Rebellious Women Make Waves

Build Her Business
Calgary

C$2,000

C$2K
40%
 
Funded Of C$5,000 Goal
40% Raised
Build Her Business Category
For Profit Type
26 Days Days Left

Select Rewards

Make a boost without a reward

Thank you so much for supporting us! We'll share our progress and news with you!
CAD
Thumbnail of: Morse Code Bracelet

Morse Code Bracelet

Morse Code Bracelet

Pledge: C$100.00
FEARLESS •• - ••• - • - •• - ••••••••• This subtle FEARLESS bracelet has been designed by Trisha Flanagan using the Morse Coding method. It features 17 soldered spheres spaced out along a 12 gauge solid sterling rod, which means this bracelet will never kink or break. The fit is one size fits all and adjustable by squeezing the ends together when on the wrist. The same method can be used to reform it if necessary. This is a handmade piece so there will be small maker marks due to the process. Morse code is simply a method of transmitting text information in a series of on-off tones, lights, or clicks that can be directly understood by a skilled listener or observer without special equipment. -Wikipedia All pieces will arrive with a label translating the word into Morse Code, an anti-tarnish paper, a business card and care instructions, all within a sealed plastic bag.
FEARLESS •• - ••• - • - •• - ••••••••• This subtle FEARLESS bracelet has been designed by Trisha Flanagan using the Morse Coding method. It features 17 soldered spheres spaced out along a 12 gauge solid sterling rod, which means this bracelet will never kink or break. The fit is one size fits all and adjustable by squeezing the ends together when on the wrist. The same method can be used to reform it if necessary. This is a handmade piece so there will be small maker marks due to the process. Morse code is simply a method of transmitting text information in a series of on-off tones, lights, or clicks that can be directly understood by a skilled listener or observer without special equipment. -Wikipedia All pieces will arrive with a label translating the word into Morse Code, an anti-tarnish paper, a business card and care instructions, all within a sealed plastic bag.
Pledge: C$100.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-04-15
3 of 100 Boosted
Thumbnail of:  Large Red Buffalo Check Blanket  - Meraki Movement

Large Red Buffalo Check Blanket - Meraki Movement

Large Red Buffalo Check Blanket - Meraki Movement

Pledge: C$155.00
Authentic alpaca wool large blanket. This cozy blanket will be the perfect addition to your bedroom. Truly versatile, it is the perfect gift for any occasion, maybe an I love sleeping celebration for yourself! These natural fibres are luxuriously light, soft and warm. The Alpaca Wool will keep you nice and warm when it is cold and yet still breathy and comfortable on any day. The Alpaca wool itself is soft, durable and luxurious. While similar to sheep wool, Alpaca wool is warmer, softer, not prickly and has no lanolin which makes it hypoallergenic. It is also naturally water-resistant. The Alpaca animal is indigenous to Ecuador and sustainably provided fabric for thousands of years. The animal lives and climbs many mountainous regions of Ecuador and other South American countries. Shades and colours may vary slightly from the photos. Easy to care for! Use the Delicate Wash setting. We sustainably support the local indigenous fabric makers, farmers and merchants. The Blanket Measures 98"x66" and fits great on a Queen bed.
Authentic alpaca wool large blanket. This cozy blanket will be the perfect addition to your bedroom. Truly versatile, it is the perfect gift for any occasion, maybe an I love sleeping celebration for yourself! These natural fibres are luxuriously light, soft and warm. The Alpaca Wool will keep you nice and warm when it is cold and yet still breathy and comfortable on any day. The Alpaca wool itself is soft, durable and luxurious. While similar to sheep wool, Alpaca wool is warmer, softer, not prickly and has no lanolin which makes it hypoallergenic. It is also naturally water-resistant. The Alpaca animal is indigenous to Ecuador and sustainably provided fabric for thousands of years. The animal lives and climbs many mountainous regions of Ecuador and other South American countries. Shades and colours may vary slightly from the photos. Easy to care for! Use the Delicate Wash setting. We sustainably support the local indigenous fabric makers, farmers and merchants. The Blanket Measures 98"x66" and fits great on a Queen bed.
Pledge: C$155.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-03-20
3 of 10 Boosted
Thumbnail of: Witch Balls - Fairy Magic Emporium

