Posts by Shannon


I’ve ben thinking of updating my Christmas Cards for, well, a few years now. And now I have!
They are all live on my site right now, so go ahead and grab some!
If you want me to re-post your pics from a past session to the site, just ask.

They are $75 for 25 Photocards, and $110 for 25 folded cards (all 5″x7″). Delivery takes about a week…so time is limited to get them in the mail in time!

Here they are…hope you like them!

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This little guy was born in August. I visited his very happy home on a whirlwind of a summer day. He is the brother of one of the cutest little girls I’ve ever photographed – and I mean that quite literally, as she was the winner in a “Calgary’s Cutest Kid Contest’ that a radio station put on a few years ago. And with his dark hair and perfect features (and gorgeous parents), I’m sure he’ll follow suit!

Baby Henry:

Calgary newborn photographer
Calgary newborn photographer
Calgary newborn photographer

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Back in September I was fortunate to have been asked to photograph a 5th birthday party for a little boy named Bishop. But this was not a normal birthday party. This party was put together by friends, and included a Juggling act, balloon animals, characters like Storm Troopers and Darth Vader, a gigantic Angry Birds cake and a Bouncy Castle. As far as I know, all these people donated their time & talents, as well as the conference hotel room where it took place.

It was extremely touching and heartbreaking to be there because this would be Bishop Brown’s last birthday party. Throughout the party, he was full of smiles. It was a great day for him.

Tina and Rob Brown had two children – Julian and Bishop – with one more on the way. This past August Bishop, Tina and Rob Brown’s youngest son, was admitted into the Alberta Children’s Hospital, for what was anticipated to be a similar visit to previous ones. Bishop had been struggling with liver disease since birth, a liver transplant which was previously discussed was perhaps now a priority.

The visit turned out to be completely devastating; the doctors discovered three tumors on Bishop’s liver and the cancer was spreading into his lungs. There would be no surgery to remove the cancer and no liver transplant. The situation had progressed too far. The family was told to prepare for the loss of their son; although a timeline couldn’t be provided. It was believed they were talking in terms of days or weeks as opposed to months.

Bishop lost his courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, November 3, 2012. He was surrounded by family, and cuddled and loved as he passed on*. To make matters even worse, Bishop’s mom is pregnant and has been admitted to Foothills on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy.

The images are below, but I’d also like to take a second to share some information about a Silent Auction that the Brown’s friends and family are organizing. Obviously, this family needs all the help/support can get in this desperate time of need. It will be on November 29, 2012 at the Kilt & Caber in McKenzie Towne. If you want to donate any items or money, please contact Melonie Olijnyk at mlolijnyk@gmail.com or 403‐585-0137. If you’re interested in making a monetary donation a trust account has been opened for the family through Scotiabank account #52209 002 01343 17. I urge everyone to help in anyway they can. 

I’ve been procrastinating blogging this party because I didn’t know what to say, how to say it, or how private the family wanted to be. Those were my excuses. In all honesty, I just can’t even look at the images without crying. But this isn’t about me. Now that he is gone, these images mean even more. This was the most emotional, and most important shoot I have ever done.

It’s easy to read this post, see the images, pause and think -“wow, that’s sad”. It’s more work to donate, more work to come and support his family at the auction. But I urge all of you to take a moment and think of what you can do for this family. A family who has to bury their 5 year old son this week. If you have any questions, please contract Melonie or myself.

*Some text taken from a letter by Melonie Olijnyk – thank you.

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Hard to believe it’s already time for Christmas Mini sessions! I just finished editing the fall ones!

Often, a full hour of shooting isn’t needed – especially in the studio. So, at different times of the year, I offer mini-sessions – which are 20-25 minutes instead of an hour. And significantly less money (a normal session is $200).
My mini-sessions were recently featured in The Calgary Journal.

When: This year’s will be on November 18, and will run continually from 10am until 9pm. Pick what 1/2 hr time slot works best for you!
Where: My home studio in Chaparral.
How much? This year’s sessions are only $45. Within5 days, your images will be posted on a private gallery for you to order what you want. No packages, nothing you don’t need. My prices can be seen HERE.

The whole idea is to get at least one perfect photo for you to send out with your Christmas Cards. Or order photocards or folded cards from me!

AND – for the 1st time EVER – my gift you you – I will throw in the web resolution sized digital file of every print you purchase for free!

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