September 2014 Member Spotlight Neil Shannon Photography

September 2014 Member Spotlight is...

Neil Shannon Photography

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Neil Shannon Photography is a full-time wedding and event photography studio serving the South-West Florida area and beyond since 1996. Owners, Neil and Shannon Patel combined their talents in 2001 to create one fun company! They met as photographers in 2000. Their style is best described as Dynamic, Crazy-Fun Photojournalism, with a mix of Faux-Journalism!

Studio-Venue Philosophy: 
‘Ask not what your Venue can do for you, but what you can do for your venue’. Neil Shannon Photography will work with the venue to keep the event timeline flowing smoothly and on track.

Neil V. Patel is the Lead Photo Artist and Visionary of Neil Shannon Photography. Educated in Industrial Psychology and Marketing, Neil developed a unique method of using hand gestures to quickly move people around and position them in their most flattering poses ever. This allows him to work very fast, stay within the timelines allocated by the venue and get every photo requested by the client. 

Neil’s slight accent and occasional mispronunciation of words entices people to chuckle and laugh, which is Neil’s true intention to get more natural, fun poses! 
Humor is the key to a fun life, and so it is with wedding photography. Wedding and festive events are meant to be fun. Using humor and occasional silliness, Neil will entice guests to relax, be themselves and totally let loose! With occasional fauxto-bombs, Neil will crank up the fun level!

Dressed in all black, Neil moves very fast, sneaking up on people, dodging and peeking around folks for the best shots. A groomsman recently dubbed him as ‘The Ninja Photographer’. He takes that as a compliment. 

Shannon graduated from USF in 1995. She is the studio manager and talented album designer. As an efficient studio manager, she facilitates the day to day operations utilizing Pictage and ShootQ. Contracts, client relations and followups are her domain. 

Shannon works with the bride and groom in a very patient and understanding way to help design an album unique to their tastes. 

Neil Shannon Photography also utilize two associate photographers for larger weddings, that assist Neil in his creative vision and methods on the wedding day. An elegant collection of professional hand crafted designer albums, archival prints, canvases and much more are offered by the studio!

On a personal note, Neil and Shannon have been married for 13 years and recently moved to their new custom home studio in Wesley Chapel FL. They have four beautiful daughters. Alicia, 22, resides in Germany and is studying business and the German language. Jessica,18, attends UCF, studying character animation. Anna,12, plays the snare drum in concert band and the base drum in marching band. Chanel, 7, enjoys dressing up as a little lady. 

To learn more about Neil Shannon Photography, and see how they can help you with your needs as a venue/vendor/bride, contact Neil or Shannon Patel at
813.996-1872, [email protected]
To see more photos of specific venues and events, please contact Shannon at [email protected]m

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