Witch Balls - Fairy Magic Emporium

Witch Balls - Fairy Magic Emporium

Pledge: C$15.00
The witch balls were made under the first full (wolf) moon of 2020 and contain crystals (unkanite and rose quartz), pink Himalayan salt, tobacco, sweet grass, lavender blossoms, sage, grand fir pine needles, eucalyptus, rose petals, orange peel, tulip petals and chrysanthemum petals. All are sealed with wax and on a red velvet ribbon. Historically witch balls were hung in cottage windows in the 17th and 18th century to ward off evil spirits, witches, evil spells, ill fortune and bad spirits. They may be hung in a East facing window, placed on top of a vase or hung from a mantelpiece or the rafters. They may also be used anywhere in the home where inhabitants want to ward off evil. They offer protection and blessing to those in the home.
The witch balls were made under the first full (wolf) moon of 2020 and contain crystals (unkanite and rose quartz), pink Himalayan salt, tobacco, sweet grass, lavender blossoms, sage, grand fir pine needles, eucalyptus, rose petals, orange peel, tulip petals and chrysanthemum petals. All are sealed with wax and on a red velvet ribbon. Historically witch balls were hung in cottage windows in the 17th and 18th century to ward off evil spirits, witches, evil spells, ill fortune and bad spirits. They may be hung in a East facing window, placed on top of a vase or hung from a mantelpiece or the rafters. They may also be used anywhere in the home where inhabitants want to ward off evil. They offer protection and blessing to those in the home.
Pledge: C$15.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-04-15
8 of 10 Boosted
Thumbnail of: Inspire Hair Artistry

Inspire Hair Artistry

Inspire Hair Artistry

Pledge: C$50.00
Discounted Woman's Haircut in-studio service. Stephanie owns a body positive hair salon in Marda Loop, fully inclusive to assist people with mobility issues and wheelchairs in a fun and approachable location. Natural based products are used during your service. Stephanie has over 9 years experience in the hair industry and it is a passion for her to provide a unique and caring experience while creating a hair cut as unique as you. This discount is for women's haircut only, should you desire to upgrade your services, you may certainly do so at an extra cost. Services are expected to be claimed/booked by April 30, 2020. No cash value.
Discounted Woman's Haircut in-studio service. Stephanie owns a body positive hair salon in Marda Loop, fully inclusive to assist people with mobility issues and wheelchairs in a fun and approachable location. Natural based products are used during your service. Stephanie has over 9 years experience in the hair industry and it is a passion for her to provide a unique and caring experience while creating a hair cut as unique as you. This discount is for women's haircut only, should you desire to upgrade your services, you may certainly do so at an extra cost. Services are expected to be claimed/booked by April 30, 2020. No cash value.
Pledge: C$50.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-04-30
0 of 10 Boosted
Thumbnail of: Session with Shannon Smith

Session with Shannon Smith

Session with Shannon Smith

Pledge: C$400.00
Shannon Smith is offering women to book a session via this incredible campaign at a slightly discounted cost. Shannon provides an experience that is high luxury but also so grounding. Where you feel beautiful, feel like a queen, and also get the tools and support for your body & self love journey. Shannon's session fee includes: 2 hour session in her Calgary studio, Prep and Lingerie guides, Access to her client closet (over 300 clothing items to choose from xs-6x size range), Same Day Reveal** Please note, this session fee does not include any images or products, it is for the session to occur only. Hair and Makeup Artist, Leanne Smith who works exclusively with Shannon Smith, charge $200 day prior to session. **Product Collections start at $2500, perks for paying in full or in-house payment plans up to 6 months. Not available through the ATB Campaign. Please see www.artistshannonsmith.com/products for further info. **These sessions are expected to be booked and occur by May 1st, 2020. No refunds. Final purchase.
Shannon Smith is offering women to book a session via this incredible campaign at a slightly discounted cost. Shannon provides an experience that is high luxury but also so grounding. Where you feel beautiful, feel like a queen, and also get the tools and support for your body & self love journey. Shannon's session fee includes: 2 hour session in her Calgary studio, Prep and Lingerie guides, Access to her client closet (over 300 clothing items to choose from xs-6x size range), Same Day Reveal** Please note, this session fee does not include any images or products, it is for the session to occur only. Hair and Makeup Artist, Leanne Smith who works exclusively with Shannon Smith, charge $200 day prior to session. **Product Collections start at $2500, perks for paying in full or in-house payment plans up to 6 months. Not available through the ATB Campaign. Please see www.artistshannonsmith.com/products for further info. **These sessions are expected to be booked and occur by May 1st, 2020. No refunds. Final purchase.
Pledge: C$400.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-05-01
0 of 10 Boosted
Thumbnail of: Dance Code Calgary

