Shannon and Colleen Graham have been working together as professional photographers for over 20 years. After college, the Grahams moved to New England to assist some of the best photographers in the Portsmouth, Portland, and Boston areas. When they returned to the Midwest a few years later, they opened their own commercial photography studio, S&C Design Studios, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The team focuses on advertising and fine art photography.
The Grahams also specialize in photographing and writing about the liquor and beverage industries. They often collaborate (Colleen writing and Shannon behind the camera) for outlets such as The Spruce Eats and books like Tequila: Cocktails with a Kick. Shannon is a professional photography instructor at Hawkeye Community College, teaching analog photography and darkroom techniques.
No commercial photography assignment is too big or small for S&C Design Studios. They have photographed everything from large industrial elevators in the agricultural industry to the smallest bolts and screws for wholesale catalogs. Whether the job is capturing a product in the studio, creating a beautiful image of a building on location, or shooting cocktails and food, they're the photographers your business needs to produce advertising images that get noticed.
S&C is continually exploring new avenues of photographic art. The couple shoots black and white photography exclusively for their fine art work—it is not a regression, but a return to their roots. Their body of work is completely analog, using film cameras and hand-printing silver gelatin prints in the studio’s darkroom. Shannon also works with alternative processes, many of which are proprietary techniques.