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About the Artist

i could start by telling you that i have had a camera in my hand since
i was 5 or that i could not imagine doing anything else other than
photography. but what i think is most important when hiring a
photographer is not only falling in love with their photographs, but
also the way that they view life. i have had many experiences
that have taught me how precious every single day is. how we have
great times and not so great times in our lives and truly celebrating
the best times is so important. my home is filled with photographs.
pictures of my two beautiful daughters, holidays and my own wedding, so on
those not so great days i can look at them and remember.

that is my goal when i am shooting. i want you to be able to look at
your photographs and remember when your baby first found her toes, your mother before she passed away from cancer, the way the sun filtered through your child's blond hair, as she played on the swingset your husband made her, or the tear you wiped away during your dad's toast at your wedding.

photographs are not just pretty images, but life captured beautifully through the eye of my lens.  before another moment passes, won't you call me to document this life, your life?  it's worth living, it's worth celebrating, it's worth capturing. i can't wait to meet you and document the life you were meant to live in a fun, chic and real style!

We’re moving, and shaking things up!!

Hello Everyone!! I have some very exciting news to announce both for my business, and personally, both equally exciting!  This past Friday I launched my new business, Shannon Kaple Photographer.  I’m focusing on being your family lifestyle photographer, and felt that I needed my name to be more personal, like myself.  It’s been in the workings for a while, and where I’ll still be accepting weddings (which I still LOVE to do) I’m going to focus on photographing babies, kids and families, particularly in the Boulder, Front Range Colorado area.

Be sure to come on over, like me on FB follow me on twitter and update your RSS feed!

Secondly, as my family expands, so does our need for more space.  With that said, we’ve all but totally remolded our home since moving here in 2007, and put it on the market last month.  It must have been the perfect timing, because we received 3 offers in two days, the last one coming in above our asking price!  God is so good.  We’ll be moving next month a little further North into Boulder County, and closer to our beloved friends, and church community.  We couldn’t be more excited about our new home, and can’t wait to make our own.

Here are some images of our kitchen remodel.  If  your remember when I was pregnant with Audrey, and made this video, you can see just how ugly our kitchen used to be.  I’ll miss my orange kitchen!!

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{Lafayette Family Photographer} Meet the Lewis Family!

This family will hopefully bring you some Christmas cheer, as they have recently started an organization  called Child Restoration where 20 % of the proceeds go to help build an orphanage for kids in India!  They carry the most beautiful jewelry, scarves and purses!  You can find out more here on FB and can even host your own party!  The Lewis family has 3 handsome boys that are full of joy and energy.  Thanks for allowing me to document your family!  Complete styling brought to you by the AMAZING Jill Carter of Common Couture.  Jill outdid her self on this shoot!  Thank you Jill!


{Lafayette Family Photographer} Meet the Pettigrew Family!

I’m happy to report that I’ve found a much faster way to blog my images than ever before.  Hopefully with this, I’ll bring to you more of my sessions.  You might have thought that I’ve climbed into a dark hole and been hibernating for the fall & winter, but it’s been the opposite!  I’ve been so blessed to photograph almost 30 families, this fall alone making it our busiest Lifestyle session season to date.  I can’t take all the credit though, as the ridiculous creative and talented, Jill Carter of Common Couture, and I have teamed up this past year to bring my clients an extra added value!   She’s brought not only amazing wardrobe styling, hair and makeup, but complete set styling too!  She has such an incredible grace upon her to help bring out the beauty in others, and with my desire to capture that beauty in people…well we’ve made quite a team.  Here is just one of the sessions below.  However, this family portrays a special beauty with out any help from us!

The Pettigrews have been waiting over 3 years for this little Christmas miracle, Lily Grace!  They were finally granted their visas this past fall to fly to Korea and meet their daughter for the first time.  This beautiful story of adoption makes my heart overjoyed!  A special thanks to everyone who purchased prints during the month of October, as 10% of the proceeds went to helping “Bring Lily Home.”  Carol was made to be a mother, and just lights up with Lily  or LG, as they like to call her, is in her arms.  Dennis has never smiled, as much as he does now.  This family of 3 is finally complete, and the best present they could ever have asked for, eachother!  Congrats Pettigrew Family!  Thanks for allowing me to capture your family.  A special thanks to Jill of Common Couture for complete styling of wardrobe, hair, makeup and set!  Contact me today to set up your family session at or 720.837.4183  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

{Aspen Wedding Photorapher} Betsy & Craig’s wedding at T Lazy 7 Ranch Aspen, CO…

Betsy was one of the most calm and gracious brides that I’ve ever met.  With her sweet demeanor, and elegant beauty I can see why Craig fell head over heals for her!  I was thrilled with the opportunity to be the second photographer to Jared Wilson for this unique Aspen wedding.  I just love Aspen and can’t wait to return, perhaps for a romantic get away with my hubby or maybe for your wedding!  Now onto some images from the day at the gorgeous T Lazy 7 Ranch.






















































































































































































































































































































































jonathan cooper - wow! beautiful shots. crazy awesome wedding!

Fall Mini Portrait Special!!!

