Hi, I’m Shannon!
I’m a natural light photographer, which means I don’t use anything other than the sun to light my subjects. I have always been passionate about documenting our experiences (both the big and small moments), and I consider it an honor to be able to photograph the special moments in your life.
I received a bachelor's in Video Production from Columbia College in Chicago. Career-wise, I’m all over the map! I’ve done everything from filming events and presentations at suburban libraries, to editing photos for a real estate company, then shifting gears and working in property management, even doing a complete 180 and getting my master's in Elementary Education! I was an elementary teacher for five years before taking a break to raise my kids, then I went back into teaching part time as a reading interventionist.
All the while, my passion for photography has been a constant companion. It’s rare to see me without some type of camera in my hand, and I love nothing more than capturing memories. I’ve taken thousands of photos (maybe millions at this point?!) of my husband and children, and I treasure many of those images even more as time goes on.
"We’ve had Shannon Rose Photography take all of our son’s milestone pictures, including his 6 months shots recently. She is always professional, prepared and creative, offering up multiple photo locations and poses. The proof is in the final product - the photos we got are gorgeous despite our son struggling with the cold. I can’t believe how many great pictures we have of him to look back on. Thank you Shannon. We will be booking several sessions in the future." -Kara
"Shannon is truly incredible! We just did a mini session with her and she went above and beyond to accommodate us very quickly, EXACTLY what I pictured (family Christmas card pics), and even gave a bunch of amazing location options for me to pick from. We are so impressed and in love with our pictures! Shannon captures the natural light in all pictures and truly knows how to make you look phenomenal- what everyone wants when they are taking pics! Thank you again for making picture taking with an 11 month old, a dog, and my husband such a delightful breeze!!" -Chloe
"Shannon, thank you for our beautiful family photos! We are not "picture people" but you made us look like we do this all the time. The lighting was totally stunning and your turnaround time was ridiculously fast. If I had known family photography could be this easy, we would have done this so much sooner! Looking forward to many more sessions with you in the future. Highly recommend Shannon Rose Photography!"
"Shannon took the most gorgeous photos of my family last week! Our toddler tries to maintain a Blue Steele pose whenever we get professional photos but Shannon managed to capture some big toothy smiles in our session. We felt super at ease, the location was perfect for fall pictures, and we can't wait to send out our Xmas cards this year. Maybe we'll even get them out early!!" -Ali
"Shannon was wonderful to work with from scheduling to receiving the digital images. She walked us through the process and made the family feel at ease during the session. My son is autistic so this worked so well as there was no waiting and feeling trapped in a photo room. Shannon worked with the kids and their ideas as well. Thanks Shannon and loved the moments you captured so well." -Robin
"We had a wonderful experience with Shannon for my daughter’s senior pictures! Shannon was easy to work with and professional. She had great ideas for different poses. She did a beautiful job editing, and we were happy with the pictures. We received them very quickly as well. I would highly recommend Shannon Rose Photography." -Anne
"We are so happy with our family session with Shannon. It was a fun experience and the results were beautiful. We printed and blew up several pictures and they came out great! Highly recommend Shannon Rose Photography!" -Jenny
"Shannon captured beautiful images during our maternity and newborn sessions! She was extremely communicative and a complete joy to work with! She made our photography sessions easy and fun. I can't wait for more opportunities in the future for family portraits!" -Rose
"Shannon was very responsive and flexible with my daughter's senior photo shoot. We loved the photos and she provided a quick turnaround for the final proofs. Highly recommend." -Dan
"Shannon did an amazing job with our family photos! She was great to work with and I got proofs super fast. Definitely will book again (probably every time I need pictures done)." -Jaime
"We loved working with Shannon so much for senior photos that I booked a family session too. She was professional, flexible and turn around time was much faster than I expected." -Shelley