Dance Code Calgary

Dance Code Calgary

Pledge: C$395.00
Unlimited 3 month drop-in pass for any class with Dance Code Calgary. Dance Code is Calgary's Adult Drop-in Dance Centre! Our mission is to create a safe space that provides the opportunity for growth to anyone who has a passion for dance. Beginner to Advanced/Professional classes and performance programs available. Dance Code offers many adult classes, including heels/pumps, ballet, contemporary, Kpop, street jazz, hip hop, and more! All levels welcome!
Unlimited 3 month drop-in pass for any class with Dance Code Calgary. Dance Code is Calgary's Adult Drop-in Dance Centre! Our mission is to create a safe space that provides the opportunity for growth to anyone who has a passion for dance. Beginner to Advanced/Professional classes and performance programs available. Dance Code offers many adult classes, including heels/pumps, ballet, contemporary, Kpop, street jazz, hip hop, and more! All levels welcome!
Pledge: C$395.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-03-05
0 of 2 Boosted
Thumbnail of: Shipping of product

Shipping of product

Shipping of product

Pledge: C$20.00
Please select this to have your items shipped to you if you are purchasing a product. Canada Post Xpresspost. We will not be delivering any product ourselves.
Please select this to have your items shipped to you if you are purchasing a product. Canada Post Xpresspost. We will not be delivering any product ourselves.
Pledge: C$20.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-04-15
11 of 100 Boosted
Thumbnail of: Boudoir Session with Shannon Smith, Digitals included Only.

Boudoir Session with Shannon Smith, Digitals included Only.

Boudoir Session with Shannon Smith, Digitals included Only.

Pledge: C$1,750.00
Want to experience what all the hype is about? Want to tap into your own empowerment, do something solely for you, and see yourself through a whole new lens? Now is the time! This exclusive offer is for the ATB Build Her Business Campaign only. This service includes: 2 hour photoshoot with Shannon's direction in studio, Calgary. Prep & Style Guidance. Regular check-in emails/supports. Access to over 300 items in Shannon's Client closet (ranging xs-6x) Same day Reveal, where Shannon will support your foundation Body Image journey. *This session will also come with 15 digital images. (Valued at 3500 + gst) *No refunds, final purchase. **Session to be booked 1 week after campaign closes - Session must take place before June 2020. ***All studio policies must be abided by & contract signed.
Want to experience what all the hype is about? Want to tap into your own empowerment, do something solely for you, and see yourself through a whole new lens? Now is the time! This exclusive offer is for the ATB Build Her Business Campaign only. This service includes: 2 hour photoshoot with Shannon's direction in studio, Calgary. Prep & Style Guidance. Regular check-in emails/supports. Access to over 300 items in Shannon's Client closet (ranging xs-6x) Same day Reveal, where Shannon will support your foundation Body Image journey. *This session will also come with 15 digital images. (Valued at 3500 + gst) *No refunds, final purchase. **Session to be booked 1 week after campaign closes - Session must take place before June 2020. ***All studio policies must be abided by & contract signed.
Pledge: C$1,750.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-03-10
0 of 5 Boosted
Thumbnail of: Tank Tops - xs-4x

Tank Tops - xs-4x

Tank Tops - xs-4x

Pledge: C$30.00
Girls just wanna have fundamental rights Black tank with the pink writing. Thick strap style. True to size. ***Please be sure to choose the shipping reward with this reward***
Girls just wanna have fundamental rights Black tank with the pink writing. Thick strap style. True to size. ***Please be sure to choose the shipping reward with this reward***
Pledge: C$30.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-04-30
6 of 30 Boosted
Thumbnail of: Riots Not Diets Tank - xs-4x

