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“Sometimes smiling is the greatest act of defiance, and sometimes asking for help is the most meaningful example of self-reliance. Sometimes the best medicine is to just laugh until you cry and sometimes the greatest wisdom comes from accepting you will never know why. Sometimes just going to bed is the best antidote to trials and tribulations and sometimes just being blessed to get up again and face it all, for one more day is worthy of celebration.” – Unknown.

You spent years tending and growing those luscious locks. Brushing, lathering and conditioning thoroughly, investing in products, colours and countless cuts. This beautiful veil that adorns your head has been the one thing you’ve always loved. Its been loyal, supportive, covering you like a blanket for security.

So it’s okay that your struggling with it falling out so carelessly from your crown. Soon you will be defined by the hair that’s not there and well that’s not fair.

I’m sure many ask WHY? Why me? What did I do to deserve this? These questions can never truly be answered with any satisfaction. One could drive them selves’ crazy trying to figure it all out.

You simply take one day at a time. Find a sliver of light each day. Give yourself permission. LOVE yourself enough to do what you need to for YOU! Lean. Laugh. Cry. Love.

Cancer does not define you. You’re a beautiful, enlightened soul who will get through this with grace and dignity as you do everything else in life.

So even on the darkest days remember you are not alone.

Sending love + light to you my friend.

In her words…

“This session was liberating. Shannon helped me to let go of my fear and uncertainty as I start this new chapter in my life. She captured the person I am at that moment allowing me to celebrate it, and morn it. Thank you for helping me to discover whom that person is.” – M.S.

“There are far better things ahead then any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

Do you know someone who is facing a battle in their life? Won’t you share this with them so they know there not alone. Cancer isn’t pretty.. but there’s power in creating a community of support. I’m grateful my friend is allowing me to document this journey, as one of her worker bees and its such an honour to stand in support of her.

  • Phoebe Fazio - What a beautiful way to celebrate this journey. The tunnel to a new you. I am currently working on my book of my journey with breast cancer 8 years ago this month. I would be thrilled to share my journey in manuscript form. Let me know if you are interested.ReplyCancel

  • Terry Maurer - Losing your hair due to cancer treatments can be a very difficult transformation. As a survivor myself, I found this was a turning point when I had to release my emotional denial of the illness I was battling.

    As someone who has been there… Please know, you will get through this and will find a strength within that goes beyond words.

    Founder – Act After Cancer TreatmentReplyCancel

  • Brenda Mann - Thank you for doing this Shannon, such an amazing photoshoot! She’s one beautiful lady, inside and out. Continue to stay strong my friend! ~ Brenda xo ~ReplyCancel

  • Joely Smith - Simply beautiful ! Thank you for sharing. My dad and I are raising money for breast cancer research. We are flying to England tomorrow, where we will walk from one coast to the other. It will take us 14 days.306KM
    We want to do our part to eradicate this horrendous disease. It is for beautiful women like the one above and others like her, the reason why we are doing this.
    Take care, God bless, JoelyReplyCancel

  • Pam Cerqueira - The beauty, strength and emotions illustrated in these photos are beyond words… I am so proud of your grace and courage to share your journey. I learn from you daily. You are an amazing woman. Love PamReplyCancel


The word alone can invoke grimaces as we think of our daily chores, honey-to-do-lists, or even groceries. If you’re like me these lists can be insufferable at times as we re-write things over and over due to our procrastinating.

For those who don’t write down lists.. You ‘re scratching your head wondering why we would torture ourselves so..

Simply because it’s so REWARDING! Yes.. Rewarding writing down 5 – 10 things and scratching or ticking them off one by one. With each achievement you feel pleasure, a good deed done and if it’s been on the list more then once and you’ve finally checked it off well its time to celebrate!

Hence why a Bucket list, Life list, Goals list, Awesome lists whatever you want to call your list counts. Why people are creating these amazing lists of achievements they want to accomplish so they push their boundaries, experience new and exciting things and learn stuff about themselves they couldn’t even have imagined being possible prior.

This brave beauty deserves a hip hip hooray for checking off an item from her bucket list. She’s been working a little harder lately as she prepares for a grueling 200 km bike ride and with a special Birthday just around the corner what better way to showcase some of her achievements then by doffing her clothes!

Wishing her great success in her upcoming ride!

I would love to hear what you have on your bucket list, leave me a note in the comments.

