And now, a few words about us for your reading pleasure!  We met on and if you ask Shannon, she’ll tell you that only one of us turned out to be crazy 😉  But thankfully it’s a good type of crazy!!  Long story short, we got married, had some babies including a little business we like to call Schaefer Photography.  Oh, and a dog!  Liza Jane.  She’s pretty awesome.

We started Schaefer Photography in 2015 to share our talents with others…whether that be individuals, couples, families or businesses. We want people to be able to look back on the photos we’ve taken and feel like they are experiencing their favorite moments for the very first time.

One of our passions is music and we love attending and photographing concerts. A few of our favorite artists are The Black Crowes, Adele, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, Leon Bridges, Grace Potter, Susan Tedechi, The Killers and Chris Stapleton. Hopefully one day we’ll get to shoot an Adele show up close!

Our greatest love is our kids. Together, we enjoy documenting every moment of our children, Lillian and Teller.  They both have such fun personalities and Lillian is already the best big sister! There are so many special moments that happen every day and they are a hoot in front of the lens!

You can be sure that we will work hard to capture the most important moments in your life and all the little ones along the way.  We think you’ll agree that the smallest moments may in fact be the largest.

-Scott and Shannon Schaefer-

Scott studied Broadcast Journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and started his career as a Photojournalist at KOMU 8 News in Columbia, Mo.  While working as a photojournalist there he earned the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award, the Society of Professional Journalism’s Sigma Delta Chi Award, the National Association of Broadcasters Service to America Award and 15 Mid-America EMMY® Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Scott has shot for, ESPN, Variety, Fox Sports Midwest, Bloomberg News, and Entertainment Tonight among others. He’s proud to be able to share this journey with Shannon who helps make everything possible.

Shannon has always loved photography and studied under a photographer in her hometown before heading off to Murray State where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Finance.  She helped build Schaefer Photography from a hobby into a full time studio starting in 2015 by providing photography throughout mid-Missouri.  Shannon’s finance background keeps the business running smoothly and her talent shows through every image we produce with her skillful eye at styling and retouching.

When you reach out to Schaefer Photography, you’ll be working directly with us, the Schaefers. We are a team of two and we’ll do our very best to meet your photography needs!

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We are so excited to meet you!
Scott and Shannon

Please drop us a line if you have any questions or if you’re ready to get together and create some awesome images, just let us know!

We also thought you might enjoy seeing a few shots of our own family.  Feel free to scroll the gallery just below.  We look forward to creating photos that you and your family will cherish just as much as we do ours.

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Jamie + Casey

Scott and Shannon were wonderful to work with!! Prompt at responding to inquiries and scheduling. Flexible, calm, and compassionate during our 17-month-old’s epic meltdown at our photo session. And, what’s more, they delivered absolutely beautiful photos that we will cherish forever (despite the toddler hysterics ?)!! Scott’s photographs are truly amazing— the best I’ve seen— and I love the candid moments he captures, perfectly illustrating the whole family dynamic at a moment in time. Schaefer Photography is a very talented team!


Megan + Cliff

The Schaefers are an amazing team. They capture the moment without interfering in it, which is quite the skill. They make you feel so comfortable and are incredibly patient. Great with crazy kids. Great with teens. Great with uncooperative dogs. I count our Schaefer Photography photos as some of my prized possessions.

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Gayla + Ritchie

Schaefer Photography is hands down my family’s favorite place to have pictures taken. Working with Scott is so relaxed, my kids even look forward to having photos taken with him. I’m so grateful we’ve found a photographer with such attention to detail and knowledge of the craft. Do yourself a favor, and contact them for a session- I guarantee you’ll be as happy as we’ve been!

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My family had holiday photos taken by Schaefer Photography and it was the best experience! I was blown away by the comfortable environment Scott & Shannon created. Their eye for light, posing, and color was obvious in how they set our three generation group up in multiple spaces. Our photos were sent to us efficiently, and it was tough to decide which to print (they were ALL our favorites!) I highly recommend working with Schaefer Photography!

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Emily + Travis

A fantastic and professional pair of photographers. From beginning to end, Scott and Shannon are truly a JOY to work with. We have been so lucky to have Schaefer Photography capture several different milestones in our lives and we would recommend them to any family wanting beautiful photos to cherish for years to come.

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Corey + Mike

Scott and Shannon Schaefer were AMAZING to work with. I am completely in awe and obsessed with every single picture we received. They went above and beyond capturing every sweet moment of our big day. They are very easy and fun to work with, helping the wedding party and guests feel completely comfortable the entire time!