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What Success looks like for me. 

"i'm not where i want to be, but i like where i'm going."-Jasmine Star (um yes i realize we both have the same middle name, does it make me feel more awesome about it? why, yes it does.) 
This year at WPPI was absolutely beyond inspiring. I learned so much about practical things for my business. Every piece you can imagine that goes into a photography business. Tips and tricks, posing, light, contracts, emails, service, pricing, products, vendors, website, blogs, marketing, branding, accounting, music; you name it, i took notes on how to better every aspect.  (below is Sue Bryce and me. holy cow!) 
Aside from the practical tips, i always make sure to see some of my favorite speakers. ones that not only give away a few secrets and tips, but motivate you to think differently about what success is, and what you want from photography.
a couple times i wrote down what success means to me, and what i want. i won't share it all, especially boring numbers and pages of thoughts, but i will share that i enjoy doing some work in pajamas and scheduling my own time. But what it looks like to me is this…
"i just want to be a beacon of light, helping women feel beautiful, like they're more than enough, and i want to bless people in abundance, make a difference, tell the story and connect, following what God has in store."- a few lines from my pages of scribbles and note taking.
i talk about women and beauty. a lot of you know that i've recently fallen in LOVE with boudoir/beauty shots. I'd really to do even more of those sessions, and will hopefully be doing a few of my own projects soon to show you. I just wanted so share with you, because every year i'm growing, learning and staying motivated to be the best photographer i can. I want to thank all of you who you support me, and can't wait for what God has for me in the future.
i'll leave you with this, my devotional that was at perfect timing:
a confident woman avoids comparisons. Confidence is not possible as long as we compare ourselves with other people. No matter how good we look, how talented or smart we are, or how successful we are, there is always someone who is better, sooner or later we will run into her. i believe confidence is found in doing the best we can with what we have to work with and not in comparing ourselves with other and competing with them. our Joy should not be found in being better than others, but in being the best we can. 
so what's your definition of success?

Announcing January boudoir Event

boudoir photography event



Celebrate your hotness. 

This Boudoir event will take place in the Rumor Hotel, Las Vegas on a saturday and sunday for January 5th and morning of the 6th  

Hair and makeup will be provided

Boudoir sessions are offered year round, outside of the event, but this way is so fun! come sip on some wine, and show off your sexy beautiful self! 

for more information about these sessions, and to get a spot reserved, email or call me! credit given when you and a friend book together! all include hair and makeup

240- just the session

390- session, dvd and photo release, 1 8x10, 2- 5x7s

415 -session, dvd and photo release, 1 8x10, 2- 5x7s, accordian book x2,

if you decide to do the session, you have the option of later purchasing the dvd and copyrights, or any prints you would like.  


Organic Bloom Frame Giveaway! 

So for my birthday, on November 15, i decided to be nice, and i'm giving away a frame that i adore! i'm doing a 5x7 frame giveaway from organic bloom. want in on the contest!?
here's what to do!
1- leave a comment below on this post telling me why you deserve one of these frames. that's all! so hop to it! (do not comment on the fb post, but right below.. where it says.. post a comment!) 
 (this part is not needed, it's extra!) but would love help getting the word out there!  
tweet "i want to #win a beautiful organicbloom frame from the #giveaway @shannamagnuson"
Curvy, spunky, and elegant designer frames by Organic Bloom! Great for ANY photo!
What you get! - The winner will receive a 5x7 single frame from organic bloom, your color choice, your style choice! a $40 dollar value! how the winner is picked- a third party will come in and pull at random.  
so here we go, good luck! 
Contest rules: ends 11:59 pm of November 15, and winner will be announced by that weekend! No purchase necessary to enter, U.S residents only 18 and older. After winner is announced, they have one week to claim prize (for online contest this means, to let me know what frame they choose style, color and where to send it) if they don't claim within one week, another winner will be chosen. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW Please include email and name right in entry so i can contact you, and i will also be announcing this in a post. if there is a dispute, or issue a third party provided by me will step in to oversee. i am not responsible for time it takes organic bloom to send frame, only to update you with when it'll be ready. (as they are a busy company) with posting a comment below, you are agreeing to rules. 

Kenna- sneak peek baby bump!

talk about an absolutely GORGEOUS mother to be. We all met yesterday at Serendipity 3, a fantastic place to grab some ice cream, nachos and chat a bit before we head out to the dry lake bed! Kenna and i have been talking for a few months, when i found her fabulous wedding invitations. check them out.. here

we decided that it was finally time to do this shoot we had been planning! we hadn't met until yesterday and i have got to say again, seriously she looks phenomenal. so here's a little sneak peek, her idea turned out to actually be my favorite! we caught the sun just in time for these

what a fun couple. i'm so lucky to have the opportunity to photograph them! They had so much fun with it, and loved to be able to sit down and talk before too! not to mention.. seriously delicious frozen hot chocolate. 

more to come! 


vintage teaser shoot! 

Vanessa is an amazing photographer that i work with, and she thought of this fabulous idea to go with her family and have Danette and i shoot her! She looked absolutely gorgeous!! So while i'm working on all her photos, here's a little teaser! 


Yes Vanessa is a hottie here, cute hair, outfit and family! you all did so good! and thank you for letting my shoot you. You're such an encouragement at work, and full of joy! 

more coming soon! 

Hope you have a wonderful tuesday!