Meet Shannon from greenberries: Newest Guest Blogger at Jennifer K Photography


If you’ve been following this blog or my Jennifer K Photography Facebook page for any length of time, then you know just how much I adore greenberries.  I’ve been guest posting on the greenberries blog for the past year and I’m so excited to now have Shannon as a guest here once a month.  We have a lot of fun and exciting things planned, so be sure to check back for her upcoming posts.  Her first one will be next week!

In the meantime, today’s post is full of interesting tidbits about Shannon and her family.  Don’t miss the giveaway details at the end!


My name is Shannon Thornton and I am currently the Social Media / Marketing Director at greenberries. At greenberries we provide families an upscale maternity & child consignment experience while blending new toys, books and gifts into our inventory. Greenberries is home to 4 staff Certified Babywearing Educators and many trained employees who are experts in cloth diapering, attachment parenting and healthy families. We offer workshops and educational courses to help grow the community and focus on family first.

It was shortly after giving birth to my first child that I decided to go back to college to further my education and pursue my passion for pediatric nutrition. After completing my Associates Degree from Eastern Florida State College, I threw myself into many support job positions while searching for just the right path for me. It was not until I found greenberries that I realized that what I wanted out of a career. For me it meant being able to blend my passion for helping families while continuing to support my own family at home. Being a mom is the life I was meant to live and I am lucky to be able to enjoy these days with my children. Greenberries has proved to me that you can help others and maintain a career, but also be your own person while still being a happy wife & mother.


I was born and raised in Cocoa Beach, Florida where I also raised 2 children of my own. Juliana is my beautiful 8 year old girl who loves animals, running and sketching in her journal. Parker is my little 3 year old man who enjoys riding his scooter, building with blocks and reading books. I was lucky enough to marry my dreamy school girl crush who I adored for many years before he was mine. We have spent the best 12 years of our life growing and building our family. Without him I am only a half of who I was meant to be. As a family we enjoy weekend adventures, hiking, exploring museums and visiting local farms & zoos. We are truly happy being outdoors while exploring the Maryland area.

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October 1, 2012 my husband took a new position at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and we moved our family to Maryland. It was an enormous change to move away from our first home and all the family & friends we had to leave behind. So far we have been extremely happy living in Howard County. That being said, we are still living like tourists every weekend. It is fun to find what new adventures await us in our own backyard.

My favorite things include flip-flops, building sandcastles, baking & cooking healthy (but yummy) recipes, reading natural living magazines, farm to table meals, yoga, super soft bed sheets, labeling & organizing, and browsing Pinterest boards. I think of myself as being open-minded and always allowing myself to learn from others. Through my life, I am humbled by the people I have come across and it is my belief that knowledge is the greatest gift you can give yourself.

*** Giveaway alert! ***  

Say “Hi” to Shannon below in a comment and we will give away a $10 greenberries gift certificate to one lucky person!  

Winner will be announced here on Wednesday, July 23 during Shannon’s first official guest post!


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Joanna FeeJuly 16, 2014 - 11:13 am

Hi Shannon! I made my first trip to greenberries a few weeks ago and absolutely love it!

Shannon Therio ThorntonJuly 16, 2014 - 11:45 am

Thank you Jen for allowing me to join forces with a talented local photographer, smart business owner and all around great person!

Amy SaidJuly 16, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Hi! :-) greenberries is a favorite of ours!

Karen ThorntonJuly 16, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Great Blog, there really lucky to have you and all your great ideas, only positive energy in your future. Just take the time to “smell those Gerber Daisy”

Katie DurkinJuly 16, 2014 - 12:36 pm

Hey Shannon! Even though it is out of the way for me, it’s always well worth the trip!

Nicole Mosz ZinnJuly 16, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Hi Shannon! It’s nice to meet you and I look forward to the blog post.

Jeanie Elbert TherioJuly 17, 2014 - 12:27 am

Shannon you’ve done a great job doing what you’ve been doing for Greenberries! You always put your heart and soul into everything you do, and the blog is just another example of the talents you possess! Great job! :) love you!

Tara ScaglioneJuly 17, 2014 - 2:28 am

Love it!! You are truly an inspiration to all. Xoxo

Gita Pathak TruesdaleJuly 17, 2014 - 11:29 am

Hi Shannon! We love Greenberries and all that it offers (classes and meetings).

Jenny EdmistonJuly 17, 2014 - 11:40 am

Hi shannon! I love greenberries and it’s so great to hear people say they love working there:)

Hannah PinoJuly 17, 2014 - 11:42 am

Hi Shannon! Welcome and glad to see you’re enjoying your new home! :)

Michelle PaulJuly 17, 2014 - 11:45 am

Great job!

