Pure artistic talent!! Shana has done a few projects for me but my favorites by far are my daughter's senior pictures. As a result of an insanely crazy day we were really late for our appointment. I was convinced it was going to sabotage the shoot. However, Shana's calming presence & reassurance allowed her to capture the true essence of my daughter's personality. Everyone who sees the pictures say, "That is so her"! Shana recognized my daughter‘s unique identity almost innately & it is very much reflected in her photos. Shana makes the process of choosing final photos easy & offers out of the box thinking as far as grouping & framing. I recommend Shana Watkins to anyone looking for a photographer.
Joyce H. in Webster Groves, MO
My husband and I met Shana a little over 4 years ago when we were expecting our first child. Her name was passed along to me and without any knowledge of her work we scheduled a maternity session. When we returned to view our images we were so amazed at the talent of Shana's gift of photography. We have had several sessions since then and have just welcomed our second child into the family and would not have had anyone other than Shana capture these precious memories for our family to enjoy for many years to come. It would be very difficult for me to allow any other photographer photograph our family. Thanks, Shana, for all of the beautiful images that are admired throughout my home not only by my family but friends as well. We look forward to capturing more amazing memories.
Rosalyn R. in Daphne, AL
Shana is a true professional who was awesome to work with. She is so patient and creative with the little ones, which I'm sure is challenging, but she handles it with ease. Shana really captured a special moment in time with our daughter that we'll always cherish. Our gallery quality portraits were so worh the investment.
Cindy K. in Chatham, IL
My most valued possessions. The photos we've taken with Shana Watkins bring a smile and a memory to me every day. As my daughter grows up I cherish our photos more every day. They are classic, timeless and beautiful. Shana is so easy to work with and treats us like family.
Stephanie R. in Wildwood, MO
We had such a great time during our photo sessions with Shana! She was very patient with the kids and knew just what to do to capture our unique family personality. The final product just took my breath away. I will cherish these photos forever and can't wait to do another session to record the next phase of our children's lives.
Julie O. in Ladue, MO
How do you capture the sweet and the sassy??? The love and the rivalry? Shana was able to capture all of those things in our session. The personalities of my children shine through. What an amazing gift for grandparents who live so far away. When Yaya and Pop look at those portraits they can hear them playing and feel the warm hugs.
Thanda M. in Swansea, IL
True love. Shana captured the beauty of my daughter's spirit and brought to life the bond we share. I will cherish the moments in time forever sealed within those images. Shana made our session such a breeze. She is a true professional and an artist. She is always our first choice.
Kristina L. in Saint Louis, MO
We love the pictures taken by Shana Watkins. Shana was very patient, great with kids, and was able to capture natural smiles beautifully. We will treasure the pictures always.
Dorothea K. in Ladue, MO
In a world where hospitality is dying fast, I was very pleased to find it alive and well in Shana. On the day of our session she made us feel very comfortable, relaxed, and in the mood to just have some fun. She was able to shoot us in our natural personalities and didn't prop us in pre-determined poses. At my ordering appointment, it was an equally pleasing experience as well. As I was leaving, I was very happy that I chose Shana to get "THE shot" and didn't go to a chain store to get "A shot".
Ronnie H. in Saint Louis, MO
My entire experience was fantastic from start to finish. I wanted a photograph that was me ...without a fuss. Shana knew exactly what I wanted and by the end of the shoot, I felt like a princess. I would highly recommend Shana Watkins Photography.
Lelois G. in University City, MO
Our session with Shana was the most remarkable photography experience ever. She is truly skilled at bringing out the best in each individual. Our portraits are amazing because they reflect the true personality of each member of our family.
Amy G. in Ladue, MO
Shana Watkins is a gifted photographer and a natural at capturing our family's casual outdoor lifestyle. We have used her services many times over the years and have had nothing but great results. We are now creating a gallery of canvas portraits of our family to pass down to our children as family heirlooms. We would never consider using anyone but Shana.
Debbie G. in Kirkwood, MO
Our children's sessions with Shana Watkins was one of a kind. It was fun and easy, and the black and white photos looked very natural and full of expression. She really captured our kids' personalities.
Crista B. in Brentwood, MO
What we love about Shana is that she is able to capture the best pictures of our kids effortlessly. We have had our pictures done annually since our youngest was a baby, and I love looking around our house at all of the beautiful pictures she has taken, and how our kids have changed over the years.
Chalegne O. in Rock Hill, MO
We feel very fortunate to have found Shana. Her talent has allowed us to display an amazing collection of prints of our growing family in our home. We constantly look forward to our photo sessions as we know it means another piece of fine artwork to hang on our walls!
Josh W. in Chesterfield, MO
Best decision ever to schedule a photo session! I couldn't be more thrilled with how the pictures turned out. When I am 80 years old I'll look back and say - this was my life. There isn't anything better than that feeling.
Victoria M. in Saint Louis, MO
Shana's personality and 'studio skills' captured the essence of our precious relationship on film.