Is a boudoir session on your bucket list? Want more information or to talk about achieving your goals then lets connect!


what-to-wear-photo-shoot#1 Question I get asked about photography sessions.. What to wear! You’ve decided to update your headshots for your business or professional use, gone are the days of wearing only black and white to look qualified. In this day and age it’s imperative you set yourself apart from the competition. The best way is to showcase who “YOU” are! To shine a light on your fabulous personality, make people feel like they can identify with you and of course create a friendly and open environment so they want to connect with you. I get not everyone has a closet like a super model. Heck I wear a uniform most of my day’s, between dog walking outfits that consist of various hiking shoes/rubber boots, yoga pants and well whatever I can find for a top, to the standard issued polyester fire uniform neither is a great option for a photo shoot. But that doesn’t mean I can’t pull together some outfits that highlight my best features, camouflage a few areas I’m not fond of and make me feel freaking fabulous inside and out. When I was photographing families the first thing I suggested was COLOUR! Yes lots of colour, you can never go wrong with adding a splash of colour to any outfit. Well now that I say that it reminds me of a family that showed up in red, burgundy and dusty rose, imagine, that is a whole other story. When thinking about colour ask yourself these questions: What colours pop your eyes? What is your favourite colour? What is the mood you want for your photos? Have you been meticulous at building a brand around you and have a unique colour palette? All these things should be considered and more! It could be related to a season, location and what is your profession? Obviously if you are the CEO of a major corporation you may not want to show up in fluorescent pink with lime green! That doesn’t mean you can’t wear a tailored suit with a silk scarf, coloured shoes or funky patterned button down. Example: Here is one woman, 4 colours.. Amazing how a simple colour can change the whole vibe of the image. Which one is your favourite?what-to-wear-photo-session-colour-choicesNow for the fun part..

* C O N T E S T *


Step#1. watch the short, showcasing outfit HITS and MISSES

Step #2. Record the number of HIT outfits that would rock a photo session and email your name, email address and # of HIT outfits to

Step #3. Leave a comment on this blog post telling me you’ve entered!

BONUS: to receive up to 3 more entries SHARE this post on..

Don’t forget to tell me your comment on the blog ALL the ways you’ve entered!

Draw will be made Monday May 12th, 2014.

Winner will be contacted via email and posted on Facebook.
• Contest open to everyone • Photo session will be conducted within Waterloo Region
• Winner receives session fee of $295.00 • Prize does not include images/artwork/products
• Prize must be collected by June 30th, 2104

Best of luck to you ALL!

Do you know a friend who could benefit from some wicked new head shots? Would love if you pass on this post..

Stay tuned for guest post with a REAL FASHION STYLIST and more inspiration on how to ROCK your headshots presented by Shannonview Photography | DISCOVER sessions, professional headshots Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo Guelph.

Ready to SHINE in your headshots? Email to book your unique session.

  • Sheena - Hi Shannon! Great advice for headshot outfits. I e-mailed you to enter the contest, shared on facebook, and pinterest. Thanks for the contest opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Jean Dickinson - I scrlled thru and learned U R in Waterloo so won’t bother U to enter even tho I’d love it!!! even for my daughter but she too is in B.C. I’ll SHARE with a friend in Montreal, maybe she &/or HER daughters wld like to enter. THANX FOR ALL YR CONTACT.ReplyCancel

  • Linda - love the advice, and the tangible demonstration through the video! …. I entered the contest through your email, and I have also shared this on Facebook! … what a great opportunity! :) Love your work, and discovering you through your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Ricki - Just entered–thanks for the contest! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jenne Todd - hey lovely lady! I’ve entered via email and shared on FB :) thanks for the fun opportunityReplyCancel

You Bravely: empowering and healing portraiture
Right now, write down 3 things you love about yourself.
Now write down 3 traits you dislike about yourself.
Tell me which was easier? Be honest.
Most people can easily rhyme off 3 traits they’re not keen on, but struggle to find 3 things they love. Yet they wonder why they are struggling in their life, relationships, career, or health.
Why is that?
Where did we get this ridiculous perspective that says we aren’t good enough just the way we are?
I am guilty of falling into this limiting belief. It’s so much easier to shine a bright light on someone else to lift their spirit, to remind them of their best traits than to do it for myself. Some days it feels impossible. I am, however, committed to breaking this once and for all!
I’m going to change that shameful and guilt laced way of thinking in myself and for anyone else who feels there ready to LOVE bigger and better!
Introducing YOU BRAVELY.

You Bravely is a powerful experience that focuses on establishing acceptance. This photographic session is for women who would love to bolster their confidence, and triumph over the belief they aren’t good enough. By truly seeing yourself, an amazing shift occurs within ones self.

Imagine discovering a way to love every morsel of your being. The images captured in the photos will be a lasting reminder of your ability to be brave and stand for you.


It begins right out of bed, au natural. Yes, imagine finding away to enjoy seeing yourself first thing before the day takes you away and your mind into space that isn’t always uplifting.

What dreams, activities or goals have you been held back from because of your misguided beliefs about yourself? Maybe its as simple as feeling more connected? What are you protecting yourself against? What blocks are in your way from being the best you can be?

Imagine having the ability to begin washing away those fears, finding peace within yourself so you can live your good life.

I invite you to be truly seen, be YOU BRAVELY, experience a shift in your thinking and walk away with a new found confidence.

Are you willing to invest in yourself and your future?
Email today to start the conversation and plan all the juicy details.

I can’t wait to see YOU BRAVELY!