Erin FalachoJuly 17, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Hi Shannon, I’m expecting a baby boy so it would be nice to get a gift card since I’m big on organic products.

Nicole Mazzei-WilliamsJuly 17, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Congratulations Shannon Therio Thornton- best wishes to you on this new Blog Adventure :)

Amy Pottberg BlackJuly 17, 2014 - 8:31 pm

Hi Shannon, looking forward to reading your blog posts!

Terry McAllister ButlerJuly 18, 2014 - 1:16 am

Hi Shannon! I know you & Jennifer K Photography will make a great team! Looking forward to reading your posts :)

Jodi Hunter HarclerodeJuly 18, 2014 - 2:44 am

Hi Shannon! :)

Katie CannarsaJuly 18, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Love greenberries and love having a closer look at one of the people who makes it such a great community.

Anne MagerJuly 21, 2014 - 8:42 pm

Hi Shannon! I bought a few items from your store a few months ago. I need to stop by before school starts!

Lacey ThomasJuly 22, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Hi, Shannon! I love you guys at Greenberries!

Shanea Smith BradleyJuly 22, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Hi! Welcome to MD! I am from Fla too ;)

Aida ScottJuly 22, 2014 - 11:01 pm

love the store!! it always gives you another option that will provide something good for you kid and for us too! and I love that we also have the option to learn about it!! with the classes. I think is great to have a store like this around the area! I hope you can grow even more !! because we need some more from greenberries! at every corner possible!!even that I come form eldersburg!! I still will come lol if I need something! like you blog! so now I will like it ! so I can share it !! with everyone!! Have a nice /great day!!!

Darlene SandridgeJuly 23, 2014 - 2:24 am


4 After-Session Activities To Continue the Fun! // Jennifer K Photography // Howard County’s Family and Child Photographer


So, your family photo session has come to an end.  We’ve spent the last 1 1/2 hours laughing, dancing, and acting silly.  All while capturing natural and fun images of your family.  Don’t let the fun stop there!  Treat your family to one (or more!) of the following nearby after-session activities:


1.  Stop by greenberries, Columbia’s upscale eco-chic children’s and maternity boutique.  They have an enormous selection of unique toys and books that make the perfect reward for your little photo subjects!


2.  Have your little ones pick out their favorite cupcake from the extensive selection of delicious flavors at my go-to bakery, Kupcakes & Co.  While you’re there, be sure to try their latest creation – french macarons!


3.  Use this playground guide offered by Columbia Area Mothers of Multiples to find the closest playground near our session location.  Enjoy your sweet treats while the kids continue to burn off some energy.  Between the photo session and running around a new playground, they just may give you an early night:-)


4.  Visit the Avalon Area of Patapsco Valley State Park.  Hop and skip your way across my favorite nearby bridge and see who can make the swinging bridge sway back and forth and up and down the most.

I hope this list of ideas helps you continue the fun after our next family session and rewards your family for a job well done!

What activities would you add to the list?  Share in the comments below.

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Summer Family Session at Brookside Gardens // Jennifer K Photography // Howard County’s Custom Family Photographer


Do you remember this family from the girls’ twin newborn session from earlier this year?


It’s amazing how much itty bitty babies grow in just three short months, isn’t it?  It’s been a joy documenting this family’s growth and milestones for the last two years.


Their newborn session took place in the comfort of their own home.  For our most recent family shoot, we were excited to head back to Brookside Gardens, a favorite session location of ours.


It’s always gorgeous and makes a perfect backdrop – spring, summer, and fall.  We have yet to have a winter shoot, but I’m sure it’s just as pretty at that time of year.


I’m so excited to see what the year has in store for my upcoming shoots with these little ladies and their family.


If you want to be one of the first to see images from my upcoming sessions with this family, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to follow my Jennifer K Photography facebook page for all of the latest promotions and updates.


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Meredith Kuna CulbertsonJune 19, 2014 - 1:10 pm

LOVE this last one of mom and dad looking at eachother with arms full of babes! FABULOUS!

Kelly Liggitt BucklenJune 19, 2014 - 1:52 pm

These are so gorgeous! Beautiful family!

Tara Terndrup PierruJune 20, 2014 - 7:25 pm

I love the last photo too! And with the little guy smiling-perfect! Awesome moments Jennifer

Tips for Capturing Dad with the Kids // Father’s Day 2014 // Maryland’s Custom Family Photographer


This week, I’m celebrating dads here on the blog!