Ted G. in Lebanon, IL
After having newborn portraits by Shana for our first son, we knew we had to return with our next two! I love having their early days captured in such a beautiful way and will treasure these portraits forever. I am continually amazed (but not surprised) by the ease in which Shana captures the essence of families.
Jen R. in Chesterfield, MO
Each picture taken by Shana captures a beautiful moment in time. Like a true artist, the photographs reflect her thoughtfulness, attention to detail and quality. Her style is fun, open and creative! During the photo session, she is patient and puts everyone at ease. We have trusted Shana to photograph our family on several occasions over the years and have always been impressed by her work.
Chi-yong T. in O'Fallon, IL
I absolutely love my pictures! Shana has a real talent for working with kids. Her style is comfortable and easy and my kids really responded to her in a fun, positive way! I will cherish the lovely shots she was able to get of me and my family! I just wish we lived in Saint Louis so she could continue to take photos for us year after year!
Liz D. in Manhattan Beach, CA
I feel incredibly fortunate to have discovered Shana's work before I had my little boy. She was able to capture my excitement waiting for his arrival at my maternity session and managed to freeze each distinct milestone along my baby's incredibly fast-moving first year so I will never forget any one of them. From the heart melting smile in his sleep at his newborn session to the wide-eyed curiosity and beaming grin of his six month session and arriving at the proud independence of his one-year session, her photos tell the story of our first year together and I am so grateful.
Jennifer D. in University City, MO
Shana Watkins has been taking photographs of our daughter, family, and extended family for 6 years. We look forward to the sessions and are always amazed with the results and her ability to capture personality and the moment itself. Each image brings back memories and the canvas portraits are works of art.
Maria H. in Saint Louis, MO
We have used Shana for newborn, toddler, and now big boy pictures - indoor, outdoor, black/white and color. She consistently exceeds expectations. The pictures are truly artwork that compliment our home and office, and are the subject of much admiration over the years. I was sold from the moment I stepped into her door years ago and just can't keep myself away. She is a pleasure to work with and her talent is unparalleled.
Julie G. in Saint Louis, MO
The photographs Shana has taken of our sons make me "feel" a certain way... they are an investment in happiness. Shana's technical skill, along with her artistic vision, allow her to photograph with a distinctive style. Her images capture priceless expressions and moments that I treasure even more with the passage of time. Shana's attention to detail and customer satisfaction are unparalleled. We have received countless compliments from friends and family who have seen her work. I am forever grateful for the time and energy she has spent in sessions with our family.
Lynn D. in Webster Groves, MO
Shana is awesome! The pictures were so great and all the time spent made us feel like it was such a special experience.
Christine H. in Oakville, MO
We started coming to Shana 5 years ago, when our oldest son turned one. We loved the images she created for us, and since our first session, Shana has documented the story of our growing family unlike any other photographer. Her ability to capture each individual's personality and spirit is why we will always look to Shana to fill our lives with beautiful visual reminders of who we are, where we have been and where we are going.
Sally K. in Kirkwood, MO
We've used Shana Watkins for both our daughters senior pictures. We've been thrilled with the portraits. She beautifully captures the personality and individuality of the people she photographs. Each shoot is colorful and unique. The sessions are fun and relaxed so the pictures are so natural and the smiles genuine. I would highly recommend Shana Watkins Photography!
Julie T. in Kirkwood, MO
Shana exhibits amazing artistry in her photography. She perfectly captured the relationship, both playful and serious, between two active children. I cherish these moments in stunning black and white.
Connie C. in Saint Louis, MO
Shana - it is truly an extraordinary experience to be at your studio! I usually have to drag the girls from the office, kicking and screaming, to have their photographs done - and they are never happy with them afterwards. But the atmosphere and your easy way with people made it a truly fun session. Everyone is so happy with the results and feels that you totally captured who we are as a family and a team. You're gifted and certainly a gift to us!
Barb M. in Frontenac, MO
Shana was so amazing to work with. She made our 2 week old and our 4 1/2 year old feel comfortable and happy, and the end result shows that. Shana is very honest and professional, the end product was amazing, we are very happy with her work. We highly recommend her and will definitely be back.
Mike M. in Maryland Heights, MO
Shana Watkins has photographed our family on several occasions over the past three years. We first worked with her when our son was six months old. We found her to be extremely easygoing, creative, and fun. The pictures she takes, even with seemingly less than cooperative young children, are amazing. In fact, we loved her so much that we returned for two more sessions with our son, a maternity shoot, three sessions with our baby daughter, and to shoot a series of family photographs for my mother-in-law's 60th birthday. On each of those occasions, we were presented with many beautiful choices. The final products, from matted photos to canvases to wall prints, were all gorgeous. We consider them to be artwork. I could not recommend any photographer more highly than Shana. If you are looking for someone to capture your family milestones and create lasting memories, you will be thrilled with Shana Watkins.
Amy Z. in Kirkwood, MO
MO Photographer of the Year: Known for her high school senior, family and pet photography. Available for studio and outdoor portraits.