Shannon Echlin’s photography of children and babies uses depth and “naturalness,” darkness and light. Her work has been published in Toronto Life, The Eye, The National Post and the Globe and Mail. She is also a regular blogger for the Huffington Post.
What inspired you to become a photographer?
As a kid I used to take lots of pictures; my dad’s camera was always my favourite toy. When I hit high school I just kept going with it. Yearbook club lead to summer jobs at local newspapers which lead to Sheridan College for Applied Photography, then I worked as an photographer’s assistant. I had my first gallery showing at 22. Photography is just part of who I am.
How would you characterize your style?
I spend a lot of time looking at art and this is what inspires me. I like for there to be a feeling of peacefulness but also depth. I don’t use props or fancy backgrounds. I want the kids to be the focus. I’m willing to spend however long it takes to get portraits where the kid’s true personality shine through.
Who are your clients and what should they expect?
My clients are anyone with kids (or dogs!). I have met so many amazing families. Different cultures, ages, income levels. I think I have a certain look that draws all sorts of people in. I love that about being an artist. Having the ability to touch so many different people is something is very special.