Riots Not Diets Tank - xs-4x

Riots Not Diets Tank - xs-4x

Pledge: C$30.00
Riots Not Diets. Cotton white tank pink writing. Thick strap style. ***Please choose the Shipping Reward with this reward***
Riots Not Diets. Cotton white tank pink writing. Thick strap style. ***Please choose the Shipping Reward with this reward***
Pledge: C$30.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-04-30
1 of 30 Boosted
Thumbnail of: Logo & Hashtag - Tank xs-4x

Logo & Hashtag - Tank xs-4x

Logo & Hashtag - Tank xs-4x

Pledge: C$30.00
Artist Shannon Smith Logo & her tag line: #Rebelliouswomenmakewaves Cotton White Tank, black writing. True to size fit. ***Please select Shipping Reward when selecting this reward***
Artist Shannon Smith Logo & her tag line: #Rebelliouswomenmakewaves Cotton White Tank, black writing. True to size fit. ***Please select Shipping Reward when selecting this reward***
Pledge: C$30.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-04-30
3 of 30 Boosted
Thumbnail of: F.A.C.E  Exclusive Artist Shannon Smith Dance Code Calgary Class

F.A.C.E Exclusive Artist Shannon Smith Dance Code Calgary Class

F.A.C.E Exclusive Artist Shannon Smith Dance Code Calgary Class

Pledge: C$30.00
Class taking place March 22nd, Facilitated by Kristi Gottselig. At Dance Code Calgary Studio: 618 36 Avenue NE, Calgary FACE is an all-inclusive full figured dance company sponsored by Dance Code Calgary that provides a safe and strong community for women that focuses on various forms of dance, allowing all members to feel encouraged, empowered, and supported to be the powerhouse queens that they are. With FACE, you can take the stage with your fellow curvy queens and rock the amazing body you have. This is a no judgement zone where we will build each other up, straighten each other’s crowns, and show the world that we are not defined by our size. We are Fierce! We are Curvy! And this is our Empire!
Class taking place March 22nd, Facilitated by Kristi Gottselig. At Dance Code Calgary Studio: 618 36 Avenue NE, Calgary FACE is an all-inclusive full figured dance company sponsored by Dance Code Calgary that provides a safe and strong community for women that focuses on various forms of dance, allowing all members to feel encouraged, empowered, and supported to be the powerhouse queens that they are. With FACE, you can take the stage with your fellow curvy queens and rock the amazing body you have. This is a no judgement zone where we will build each other up, straighten each other’s crowns, and show the world that we are not defined by our size. We are Fierce! We are Curvy! And this is our Empire!
Pledge: C$30.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-03-22
0 of 30 Boosted
Thumbnail of: Pink Leather Harness - Leather Monarchy

Pink Leather Harness - Leather Monarchy

Pink Leather Harness - Leather Monarchy

Pledge: C$125.00
Handmade leather goods, diverging from the norm of leather craft. Always handcrafted and made with comfort in mind. Pink harness - adjustable 3 ways to wear top harness, style it your way!
Handmade leather goods, diverging from the norm of leather craft. Always handcrafted and made with comfort in mind. Pink harness - adjustable 3 ways to wear top harness, style it your way!
Pledge: C$125.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-03-31
0 of 26 Boosted
Thumbnail of: $50 Credit to The Curvy Shop

$50 Credit to The Curvy Shop

$50 Credit to The Curvy Shop

Pledge: C$50.00
The Curvy Shop is an online shop that brings you a collection of high-quality fashionable plus size clothing. Aymie Rondeau won last years ATB BuildHerBusiness and has since launched her business creating this incredible collection of clothing at a woman's fingertips. This credit allows you to buy yourself a piece of high-quality clothing that you deserve! Take a look at her website: www.shopthecurvy.com
The Curvy Shop is an online shop that brings you a collection of high-quality fashionable plus size clothing. Aymie Rondeau won last years ATB BuildHerBusiness and has since launched her business creating this incredible collection of clothing at a woman's fingertips. This credit allows you to buy yourself a piece of high-quality clothing that you deserve! Take a look at her website: www.shopthecurvy.com
Pledge: C$50.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-03-31
0 of 2 Boosted
Thumbnail of: Meraki Movement - Alpaca Scarves

