My name is Shannon Morrow and this is Westfire Photography. The purpose of this business is to provide people with good photographs that they will enjoy sharing. I find it interesting how people respond to photos, especially of themselves. Customers usually know instantly whether they like or dislike a photo, based on how it makes them feel. As words generally communicate thoughts, images seem to naturally communicate feelings. What feelings or emotions do you want to relay through your photographs? With Westfire Photography, you are hiring me to help communicate whatever you wish to portray.
In 2000, I was hired as the sports editor for a community newspaper in Quincy, California. One of my main responsibilities was to attend various sporting events and take pictures to publish in the newspaper each week. My priority was to always come back with a variety of high-quality, newsworthy images, but I also knew how important it was to run photos that people liked of themselves, especially in community journalism. Every week, I worked hard to get the best photographs possible, and I am thankful for so many years of experience. A few of my photos have won awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and my work has been published in several different periodicals. In 2012, I resigned from my position at the newspaper and moved to Reno to begin grad school in the counseling program at UNR. While studying to become a Marriage and Family Therapist, I hope to put myself through school with photography.
When I went to work for the newspaper, I was assigned a Pentax K1000, a fully manual 35mm SLR that even operated without batteries. To get good sports photos, I was forced to quickly learn the mechanics of the camera and the fundamentals of photography. I bought books, studied websites and learned from a mentor. I had always had an eye for photography, but it took many thousands of exposures to become a photographer. The relationship between shutter speed and aperture revealed universal truths to me, and the ability to capture light and freeze time will always feel magical.
My expertise is in action photography, photojournalism and events. Pets and babies are fun, and I also have experience doing portraits, scenics and weddings. Although I am more a Jack-of-all-trades photographer than a specialist, my current niche is action portraits. People are most photogenic when they are doing what they love, whether skiing, biking, fishing, gardening, playing sports or playing music. I enjoy capturing moments that occur naturally and strive to flow with subjects in order to get good shots.
Westfire Photography is located in Reno, Nevada, and Quincy, California, serving Northern Nevada, Tahoe, Northeastern California, Black Rock City and the Lost Sierra. Will travel.
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