An On-Line Journal
by Paul Buceta
2004 08 04 - Working or not with Shannon

As I had mentioned in a prior post I was scheduled to shoot Shannon for a SESSIONS before the end of the summer.

In a nutshell, I met Shannon at a prior shoot, she then helped on another, and here we are.
You can read the more detailed description here.

Shannon is a bit of a riddle to me.
She always has been and always will be.

You see Shannon loves solitude. She loves to go camping and be totally cut off from civilization. In fact, I had to photograph her before mid August as she's off to spend the rest of the summer in the mountains all by her lonesome.

This would be worse than a jail sentence to me.

Seriously, I'd probably start hearing voices and would suffer from some extreme cyber-withdrawal.
I guess I never noticed just how dependent I am of technology.

But I digress.

Shannon not only is a fan of solitude but also a climber.
(She should read the Snows of Kilimanjaro - That might fix her).

When we started shooting I began noticing a trend - She seems so much more serious than in real life. In real life she's the most laid back, relaxed, cool model I've worked with - Certainly not serious. What's more is she has a sultry look in pictures, while being cute and charming in real life.

You don't have to take my word for it.
Check out the video.

click to see video

On that note: Shannon does not like video. At All.

As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure she'll never see it as she has no interest in seeing herself in videos.
During our lunch she was explaining about how she had no problem with stills but videos were totaly different. She was going on about some nonsense regarding her essence when I trailed off into my own little world - A place I like to visit every so often.
I came back to her concluding that I wasn't paying attention.

I should also mention that Shannon is intuitive.

The BEST part about working with Shannon is how much fun we had. We were laughing and joking around the whole time. As a matter of fact, when we weren't discussing African tribe beliefs about losing their souls to video - we spent more time not working than working.
Looking back I have no regrets, although after reviewing her images I wish I had taken more, they're so awsome !

Oh well, maybe next time.

And for the record; I never told her there was no film in the video camera.