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Professional Portraits by Shannon Adelson (Adelson Media, Inc.)

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~ Confucius

Hello! My name is Shannon Adelson, and I am a Professional Portrait Photographer. Many days it is equal parts challenging and rewarding; but I meet a lot of interesting people along the journey, and have the pleasure of documenting meaningful moments in an artistic way. It took me almost a decade to fully embrace the overwhelming gravity of passionately following this dream.

I do not typically work in a studio, and you’ll find very few posed shots in my portfolio. While shooting I capture authentic feelings and emotions in real time, with minimal direction, and guidance only when requested. If you are looking for a natural light environmental portrait that highlights the essence of your lifestyle, then we should get to know one another. Feel free to send me an email using the CONTACT link in the navigation menu above, and we can get started on customizing a package that meets your specific needs.

One of the greatest benefits of running your own business is a flexible schedule. This allows me to offer convenient options that work for a variety of different lifestyles. While some events are booked months in advance, there are others that come up at the last minute, and I do my best to accommodate both types. Despite the fact that I do very little traditional advertising, I stay relatively busy anyway, because most of my clients come from personal referrals.

I shoot on location, which means it might be a venue at which you’re performing, a public park, or even in your own backyard. While getting to know you we’ll discuss what elements (if any) you wish to incorporate into the ambience of the image. In some cases clients prefer to have more than one setting (or outfit), and many times it’s possible to create multiple perspectives from a single spot.

Please take a few moments to review the sample images along the right margin here, so you can determine if my style is a match for your taste. If you like what you see, I look forward to hearing from you, so we can collaborate on something unique and memorable.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

How much does it cost?

This is by far the most popular question most of us get asked, so I'll address it first. Please keep in mind that if you are shopping exclusively by price, not every photographer will be a match for every customer. You can certainly find photographers less expensive than me; but you'll likely find just as many that are more expensive for the same or similar products and services. So the best advice I can give is to thoroughly review the sample images , to make sure you can envision your images shot in that style. My packages start at $200 which includes a medium-resolution online gallery (with a tasteful watermark along the bottom edge), which can easily be shared to Facebook or other social media channels. For an additional fee, you can license the original high-resolution images (without watermark), if you prefer to  handle the printing yourself. However, I have access to the highest caliber print labs, using museum quality archive art papers and top of the line inks. If you require additional services (like retouching, swapping heads, changing or removing backgrounds, etc), these are available at $60 per hour. In the initial consultation, we'll discuss your goals, the parameters you envision for your shoot, and the best way to budget for everything you wish to include.

Why should we hire you?

I think Alfred Eisenstaedt said it best: "It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter." Making a portrait is truly a collaboration between the artist and the subject. I take the time to get to know all of my clients, so that when we are finished we have likely become friends in the process. Paul Caponigro said that "It's one thing to take a picture of what a person looks like, it's another thing to make a portrait of who they are" and that simply can't be done well unless one takes the time to really listen and learn about the people they are working with. Since every person is different, no two client experiences will be exactly the same. But what they share is a commitment to not only making you look your best, but also celebrating your individuality.

What advice do you have for new customers?

In the photo industry, there is often too much emphasis on gear, which has unfortunately led to many misconceptions about what really goes into making Art with your camera. I'm sure you've heard someone attempt to compliment a photographer by saying "Wow, that picture is really awesome, you must have a great camera!" Although I try not to take this personally, the fact of the matter is, there are much better ways to express appreciation of a photographer's work. For example, would you ever go to a dinner party, and after enjoying the meal tell the chef that the food was so delicious, he must have great pots and pans? Of course not! So sometimes one of the first things I do is try to educate a potential customer about how much time, energy and experience actually goes into being a professional photographer. 

Why did you become a photographer?

The modern photographer is a visual storyteller, but the tools with which that story is told are constantly changing and evolving. Like any industry involving technology, continuing education is important to stay up to date with those trends and styles. We live in an era when nearly everyone has a camera on their cell phone, and a dozen or so apps to edit and stylize the resulting images before immediately posting to the Internet. So what distinguishes a professional photographer from everyone else who owns a fancy camera? I can't speak for anyone else, but if you'd like to read My Answer to that question, click here to learn more about my journey from hobby to obsession to business owner.

What is Thumbtack, and why are you listed there?

As I mentioned previously, I don't do a lot of traditional advertising. Many of my clients come recommended by friends, family and other personal referrals. However, sometimes it's helpful to expand your client base, and expose your products and services to a wider audience. I like to think of Thumbtack as "Angie's List for Photographers". You can search by style, by category, by geographic location, by price range, by number of reviews, etc. Once you find what you're looking for, you can reach out to the photographer directly through the Thumbtack website.

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