About Me

I am a mid-twenties Alaskan housewife, living in Sweden - who loves wind, yarn, and all things related to salmon (the fish, not necessarily the colour).
I'm very quirky, and I love to laugh and make people laugh.

I have a very wide range of tastes. I love, LOVE to eat and make different foods. It's always an adventure to try something new... with a few exceptions. There are just some things even I can't wrap my brain around. Avocadoes are my favorite fruit. I have created a few good guacamole recipes and am always on the hunt for new ones.

Photography is something I absolutely get lost in - in a good way. I shoot weddings with my husband and can't get enough of it. When I'm not scheduled for weddings, I photograph things around the home or when that becomes monotonous, I go on little adventures with my camera and macro lens. I adore finding out new tricks and things when it comes to photography and I don't mind sharing what I know.

I get a lot of people asking me what camera I recommend, and let me lay it out straight for you right now... I will recommend Canon - because that's what I know best, not because I particularly dislike any other brand. I shoot with a 5D Mark II and it is the best camera I have ever shot with (and I shot with several high-end cameras when I attended school for photography in Seattle). If you're wanting something less expensive professional grade, I can recommend the Rebel series by Canon. My first digital camera was a Rebel Xt.
As for lenses... asking me which lens is the best all-around lens to buy is silly. It's like asking a golfer which one club to take to the links for a round of 18 holes.
Let me tell you which lenses I love and why:

  • Canon 24-105 f4 L -- I love this lens for its versatility in situations with good light. As a wedding photographer, this lens is great for me during the build up to the ceremony and I love the wideness of the 24mm on my full frame camera.
  • Canon 100mm f2.8 macro -- This lens is exactly what I need in a macro lens. It has just the right amount of bokeh at 2.8, and... I really don't know what else to say about it other than it's always a staple lens in my bag.
  • Canon 50mm f1.8 -- I super love this lens for portraits. 
  • Canon 70-200 f4 -- Ok, I'll admit that what I would really love is if this lens magically turned itself into an f2.8 IS lens, but... it was hubby's when we were married, and I'm not one to complain about the lenses that we do have, as we are very fortunate. I love this lens for it's compression at 200mm combined with some gorgeous bokeh... ohhhh yes. I also love the versatility between 70-200mm. Sometimes I forget while I'm shooting, and zoom out to be pleasantly surprised by just how awesome 70mm can be.
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I love to write letters. By hand. Even more so, I love to receive a good hand-written letter from a friend. I grew up writing letters to my grandmothers 2 times a month and exchanged letters with my mother religiously while she was alive. Although technology gives us the instant gratification of email, facebook, and all of that - there's really something to be said about the anticipation of receiving a bit of "snail mail" that doesn't involve advertisements or bills.

I'm not sure what else to put here... but this pretty much sums me up!

I love to answer any questions people may have, so feel free to drop me a line at theblogger {at} spiritedshannon {dot} com, or leave me a comment below if you have something you'd like to know!


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