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Shannon Squires


Children's Portraits

Shannon is a nationally recognized award-winning photographer based in Colorado Springs. In2019 Shannon won her first 1st place GIA in the Children’s category and went on to win another two more, before winning the overall GIA in 2020. In addition to her GIA wins, Shannon has also been a part of Team 2022 and 2023 with two images on the team each year.Shannon started photography in high school with film photography before attending Art school in Seattle where she earned her Associates degree in Commercial Photography.Shannon also has her Master photographer degree, Master Artist degree, Cpp, Craftsmen degree, and Image excellence, through Professional photographers of America.When Shannon is not teaching around the U.S., working with clients in her studio,or creatingeducational tutorials for her online academy, she is spending time with her family and 3 young children.

Why you should take this class:

  • Composing, styling a fine art children session from start to finish

  • Fine art retouching and small compositing

  • Taking your images to the next level with compositing

  • Balancing light and shadows and matching colors in a composite

During this class students can expect to learn the ins and outs of Shannon’s award-winning styling for Children’s Fine Art Portraits.

There is something so captivating about children. Their innocence, natural joy and overall positive outlook on life has always intrigued me.  However, you don’t have to be a children’s photographer to learn new tools from this intermediate to advanced level class.

I have structured a business that works with only children 95% of the time.   During this class you will learn the ins and outs of how I create fine art children’s portraits for clients and models from around the country.

You can expect to learn everything from:

  • styling children’s portraits

  • where to find wardrobe

  • how I light, pose and work with children

  • editing and post-production start to finish

  • some small compositing to add something a little extra to your images

  • how I market and sell my fine art

Students should come with a foundation in photoshop as we dive deep into techniques.  Starting with fine art retouching, then small compositing, followed by full compositing, and even some marketing, nothing will be left off the table.

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