Since they are often the photographer and/or they don’t like having their picture taken, I talk a lot about the importance of moms getting in the photo.  I think it’s nice, once you’re grown, to have photographs from your childhood that include ALL of your loved ones.


During my sessions, not only am I thrilled when I capture a sweet moment between mother and child, but I’m equally happy to document the love between a father and his little one.

So, with Father’s Day coming up this weekend, I’m taking the opportunity to celebrate the amazing fathers in all of our lives!


Here are a few tips to help you capture some sweet photographs between your children and their dad this weekend:

  • Before you take any pictures, consider the lighting.  Set everyone up in a spot with sufficient, even lighting.  This tutorial on finding open shade is very helpful.
  • Rather than bringing everyone together and telling them to pose and say “cheese” for the camera, I suggest you have them do one of their favorite activities in that spot you previously found with the nice light.  Maybe Dad could read a book to the little ones, or they could play a game of catch, or it could be as simple as capturing breakfast together.  Think of something special that they like to do together and that you would like to capture.
  • After you have them set up in a nicely lit location and they’re doing something fun together, snap a few pictures.  They don’t even need to know you’re photographing them.
  • Once you’ve captured a few of them in action, you could then have them look at the camera for a few more photos.  Think of a few things to say to them or ask them that would get them laughing and interacting.  Inside jokes between all of you.  Anything they may find silly.  If you have to, you could always fall back on good ole, reliable potty humor.
  • After that, keep your camera out and see where the photo “shoot” goes.  You may want to give the camera to Dad and have him take a few photos of you with the kids.  That’s sure to be a gift he’d love to frame and place on his desk.  Or you could use a timer to take a family portrait or keep it simple and take a family selfie.
  • The most important thing is to make it fun for the whole family!


If you would like me to help capture sweet photographs of your children with their dad (as well as you!), then contact me today!

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Shebli Nikkole HustonJune 11, 2014 - 4:32 pm

Great tips! I love all of the Daddy pictures!

Victoria SimmonsJune 11, 2014 - 4:33 pm

Loved all these photos! And the quotes are too perfect :)

Megan JollyJune 11, 2014 - 6:53 pm

I love this!!! Such thoughtful tips and the pictures are gorgeous too!

Krista Wiles TitsworthJune 11, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Gorgeous daddy pictures! So sweet!

Shannon Therio ThorntonJune 12, 2014 - 11:44 pm


Heirloom Session Album :: Product Highlight :: Jennifer K Photography


Want to know my most favorite product that I offer to my clients?  Without a doubt, it’s my Heirloom Session Album.


These albums are not photo books consisting of thin, glossy pages like your high school textbooks.  They are not meant to bring your family enjoyment just for the short term, and they are not made to collect dust on your book shelf.


Each time one of my clients purchases one of my Heirloom Session Albums, I’m giddy with excitement and happiness for them because I know we’ve covered all of the bases.  Not only will their family enjoy their sweet and precious images today, but they’ll also be passed down for generations.

I take care of it ALL for them, requiring no work or stress on their part!  When I’m done, there are no guilty feelings about images not living outside of the computer or stress about a hard drive failure.  Everything is properly archived in the best, most beautiful way.


My Heirloom Session Albums are 8×8 inches and consist of 20 of my clients’ favorite session images, printed and mounted onto thick, sturdy pages.  These album prints are processed through my lab to ensure accurate and consistent color, sharpness and clarity; and each contains a lustre coating, adding a protective matte finish to each page.

Each album is customized and unique to each family and session.  My clients decide on their 20 favorite session images to include in their album as well as the title page inscription and the cover material from over 75 options.


These albums will last lifetimes and are not only meant to be enjoyed today, but are to be passed down for generations.

For more information about how I can create a gorgeous Heirloom Session Album for your family, get in touch with me today!

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Kayla WhiteJune 4, 2014 - 1:32 pm

These books look amazing! What a fantastic, oh so important, addition to a session. I just love the way you’ve displayed them here!

Stella ReynosoJune 4, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Love this! What gorgeous albums, and I love the variety and quality you have shown! <3

Cynthia DawsonJune 4, 2014 - 1:39 pm

I love, love this album! Such a great keepsake from a session.

Victoria SimmonsJune 4, 2014 - 1:44 pm

These are gorgeous!

Cynthia Greene RagonaJune 4, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Coveting. :)

Shebli Nikkole HustonJune 4, 2014 - 3:09 pm

OMG these are gorgeous!

Nicole JohnsonJune 4, 2014 - 9:58 pm

absolutely gorgeous