Welcome to the home of Brilliant Flashes.
I am Shannon Housley Davis, a professional photographer and avid crafter. I was born in Louisiana then moved to Texas early in life. My family heratage is pretty southern based. I still say "Mam" and "y'all" with a slight draw even after many years of traveling and living around the world.
I knew the moment I picked up my mom’s Pentax K-1000 that I wanted to learn about photography. I was obsessed with her make-shift black and white photolab that she would set up in their tiny bathroom and process photos. I borrowed her camera as much as she would let me and eventually it became mine.
In high school I was the yearbook and newspaper photographer and after a summer camp at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas I knew that was where I needed to go to learn more about the art and craft of photography.
I first enrolled in Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas where I was taught and mentored under O. Rufus Lovett, a former student of THE Ansel Adams. I graduated from Kilgore College with a broad knowledge of photography and all the wonderful arts and crafts that are associated with it, including printing, commercial art and fine art.
Thank you Rufus!!!
After Kilgore I attended Sam Houston State University in the piney woods of Huntsville, Texas where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Photography and a minor in studio art.
I’ve worked in photography as a studio portrait & commercial photographer, then as a research photographer with Texas A&M University on thier wonderful scientific research ship the JOIDES Resolution while litterally sailing around the world for 5 1/2 years. Most recently I worked in real estate photography, but my true passion is fine art photography.
I met my husband on the JOIDES Resolution and after we decided to settle down we had three little ones. Our little family of five moved overseas to serve in the U.S. Foreign Service. We had two wonderful years in Moscow, Russia then about a year in Libreville, Gabon.
I've been so blessed to be able to travel and experience so many of the beautiful places around this amazing planet!
Currently we are living in the Washington D.C. metro area where I continue to work on my photography and my unending craft addiction. I love to design, sew and I love making beaded jewlery.
Please visit my Etsy site via the link below to see more of my work.
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