Updated: Feb 2

A Photographer's Passion Project: Changing the definition of beauty.

San Joaquin Magazine Cover Redefining Beauty Project

I can’t express how amazingly excited I am to announce being the cover story for a local publication, San Joaquin Magazine. Early this year they got wind of a project I was announcing to “Redefine Beauty” a project that glorifies our differences rather than tells us that weight or scars or age, whatever doesn’t make us beautiful. This project was ignited by a friend and local artist - Tara - who had BII and had a double mastectomy. You can read her story here.

Please take a moment to read my story along with the stories of these 4 courageous and incredible women.

Ladies, I love you. Thank you for being a part of this. Your beauty and vulnerability have captivated me, I am honored to have been a part of your story.

Click here for the full 14-page spread (pages 40-54)

**This issue was released on January 3, 2020.

I am continually looking to uplift and showcase the beauty of our differences. I want to raise awareness and change the face of beauty in this world. Let's break beauty barriers together. Please email me at for more information.

Photography by Shannon Lea Rock, owner of Preserve Studio

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Beach Elopement in Monterey California | Ocean View Blvd. Wedding Portraits | California Wedding Photographer | Elopement by the Sea

Sometimes you don't need a big production to have a spectacular day. Maybe you just need your brother who can officiate, your best friend who made your save the dates, and your photographer can also be your witness. ;) We started the day by arriving at the lovely Air Bnb. This place was beautiful. From the lighting to the decor to the spacious kitchen in which the couple would later prepare their own wedding meal. Yes, you read that right! It was the perfect venue for a 4 person elopement! After getting ready, sneaking peaks along the way, and having a spur of the moment first look, it was time for the ceremony. The barn doors just outside in the front of the house made for a great backdrop. After a few short and laughter ensuing words, Nariya & Scott said "I do" and shared their first kiss as husband and wife. Dancing in the artichoke fields seemed like just the right place to take portraits before heading off to explore the coast.

The colors of the moss and massive rocks along the shores of Ocean View Blvd. was the perfect setting for the couple's portraits. Scott & Nariya are very familiar with "climbing rocks and dirt mounds" in order to achieve epic photos due to the adventure we had during their engagement shoot. This was no different. They explored, climbed, ran, and jumped all along the beaches of the Pacific Grove coastal line. The fog rolled in fast and provided a gorgeous sky for the last set of photos before heading back to the house for the "reception".

Have you ever heard of a bride a groom cooking and serving their own wedding dinner and dessert? Yea, me neither. But being as Scott is a chef and Nariya a pastry chef, I guess it only makes sense right!? The two of them prepared a lovely meal and fed each other Scott's favorite, carrot cake, for dessert.

Thank you so much to these two for allowing us to be a part of their special day. Wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness!


Location: Monterey, California

Photography by Shannon Lea Rock of Preserve Studio

Floral by Debbie Sue of Rose Marry & Vine

Save-the-dates by Occasionalish

Dinner by Scott Doiguchi

Cake by Pastry Cat

Her ring by Tiffany & Co.

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At-home Intimate Wedding in Central Valley, California | Finding Beauty in Last-Minute Wedding Adjustments | COVID Wedding Details

Talk about a crazy, yet wonderful day. Last-minute changes to this event left the wedding to be trimmed down to a super small family only, in-home wedding. The venue had to cancel on Tuesday, and they were getting married on Friday! Linens, tables, arbors, food, and redesign of floral all moved in 48 hours. In the end, it was crazy but magical... And for the first time for me, I even did this bride's hair! Photographer, florist assistant, designer, coordinator, hairstylist and (fill in the blank ;))

Couple: Andre & Chelsea Moodie

Floral/Design: Debbie Sue of Rose Marry & Vine ⠀

Concept/Designer - Photographer: Shannon Lea Rock of Preserve Studio

Location: Modesto, CA ⠀

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