Shannon Hilton {Blog}

Bella: Eight

Posted By on Apr 9, 2014

My beautiful Bella turned 8 a couple weeks ago. Just realized I never blogged about it. My poor middle child. Better late than never!



At eight, Bella loves to dance. She is all of a sudden very girly – growing out her bangs and spending a lot more time on her hair, especially before Dance class. She won’t play outside without the perfect outfit. She mixes & matches her outfits and loves bright colours. She has an awesome imagination and is a huge cheerleader to everything her siblings do. She’s starting to fight to get her way, getting very upset when things don’t go as planned, as is the messiest kid ever, which makes it very frustrating for her sister who shares a room with her! She loves photography -had a photo shoot with her brother the other night, and made sure she remembered the Rule of Thirds.

Here’s the video I did for her Birthday.

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Easter Mini Sessions 2014

Posted By on Mar 18, 2014

It’s time!

My 2nd most popular mini sessions are my Easter mini’s. Most popular is fall…you might want to book now for that too!

This year’s Easter Mini’s will be held April 5 & 6. They will be in the studio.
Up to 4 people. Additional people will be $25 each.

This is a great opportunity to get Family Portraits (or just pics of the kids) done for a fraction of the price of a regular session.

Easter minis

Available Sessions:

April 5



April 6



If you would like to book, please email me with your preferred time ASAP.

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Posted By on Mar 12, 2014

I love excitement. I plan our next trip on the way home from the airport. I always have to have something to look forward to – an event to plan, a trip to book, a company to start. I start fights with my husband to ‘kick things up a notch’. I’m often ‘that Mom’; causing drama by over-thinking things. I rant a lot. I rant on Facebook, I rant at Parent Council Meetings.
I crave drama & excitement.

But I woke up on Sunday morning …content.

My fat pants stayed on all day. We had nothing to do but go to dinner at Gramma’s (the fat pants stayed on for that too). And I pulled out my ‘good camera’. The camera that, these days, only comes out of the camera bag for shoots I’m being paid for, courses I’m teaching, or ‘events’.

I wanted to capture our day. Our normal day.

This is what it looked like.


Charlie and I share this chair most mornings. I love the way he rests his foot on my leg.


My dog. Who needs a haircut. And my boy – getting his PBSKids on.


Bella. Bed head & Nutella. One of the only things she doesn’t have to share in this house. She’s the only one who eats it.


Abby. Pretending she didn’t want to be photographed.


Bella taking a picture of me taking a picture.


Cousin (& Auntie) time!


Bella dancing. She did her jazz dance for us!


My Nephew. The happiest baby EVER.


And when we got home, Daddy was home from work. ::Hugs::

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Cancun Vacay

Posted By on Feb 27, 2014

We went to Cancun at the end of January. It was amazing.
We stayed at the Gran Caribe and have no complaints. Zilch. It was fabulous, as is their resort in Playa Del Carmen, where we stayed a year and a half ago.

Here are my favourite pics from the trip. (And a video of Abby flipping off a  yoga ball in the sand on the beach!)

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Six Month Shoots are my Favourite

Posted By on Feb 13, 2014

Never can I remember ever shooting, editing, posting and blogging a session all in the same day…but today it happened. I was so in love with this session. Great models make for great shoots. And 6 month olds make for great models! It’s my absolute favourite age to shoot.

So, I’m running a promo!
From now until April 1, 2014 – book a 6 month session (baby must be sitting) and get 50% off the session fee. That’s only $100 (plus the files & prints you choose). Submit the form below the pics to contact me!

Take a look at today’s sweet princess:

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Submit this form to contact me!



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Posted By on Jan 16, 2014

Abby is turning ten on Saturday. Double digits. I’m not sure where the last ten years went, but they passed so quickly. I can’t believe that in another ten, she’ll be 20. She’s probably have a couple Olympic medals by then. Kidding.
I’m so proud of this kid. From being born at 4.5 pounds in 2004 to what she is now in 2014…I’m in awe. 2013 was rough – you can read about it here, but I’m excited to see what she accomplishes this year, and who she becomes in the next ten years.

Happy 10th Birthday!

(This is the video I did for her last year, with some additions to the end. The song, “Trouble” by Pink, still fits her perfectly. And we’re seeing Pink in concert tonight…how fitting!)

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2014 Valentines Mini Sessions

Posted By on Jan 6, 2014


Calgary Valentines Photo shootCalgary Child Photographer

This year’s Valentine Mini Sessions will be on Saturday Feb 8. Pick any 1/2 hour time between 9am & 7pm!

Because it’s so late, I’ll be making it a Digital File special.

$100 gets you the session and 1 digital file. Additional files are $40 each ($20 off the normal price).

Files can be individual images, or any of the cards below (1 image per card). You can get them printed yourself for class Valentines, or for gifts for the Grandparents. (They don’t have to be Valentines. You can use the session for a family portrait too!)

Here are some examples of the Valentine’s cards:


Or here’s a cute idea I did a couple years ago for my girls:



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