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{FEATURED} The Wedding Magazine – Coulee Region

As my wedding season is about to open full steam ahead in one week, I thought I’d let you know that some of my wedding photography was recently featured in a local wedding publication!

I know that not all of you in the area are planning a wedding, but if you are – an excellent resource for covering all aspects of a wedding can be found locally and for free! The Wedding Magazine – Coulee Region can be found at most local wedding vendor shops, including my own gallery & studio in downtown Winona, MN. You can also download a PDF online at the previous link above.

The following articles & pages feature some of my wedding photography:

“Music Made to Order”

“Creative Cuisine”

Color Ideas – (middle row, pink/black theme)

“Lighting the Way to Your Perfect Day”

and one sexy inside back cover…

; )

I didn’t take the cover image, but congrats to my fellow wedding photographer Tiffany Brubaker on landing the cover! So if you are going to tie the knot soon, keep an eye out for this wonderful wedding resource!


Top 5% in the nation

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce Shannon Porter Photography has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for wedding photographers!

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

Shannon Porter Photography now stands amongst the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

Must See Photography

I’ve been selected as a featured photographer in “Must See Photography” for MagnetStreet Weddings! You will see some of my photos in some of their online samples. MagnetStreet Weddings provides Save the Date magnets & cards, wedding invitations, wedding announcements & postcards and other magnetic favors for brides & grooms planning their weddings.

Check me out in MagnetStreet Weddings “Must See Photography” section! Here’s a screen shot:

Leafless Diaries

Would you recognize me if I wrote MY story in words?

While the path I’ve traveled hasn’t always been easy, it is the path I chose to take. I’ve shed tears of complete sadness and utter happiness. I’ve made mistakes and I’ve had successes. I’m positive there will be more of both in the future. Whatever they may be, it is what makes me – me.

There are a number of people – from close friends, distant friends, clients, industry peers and even probably some strangers along the way, who know some details about my life. Some people love to share their own stories with others. I, for one, have to know how comfortable others are in hearing a story before I even bring it up or attempt to go into detail. I think that’s fairly true of many people. You’d be surprised how similar many of us are.

What if you could tell your story and not have anyone know that you wrote it? Would you? Maybe you have some words of wisdom to share with someone but you don’t know who? What if I told you that you can? Would you?

The reason for this post is a traveling nationwide project I was able to take part of recently. It’s called Leafless Diaries. Part of the tour includes the 50/50 Project, of which I was chosen to be the lone Minnesota photographer.

I invite you to read more about the Leafless Diaries project and if you see a little black book with a barren, leafless tree on it – no matter how long or short it may be, write something in it. We all may be surprised what we learn from another…

{more about Leafless Diaries}

leafless diaries is a national collaboration – a project to obtain the little bits of people that they don’t normally reveal to the world, and an attempt to connect all of us, no matter how different. Throughout the next year, the leafless team will be traveling the nation, distributing 500 blank diaries about, asking participants to write a single entry in the book – something thoughtful, something deep… something they would normally write in a diary of their own. Then to pass the book onto someone they don’t know or place in a location for someone to find to continue the sequence. When the books begin to find their way back home, the leafless team will go through the diaries and a selection of entries will be chosen to be included in the published book or book series, and the rest will be placed online – so the world too will be able to read the stories and insights and thoughts of those that have written in the books.

Along the tour, the leafless team will be working with a single photographer from each of the 50 states to create a visual representation of the project – capturing the lives that fill our world. The 50/50 Project is a collaboration between leafless diaries and an eclectic mix of 50 hand-selected photographers who encompass a wide-range of styles, backgrounds and experiences.

Also throughout the tour, the leafless team will be documenting their travels as they visit each state. They will be writing diary entries of their own and photographing some of the people and landscapes they encounter. There is also a weekly video episode showcasing the state.

Visit www.leaflessdiaries.com to follow the leafless team’s adventures, as well as follow them on facebook at www.facebook.com/leaflessdiaries and on twitter at www.twitter.com/leaflessdiaries.

another international award winning wedding photo!

I found out today that I placed 4th in the “Creative Portrait” category of the Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalist Association’s 2010 1st Quarter contest! I’m grateful & honored. It was so great to hear as my 2010 wedding season begins in full swing! I plan to incorporate more of this style of unique wedding imagery for all future clients. I can’t wait to create the next one!

award winning Twin Cities wedding photo

Check out other great artistic wedding imagery on the AGWPJA contest page

Wedding Visions – Designing Signature Dreams

Are you or someone you know planning a wedding? Or maybe looking for wedding ideas? I invite you to attend this upcoming open house bridal event of where I will be one of the featured wedding professionals taking place at Signatures Restaurant & Visions Event Center in Winona, Minnesota.

Here is an open invitation to any of you currently in the wedding planning process:

Wedding Visions
Designing Signature Dreams

Planning Possibilities with Quality

Congratulations on your Engagement!!!
Signatures Restaurant and Visions Event Center would like to cordially invite you to an open house bridal event on
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
6:30-9:00 PM.

-Meet with professionals in the wedding industry
-View various types of décor
-Sample wedding cake, wine and hors d’ oeuvres
-Gain inspiration for planning bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, golf outings, receptions, and gift opening brunches.
-Register for door prizes!
-Take advantage of contract bonuses!

We look forward to helping you plan your
Signature Event!

International award-winning wedding photographer

International [AG]WPJA award-winning wedding photographer | 1st Quarter, 2009

Yes, it’s officially true.

I can actually say I won an award in an international wedding photography contest.

I placed 20th in the “Getting Ready” category in the Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association’s (AGWPJA) 2009 1st Quarter contest. It was the first contest of the year. The award-winning image was from my April 4th, 2009 wedding in Minnetonka, MN.


I’ve never entered any of my wedding photos in any contest before and knowing I placed in the Top 20 amongst hundreds of other talented wedding photographers in the world – well, it makes me feel pretty good about what I do for my clients.

2009 wedding photographer services are SOLD OUT!!!

It’s now official.

2009 Wedding photographer services is SOLD OUT!!

My wedding photographer services are now sold out for the 2009 wedding season! After meeting with my 26th wedding clients this past Sunday and the check has cleared, I’m officially sold out as a wedding photographer for 2009.

To be able to provide the best service possible to my clients, I do limit the number of weddings I photograph per year.

I did receive two emails during the Christmas holiday and I’ll be responding to both emails with some possible wedding photographers for you.

I’m sure 2010 bookings will be no different once the wedding season begins! I already have one wedding booked in 2010 and just learned of possible second 2010 wedding last night. If you or someone you know are wedding planning for 2010, now is the time to inquire about my wedding photographer services.

Stayed tuned – my first 2009 wedding is this Saturday!!!