Destin Florida Engagement photos on the beach

Every time I lift up my camera, I get to see into peoples’ hearts. I get to witness love that is being demonstrated. Whether it’s for a significant other, a child, parent, or self. The small glances at a loved one, a sparkle when they feel confident, hard laughs that bring tears, passionate kisses. It may be one of the best reasons to photograph people. The real emotion. I came across this quote, “love talked about is easily ignored, but love demonstrated is irresistible.” Maybe that’s why I feel so connected to the people I get to photograph. I get to see demonstrated love. I hope you can see the emotions and feel it too. This couple had more than a few of those perfect moments shared. Countless glances, hard laughs, and kisses. I’m so glad I can continually see love through other people and as much as I want to encourage you all, I am being encouraged with every photograph I take.

Here’s just a few from the engagement photoshoot at the Okaloosa pier, in Destin Florida. Congratulations Phil and Jessica! #pbandj 

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Shanna Star

Colorado Springs Engagement- Nicole & Ryan

Just last month, I had the opportunity to to drive up to Colorado Springs for engagement sessions with Ryan and Nicole! That was the first time I’ve ever been able to spend time in that area and in just a few short days, photographed some of the most breathtaking scenery around!  

Nicole had some fabulous locations picked out including Garden of the Gods, a hike up a trail looking down at Seven Falls, Helen Hunt Falls, Bridal Veil with a few of Pike’s Peak, and a few smaller favorites she had picked out. 

A great adventure-packed weekend and time with a couple I haven’t been able to see for 2.5 years! 

There are so many to share but here are a few of my absolute favorites! 

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Not only was I able to photograph these locations, Brandon got a ton of behind the scenes video so check out Colorado Springs engagement sessions with video! 

Congratulations again Ryan and Nicole!- I'm so excited for you both, and happy we could make it work to see you and photograph your engagement photos! see you both soon! :)


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Shanna Star

engagement session giveaway! New Mexico wedding

Congratulations to all the newly engaged over the holidays! so exciting! and as a congrats i’m giving away ONE FREE engagement session.if you know someone getting married tag them in the Facebook pic that looks like the one above. click HERE to go tag them!  or head to instagram shannamagnuson and tag them too! 

RULES to enter: 

couples- comment on the photo here and tell me your proposal story! 
Must be willing to travel to Alamogordo, El Paso, Cloudcroft, las cruces, NEW MEXICO anytime or
vegas NEVADA in early march or
cities/rochester area in MINNESOTA in may, june, or july. 

will pick random winner on january 21st!

tag all your newly engaged friends! i travel for weddings too! 

-Shanna Star

Ashley and Ryan -Minnesota Winter engagement

a beautiful Minnesota winter day and although it was freezing, they stuck it out and got some fabulous photos. From the poses of romantic closeness to the wild hockey jerseys, i adore so many of the images from this engagement session. I'm so happy I was able to capture these moments. 

so dear to my heart, i've known Ryan's family for years and to see him with such a beautiful wonderful woman who is going to be a perfect part of the family (and already has been) 

The engagement session took place where Ryan grew up and it couldn't have been more perfect. Lovely locations and a place that means something to them both. i enjoyed spending time with these two love birds. we all laughed so hard together and had fun, and then they'd get close and hold each other so sweetly. Love. 


I'm so beyond excited to be there for their wedding (and it'll be a bit warmer then too ;) and to watch as they say their vows

Congratulations Ryan and Ashley! 

- Shanna Star