Why hire me?

I care about your images as if they were my own.


I edit your images to perfection. If this means I spend an hour on a photo, then that is what I do.

I treat each image as if they will be hung on my walls in my home.

If I wouldn't hang them on my walls, I don't release them to my clients.


I see your images as art. I am not a shoot and burn photographer that books 100 sessions in 100 days like a machine.

I get to know my clients and carefully shoot and choose your images so I am showing you the absolute best.

I constantly try to push the envelope to get fresh, new, interesting shots.


I have high standards. I generally show between 100 and 250 carefully chosen images per session. I strive to give my clients the best locations for their sessions and to show multiple backgrounds and groupings in their galleries.

I work hard to provide gentle direction to my clients to help them along during the session so they are comfortable and their galleries are interesting and full.

I provide my clients with a gallery that I would want to receive, and I am a tough customer!


In the past 15+ years, I have seen almost everything photographing newborns and families! Family dynamics are a special thing and are very different from family to family. I have the experience it takes to read a family quickly- to soothe fussy newborn babies, to befriend wild 3 year olds, to engage shy school aged kids, and to be cool enough to keep the attention of reluctant teens. I also know how to keep Dads on board long enough to get the shots we need!

Some may even report that they had a good time... (maybe!)

All the while setting up with the perfect light and location for a shot you will love!

Before Editing

After Editing



Marin Mommies is the best guide for parents and families in Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find recommendations for photographers and links to book sessions with Shannon Chiminiello Photography in Marin or Maui.


Your modern parenting village. At Kinspace, they provide parents with the resources, education and the community they need to thrive including recommendations for photographers!


With over 1,000 Members in the North Bay, the SMMC provides a vibrant community for moms and dads looking to connect with like-minded families. I can be found in the SMMC Community Partnerships directory - a rewards program aimed to build relationships with local businesses that bring value to all members.


Shop Novato Local is a website dedicated to reminding people that spending money locally helps our community, creates jobs, improves our local services by keeping tax dollars at home, and saves time, money, and is kinder to the environment. Shannon Chiminiello Photography can be found in the Shop Novato Local directory.

People Magazine

See my portrait of my client and her amazing story in the piece "Girls Changing the World" in People Magazine!