Today we’d like to introduce you to Shannon Burke.
Shannon, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I originally went to school to become a labor and delivery nurse, when I had my daughter I realized that isn’t what I wanted to do. I dabbled in the idea of becoming an ultrasound tech, but the market out here is too competitive. I have always had a love for babies, and births; I remember as a middle school-er watch ‘My Birth Story’ on like TLC and just loving it. As I was coming up on my college graduation I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I was currently a stay at home mom, and just like majority of other photographers, I got a “fancy” camera for Christmas one year and decided to start taking pictures. Luckily, I had a pregnant sister-in-law, and several friends from high school that let me borrow their newborns as models – that’s how it all started.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
As for my art, I specialize in maternity, births, and studio newborns.
I think all mothers-to-be deserve to be pampered and celebrate the life growing inside them. Maternity sessions are the perfect way to do that. One of my favorite things about maternity sessions is watching couples interact with each other knowing their life is forever going to change, especially dads who are just super excited about all of it; it pulls on my heart strings.
I have a love for birth sessions, more than I would have expected. Obviously bringing new life in is absolutely incredible, but the emotions that run through a birth room is amazing. Two new parents meeting this tiny little person they’ve been waiting for so long, it’s the best to be able to watch it unfold. I feel like it’s important to be able to embrace your birth story, there’s so many times where parents have plans of how they want things to happen, and it turns out to be the complete opposite because babies are the boss and they do what they want. But, just because it isn’t the birth story they imagined, it’s still perfect.
Newborns will always be where my hearts at. I first started newborn sessions thinking it would be so easy, after-all they do sleep all the time – nope, wrong. It’s challenging, but it’s amazing. I love being able to give parents artwork of their precious baby that they get to share with friends and family and hang on their walls. Babies are only babies that one time, embrace it – all of it!
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
I think this whole journey is a huge learning process, there’s information that was told to me early on that I didn’t listen to until I had encountered it myself. For those aspiring to be photographers, network with local photographers, become friends, build each other up – community over competition!
Work hard, like really hard, and don’t give up. Owning your own business is hard work, you start from the ground up and have to make something from nothing – but it will be worth it, and it will pay itself off if you stick with it!
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Majority of my work is shared on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and twitter). As for supporting my work, word of mouth and sharing on social media. I would say 75% of my clients are referrals from someone who has used my services in the past. Tell your pregnant friends about me, send them my way!
- Address: Phoenix, AZ
- Website: shannonburkephotography.com
- Phone: 6024486628
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shannonburkephotography/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shannonburkephotography/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShannonBurkeTog
Headshot: Sweet Sunshine Photography