Welcome to Shana Davis Photography!
Who am I?
Well, defining who you are never really ends... does it? :)
I grew up loving art, dance, music, writing, movies and photography. Basically anything “right brained”. The world around me inspires me with all the colors, textures, lines and shapes, but the first thing I notice before anything else is the light. Light is what creates all forms and color. Color is dependent on light and using light in photography is what makes an image special. Just look at any painting by Claude Monet. When I was a freshman in college, the one thing that our art professor told us was "if you can actually see the light by the time you graduate you have reached your goal". An artist has to train their eye to see things differently and to see how light forms and creates the subject.
One of my childhood inspirations was my grandmother. She loved to take pictures. She wasn't a professional just used it as a hobby. All my life she had a camera at any visit or event. Before she would let us leave she would make us stand for a picture and would say “This is just to remember the day”! Those words have shaped me as a person, my business and my life.
This is truly what I want to accomplish through my work, and help YOU “remember the day” as well. Every day is a gift and I would love to preserve your memories.
I am a Certified Professional Photographer, Master Photographer, artist, and graphic designer that has been in the arts for over 20 years. I graduated from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma with a BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, Graphic Design and Photography. After graduating, I moved to Tulsa and was a graphic designer and photographer. I later moved into an Art director position before starting my own business. I have been awarded top honors at local and international competition, a member of Professional Photographers of Oklahoma (PPOK), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and Tulsa Professional Photographers (INPPA). Continuing education and staying on top of the newest and best photographic technology is very important to me. This is an ever changing industry and I strongly believe in being involved in local, state and national guilds...It is through these I improve my techniques and skills as a photographer and business owner and have made some of my closest friendships! I have studied under some of the best photographers in the nation and attend numerous conventions, seminars, workshops, and schools throughout the year.
The CPP Mission Statement: “To acknowledge and validate a consistent standard by which professional photographers can achieve and maintain a recognizable mark of excellence.”
What does “Certified” mean? Less than 8% of all imaging professionals have successfully completed and maintained the requirements for Certification. A true professional photographer is not only a skilled artisan but also a business person like any other professional you may know. It assures you of this photographer's professional knowledge and experience, while also declaring that photographer as one who has achieved and maintains a higher standard.
Certification requires passing a comprehensive written exam measuring technical expertise, and successfully submitting a body of work to a panel of judges for review and approval. Certification credentials must be renewed through continuing education and submitting work for critical evaluation.