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Monthly Archives: January 2008


I was interviewed recently by Amy Claypool, Senior Producer of the Denver Post to be the featured blogger of the week for their online newsletter, The Scoop regarding blogging. The article came out in today’s edition and I’m just gushing with excitement that they chose me. Apparently someone had recommended me, who is an avid blog reader of mine. Whomever it was, thank you so very much! I’m honored. To read the interview click here.



A Sweet Wake-Up Call…

I’m a huge breakfast fan, but most of the time I’ll just have organic granola with yogurt or a bowl of cereal with raspberries and milk.  However, recently my husband and I have decided that that cereal is way over priced and wanted to make our own granola.   After researching many granola recipes, I received this one in the mail from my mother and I wanted to share it with everyone.   So here it goes.


3 cups old-fashioned oats (be sure to get the right kind)

1 cup of slivered almonds

3/4 cup shredded, sweetened coconut

1/3 cup sesame seeds (we use flax seeds for extra fiber)

6 tablespoons maple syrup (we like to use Sprague’s Maple Syrup, but we are running low…hint,hint those of you reading      this from Western, NY ;)

6 tablespoons of dark brown sugar

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons warm water

1/2 teaspoons salt

1 cup of raisins, (I prefer cranberries and banana chips, but you can add what ever you want)

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Lightly oil a baking pan (11×14)  Toss oats, nuts, coconut and sesame seeds.

2. Whisk syrup, brown sugar, oil, warm water and salt in small bowl to blend.  Pour mixture over the oat mixture.  Stir to combine.

3. Transfer to baking pan.  Bake until evenly browned, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Cool.  Mix in raisins.  Store in airtight container.



Out of office…

I’ll be out of the office today through Monday, January 27th.  I’ll be responding to emails and phone calls as soon as I can.   If you are in Pittsburgh and want to hang out, drop me a line.  We’re in the Burgh for Wade’s company Holiday Party, which will be this Saturday at Phipps Conservatory.

I’m really excited, as we’ll finally get a chance to see the Chihuly glass exhibit.  I’ve been a big fan of his work ever since college, where I tried my hand at glass blowing.  I never did make anything, but I have some beautiful glass pieces in our home from some very talented artists at Alfred.  Thank God for art school!  I always enjoyed receiving a beautifully thrown ceramic bowl, drawing, photo or painting!  If you’re an artist in the Colorado area and would like to exchange work, please drop me a line!

Tips for Blogging…

Here are a few tips for new bloggers out there hoping to make the most of their digital journal.

#1. Be yourself.  This is the best way for potential clients to get to know the real you.

#2. Write about anything and everything, someone will be interested even if it seems boring to you.

#3.  Write often.

#4.  Find a niche

#5. Connect to other bloggers.  Link to one another, as it will help improve your ranking in Google.

Hope these tips help!



Sympathize with color, the beauty, the joy of life…

Today we went out for a beautiful hike around Stanley Lake.  I feel so fortunate to live in a state of constant sunshine!  I’m originally from the East Coast where we have as many sunny days as Colorado has cloudy ones.  Pittsburgh, my home town is second only to Seattle when in comes to the least amount of sunny days!   I think it is so important as a photographer to take time to photograph things for yourself.   I decided to bring my camera with us, so here are some highlights from our hike.   (The quote above is from Oscar Wilde)


Dining in Style…

Last night I held a dinner party at our home, and because I love to cook I really enjoy having friends over. I have this great recipe for lasagna, which is always a hit when your feeding a lot of people. I’ll include the recipe at the bottom of this entry. If you like cheese, you’ll love this lasagna!

It is also our friend Ray Rushing’s Birthday this Tuesday, so his beautiful wife Shauna brought his favorite, Boston creme pie and even sang him a Birthday rap….can I get a what, what. Her mad rapping skills stem from her work with inner city kids a few years back. It was priceless! I only hope she has a rap prepared for my Birthday too :) Ray is also a very talented local photographer and you can check out his work here.

Here were some highlights from the evening.


