Sunday Inspiration, Failure is a growing experience.


We all dread it,  we are embarrassed by if, we fear it. In my thirties, I have found failure to be wonderful catalyst for growth and even success.

A few years back this famous quote from Michael Jordan taught me to appreciate failure. This quote transformed my thinking, and has been instrumental to my small business’ growth. It has taught me to keep trying, and that just because something I do fails, does not make me a failure.


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Friday Freebies! Just Married Chair Signs { North Carolina Wedding Photographer}


This Friday’s freebie are pair of adorable Just Married signs. Just download the JPG file and print…..couldn’t be easier! I printed the signs shown with a piece of standard 8.5 x11 photo paper but you could use card stock or … Continue reading

4 Tips to look Brilliant for your Upcoming Engagement Session { North Carolina Wedding Photographer }

Here in North Carolina I might have a bride in platform heels or maybe she’s in flip flops….even sneakers. Your personal style is your statement to the world, and how you look in your engagement photos, sets the precedent of style for you and your Husband-to-be as a couple.



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Your Engagement session, is a time to be you but, the best you. Here are my favorite tips for putting your best foot forward in your engagement photos.



1. Wear makeup. Even if you normally do not. It’s not about looking different it is about making sure your features stand out for the camera. Just a natural colored lip gloss and a touch of mascara can make all of the difference.

2. Make sure your clothing is not too loose, even if you have a curvy figure like me! Wearing clothing too loose can look sloppy and add extra pounds.

3. Do the chicken neck….. now that sounds sexy! look in a mirror. Push your face forward about 1-2 inches. Don’t point your chin up or down just push your face forward…..see the difference?

4. Relax and have fun. Laugh, smile, don’t take posing so seriously that you become stiff. Even though being photographed can be intimidating try your best to be comfortable. Most important of all your location and your outfit should reflect YOU, your personal style and story, maybe just a little more polished and refined.


Congratulations on your engagement!!

What I’ve learned About Wedding Photography so far…Eighteen ways you can learn from my mistakes


Wedding Photography is a serious job, after all we only have one chance to get it right. Even the best laid plans are riddled with mistakes lessons, making every wedding in my career a learning experience.     Here are some … Continue reading

Sunday Inspiration, North Carolina Wedding Photographer

Lately, I have turned over a new leaf in life- taking advantage of every moment to live life to the fullest. This includes everything from becoming a better me, to a better photographer, mom and human being in general. I have been busy busy busy filling up evey spare moment with something to see, do or learn. Here are just a few many of the things that have been an inspiration to me this week.


Angel Gown

“Sewn with love by volunteer seamstresses, donated wedding gowns are used to create beautiful gowns for families grieving the death of their child.  It is an honor for us to provide gowns free of charge to any family or hospital requesting our Angel Gown garments”

Information about how you can help or donate, and resources for bereaving parents can be found at the website linked above.




Library Themed Wedding Stationary!!

The ideas for engagement sessions, are flowing like crazy and I just found a couple of bibliophiles…yay!

Photo by KMI Photography Inc.


Hallelujah The Welcome Table, by Maya Angelou

Anyone who knows me will quickly find out that I love two things: reading and food. Maya’s memories, and stories bring these recipes to life and as a reader I am taken into her warm personality and charming stories, as a foodie I am impressed with the authentic tried and true recipes.


Courthouse Weddings!

They are super chic, and everyone’s doing it!!  So much fun- I am SO feeling Civil Ceremonies right now!

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This Quote-

Makes me want to suck it up, tough it out, man up….

Pretty much applies to EVERYTHING diet, marriage, business, being a mom and any other challenges you may face.


The Mountains-

Make me feel amazing inside, and free my mind to think and be inspired all week long.

My sister took this image of me at Hanging Rock State Park

I’m Shanna, Wife, Mother and Wedding Photographer in Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, Lexington, Thomasville, and Kernersville North Carolina and surrounding areas. For more about me, or to see if we have some stuff in common; check out these random facts and photos. If you’re interested in becoming a client, visit me at for more information.

Friday Freebies! {New Issue of Bridal Guide With Bonus Honeymoon Guide! September/ October }

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This Week I am giving away the latest issue of Bridal Guide, Jam Packed with Wedding Inspiration, and on it’s way to your Mailbox!!! Just click on the Facebook Icon ————————————————————————————————————-> and ” Like ” Shanna Duffy Photography. All New … Continue reading

#TBT Some Great Wedding Advice From My Best Friend

We have an unlikely friendship, Emily and I. Almost an entire decade older than her, who would have thought that we have practically everything in common? It has been really lonely here in the south- after moving here from Boston as a young adult and mother, I never made new friends.  I am so glad our husbands brought us together. We go together like our favorite sandwich ( Peanut Butter and Jelly. )

I completely believe that everything happens for a reason,  Emily has been like a sister to me, and It is nice to have a friend in my life again.

On top of being a great friend Emily is an excellent Blogger, Here is a  post from her Blog: Southern Expectations  In this post, Emily shares her advice to future brides, and her recent experience as a bride.


Tim & Jennifer, A Day After Session in Lancaster New Hampshire

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Among the Lupine in bright afternoon sunlight, we had a short and sweet day after session at The Cabot. Shortly after that I headed home to North Carolina. Here are a few of my favorites from the afternoon-     … Continue reading

Karaoke….and other embarrassing stories


Have I ever told you that I’m afraid of wet Peanut Butter?? Yup I’m a total freak, I know.    I’m also afraid of the dark, and all medicines too. I recently went in for  colonoscopy, and when I found out … Continue reading

Free Friday! Wedding Planning Worksheets from the Triad Perfect Wedding Guide

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It’s FRIDAY!!! I am always stumbling across some pretty cool wedding freebies and DIY printables, so I thought I would start sharing some of those here on the blog, perfect for a lazy Friday post….. Right? So Yesterday when publishing … Continue reading

The Night Before The Wedding, Photography in Vermont & New Hampshire

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            Worth Every single minute of the fifteen hour drive, the mountain views in New Hampshire and Vermont were amazing. Tim & Jennifer had a casual rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding- it was … Continue reading

Featured on Labelle Africana: Iona and Paul an Engagement Session Under Cherry Blossoms in Winston Salem North Carolina

I’m always overjoyed to see my work featured in such a beautiful publication as LaBelle Africana, Iona and Paul’s engagement session is no exception. This beautiful couple deserves all of the celebration their engagement brings, check out the feature and don’t forget to like LaBelle Africana on facebook!


JR and Carolyn a Beautiful Winston Salem Wedding at the Millennium Center Downtown

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Last week I blogged Caroline and Jr’s engagement session. Let’s follow that up with their gorgeous wedding. Here are a few of my favorite from the beautiful ceremony and super chic reception:

Why You Should Always Remember to Send an Invitation to Your Wedding Photographer

I just love when my clients include me on their invitation list!

Receiving an invitation allows me the great opportunity to photograph an extra wedding detail that is often overlooked, the stationary. Beautiful stylized images of your invitations alongside the rest of the wedding details complete the story of your day. Your invitation is a big part of the wedding story and style don’t overlook it!



Featured on Cat in a Wedding Dress: Iona and Paul a Beautiful Engagement Session at Winston Salem’s Graylyn Estates

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I couldn’t be happier to see this gorgeous couple featured on Cat in a Wedding Dress check out all of Iona and Paul’s faboulousness in the featured Engagement session, and don’t forget to follow Cat in a Wedding Dress on social … Continue reading