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Check Out Shannon Brown’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shannon Brown. 

Shannon, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started photography in October of 2017 after my fiancé got me a Canon Rebel. It was honestly meant to be just a hobby and possibly a small side gig because I was in nursing school and never thought my photography would get to where it is now. I remember telling my fiancé that there was no way I would get anyone besides family and friends to have me take their pictures. The first wedding I ever did was a family member’s wedding and it was in September of 2018. After that wedding, I knew that my niche was wedding and couples’ photography. Becoming a wedding photographer was/is difficult and I definitely wanted to give up at one point, but I kept pouring into my own cup and now I am at 17 weddings for 2022. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Oh goodness, smooth road… no. There was about a year and a half where I didn’t put much effort into my business and therefore did not get a lot in return. I struggled with reaching clients and booking clients. I almost gave up. In August of 2020, I started reaching out to other wedding photographers asking if I could assist them on wedding days. I ended up assisting my own wedding photographer with a couple of weddings and another photographer in Kansas City. They allowed me to share content that I captured from those wedding days, which I am very grateful for. In January of 2021, I attended a workshop and decided at that point that I was going to focus on my photography business and give all that I could into it. All while still working full time as a nurse. After the workshop, I made a list of goals that I wanted to achieve for the year. An example would be to get 50 likes on a picture a day and to make sure I posted EVERY day. Social media plays a huge role in owning a business, especially photography. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialize in weddings, couples, and seniors. I take on a couple family sessions here and there, but mainly couples and seniors. I like to describe my style as natural and warmer tones. Around the same time, I started focusing more on my business in January, I had finally found the style I was wanting my images to be. Seeing my work throughout the past several years, especially the past 9 months, has been what I am most proud of. I have seen my work grow and myself grow along the way. 

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
The most important lesson I have learned throughout this journey and continue to learn is to not compare your work to others. Everybody has a different style that is specific to their business. 

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Cassady L Photography

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