Meraki Movement - Alpaca Scarves

Meraki Movement - Alpaca Scarves

Pledge: C$55.00
Each scarf is made using techniques perfected over generations by using eco -friendly Andean alpaca fleece that's known to be one of the most luxurious fibres. Warm, soft and always comfortable. Unisex - one size fits all. great as gifts for men, women, moms, dads, best friends, teachers, co-workers, secret Santa and more. Our scarves are highly durable, water-resistant, making them ideally suited for gifts and personal use. Plus, even the thickest scarves are lightweight so they can easily be worn for an extended period. 80% alpaca wool, 20% acrylic Choice of- Jazz Singer, Country Lane, Golden Warrior, Enchanted Forrest, Christmas Green, Midnight, Uptown Navy, Avery Violet, Palomino, Oxford, Mullberry Road Check the colours out at: https://www.merakimovement.ca/scarves-1 **Please choose the shipping reward with this product as well**
Each scarf is made using techniques perfected over generations by using eco -friendly Andean alpaca fleece that's known to be one of the most luxurious fibres. Warm, soft and always comfortable. Unisex - one size fits all. great as gifts for men, women, moms, dads, best friends, teachers, co-workers, secret Santa and more. Our scarves are highly durable, water-resistant, making them ideally suited for gifts and personal use. Plus, even the thickest scarves are lightweight so they can easily be worn for an extended period. 80% alpaca wool, 20% acrylic Choice of- Jazz Singer, Country Lane, Golden Warrior, Enchanted Forrest, Christmas Green, Midnight, Uptown Navy, Avery Violet, Palomino, Oxford, Mullberry Road Check the colours out at: https://www.merakimovement.ca/scarves-1 **Please choose the shipping reward with this product as well**
Pledge: C$55.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-03-30
1 of 100 Boosted
Thumbnail of: Inspire Hair Artistry: Balayage, creative colour or colour correction service

Inspire Hair Artistry: Balayage, creative colour or colour correction service

Inspire Hair Artistry: Balayage, creative colour or colour correction service

Pledge: C$150.00
Discounted service on Balayage, creative colour, or colour correction service. Stephanie owns a body positive hair salon in Marda Loop, fully inclusive to assist people with mobility issues and wheelchairs in a fun and approachable location. Natural based products are used during your service. Stephanie has over 9 years experience in the hair industry and it is a passion for her to provide a unique and caring experience while creating a hair cut as unique as you. This discount is for women's haircut only, should you desire to upgrade your services, you may certainly do so at an extra cost. Services are expected to be claimed/booked by April 30, 2020. No cash value.
Discounted service on Balayage, creative colour, or colour correction service. Stephanie owns a body positive hair salon in Marda Loop, fully inclusive to assist people with mobility issues and wheelchairs in a fun and approachable location. Natural based products are used during your service. Stephanie has over 9 years experience in the hair industry and it is a passion for her to provide a unique and caring experience while creating a hair cut as unique as you. This discount is for women's haircut only, should you desire to upgrade your services, you may certainly do so at an extra cost. Services are expected to be claimed/booked by April 30, 2020. No cash value.
Pledge: C$150.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-03-16
0 of 10 Boosted
Thumbnail of: Fairy Houses - Various colours/setup

Fairy Houses - Various colours/setup

Fairy Houses - Various colours/setup

Pledge: C$25.00
Fairy houses are polymer clay with assorted accents on stone, natural wood or poly clay bases. They all come with a scroll of instructions (the houses). Handmade by Fairy Magic Emporium There are 5 variation of colour combos, a surprise one just for you will arrive after the campaign ends. **Please choose shipping when you order this product**
Fairy houses are polymer clay with assorted accents on stone, natural wood or poly clay bases. They all come with a scroll of instructions (the houses). Handmade by Fairy Magic Emporium There are 5 variation of colour combos, a surprise one just for you will arrive after the campaign ends. **Please choose shipping when you order this product**
Pledge: C$25.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-03-31
2 of 5 Boosted

Campaign Description

My name is Shannon Smith, owner/photographer of Artist Shannon Smith. My Mission is to create a safe environment where ALL women/people of every shape, size, colour and lifestyle feel comfortable being themselves. My goal through this campaign is to raise funds to reach a new and larger audience of women & non-gender folks so that we can provide new tools and support within our community in regards to empowerment, self love, and body image. When women and folks are given a safe space to learn & see that they are strong, worthy, and lovable just the way they are, the ripple effect is that we will see people rising to their full potential, transforming their lives and giving back to our local community. I plan to further connect with other female entrepreneurs to help each other succeed in our endeavours. In doing this I hope to be able to provide a safe space in a studio and further marketing efforts to reach a larger audience. I also intend to employ and invest in a team of women who can assist me in growing my business in a multitude of ways. To continue to disrupt the established order with our real message of equality and inclusivity, results in a tangible positive change in not only personal lives, but our community, and our world. #rebelliouswomenmakewaves

