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“She was chaos and beauty intertwined. A tornado of roses from divine.” – Shakieb Orgunwall

She carries her self with grace and dynamic form. Her body, mind and spirit combining to communicate in ways that word’s could never as she glides effortlessly across the floor. It’s so easy to get lost in her fluid movement as she gives free rein to her emotions.

Dance. It knows no bounds. It can ignite people across cultures, through the ages and provide a connection like no other. You can dance solo, with a partner or with as many people as you please. This simple act can heal, inspire, empower and tell stories in the most profound way.

It’s no wonder I was over the moon upon learning I’d finally have the opportunity to photograph a real dancer! This has been on my bucket list for a long time, in fact I’d even created a Pinterest board of images just in case.

The beautiful woman featured in this post is a professional who specializes in contemporary dance. I must say it was breathtaking watching her move so energetically and powerfully across the studio. When she truly let go of her “mind” and stopped thinking and judging it was so moving to watch. I only hope these images capture a glimpse of the passion, athleticism and courage that this lovely woman display’s through her craft and heart.


Special thank you to Georgia, for letting go! It was an absolute pleasure working with you.

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“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief she is beautiful.” -Sophia Loren

Their eyes twinkled as they surveyed the colorful wears strewn across the table. It may have been a first that thirteen little girls from 3 – 7 sat so attentively that you could hear a pin drop. They were given brief instructions and just one rule; have fun! Their excitement was palatable as their anxious Mom’s waited in the wings.

Eleven brave women dressed in the outfits their daughters picked out volunteered to be the blank canvases for their offspring. At the outset this isn’t unusual or even interesting until you add in colourful and shimmery palettes of make-up that were lovingly applied with the skill and creative flair that can only from those that are so young and innocent. This wasn’t about perfection or even a decent make-up application, this day was about mirroring the children’s belief that their Mom’s the most beautiful woman in the world back to her in the biggest and brightest way possible.

The expectations women put on themselves to be perfect along with society’s portrayal of beauty can be unrealistic. I want to change that. It’s my dream for women to believe that beauty has absolutely nothing to do with what you see and everything to do with what you feel.

When we can’t even delight in our own appearance it affects our relationships, success, health and even wealth. I think we should all learn from children, whether they’re our own or in general. They don’t fear, judge, analyze the way they look. When you tell them they’re beautiful they believe you 100%. So why is it as we get older we lose this ability?

I want to give you the opportunity to face your fears with an open mind and heart. To once again feel inside and out you’re beautiful and absolutely perfect just as you are. What are you waiting for? I’ve helped many others through photography and I can help you. Start your new year with a new perspective! Want more information? Visit the website: http://www.discoversessions.com or email Shannon@discoversessions.com

Want to book a BE YOUR OWN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL party for you and your friends? Email Shannon@discoversessions.com for dates and rates!

Thanks again to the beautiful and BRAVE women who inspired me. It was empowering watching these incredible ladies let go of control and stand in front of the camera after their daughters unleashed their creative wiles on their mother’s faces. Absolutely beautiful!

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In the news!

Watch feature on CTV News Kitchener

Article in Cambridge Times

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T’IS THE SEASON FOR GIVING! To show my appreciation and thanks to my loyal clients, fans and friends I am offering PAY WHAT YOU WANT for the month of December 2014! You heard me right.. you can pay what you want towards your photography session with me in studio between December 1st and December 31st, 2014.

I truly believe everyone should have an awesome portrait to share with family, friends and most importantly for themselves; so much so I am offering this amazing deal to make it happen for more people!

So what is the catch?
There is no catch, you can pay as little* or as much as you want for the photographic session in studio with me. The typical 60 minute session is $295.00.

Details:

  • Photo sessions must be booked between December 1st and 31st, 2014
  • Style of photo sessions include: Individual portraiture | Boudoir photography | Couples sessions | Professional Headshots
  • Pay what you want does not include: Family portraits | Newborns | Children | Dogs
  • *Minimum booking fee is $25.00 to hold the date
  • Pay what you want for the session fee does not include digital files
  • Product/Artwork/Albums/Prints sold separately</>

To book your appointment click here.

Have questions please feel free to contact me at shannon@discoversessions.com

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“Great things never come from comfort zones.”

Why’s it so much easier to disrobe for sex but the sheer idea of standing nude before another human being feels more naked?

As I continue to explore my own fears and learn to walk along side or overcome them I’ve become fascinated by the feelings that are brought in others when we talk about body acceptance and being naked.

For some the idea of being naked in public or in a photo seems ludicrous, others it’s the most truthful expression of who they truly are. It doesn’t really matter where you stand on the spectrum at the end of the day I think it’s important for each of us to find acceptance with whom we are inside and out.

That includes having the ability to stand naked even if it’s merely alone and be okay with what we see.

I’m so grateful for the brave and beautiful souls who decided to step into this experience ONE CLICK | NAKED TRUTH, standing before my camera exposed, showing their most vulnerable and in fact powerful side. Without clothes to hide behind, these folks had to shine from the inside.

This way of being reminds me of high school, think of how each of us judged others mostly by the clothes we wore. Imagine if high school started in the gymnasium with everyone standing naked. How would you chose your friends? What tools would you have to hone? Think about the connections you could make when the material world wasn’t in the way?

I know getting naked in public or in front of a camera isn’t for everyone and that’s okay. I just want you to think about what power you’d gain if you didn’t fear your body’s image? If you could see that you are perfect, whole and complete just as you are, how powerful would that be?

Thanks to all the beautiful participants of the ONE CLICK | NAKED TRUTH project who smashed some limiting beliefs, faced some fears and gave back to the community with donations of food. #win-win

Want to get Naked? Let’s talk.. here’s a link to more posts showing how nudity is really just art!

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“Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it.” – Candace Bushnell (Sex and the City)

The Sun twinkled incandescently bouncing from bumper to bumper as she trudged over oil-laced gravel. It wasn’t her first time visiting this magical wasteland of metal, chrome and glass. On previous occasions donning protective bunker gear, helmet and gloves this beauty tested her skills and efficiency at stabilizing and dismantling a car with powerful hydraulic tools.

The mission this time was not about breaking glass, spreading doors and removing roofs. It was to simply play, explore and trash the dress this newly married woman wore to her reception.

Life’s to short and often times to serious not to have fun at every junction. It’s up to us to celebrate the big things just as much as the small.

A special thanks to my co-worker, fellow firefighter and friend for trusting me on this kick ass location!

Do you have a unique location that you’ve dreamed would be the perfect spot to play around? I would love to hear more about it email Shannon@discoversessions.com to make your dream come true!

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