All of these beautiful people we’ve met at Origins, which I define as a “different way of doing Church,” with a strong emphasis on community. Tomorrow we’ll be going to a “Broomfield Breakfast”, which meets every 3rd Sunday. It’s a great community of believers, so if your looking for a place to worship and you dig the arts, come check it out! We meet on Sunday night in Boulder.

*This recipe is called Amy’s Lasagna, but add a little extra hot red pepper love to it and you’ve got “Shanny’s Lasagna”. Click here for the recipe. Enjoy!

Rocken Golden with our mad album making skills…

This past Wednesday night the Denver Photography Meet Up group met at Jessica & Kevin’s abode in Golden, Colorado.  Jess was such a gracious host and I met a lot of new photographers too (new to me anyway.)  Although I didn’t have a chance to talk to everyone individually, I did enjoy listening to others talk about their ideas on album designs, manufacturers and marketing ideas.  I got a lot of really good ideas that I’m excited to implement them in this years album designs!

We’ll be meeting in South Boulder next month, so local professional photographers be on the look out for an email from me concerning the date.

Thanks Kevin & Jess, I had a great time!

Is the giving season over?

Earlier today when I was in the shower, I was thinking about how Christmas is the time for giving, but what happens after that?  Are people less generous the rest of the year?  So today I decided I wanted to be a giver, not just at Christmas,but every day.  I wondered when I would have the chance to be a giver, and then the thought left.

I finished getting ready to go grocery shopping, jumped in my Jetta and took the off ramp to Costco.  I was sitting at the red light, when I saw a ragged looking man in his early 50′s sitting on a upside down bucket holding a sign saying “I need money for a motel for my kids.”  I glanced away quickly, as not to be seen.  The the thought that left me earlier returned, maybe this is my chance to give?  I reasoned with my self explaining that you never know what homeless people do with the $, they could buy drugs or alcohol…surely this wasn’t my chance to be a giver?  It seemed like the light was red forever, as I sat in my foreign car with my Christian music playing and wallet filled with $ to do my weekly grocery shopping.   I knew I only had a short time left before the light would change, so I reached into my wallet, rolled down my window and handed the gentleman some cash.   He said “Thank you queen of hearts, bless you daughter.”  Then he broke out in a jig, singing a song of rejoicing.  I don’t tell you this story to toot my own horn, but to encourage others to be a “Queen of Hearts.”  When will you have the opportunity to be a giver?  I don’t know.   But in life when you’re taking the off ramp to get somewhere, don’t forget to stop and be mindful of those around you that might need a little encouragement…maybe a smile, a friend or some money to make it through another day.

Happy New Year…

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday this year!  We really enjoyed it spending time with family and friends.  Here is a little recap of Christmas day.  We spent Christmas with family in Loveland and had a wonderful time.

Wade is checking out my cousin, Tessa’s new HOT pink Ipod Nano cover that we got her for Christmas.



This year we all pitched in and bought my  grandmother an electric fireplace.  She was very excited and is enjoying using it in her bedroom.



My brother got pie containers from my Grandmother, as she fills them up through out the year.

We were so blessed this year with so many wonderful presents!  My brother got us a new grill, which we can’t wait to use.  Wade got me a new winter jacket, complete with faux fur trim and winter boots to match. We went a little overboard this year getting presents for one another, but enjoyed opening them on Christmas day.

However, the best present has been the amazing clients I had this year and the friendships that I’ve formed with them.  Here is a little excerpt from an email I received this week from one of my brides asking me advice on photographing her first wedding!

“and shannon… i honestly have to say- the only reason i feel like i can do any of this is because YOU did such an amazing job with our engagement and wedding pictures. I feel like if i can learn like you learned and if i can take similar pictures then i can do it too. thanks for being such an amazing example!!!!!! thank you!!!! -Katie”

I am so encouraged to see others following their passion too!  Thanks to all the wonderful bride and grooms that let me be a part of documenting their special day :)

I pray that 2008 brings you and your family much joy, good health and prosperity!