Shannon VanDenHeuvel

"I believe that beauty is everywhere you look in the people around you I find inspiration in nature around me along with incorporating my skills of being a makeup artist as well to invoke different looks and moods."

What's your first name?
Shannon

What's your last name?
VanDenHeuvel

Nice to meet you, Shannon! May we have your email address, please?
shannonvphotography@gmail.com

What is your location, Shannon?
Country
United States

State / Region
new york

Alright, now for the interview! Firstly Shannon, how would you best describe yourself?
Photographer

Our readers would love to get to know you more Shannon. Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far.
I first found my love for photography in the underground hardcore music scene in new york. After years of the scene, i then wanted to show people the beauty within themselves with moody and editorial fashion portraits inspired by the pages of vogue while also incorporating elements from different decades such as the 60's and 70's. I believe that beauty is everywhere you look in the people around you I find inspiration in nature around me along with incorporating my skills of being a makeup artist as well to invoke different looks and moods.

Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos?
Keep interviewing me!

What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field Shannon?
My goals are to incorporate my love for both makeup artistry and photography to produce beautiful high fashion editorials.

How do you communicate with people Shannon? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I would say I'm a people person I love listening to others and incorporating different ideas together to create something beautiful. When it comes to my clients I don't refer to them as just clients to me they become friends and are the most important thing any concerns can be discussed freely along with creating a comfortable and inviting environment and always putting their needs first.

If you had to do it over again, what would you change Shannon?
I wouldn't change a thing, the struggles and hardships I've had to face in my life have moulded me into the strong person I am today. 

Who is your hero Shannon, and how have they helped you get to where you are?
My hero isn't just one person it would be a group of my friends Carrera, Danae, Joe, Tameeme, Alex and my boyfriend Paul and many others who aren't mentioned but I am grateful for them all they all are so creative and talented I love them all an I wouldn't be the strong person I am today without them we have all experienced a lot of the same things in life so I truly am inspired by them and the accomplishments they make in music or in artistry.

How important are creative education courses Shannon? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful?
I am a self-taught photographer I believe that education isn't just what is taught in classrooms. Explore, and adventure sees different cultures have experienced.

Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry?
Just keep shooting you don't have to have the best gear to create amazing photographs, also look for the things that inspire you and don't worry about keeping up with trends just be yourself.

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@shannonnvandy