Creative Feature: Shannon Lee Photo

Meet: Shannon Brachbill


Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Shannon and I am a photographer based out of Chicago & Peoria Illinois. I currently live in Pingree Grove, Illinois with my high school sweetheart and overly energetic standard poodle!

When did you fall in love with photography and what made you pursue it?

I’ve always had a love for taking photos. I took several high school & college courses throughout the years. But, it wasn’t until I spent a summer in Northern California where I was truly in awe of God’s handy work. It became evident there that photography meant a great deal to me.

What inspires you?

God’s creation. Hands down. I love getting the chance to capture images that portray how awesome our God is. Whether that’s through humans, mountains, the stars, you name it. His creation is everywhere and I get to capture it!


Do you have a favorite thing to photograph?

I absolutely love taking photos of engaged couples! I truly just love the energy couples bring to a session! My dream set would be an intimate elopement in the mountains somewhere.. <3

We believe we're better together. Why do you think it's important for women to encourage one another & build each other up?

In photography there is a little saying called “Community over Competition.” I truly believe this is a great motto for any creative to live by. It’s so important to build and support each other on this creative journey.


How does faith play a role in your creativity?

My faith plays a huge role in my life as a photographer. I struggle a lot with self-doubt, so when I first started my photography business I already expected failure. The Lord of course had a plan for me and throughout my creative journey I have been able to lean on him and trust the path he has aligned for me.