Hello! I am a portrait photographer based out of Missoula, Montana, but travel regularly to the Boise, Idaho area and occasionally to the Sacramento, California area to capture beautiful images for my clients. My focus is on people (family, seniors, couples, and professional head shots), horses (at liberty and in-hand), and dogs (adults and puppies).

After growing up in Sacramento, California, I moved to Missoula, Montana in 1993. It didn't take me long to fall head over heals with the dramatic, mountainous scenery where it really did seem like everywhere you look, a river runs through it! To me, living in Montana feels like living in a resort town - I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!

Family is everything to me, so having a career that enables me to capture special moments in your family's life is very rewarding! With the many picturesque landscapes available literally minutes away from nearly anywhere in Missoula, most of my portrait sessions are on-location using natural light - taking full advantage of the incredible backdrops that Big Sky Country has to offer. 

My other passion in life is horses - Arabian horses in particular. As someone who has been around and studied horses all my life and was a breeder for many years, I have an in-depth understanding of their conformation and movement. There is no greater joy for me than to be able to capture in my photographs the true beauty and essence of a horse the way their owner sees them! I have had the great honor and pleasure of photographing some of the world's most exquisite Arabian horses in the United States and Egypt. I am available for farm shoots across the USA.

If you are looking to capture precious moments of your family - whether it be human, horse, or dog - I look forward to connecting with you to create beautiful images that will provide you with cherished memories for years to come!
  • I am a coffee-a-holic.... well, more like a butterscotch vanilla latte-a-holic!
  • I am petrified of spiders (who isn't?!!).
  • I met my husband when we were in 5th grade together.
  • I love living in the mountains but the ocean is my favorite place on earth.
  • Tent camping with my family (including our two Border Collies) is my #1 for summer fun.
  • I named my daughter after a movie character in Practical Magic (but please don't tell her!).
  • I am a former Junior Olympian roller skater (YES, it's true!)

“If you don’t capture the moment, it will be gone forever.”       

― Lailah Gifty Akita

This short video gives you a glimpse into what Photography By Shannon is all about - enjoy!