Three deep breaths later she’s screaming, the sound’s almost foreign as she releases the tension, anxiety, anger, and nerves built up around her. As she continues breathing deeply her body relaxes in to this peaceful, grounded and open state. The music shifts and she’s asked to dance like nobody’s watching. She bristles at the thought, her mind holding her back for a mere second before the rhythm takes over and she begins swaying. It feels good as she moves and reclaims her body. It’s a thing of pure beauty to watch her let go, fully and completely.

These lovely ladies where brave to step forward for the 1 Day | 1 Click | 1 Can of food project! This was purely about honing my skills in connection and calculating the perfect moment to click and capture a truly authentic and amazingly truthful photo.

A mere photo was taken of each woman. What a powerful experience getting present with these beautiful women and watching them transform before my eyes in under 10 minutes!

After the experience each participant was asked 3 questions to offer feedback on the emotion around the experience. Can I just say they all blew me away! Wow. What a wonderful feeling knowing that it doesn’t have to take hours to make a real connection with another human being and in fact everyone is photogenic, it’s not merely about your bone structure, facial features but what you bring to the photo in spirit and charisma.

So big thank you to the incredible women who participated in the first 1 Click project! You ladies rocked your shots I am over the moon!

cambridge headshots

What a liberating experience! I arrived this morning fearful of “revealing” myself, and feeling (as usual) terribly non-photogenic. I pretty much despise most photos of myself. The experience of chatting with you, the process of “loosening up” before the shoot… It was all pretty fantastic. Most energizing Sunday morning I’ve had in ages!

While I still feel a little shy about the results, it was pretty incredible to see what you could do in just one crisp, well-timed click.

Shannon is great at reading people. She could totally tell I was holding back. Maybe it was the awkwardness of having the next appointment waiting in the room or just the control freak in me not being willing to give it up. Shannon did her best to bring me out of my head, and seemed very genuine and sincere during the shoot. She wanted me to succeed. Anyone can take a picture, but it takes skill to create art and see someone’s essence. The whole experience taught me a lot about myself as well..

Had a great time yesterday. Biggest fear was you not being able to get a great pic of me. You did and in just one snap. It looked amazing and made me feel grand.
My favourite part was just you talking the whole thing up. Great to see someone so passionate about their art!

Shannon is well experienced and can get you out of your shell and into a place you can shine!

My favorite part was letting go and being true to myself. I don’t do that often enough. Who doesn’t like to scream and dance like no ones watching. This was also the most terrifying part. I hadn’t had my picture taken with Shannon before – but after today I would say to my friends – this photographer takes a picture of who you are not what you look like and that is a gift! I’d say – you’ve got to try it out!!!

My favorite part was when you told me what this picture was going to represent and it really helped relax me and give me confidence to have a great shot. Nobody can take a soul photo like Shannon. She can dig deep and empower you to feel strong and confident and to put down your walls just enough for her to take an awesome shot of you in that moment.

I was just nervous – plain ol nervous – great at taking pictures – not great at pictures being taken of me … didn’t know what to expect and so it was a tad bit nerve wracking! My favourite part was screaming out loud – I don’t do that nearly enough – should do it more!
Shannon is down to earth and real… she really gets people. She is like your best buddy who knows how to make you relax and smile. She’s like a sister, friend, psychiatrist, cheerleader and photographer rolled into one fantastic person. I don’t know anyone in my world who loves pictures taken of them … but if you’re going to do it – hire Shannon!

I think if I were to recommend you to my best friend, I would have to say that you capture the true beauty that we all have. You capture the shine and sparkle in people’s eyes. That speaks of their hopes, accomplishments, strength and pride.
Thank you, again, for showing me to stand my full height and be proud of myself. I truly enjoyed myself.

At first my biggest fear was unknowing what to expect. I’ve never done anything like this before. My favourite part was the actual photo shot. You made me feel comfortable and a lot more confident then when I first arrived. I actually felt good about myself. I would highly recommend you to my friends. You made the experience such a positive one. Your gentle and kind approach was so uplifting. You really made me feel great.

Who is feeling a little more confident about getting photos taken after seeing these brave women? Do you know a friend who could benefit from this post? I would love if you share and spread the word. If you want the opportunity to showcase your soul beauty I would love to hear from you, email!

  • Jean Dickinson - I have been admiring your work for a few years, since I dragged myself into the 21st century via computer!! You are truly a gifted, talented artist.
    I came across an old issue of VANITY FAIR, in a thrift shop, and there was a fabulous montage of photos taken by BRIGITTE LACOMBE of MERYL STREEP throughout that lovely woman’s career. Most were in black n white, some just with hints of colour, ALL so perfectly captured!
    In that same issue, January 2010, a spread by AL WERTHEIMER when he was hired to “shadow” ELVIS PRESLEY as the 21yr-old was just starting to take over the music world.
    Fascinating stories accompanied each presentation, enthralling behind-the-scenes details.ReplyCancel