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Rising Stars: Meet Shannon K Dougherty

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shannon K Dougherty.

Hi Shannon, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’ve always been an artist my whole life. I loved to create whatever I could and get my hands on anything to make art. I was a painter for most of my life until I learned photography. When I was younger, I shot with film cameras, often on expired film, and spent hours in the darkroom. That’s where I grew to love photography, even more than painting.

I spent all the time I could learning film and then onto digital photography.

Now, I’ve run my business for years in St. Louis as a boudoir, portrait, and editorial Photographer!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think anytime you’re learning and growing with something you’re passionate about that there are always bumps in the road. For me personally, I have much more of an artist’s brain than a business brain. I had to take time and many late nights to learn how to run a business. Like many businesses, I’ve grown and learned more about what works and what doesn’t over the years.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I absolutely adore photographing women to feel strong, beautiful and knowing that they are worth so much! That’s why I photograph mostly boudoir. I don’t always love that word though so I use it but I think there is more to it.

For me, my work is more Intimate Portraiture. It’s beyond just taking someone’s photo…it’s a moment, it’s a feeling, it’s images and moments they will hold onto for many years to come.

I don’t see anything better than having a client walk away from their session feeling on top of the world and confident.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
I’ve been so lucky to have many friends in the photography community to cheer me on. Literally, too many to name. I’m a big believer in community over competition​.

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  • Instagram: @shannon_k_dougherty
  • Facebook: @shannonkdoughertyphotography

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