Today we are featuring Shannon Kirsten: illustrator + Photographer. As an invitation designer myself I have a special interest and am super inspired by other illustrators and designers. I first saw Shannon on a green wedding shoes post & fell in love with her work and then I made my way to her blog which is equally inspiring! I hope everyone enjoys my interview with Shannon! Have a happy Tuesday!!!!
Amber: Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself & your artistic aesthetic?
Shannon: I am a photographer and illustrator born and raised in Florida (on the gulf coast). My degree and background is in fashion. I began my career working in textile then graphic design for a couple large apparel companies. I started to freelance on the side and found that I really loved illustration and using hand painted elements in my designs. Overtime I also started to do more hand lettering and experimenting with other paint mediums like gouache and watercolors. I never thought I would be doing calligraphy but I’ve grown to truly love it. I now focus mainly on painting custom wedding invitations, whimsical art prints, and other little paper goods! When I’m not painting, I’m photographing. Photography has been a lifelong hobby of mine that finally turned into a real business. I have been working on fashion photography projects for a couple of years now. As of last year I also started photographing weddings. In both of my mediums, femininity and nature are a consistent element in which I’m constantly inspired by. I am drawn to pretty and dainty but I love a touch of rustic…things with an edgy, dark side as well.