documentary family photographer in Fairplay, Colorado

real life family stories in the colorado mountains

These years of business ownership & motherhood have taught me not to take a single thing for granted.

We've been witness to countless stories - our own and so many of yours.


And raising your children is the greatest love story of all.


The choice to create a family isn't a small one. It's every day. All day. It's forever.

This kind of love keeps you up at night. It's hard. It's fulfilling. It's also a lot of fun.


Come as you are.

Mismatched shoes, fuzzy headbands, tangled hair and all.


We believe in all your love stories. We see your sleepless nights. We're dancing along with you to Sing 2 & Encanto. We're in solidarity as you count the minutes until bedtime and then spend your "free time" scrolling through photos of your kiddos & sharing funny parenting memes. We see the endless snacks and the scattered toys.


We celebrate each learned word and first step. We feel the hugs & the slobbery kisses & the love - oh, the love.


Breckenridge, CO | Fairplay, CO | Buena Vista, CO

If I could give Shanna & Dave 100 stars I would! We didn’t have a great wedding photographer, so now that we have kids, having great family photos is really important to us. Shanna delivered that and then some. Her photography is pure artistry. Our photos look like we should be in a magazine! There’s so much love and joy in every shot, and she made us feel so comfortable, beautiful, and natural while shooting. It was a pleasure to work with her, and I can’t wait to hire her again for fresh ones!!!!


-Carey + Christian & Fam



Hi! I'm Shanna, your Fairplay, Colorado documentary family photographer.


I know all about being a mama. We've got three(!) rowdy little boys & this dude is one of them. His older brothers are the reasons I picked up a camera in the first place.


I never had a dream job.

But then, motherhood. And shortly thereafter, photography.


My heart was softened & expanded & stretched as I fell in love with both.


My why is simple. Being a parent is THE MOST IMPORTANT job, and you deserve beautiful, visual reminders of how great you're doing.

To capture the chaos - every mundane & beautiful part of it.

The tiny toes & tangled curls. Belly tickles & freckled-nose nuzzles. Giggles & tears. Shoes on the wrong feet, a mismatched shirt button.


I'm here for it all.




the best told stories include the million little in-betweens

Documentary family photo collections


mountain meadow mini session | 30 minutes, $400

Available on our private property outside of Fairplay, CO.

Select weekday summer & fall dates only.


-high resolution + web-sized images via a custom online gallery



documentary family session | up to 1 hour, $800

Available Park & Summit counties, Colorado. At your home or a local location of your choice. I am happy to share my favorite spots, too!


-high resolution + web-sized images via a custom online gallery



extended documentary session | up to 2 hours, $1200+

Let's do what your family loves most. Baking cookies, fishing & splashing at the local beach. Available anywhere in Colorado; travel fees outside of Park & Summit counties may apply.


-high resolution + web-sized images via a custom online gallery

Documentary family photographer in Colorado - Basecamp Visual


I cannot tell you how much we love our pictures!


I wanted to make sure the session was as "us" as possible, so the girls each picked their outfits, shoes, and accessories (if you couldn't tell). I just wanted to capture where we are in our lives right now, and the usual silliness such as big butt bounces on the trampoline, cartwheels, and kitty cuddles!


I tell everyone I can about your & Dave's skills and that they're UNPARALLELED.



-NIChOLE + RYAN + fam



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The wild moments are as special as the tender ones, aren't they?

We believe in the power of a good story.

And we just know you've got one waiting to be told.


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We'll respond to your inquiry within 24 hours or less. If you submitted a form and haven't heard from us yet, please email directly at (Yep, that's .co)


Let's #exploreyourstory.


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