I first noticed her as she pulled up to college in her Honda Accord on move-in day. My roommate told me she was out of my league, but I thought I should give her a call anyway. I was an art major, and she was studying graphic design. We began dating, a few months later I got down on one knee in the chapel we would later get married in, and our love story began!
For our wedding gift, my parents bought us a Pentax 35mm film camera. Instantly, I was hooked. I started taking photos of everything, which turned into a hobby, and soon became a rapidly growing business. Anna discovered her passion for editing, and fell in love with the administrative side of our business.
Today, photography is our full-time adventure. I take the photos, and Anna perfects them. We have served hundreds of couples & families, and are grateful for each experience! We are excited to continue pursuing our dream, and can't wait to share more stories ahead!
We are Shane & Anna Long, a husband and wife photography team completely in love with what we do!
Recently, I have fallen in love with boating. Everything from walking down the dock in loafers and stepping into our runabout, to cruising through sky-blue waters and basking in the summer sun, there is just something about it. Minnesota summers were made for the lakes. And the lakes were made for boating.
Mountains are my favorite and Anna craves the tropics, so when you combine the two, it doesn't get any better. On our last visit to the Caribbean we were able to relax and swim, but my highlight was probably the zipline course. I'm naturally a risk-taker, but Anna is not, so listening to her shriek-of-terror turn to joy as she leapt off the platform the first time was the best moment ever.
I've loved pizza all my life, but it was at a little Italian restaurant in Tampa, Florida that it sealed its number one spot in my top favorite foods. It could have been the fact that Anna and I were leaving on a cruise the next day, or it could have been the outdoor seating, warm weather, and Italian atmosphere, but to this day, Brio's Margherita pizza is still the best I've ever eaten!
The latest camera was made available for order at 12:00 AM. At 12:01 AM my order confirmation email arrived in my inbox. With overnight shipping, the next morning I found myself unboxing the newest member of my Canon family. When I am not shooting, I can be found online reading up on, researching, and scouring reviews for the latest from Canon, Apple, or Nintendo.
I've always had a love for cinema, and grew up making home videos with my friends and brothers. While our snowboarding tricks and backyard adventures never made it to the big screen, my passion for creating with video never left. In 2020, I combined my background in education with my love of photography gear, and launched our very own YouTube channel!
It's true. I am THAT person. The one that sorts, alphabetizes, and organizes almost every part of life. When it comes to our business, I thrive on all of the administrative and behind-the-scenes details. From editing the beautiful images that Shane captures, to sharing the final products on our blog, to e-mailing our couples, families, & vendors, I love every minute!
My heart craves to explore beautiful places. The smell of the ocean still brings me to tears, and living in SW Florida in the winter & spring has been a dream come true! Any place with an epic cityscape, a tropical vibe, or with European charm is my happy place, and a few favorites include New York City, the Oregon coast, California, the Caribbean, and Spain.
And by shopping I mean hunting for a great deal! I could spend all day thrifting or strolling the aisles of Target in search of the perfect thing on sale that I had no idea I needed. It's a good thing Dave Ramsey is my hero! My latest obsession is finding deals on flights. There is nothing better than whisking away to someplace warm knowing you paid pennies to experience paradise!
Chai is basically my coffee, and when paired with the cozy setting of a cute coffee shop (atmosphere is everything) it's my idea of perfection! As a side to chai, my favorites are cake with ALL the frosting, or anything that combines chocolate with mint. Anytime I get to enjoy a treat along with a one-on-one conversation with Shane or a close friend I am in introverted heaven!
Although running our business is a passion of mine, and I love what I do, it pales in comparison to my favorite people on earth! Shane and our kids have stolen my heart. I had no idea what God had in store for us the day I said “I Do,” but I love finding joy in the journey with our crew! Our latest adventures have brought us to homeschooling our kids while doing life in 2 states!