It’s my favorite time of year again, autumn, so comes our annual “Fall Mini Portrait Special!”  See more information below.  We currently have the following dates available 9.10, 9.18 and 10.7 in Colorado.  Sessions are to take place in Wonderland Park, Boulder and Waneka Lake Park, Lafayette. Space is limited, so contact me today to set up your session!  This year we’ve spiced it up with a little added bonus, a retouched digital file, perfect for Holiday Cards 1 8×10, 1 5×7 and 1 4×6.  For each person or family you refer, get one FREE 5×7 from your session or refer 3 and get your session for FREE!!  The price is only $129.

We are also adding a day for our Pittsburgh, PA clients,  on Wednesday September 21st and possibly the 26th, as I’ll be flying back to photograph a very special wedding!  Location to take place North of Pittsburgh in Zelienople, PA.

Great if you’re recently engaged, need updated family photos, photos of your new baby, or for your Holiday cards :)

Email or call for details and to set up your session! 720.837.4183




{Boulder Newborn Photographer} Meet our own Audrey Grace!

Audrey has been such a great addition to our family, and her big sister Chloe has been taking such great care of her too.   Audrey Grace was born on May 24th, 2011, 6lbs 11 oz and 20″ long!  Here are some images from her newborn session when she was only 8 days old!  Call 720.887.4183 to set up your newborn session or email me at

our sweet little peach...

I'm totally in love!

Rebecca Boff - She is beautiful, and I know it is not trick photography ;) They are great shots Shannon! Congrats <3

Deb Ramage - Soooooo sweet. I miss her!!

{Boulder Newborn Photographer} Tips for photographing newborns..

You can read more about Audrey’s birth and our transition to a family of four here.  We are so excited to finally meet our little sweet peach, and I was even feeling well enough after her birth to do her newborn session.   I missed out photographing Chloe’s, as I was pretty out of it being a new parent, but this time I’ve even managed to put together an announcement, which you can see below!  I order this one through Tiny Prints, which I love, and if you’re a costco member, you can also receive an additional 20% off!  With every newborn session we photograph, you receive one digital image included with your session fee, which is great for announcements!

Here are some helpful tips for photographing your newborn or you can contact us to photograph your new bundle of joy, as we love babies!!

1. Be sure to photograph them with in the first 10 days, as this is when they are still sleepy, and will cooperate with you putting them in super-cute positions.

2. Either have your home very warm or a blow dryer handy, as the noise and the warmth will put them to sleep.

3. Nurse or feed them right before and during the session, as they’ll drift off into a milk slumber!

4. I picked up some cute props, ie headbands and a basket at Hobby Lobby and I even got a mini pink lounge chaise that is a doggy bed from TJ Maxx. It works perfect for the itty-bitty ones.  Plus, it was only $30 on sale!  So check out your local hobby store for some cute things for your shoot.

{Boulder Family Photographer} Four Generations of beauties…

She’s finally HERE!!  We are so thrilled to introduce to you our newest addition to our family, Audrey Grace!  I am very thankful for a healthy little RED HEADED baby girl.  Being a red head myself, I’ve always wanted a little red headed daughter, and it looks like I got my wish :) YEAHHH!  See below.

The transition to our family of four is going smoothly and Chloe is such a great big sister.  My mom was out for 10 days, which was a great blessing along with the amazing support from our friends who have been making us some delicious meals!  Thank you!

You can really see her red hair here! I had a great labor and delivery, despite having mild preclampsia and being induced 2 weeks early. I was happy that she was exactly a pound more than Chloe was and has also been a great nurser too.

We tried to get a 4 generation picture when Chloe came back from staying with my family for a week, but she was pretty exhausted, so this is what we ended up with.

My mother and Grandmother are stunning beauties, so are my little girls, despite the crying. This image one might have been the best one. We wanted to honor my Grandmother, see L, so we used her name as Audrey's middle name, Grace, which I love!

Here is the one when Chloe was a newborn! I can't believe she was ever that small.

{Boulder Children’s Photographer} Chloe turns 2!

It seems like yesterday that she was born, only 5 pounds 11 oz and now she’s running, singing, talking and laughing.   My daughter has brought us the most joy over the past 2 years, and now very shortly, she’ll be joined by her sister, due 3 weeks from today!  She has such an inquisitive mind, always trying to solve puzzles, just like her Daddy.  If you’ve ever met Wade, she looks just like him, even down to her toe nails!  Good thing I have a cute hubby :)   Right now, she’s singing the lyrics to twinkle, twinkle little star in the background, which melts my heart.  So onto Chloe’s 2 year photo session.  If you would like to have your child’s year session photographed, just drop me a line at!  I may be a little bias, but I think she’s adorable!

Chloe and her bear!

LOVE this one!

She was getting a little sleepy by the end!

Jonathan Cooper - awesome! the last sleepy eyed one is my favorite!

Deb Ramage - The most beautiful little girl EVER, of course I'm biased too--she's my grandbaby!! Thanks for posting such GREAT pics, Shannon!!

admin - Thanks Jonathan!

Aimee Kaple - She is so cute, these are some great pics Shannon.

Margie - Shannon, she is adorable and the photo's fantastic! She really does look a lot like Wade, especially in the first shot. Thanks for sharing.