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Times are Changing

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s been a long while since I’ve visited here.  As much as I love updating all of you on current sessions and the amazing families I get to meet, my life has been keeping me busy elsewhere.  In the last three years, a lot has changed in the Gurney house.  We’ve added an amazing little man to our family who will turn three in October.  He alone has made it very difficult for me to spend the time needed for editing sessions and I find that lately I’d rather play with him anyway.  But, we have also made some other changes here at home.

Josh and I made the difficult decision to homeschool our boys this past year.  Most of you know we live quite a ways out in the country, which meant a long drive in to school each day.  I had started looking into schools that were closer to where we lived and just wasn’t that impressed.  As I weighed the schools in our area, I became more and more stressed about which one to choose.  Which direction should I send them?  Do they have sports?  Would someone be able to help pick the boys up once in a while?  As I was voicing my concern to a friend, she mentioned homeschooling, something she was already doing.  Once she placed the bug in my ear, it was hard to get it out.  I started wondering if I could do it.  Would I be able to stay on task, focused, and even able to keep both boys busy at the same time?  The more I thought about it, the more fun it sounded.  After all, I was a classroom teacher for ten years prior to having kids.  Surely, I could handle my own children, right?

It turns out, we are really liking the homeschool thing.  Right now, it suits us.  However, making that decision for our family has made other aspects of our lives a little less important.  I feel like my time is really valuable now and best spent with my family in mind…  planning fun trips and neat school projects, not staying up until 3 am editing pictures for other families.  As much as I love all of my wonderful photography clients and friends, I know you’ll understand when I say I need to spend more time with MY family in the coming years and a little less time with yours.

In the coming months, I’ll be phasing out of Shannon Gurney Photography.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I would never leave all of the wonderful families and friends I’ve made in a photography lurch, so to speak.  I plan to continue doing sessions for my regular clients, clients who’ve been with me through the years.  I will not, however, be accepting any new clients.  I will also be limiting my sessions each month to around 4 or 5.  Whoa!  I know, I know… some of you are gasping for air.  What will you do?  Ha ha…

I understand the Fall season and holidays are right around the corner.  I plan to fit you all in the best I can, but there will be less available spots this year.  If you are planning on booking a holiday or Fall session, you need to email or call me NOW.  Spots will be limited.

I will not be doing mini-sessions this season.

If all of this is just too much for you to handle and you feel like you need to move on, I can recommend an excellent photographer/friend who will take good care of you.  She has a style very similar to mine and her pricing also fits the bill.

As for this blog, it will be getting a facelift very soon.  I plan to share stories and pictures along our homeschool journey with a little bit of everything else mixed in.  It’s the way Shannon Gurney Photography came to be.  It’s only fitting to return to the root of my love for photography.

I love you all and wish you the very best.

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Novotny Family

It seems every time I check in here at this blog I make excuses for why I’ve been away so long.  Not today.:)

Today, I’m excited to introduce you to the Novotny family.  Tonight was my first time to shoot some photos of them, and THEY WERE SO MUCH FUN!  We met up in Shawnee at the old train depot and were back on the road 45 minutes later.  It has to be one of my quickest sessions to date.  The main reason was how totally cool they were.  They made my job super easy and FUN!

Here are a few of my favorites…






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Walker Family

I was a little worried as I was driving to this session.  It was an NBA Playoff night, Game 1 for our Thunder boys, and the dad had tickets to go.  Game time 8pm.  Session time 6:30pm.

You see where I’m going with this…

Plus, this is a brand new family and I really didn’t want to rush things.  You guys know, your first session always tends to take a little longer… time for the kids to warm up a little,  time for the parents to loosen up a little.  Yadda yadda….

I was so surprised when they piled out of the car and EVERYONE was smiling, even Dad.  YAY!  In fact, Dad was so good-natured about the whole thing, I seriously wanted to give him a big HUG! :)

We finished our session by 7:30pm IN ARCADIA.

Even I would’ve been a little stressed, but he didn’t blink an eye.  I’m so thankful for such a sweet and happy and interactive family.  I love my job.

Here are just a handful of my favorites…


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Mother’s Day Giveaway

Did someone say contest?

Yep!  You guessed it.  A contest!  WAHOOO!!

Here are the details:

GRAND PRIZE (based on votes/likes on SGP Facebook page):  a full digital session including print release

RUNNER-UP (chosen by me):  a digital mini-session including 5 images with print release

To enter:  Email a photo of yourself with your family/kids along with a short story explaining why you deserve to win to shannongurneyphoto[at]yahoo[dot]com.  Feel free to nominate a friend.  Entries will be accepted until Monday, April 22nd at Noon.  All photos and stories will be posted to the SGP Facebook page for voting.  Tell all your friends and family to GO VOTE!  They must “LIKE” the page to be able to vote!

A confirmation email with details will be sent to all entries.  I can’t wait to hear all your stories!!


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