what a bad blogger!

I'm a photographer, not a blogger, and it shows! If I was a better blogger though, you'd see more pictures, so it's a tough situation. I could claim to be too busy, but most people are, instead, it's that I'm busy and eager to work on photos, rather than write. 

What I have been up to? Weddings, getting work, and an interview published in Professional Artist Magazine, some kids and family work, shooting for bands, a number of video requests, and a ton of commercial work. Also, some playing catch up on my Small Towns project.

This Mother's Day - Make it special!


Our Mother's Day Special is a 30 minute mini-session, with 3 prints of her choice, and digital copies of the photos selected, to share with family and friends. $100.

- photo sessions can be family, mom-and-kid(s), just kid(s) - it's up to her! 

- the photo session will be in your home, or an outdoor location of your choice - if you don't have an ideal spot in mind, we have plenty of suggestions.

- after your photo session you will receive a link to your online gallery to view the photos, and select the images you would like printed. Three 5x7 or 8x10 prints will be made, based on your choices, and you will also receive digital copies of the images you select. Additional prints, larger print sizes, canvas prints, and digital copies will be available at additional cost. You may have three prints of one photo made, or one print of three different photos - it is up to you! 

-To get this special rate, book by May 31st, 2017 

Book now shelley@shelleyhannaphotography.com

Exciting projects, and secrets*!

I know it doesn't feel quite like spring yet, but I can tell spring is here because things are getting busy! I'm learning new skills (piles of books), taking lots of photos (I just bought another external hard drive for storage), meeting with a mentor (lots of talking), and soon will be trying out a new area in photography. 

Add that to the miniatures project, the small towns project, the musicians & chefs project, the upcoming radio show, and all of the normal things (portrait shoots, engagement shoots, commercial shoots, band shoots, cooking-cleaning-driving-living), and there is a lot to do! 

I'm thrilled to be so busy, and I love it when it's bedtime and I can rest! Enjoy the chaos and pushing-forward of spring!

*you may have noticed I didn't mention any secrets - they're secret!!

Happy New Year, and a gift (of sorts)

Well it is a whole new year, the way we chop up time, and rather than make resolutions to walk away from before the end of January, I am refraining or not refraining from making or not making any big serious declarations of intent or action, and instead, I'm going to try to stay warm and spend time with people I love, like I usually do.

I neglect this blog/blog page on my website, and looking at past posts, I can see how much I've been absent physically as well as absent personally here. This may not stop.

In the past little while I have had some fun shoots: Santa! I've never done Santa photos, and it was a fun morning with people I don't see often. I also got to photograph friends who own the coolest bar on Vashon, Home Sweet Home. I have been to a few new towns for my small towns project - most notably Black Diamond, Skykomish, Roslyn, Roy, Olalla, and Key Center. I don't think Key Center is necessarily a town, but it's something! And we bought odd embroidered art there, which is very cool.

I'd like to write some more about the towns I've been to, and share some of the photos, but in the meantime, here are a few pictures from one of my recent recurring tasks - driving through Seattle to get to the town locations, or, driving through Seattle to get to the ferry home. An hour or two of each shoot seems to be devoted to getting to and then escaping Seattle, and I wish I could drive and take pictures, but I can't do that safely. These pictures are shot from the backseat of a car I'm not driving.

Gift - 

One of the best things I ever did, creatively, and it's something to try if you're ever feeling stuck or uninspired: I did the thing I like to do -taking pictures- every day no matter what. My every day no matter what turned into a five year long photo blog, and I missed only two days, and they were a few years in to the project, and whatever the reasons were, they were good. If you like to write, or cook, or read, or draw, or paint, or drive, or whatever the thing is - try doing it every day, no matter what, and see what happens. 

I made some terrible pictures during this time for the every day project. Terrible! I also took some of the best photos I'd ever taken. Some are in the galleries here on my website. Doing my beloved thing every day no matter what taught me that inspiration, desire, finding something wonderful, feeling in the mood, and having time were all relatively unimportant. That illness, busy-ness, having a young child and lots of responsibilities mattered very little. It is discipline that matters. Yes, everyone says this, and they say it because it's true. So that is my gift to anyone reading this - pick a thing and do it daily. When you don't want to do it anymore you can stop. Making bad pictures was as helpful as making good ones, in the long run. 

Hopefully I'll be sharing more of my work-in-progress and showing up here from time to time, and regardless I will be working!


Vashon Wedding season? Already?!

No, it's not wedding season yet, but our local hotel, and B&Bs are filling up fast with wedding parties, and family reunions, and venues are filling up fast!

We have great places to stay, and eat, and things to do and see and experience and be, here on Vashon, and I'm grateful to live here. I'm updating my vendor list for the next year, so off-island clients know who's who and what's what. We have a lot to offer for a little island!

day trip ideas:

If you're coming out for the day to see if Vashon is the right place to get married, you should have breakfast (pastries!!!!) at Snapdragon, tour The Lodges on Vashon, stop by one of our beaches for a bit or just walk around town. Have lunch at Zamorana, drop in at the bookstore, and check out the gift shop next door, stop by Herban Bloom. Next, tour Seattle Distilling, and a few our local wineries (cider too!). Follow up with dinner at May's (reservations help) - just a sample of island favorites!


Winter, rain, days and days - Vashon rain.

It's been raining what feels like non-stop, for days.

It's limited the amount I carry my camera around, which is sad because water is amazing (as long as it's not inside camera gear, phones, leaking in through the roof).

online photography magazine

I just found www.unlessyouwill.com

I wish I'd seen it sooner! I love the photos and ideas, and I'm thrilled to have something new and interesting to look at. A longtime fan of Aperture & Blindspot magazines, I love to see new and old interesting work.