the story of a photographer

ABOUT ME: I cuss- a lot...I like tattoos- I have several...I LOVE bourbon- I'm probably drinking it right now...I'm pretty freaking salty- don't push me...I'm worth more than I'm charging- I know that...I'm licensed AND insured- that's boring I know but ask around most other photogs aren't...I am a published and AWARD winning photographer- I was named CoVA Magazine's 2021 READER'S CHOICE BEST OVERALL GOLD Photographer, Virginia Pilot's 2020 BEST OF Virginia Beach, Photography Studio, the 2019 Coastal Virginia BEST Photographer (bronze)...BOUDOIR Photography and Maternity are my main gig. I specialize in photography for women, so engagement sessions, couple’s sessions and family portraits all fall under that too.

a photo of Shawn Sawyer's family and her dogs


a plus size woman in black lace lingerie

“Just do it, book the session! Shawn is incredible and has such amazing talents. I have nothing but awesome things to say about her and her assistant and I’m so over the moon in love with how beautiful my photos are!”

two smiling girls walking in a field

“I have used Shawn Sawyer Photography, twice in the last two months. She is seriously talented, professional, down to earth, full of energy, she makes you feel like you’ve known her for a lifetime. Your insecurities are left at the door when working with, Shawn. I shared personally with her, what she did for my daughter, during her senior shoot. Let’s just say, her smile lit up my year that day. Last night, we meet again with both of my daughters. She captured their smiles, their hearts, and so much more.”

a boudoir image of a woman reclining on the floor

“Shawn is absolutely amazing at what she does and The Magnolia House Studio is beautiful! I have never felt more comfortable in front of the camera then while working with Shawn. She knows exactly how to help you feel comfortable and confident and all of her photos are beautiful! I would highly recommend doing your photos here.”

a maternity photo of a pregnant woman in a blue dress standing in a field

“I have worked exclusively with Shawn for about 2 years now and will not use anyone else! She always gives 150% and goes above and beyond every time. Shawn is very professional, personable, down to earth, fun, delivers fast and it is always a pleasure working with her. I PROMISE you will not be disappointed if you choose her to be your photographer.”