My Story

My name is Shannon Smith, I am the owner and photographer of Artist Shannon Smith. 
I started my business 4 years ago in Calgary, Alberta after I had my son. A difficult pregnancy with physical long term conditions, Post-Partum Depression & Anxiety (PPD/PPA), it was a choice of mine to change my hobby to a business, if I was going to be away from my son during the day, I wanted it to be for a purpose, my passion, and helping others.  
 
I have been creating photography images since I was 14, developing my own film in the dark room and seeing the joys and fruits to my creation coming to life before my eyes. Photography saved my life during the period of my life with PPD, it gave me a way to see my everyday surroundings, the journey of my new son’s life through a completely different lens. Photography reconnected me to my soul. 

Why I Started

When I started my business, I had begun in family photography as I felt as a new mom I knew how important family images are (and still believe they are). I stepped out of my comfort zone and experimented with boudoir photography shortly after. Do you know that expression when people say that they got chills, they got a fire in their bones, they got that magic moment where they knew exactly why they were on the planet and what they should be doing? Not to sound cliché, but this was that moment for me. I realized how powerful my camera medium was and how I can help women feel better in their own skin and to feel beautiful. 

My Business

My journey has expanded and grown since I started, I have dived deep into body positivity as a plus size woman, which is a social movement for accepting or neutrality for your body as it is today. I want to show women of all sizes, especially those who are marginalized in society, that they are beautiful and can hold space in the world and on camera as well.  
 
I have empowered over 300 women through my medium. I have facilitated or hosted workshops that have empowered even more women. I have built (and continue to do so) a community on Facebook and on a app platform that has allowed countless women to learn, connect with each other, and grow together. 

My Purpose & How I Can Effectively Assist our Local Community

My purpose of the ATB BuildHerBusiness campaign is to grow my foundation of business and of my social movement further. I am looking to create a larger marketing campaign beyond the reaches of social media. I wanting to invest in dynamic and resourceful marketing campaigns that can reach a larger market of women in different diverse personal journeys. I would love to see my art and my mission in an eye-capturing billboard in Calgary, to hear about the message on the radio, and further from there.  

I’d like to develop a larger studio space where I can hold workshops on body positivity facilitated not only by myself but also other leaders in the community. A space where people feel comfortable to attend group meet-ups, other fun activity events that partner with other local female entrepreneurs in the Calgary area.  We currently hold these workshops and these events (mala making, burlesque, yoga, makeup workshops, intuitive eating, paint nite, and more) however our space is not large enough and we are constantly having to rent halls or spaces to do these in.  

I would love for my potential/present/past clients to be able to attend these events in a sustainable and localized space where they also can get comfortable with seeing my studio space and features that I provide.   

As I have grown from a solo entrepreneur, I have had to rely on the help of other women to assist me with workloads, I would like to further employ other women to assist, this funding would also allow me to do so and therefore personally invest in our Alberta economy.  

Ancelene Reference Letter: Did you notice a difference in your friend Samantha after her session?

Dear Shannon,


The first time I saw a photo from your shoot with Samantha Romanycia, I was astonished. Not
that I was surprised to see her looking gorgeous, because let’s face it, she always is, inside and
out, but because of the sheer confidence she was exuding. A content fearlessness in her eyes
staring into the camera as she lied there, bare skin with countless freckles in all their glory, and
a poised hand under the chin.


I heard mention of this photo shoot leading up to it, but I didn’t realize, and perhaps at the time
she didn’t either, just how much significance it would hold. It allowed her a self-expression and
to open up in a way she had never felt before.


Stemming from this shoot, I saw immediate growth in Sam’s self-love and body image, in her
professional life, and in how she takes on each day. It’s apparent in seeing the photos or
hearing her talk about this experience that it was a freeing and empowering adventure in deep
and paramount self-exploration – truly a transformative day that will stay with her a lifetime.


