Hi, I am Paula Shannon, an award-winning photographer from Seaford Delaware. An avid photographer for more than 20 years, my love, and passion for capturing images extends back to my childhood at a time when I didn’t own a camera. As a young child, I battled severe scoliosis and spent years at a time in the Old Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia. It was from a viewing porch at the hospital where I learned to study and memorize images of the sky and sunsets to get me through the isolation of my treatments.
I purchased my first professional camera for a trip to France in 1985. It was here where I realized my love for photography as I captured the iconic Sacré-Cœur in Paris and the Pont du Gard in Nimes France. My fondest memories are of times shared with my mother where I was encouraged to capture our favorite places. My favorite photograph of a tree taken near the Woodland Ferry, on one of our cherished explorations, was also one of my mother’s favorites.
Today, I still have a love for nature, wildlife, and sunsets, but also enjoy capturing people. Because of the adversity, I have faced, my camera became a social tool, allowing me to communicate through my art. I developed a keen depth of awareness that allows me to connect with my subject to capture authentic moments. I am active in my community and have established a niche in photographing civic and community events. I am proud to have won a Friends of Prime Hook award, Photography Club awards, Best of the State Fair, Ward Museum 1st in my category, and the prestigious Ward Museum Spring 2015 magazine cover.