Columbus OH commercial photographer Shannon W Williams

Twelve years ago, I didn’t know how to use a camera. In fact, I didn’t know where mine was, half the time. Most everyone had transitioned to digital cameras by then, but given that I barely used my film camera, I didn’t see the point. Family vacations would come and go, and I would buy the wrong film or even just forget to carry the camera along when we were out. And the first time I ever sold something on eBay? I had to borrow a digital point-and-shoot from a friend, and ask him how to use it.

Crisis came our way though, and our family-story began to take a different direction. Suddenly, having pictures of my kids – then 8, 5, and 2 – meant everything to me.  I borrowed a camera from a friend one weekend so I could snap some images of my boys, and that’s when it started.  I fell in love with photography and even thought to myself, “Maybe I could make a go of this…” So I took the leap and bought a used, entry-level camera online, and spent every spare minute teaching myself to shoot.  Four months in, I had my first paying client; and these many years later, I’m still as excited about shooting as I was then.

It’s been quite a ride.  But for as much as I’ve learned and accomplished, one thing hasn’t changed – I haven’t forgotten what it felt like to hang that first black and white print on my wall, knowing I had marked time in my story and captured something significant for my family.  And that same passion carries over to the individual and commercial clients I serve now.  Your images matter to me.  I know they have they power to motivate and inspire, persuade and inform. And they’re a powerful part of the narrative that is your life, your journey – who you are and how you’re making your way in the world. Together, we’ll shape the ideas people have about you and what you do, by crafting images that tell your story, and connect you to your audience.

Thanks for stopping by.  I look forward to hearing from you, and being part of your win!

These are some images I shot (but have since re-edited) of my three boys back then! 

Columbus OH Commercial Photographer Shannon W. Williams
Columbus OH Commercial Photographer Shannon W. Williams

And this is where we are now! Ages 21, 17, 14, and the little guy on the end (6 years old) completes our tribe.

Columbus OH Commercial Photographer Shannon W Williams
Columbus OH Commercial Photographer Shannon W. Williams
Columbus OH Commercial Photographer Shannon W Williams
Columbus OH Commercial Photographer Shannon W. Williams