some with my camera phone), but having my photo taken by someone else is another experience altogether. Luckily Dan isn’t quite so nervous (he’s been my muse for years so is used to the camera) and after a bit of liquid courage (haha), we loosened up and had fun. Of course being a photographer (and kind of a control freak), it was hard for me not to direct and try to lead the session, but Shannon was really great and made us feel at ease enough that neither one of us had to do much directing. I knew that I wanted a mix of urban shots and nature shots, since it kind of suits our personalities (and I love the look of urban photos), and I chose a couple outfits to match (side note: I now understand what my clients go through when trying to choose outfits for their sessions!! It’s soooo hard, it took me forever and I eventually just went to the mall and told the salesgirl to help me pick out clothes, haha. Most of the pieces in our outfits are thrifted though, which was nice!) It started to rain by the end of our session so we had to cut it early, but I’m so pleased with what she was able to capture. Dan and I both feel like we’re in a really good place with our marriage and I think that our love shows in the photos, which is exactly what I wanted. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I haven’t printed any of these shots yet, but I have a 16X24 canvas reserved for one of our favs (probably one of the shots in the woods), and I plan on doing a collage of prints with some of the urban shots to go in our bedroom…which ones would you choose??
THANK YOU Shannon May. I absolutely loved the experience and can’t wait to get photos taken again (perhaps in a couple of years we can do that hotel session when I’m back to being fit, haha).
Here are a few of my favourites from our session below (you can see Shannon’s blog post about our session here).
Shannon May is based out of St. Stephen so if you are looking for a truly boutique style photography experience for your wedding or couples session, please get in touch with her! I can’t recommend her enough 🙂
Back soon, thanks for letting me share a bit of my life here!