A Closer Look with Shannon @ Young Crowd.

From time to time, I love getting the content for my blog from friends, or at least friends I feel I like I know from Cyberworld.
Well, in asking people to guest post for me– I thought, how could I not ask Shannon- my oldest friend in the world? ūüôā
Yes, we tore up our share- “back in the day”.
Um, yeah- you don`t want to know.
Anyways- I SO admire Shannon`s rare gift for anything creative. Her mind is obviously a beautiful place.
Visit her here, and give her some of your sweet love.
(And check out her really cool pictures from Florida.)
And NOW-
Here`s Shannon- let`s hang out with her for the next 15 minutes or so…
…depends how fast of a reader you are, I guess.
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1. In case someone isn’t familiar with you, Shannon, and Youngcrowd, tell us a little about the things that define who you are.
I’m Shannon King, a 30 yr. old wife, mother and photographer. I still feel 25 inside though – I think I will for quite a while yet. I love simple things like – going out for an icecream cone, sunlight streaming through a window, music I can dance to, finding God in my everyday experiences and exploring the world with my little family.

2. You live with your husband Rich, of 9 years, and have 3- almost 4- children. Tell us about them.
I’m married to my best friend, truly, and while I am not a gushy romantic person, I could never in a million years be as happy with anyone else as I am with Rich. He is perfect for me. We have¬† 3 children, with #4 coming along in June. They are:

Stasia – age almost 7
Gabriel – age 5
Nadia – age 2.5

Gabes and Stasia are best friends and play all kinds of imaginary games together – I hope they always stay as close as they are now. Nadia is the clown of the family and is more naughty then the other 2 combined. They all LOVE their dad and think he is the silliest, funniest person around.

3. In the business sense, I know you are a photographer first – but I think of you as an overall creative person. What part of the creative world is your “first love”?
My first love is photography. At this point senior and wedding¬†photography focusing on a vintage/modern style. In the last year or so though,¬†I have gotten into sewing and home decor alot more then previously. I love going thrifting and have been collecting items for our house that we’re remodeling. This winter I have been doing a lot of sewing for my girls summer wardrobes. I’ve purchased vintage sheets from goodwill and made simple skirts and dresses from them.¬†It has been really relaxing and fun for me to take things that are old and turn them into something¬†new. Once we live in our new house I hope to do some furniture makeovers. We already have 2 pieces waiting in the wings till we have time to tackle them. For Rich and I¬†, a day at an auction is an awesome day – we both love it. We have hope that someday we’ll have more time to do it.

4. A trend you are loving right now?
I am totally enjoying all the furniture makeover/sewing/home decor blogs that are out there. There are so many projects that I could be doing, sometimes my brain seems almost like it’ll explode with ideas. I dutifully put all those pictures and ideas in my inspiration folder that keeps multiplying expotentially. Then I just peck away at them little by little.
In photography I am totally digging the whole soft light/back light trend thats been around the last little while. Some of my favorite photographers have been doing alot of vintage staging with outfits, decor, etc… I really would like to get into more of that with my kids and clients too, for that matter. I LOVE, LOVE, vintage style photography.
5. You and your husband Rich,  have been revamping a house in Lancaster, Pa. What have been some of the highs and lows of this process for you and your family?
In September of 2008 we were an eager, idealistic, ¬†DIY¬† couple ready to tackle the next project. We managed to snag the project of a lifetime. It is an 1880’s Queen Anne Victorian with a host of lovely windows, and wonderful features and an extreme amount of work. It is now 1.5 years since we bought it and we now have 2 one bedroom apartments finished and rented out on the third floor and are hoping to move into a second floor apartment in about 8 weeks. Here are a 2 of the rooms from that apartment, these are old pictures, but it really doesn’t look that much different to the casual observer right now. Both of these rooms are pretty much ready for drywall next week.

