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      I have always enjoyed documenting people and places surrounding me (as evidenced by my first camera at three-years-old!) I love being able to take a moment and capture it in your own unique way.

      I graduated from the college of charleston in 2005, majoring in communication and minoring in studio art and spanish. Not exactly sure of the path I wanted to take, I finally decided upon graduation that I wanted to delve deeper into photography.


      Hi! I’m Shannon, a Charleston, South Carolina based wedding and portrait photographer. I ended up in Charleston while attending the College of Charleston. While at the College, I stumbled into photography classes, which led me to an art minor based in photography. Right out of college, I decided to move to New York City on a whim with my then-boyfriend, now husband, Jake. While in New York, I got started in the wedding world with my job as photo coordinator at The Knot. Although we loved city living, we knew we wanted a little more open space and wanted to get back to Charleston.

      In 2009, I started my photography business as Shannon Michele Photography and have been shooting ever since. I recently changed the name of my business to Shannon Oleksak.

      When I am not behind the camera, you can usually find me with my family, which includes, my husband, Jake, two little ones, Owen (5) and Evie (2), and our lab mix pup, Ada. In my free time, I also enjoy continual home improvement and interior design projects, trying to not kill my plant collection, the beach, and travel adventures!

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