Ancelene MacKinnon

Jo Cooke: Reference Letter

Dear Shannon,


I just wanted to thank you for everything you have done for me. 
I decided to have my boudoir shoot because I thought it would be fun and interesting, something I have
never done before that was on my bucket list. Honestly, I thought it would just be some pictures in lingerie
or topless that I could give my husband to spice things up since I became disabled and things changed,
no more expectations than that.  I couldn't have been more wrong! 


From the first phone call you were so in tune with making sure I would be safe and comfortable during the
shoot, I was flooded with emotions I hadn't felt for so long I wasn't sure I made the right decision but I had
already paid so I went. The shoot was so much fun, and you were not just taking pictures...you were
helping me see me through your eyes and camera lens.  You helped me work through the fact that I was
not only disabled, but also me, attractive, sexy, and beautiful.  


In the months and years that have followed that shoot, I have found my inner essence, power and beauty,
all because you saw it and made the conscious effort to make sure I did too.  This is life changing
because it builds confidence and self love, which I know is your main goal with your clients.
You are an amazingly talented photographer, but the fact that you use that skill to empower women by
helping them see who they really are...beautiful, strong, and powerful in their own right, is truly nothing
short of a superpower.


You have helped me to realize that I am not just the token disabled wife, mother, and friend, but JO.  A
beautiful, independent, strong, powerful woman who can love her family and friends after herself and it's
perfectly okay. 


Shannon, you changed my life for the better, you changed my daughter's life for the better, for I am
teaching her the same lessons you taught me.  You changed my husband's life, he now has his confident,
strong wife back.


I am proud to carry your torch and message.
Thank you, I love you.
Jo Cook-Yorke

Management Team

Shannon​ Smith

Shannon​ Smith

Owner/Photographer

Hey there, I'm Shannon Smith! I am the owner of Artist Shannon Smith, which started I started in 2016. I am a Body Image Photographer & Activist. My journey has been one that is always evolving and I am so fortunate to be on this path with so many amazing women! I am driven, a hard-working individual, I put my all into every thing I do (to the point I may get a bit obsessed lol). I am a loving mother and wife. I believe connection is what drives us all, it’s literally how my entire world works as is the #1 motivator for why I do things the way I do them. I enjoy jumping into activities and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone as much as possible. I am all about growth and learning and teaching others as well. I am passionate, I am patient, and I am someone who enjoys talking about real topics and not just the fluff, let’s dig deep together! I specialize in boudoir & portraits.
Read More
Samantha  Romanycia

Samantha Romanycia

Social Media

Samantha is a recent graduate of a social media & web marketing program, a diploma in journalism and armed with a passion for fat activism and body positivity. Currently runs Shannon’s social media feed, works behind the scenes, and a firm believer in Artist Shannon Smiths brand, message, and values. Samantha loves working with smaller businesses so she can see them grow along with her, and especially women run businesses.
Read More
Jan 3, 2020
Project launched

FAQs

How long have you been in business?

I started my professional business in 2016. I started photography as a hobby over 20 years ago.

Do you believe your business and work has an impact on the local community?

I absolutely do. Not think, but have personally seen women transform their lives to be better people, mothers, to leave abusive relationships, to go on creating their own businesses as entrepreneurs and see them flourish to their potential. I have seen 1 woman effect 20 to 1,000 of other women. When we raise our women we raise not only the women that surround her but the younger generation looking up to her. I employ local woman to assist me in my business directly as contractors, directly giving back to our economy. I partner with other local entrepreneurs in providing gifts to my clients, and therefore continuing to invest in our economy further. As my business grows I hope to give back even more through donations, more employees, and more partnerships.

Does the "reward" purchase get billed today?

No, you do not pay for the amount today. You only get billed on March 3rd should I meet or exceed my goal amount of 5,000.

Is shipping required for each individual item? Is Pickup possible?

Shipping is required for physical reward items. I am not getting any funding from shipping, just covering costs. Some items are coming from out of town and not from me directly so please select 1 shipping reward with a physical purchase. It's not each, just 1 total. No pickup is available at this time, unfortunately due to time constraints with the studio and family obligations I can't commit to this at this time. Please choose shipping on physical rewards. Gift Certificates are NOT physical rewards, no shipping needed on these, we will send it electronically.
Comments
List of supporters