My name is Mickey Shannon. I am a self-taught nature and landscape photographer specializing in open and large format, museum quality open and limited edition fine art nature photography prints. Born and raised in Kansas, most of my family come from the vast Great Plains of America. With roots in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and South Dakota, I have explored this under-rated region of North America both before becoming a landscape photographer and after. My love of nature was cultivated on family trips to Colorado and visiting relatives in the rugged mesas of northwest Oklahoma and the rolling hills and badlands in South Dakota. All of these family trips usually involved some kind of hiking, exploring and just being in the great outdoors. From camping at the lake under the stars to hiking to the alpine lakes of Colorado, I grew to love the natural world from a very early age.
By my college years, I started taking photography with disposable cameras. I would go on camping trips with my brother and dad to Rocky Mountain National Park yearly in my 20s. It was on one of those trips that my brother suggested I take up a DSLR and give nature photography a try. I bought my first DSLR in 2007, a Nikon D80 with a kit lens and started reading nature photography books from well known nature photographers such as Galen Rowell. In 2009, I took my first international trip to the Swiss and French Alps and spent 10 days photographing everything I could in this alpine wonderland! That’s when I realized I wanted to become a professional landscape photographer. I really took a liking to printing my work. In 2010, I showcased about 30 of my favorite prints from Switzerland in a show titled Alpine Magic. I printed my images on various paper types and spent hours matting and framing them in my basement. The love of printing my work has stuck with me ever since.
I began selling prints of my work in 2011. My business steadily grew as I traveled both near and far. Practicing my skills both at home in Kansas and in beautiful places such as Kauai, the Canadian Rockies and the Pacific Northwest. In 2018 I launched my first limited edition prints and have seen my business grow exponentially since that change, with collectors all around the world enjoying my limited edition fine art prints in their homes and offices. Printing on mediums such as Lumachrome TruLife Acrylic, Chromaluxe Metal and more has allowed me to showcase my work on some of the best printing methods in the world. In 2020, I began showcasing my work at art festivals around the country, including the prestigious 2021 Park City Kimball Arts Festival in Utah and the 2022 Bonita Springs January Art Festival in Florida.