Last year, we put out the call for a few creatives to contribute to our community and receive a membership in return, and Shanna was one of the first to respond. “I’m Shanna (like banana) and I make photographs,” she wrote, and I knew she’d fit right in. Shanna has charmed all of us here in the House with her bright energy, optimism, collaborative attitude and beautiful talent. Francesca recently captured all of that ‘Green Goddess’ spirit while learning more about her creativepreneur journey – here’s a peek.
How’d you take the leap from passion to career?
I actually did it very slowly with a ton of support from friends and family. I was working in retail management and had a natural evolution into photography when we moved to Northern Indiana. I put a ton of energy and time into developing my craft, which shifted from a want to a need in pursuing a career I was passionate about.
What was your Ah Ha moment?
The first Black Friday where I didn’t have to go to work at 3am. Instead, I was able to enjoy the holiday with my family. It was then that I realized I had been designing the work around my life, rather than the other way around.
How has Social House helped with the way you do business?
[ LAUGHS ] Joining Social House took me from a lone survivor on an island mentality/reality to being a part of a tribe. I’m able to have really great conversation that fill me right up, being so inspired by the many great creatives and entrepreneurs. I feel like I’m involved with something bigger than myself, which is exactly where I want my business to grow. I really value meaningful work and being a part of a community is imperative to create such meaningful work.
What’s the most fulfilling part of your week?
Just shooting. That to me is pure magic. There is this connection and collaboration and all of these moving parts that are left up to being present in the moment.
What do you wish more people knew about you?
That I see divinity in everything.
How do you gauge your success?
When someone says “I didn’t even see that.” My goal is to capture and share the tiniest of details that may otherwise go unnoticed.
Any future goals?
I just want to create meaningful work and empower everyone who I meet.
photography by Coco Prop Shop