"Shannon was SUPER easy to work with! My daughter had a great session, for her senior pictures. It was very hard to choose. The amazing thing was not only were all the pictures shared with with us, that very day, but the finished product was completed just as quickly! I would highly recommend!" -Carrie
"Shannon did a phenomenal job with our photos. We brought along our two dogs plus our 2 year old and 1 year old. Needless to say, our hands were full. Shannon did a great job with our kiddos and the pictures turned out absolutely amazing. I would definitely recommend Shannon to anyone looking for some amazing family photos. We will be asking her to capture more moments in the future!" -Michelle
"Shannon was so easy to work with. The photos she took of my daughter for her senior pictures were incredible! Very professional and good communication and fast turnaround for the edited photos!! I would highly recommend her for your photos!" -Patti
"Thank you Shannon for the amazing senior picture experience! She was very easy to work with & we love the pictures!" -Rob
"Shannon is an amazing photographer! Our family photos turned out beautiful and our session was quick, fun, and relaxed! Shannon's communication and photo turn-around time was unbelievably quick! She was flexible and sweet to work with as she easily accommodated our family's needs. I would strongly recommend Shannon Rose Photography, we already can't wait to use her again!" -Alyssa
"We had the pleasure of Shannon taking our family pictures for the holidays. She was very professional, quick and efficient without us feeling rushed. All the pictures turned out beautiful!" -Katie
"I HIGHLY recommend Shannon! She is very responsive to requests, has great ideas and suggests beautiful locations but most importantly takes amazing pictures!! My son is 2.5 and has a very short attention span, not the easiest client. She was so good with him and took the most incredible pictures!! Cannot wait to work with her again soon!" -Carly
"Shannon took our family photos this weekend. Even on a crazy windy day, she took beautiful pictures! The experience was a great one from start to finish and the turnaround for the final edited pictures was so quick. We would highly recommend Shannon Rose Photography!" -Jessica
"Shannon made our family photo session so easy. Getting 3 kids to smile is no easy task, but Shannon was able to get great photos of our entire family! She really captured the moment and our photos were beautiful." -Ashley
"Shannon did such a great job with our family portraits. She made it fun for my little ones and was still able to get great pictures! She’s talented with her editing and made the pictures just beautiful! I would definitely book with Shannon again!" -Jordan
"Shannon is an amazingly talented photographer. She worked magic with my two crazy little girls capturing beautiful photos that embody their personalities. Shannon was super quick with communication and turnaround time for the photographs! I look forward to using her again, highly recommend!" -Michelle
"SO thrilled to have these photos documenting our family in this beautifully chaotic toddler-baby moment. The setting was perfect and (despite my toddler not wanting to be still for more than three seconds) the results are gorgeous. If you are in the Chicago area looking for a great natural light photographer, Shannon's your gal." -Meaghan
"Shannon took some photos of our family this past weekend and did an absolute amazing job. She was completely professional and able to capture some priceless moments. We really could not have chosen a better photographer!" -Amy
"Shannon was great to work with - our pictures turned out beautiful and she came to the session well prepared for ideas on posing and location. We got the whole family of 5 session in in about 30 minutes! It was a breeze and a pleasure. Thanks Shannon!" -Colleen
"My boyfriend and I wanted to have our photo taken together and Shannon was awesome! She was very sweet to work with and the whole process was super fast and easy. We are so happy with the options she gave us and she made us look great. Thank you Shannon! You're the best!" -Thea
"Everyone who knows me is well aware of how much I HATE having my photo taken. Nonetheless, I needed new head shots for my work and Shannon made the whole experience painless and even fun. I'm very happy with the results. Working with Shannon was a dream. She has a great eye for place and light. Highly recommended." -Heather
"Shannon did an amazing job on our family portrait at the lake. A gorgeous 16 x 20 canvas print is on the fireplace mantel. It is a treasure!" -Jo
"I had a family photo session with Shannon this week. It was the most pleasant experience ever! Like every other Mom I want professional photos with my kids but dread the process! Shannon made everything so simple!" -Leigh
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