Shannon Lee Photography » Phoenix Area Maternity, Newborn, Child & Family Photographer

Phoenix Gender Reveal | Kyle & Lindsay Gender Reveal

I have been lucky enough to know Lindsay for a couple years and have known how much having a baby mean’t to her. Doing gender reveals are so fun cause it is early enough in the pregnancy where there is still so much excitement! We meet up at a beautiful woodsy location for their Phoenix gender reveal! They found out recently just before Christmas that they were having a boy so it was fun to incorporate cute boy props into their session. They are so happy and anxious to be parents to his baby boy, I know that they are going to love him to the moon and back!

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The Studio | Home of Shannon Lee Photography

 

This Phoenix studio has been along time coming. Back when I started my photography journey 5 years ago, I knew that a studio of my own was my ultimate goal. After being 5 years into my business, I have gone through lots of ups and downs just like any business. When I first started I was traveling to my clients and doing in-home lifestyle sessions. A year or two in, I realized its was way more convenient and easier for me to have clients come to my home. So my mock up home studio would consist of me making sure the whole house was clean and presentable ( which when you have a toddler and 2 dogs it wasn’t always easy), getting everyone out of the house, and keeping my dogs out of the picture for several hours. It was stressful on many levels but I made it work.

Fast forward to another year when I was pregnant and gave birth to my daughter Ashlyn. Having a home studio no longer really worked cause my mom would come and babysit since I had all the baby gear at my house, so I was back traveling again. Traveling was stressful in its own way as well. I had to spend a extra 30 min loading up the truck with all my set ups, props, lighting and gear. Extra 30 min drive time to the clients home. Sometimes shorter sometimes longer depending on location. The another 30 min set up in clients home. So around 1-2 hours of just prep AND travel before I even pick up the camera to take a photo, and of course I had to do that all again to go home.

I had a dream of a studio when I started and I wasn’t going to let it go. After attending the Blossom Workshop which I blogged about, I was determined to find my perfect space!! I looked at several locations before this space caught my eye. It had lots of potential but just needed a lot of love. It was the perfect amount of space and had a great flow to it so that was perfect for me. It was nothing a little paint and new flooring couldn’t fix. I got the keys and moved in August of last year! It was hard moving in at the busiest time of the year. I was so determined to get in there and so sessions but I knew it would take time to make it perfect, functional and 100% me!

I still have some minor things that need to be worked on like new baseboards, blinds and tackling the prop room, but I am LOVING how it is all coming together! I can’t tell you how rewarding it is every time I step into my place knowing I achieved this goal I set 5 years ago. I can’t wait to see what 2017  brings for my photography and my studio!

Here are some photos of my space!!

 

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This is my parent lounge/ waiting area! I love being able to have comfortable but cute furniture for my clients to relax in. I also have a full changing table for the babies, complete with wipes, diapers, hand sanitizer, diaper rash cream, products for mom, a nursing pillow and a nursing cover. A TV with Blu Ray is also available for the little ones and siblings along with some toys in the cubbies for their entertainment.

 

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My shooting space is light and bright! Even though I mainly use studio light, it’s so nice to have pretty natural light when clients arrive. I love my gallery wall and bench for clients to sit in and enjoy watching their little one. I have wall to wall sheers which diffuses the pretty natural light. A custom wood wall and floor backdrop sits at the other side of the room with my seamless paper rolls. What studio is complete without a wall of pretties for my newborns. I am still working on another display but I love having all my pretty little girl outfits and headbands displayed for clients to see and love.

 

 

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Studio Cake Smash Photography | London’s Glam 1 year Cake Smash

 

When you’re turning 1 year old, of course everything has to be glamorous! Sweet London was so cute decked out in all her black, gold and pink for her cake smash session. I had such a fun time planning her session I love how it turned out. London’s aunt arranged the whole shoot for her and even picked out some of the decor and her darling outfits! It took her a while to warm up to her cake, but once she did we got some adorable smiles out of her. Doing cake smash sessions in my Phoenix studio are some of my favorites to photograph. It’s so fun and exciting to see how they interact with their first bite of cake. I hope her family adores these images as much as I do!!

Happy First Birthday London!

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Maternity Photography Phoenix | Kelsey Maternity

 

Some of my favorite moments to capture are moments before another baby is about to be welcomed into the world. Sister Kendall is ready to be getting a new baby sister in just a couple weeks! Kendall is full of spunk and you can tell she has lots of love to give once baby Harper arrives. Mom Kelsey, looked stunning at around 34 weeks pregnant! Her purple gown from Jazzy Vintage Couture fit her to a tea and looked perfect with all the fall colors at this beautiful location in Phoenix. As a Phoenix maternity photographer, its important to capture these moments with your first child, has they happen so fast. Baby Harper will be here is just a few weeks and I can’t wait to see her!

 

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Scottsdale Newborn Photographer | Baby Walker

Who doesn’t love a baby boy with a full set of dark hair?! Baby Walker was as cute as can be for his newborn session. Mom and dad came in with a whole stroller load of props to my Phoenix studio. Dad plays for the Texas Rangers ( Get it, Walker Texas Ranger? lol ) so of course he had to bring all out his baseball gear for shots with his first son. Mom is also a lawyer, so I guess to save a argument we had to incorporate some of her law books just incase Walker decides to change careers haha. I loved all the adorable shots from Walkers session including some Christmas images and so glad I got to know their cute little family!

 

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