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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!
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 Shannon@discoversessions.com!