Our bedroom
The children’s room

As you can see, we have plenty to do in the next 2 months. We hope to live in this apartment for about a year while we do some much needed repairs on the outside and finish the first floor and the master bedroom/bathroom. The highs have been getting phases completed – like the apartments upstairs and just seeing my skills improve. You don’t sand, strip and paint for 100’s of hours without getting better at it. There is alot of satisfaction in taking an old house like ours that has a major history and just breathing new life into it. It has been neglected for many years and we have heard from various people in the neighborhood¬†that they’re so glad we’re restoring it or that it’s one of their favorite houses in the city.¬†The lows can be put really simply. TOTAL monopoly on your time. Every Saturday is spent working, as well as lots of evenings. It swallows your life. I cannot even express how excited we are to move over there and take a break over the summer and just live there.

6. How would you describe the style you are drawn to and also what colors?
Since we bought the house my style has been changing – I love a vintage and traditional mix. I can’t wait to put some of the little treasures I’ve found at thrift stores into a space that appreciates them.¬†I love my high ceilings and huge windows – I’m envisioning billowy white curtains, something casual to contrast with some of the more fussy features of the house (i.e. 9 ft. tall gilt mirror over italian marble fireplace and stained glass bay window). I still like dark stained wood, so most of the floors will go dark and the dining room has quarter – sawn oak wainscote that we plan to refinish and stain to match an existing dark stained doorway. My favorite color has always been green – right now it’s the greyish vintage aqua. I am totally in love with it.

(Ballard Designs)
7. What inspires you now and in the beginning?
At present I would have to say blogs probably foremost – vintage photography, beautifully styled food, gorgeous Polaroid art just to speak of a few.¬†I get so excited reading about what other people are doing, making, creating. As far as earlier… I distinctly remember¬† being at JoAnn Fabrics with my mom when I was maybe 11 after I had gotten my 110 camera and getting almost giddy with excitement thinking about maybe one day buying some of that ugly, furry material that was all the rage 20 yrs. ago at Olan Mills, Sears, ect… I’m so glad I got the opportunity to go with it and learn. I shot rolls and rolls of “posed” pictures with my friends growing up.

8. Favorite breakfast.
Breakfast… I could eat it 3 times a day – don’t have a specific fave, but a good french toast made with french bread cut about an inch think is pretty much to die for.

9. I know you like to cook. Any new ingredient you are loving right now?
Something that just adds a kick to whatever you are making?
I don’t have a fave ingredient besides cilantro. It makes anything mexican WAY better and I cook mexican quite a bit. I am totally sold on grilling – chicken, steak, pork chops, sausage, hamsteaks… we give our grill a workout all summer long. No mess in the house, awesome food – what’s not to like?

10. Favorite pregnant guilty pleasure?
Ha, ha, ha…. when I am pregnant I give myself permission to eat whatever I want, whenever I want. In my experience (the last 3 times) it doesn’t really help me with the weight gain if I try to limit what I eat – I still gain an obscene amount of weight¬† and my life is much more miserable. So what the world – I might as well eat. So far it’s worked decently this time – I¬† actually haven’t gained as much as I did last time – but still plenty, which is why this is the only picture of myself I will be posting here.

It’s been fun, Jenny – thanks for having me!
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5 Comments

  1. Becky says:

    enjoyed this post, jenn and shannon! shannon, your work is beautiful! and beautiful belly blessings to you and your new baby! i pray all will be well! luv.

  2. Aug says:

    Great job, Shannon and Jenny. You know, to me, even your names still go together. Kind of like peanut butter and jelly. Shannon and Jenny. I guess I know you back when you were like two peas in a pod. A cool and trendy pod, I might add!

  3. Anna says:

    Great post! I love Shannon’s style and all her talents. She is just one cool mama : )

  4. Linda Hershey says:

    The 15 minutes were fun, ladies! Between you two I would say the creativity is over the brim!
    Shannon, i am in awe of your sanity during house makeovers! A kitchen/dining room redo has me on the edge of becoming an alcoholoic…

  5. Trina says:

    Totally on the pregnant thing there! Would love to see picutes of your house when its done!

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