On this photo journey I meet so many interesting and astounding humans. I recently had the pleasure of capturing an amazing soul by the name of Shanna Star.
Below is a short interview so you can get to know her a little better and also enjoy the amazing images we captured. Simply click on any image in this blog to see the full gallery from this shoot.
Whats your name and where are you originally from?
I’m Shanna Star (yes it’s my middle name) originally from a small town in Minnesota but have lived in Las Vegas, New Mexico and now Virginia! i went to school for graphic design and photography and spend my work breaks with my two puppies Murphy and Conner.
I was always in sports and active when i was younger, but got back into it seriously 4 years ago and fell in love with lifting and more recently powerlifting.
Brittany Dawn Fitness, i was actually able to photograph her a few months back so i got to see what a beautiful soul she is in person and tender hearted. She works incredibly hard and is always trying to encourage women.
Hunny Buns Fit was one of the first women i followed online, love her enthusiasm and her willingness to try new things!
And anyone who lifts for strength, it helps me get to the gym on days i don’t feel like it!
What inspires me in the fitness community is seeing other women lift heavy and when i lived in new mexico i was surrounded by people who were constantly encouraging me each day in the gym. Outside of the gym inspiration comes a lot from books and the people i’m closest with, i am beyond lucky to have uplifting people in my life who have the perfect mixture of sarcasm and love.
Describe our shoot and how you felt throughout the whole process. Add any additional comments you have about the whole shoot/encounter.
I’m pretty comfortable with showing a little more skin in front of the camera, after my bikini competition, you learn to get comfortable real quick with not much on, i also photograph boudoir and fitness so when i trust the photographer i know he’ll find the angles and help me look my best. I immediately felt comfortable with Glen and in between the serious shots were tons of laughter and fun. He was completely professional and loved every idea he had! We shot for a while and it went so quickly, made me excited for more shoots!
what i love about being on that side of the camera is the boost of confidence i get. it helps me literally see myself through someone else’s lens, and helps me appreciate not just my body but who i am in a different way. It was such a good time in my life to do this kind of shoot, because i’m not on prep for anything and actually i’d say i’m at my thickest i’ve been and have had some personal stresses; So even though i may not see myself at my best, I can appreciate me. and i hope it can encourage women to do these shoots before losing the weight or waiting for the perfect time.
Glen’s photographs are absolutely beautiful, and he’s quick to show you some previews which i love
Go follow Shanna Star
Fitness ig: @shannastarfit
Photographer ig: @shannamagnuson
Thanks so much for stopping by. Leave a comment or share with a friend. Below is a link for the behind the scenes video of this amazing shoot. Enjoy! :)