Friday Introductions | Blog Week | The Girl Behind the Lens

Happy Friday everyone! We are over halfway through the year and it's been a wild one! Today I’d thought I’d do something a little different on the blog instead of my Instagram. Something popular in the small business and blogging world is thing called “Friday Introductions". If you follow my Insta you've seen mine a time or two. Today, I thought I’d write a blog post to give you a little more insight into the girl behind the lens at Shayna Johnson Photography. Feel free to interact with me in the comments below.. because my one of my favorite things is getting to know my following.

What is your perfect home? My dream home has changed over the years. When I was little I wanted the country house with dormers and big front porch. When I married my husband I said my dream home just had interior doors and trim (long story). Today I dream about a bright and airy shop house with a big open floor plan, studio - office, vintage light fixtures, a fireplace and a huge shop for my husband to keep his toys and restore old cars like he always talks about.

What’s your dream job (aside from what you do now)? Being a outdoors television show host would be the coolest thing I think. I would love to fish and hunt for a living and share my passion for the outdoors with everyone!

If you could hop on a plane tomorrow and travel somewhere for a month, where would it be? I would say Hawaii, but I think I'd be bored after two maybe Alaska... or outside the U.S. probably Italy or Greece. There are so many amazing sights in the U.S. I'd love to spend a month just traveling our part of the world.

What’s your go to TV series? I love Nashville on CMT, but unfortunately next week is the season premiere and it will be over. This Is Us is the best show I've ever watched though. Most of the time I slip into the trap of game shows like Ellen's Game of Games, Family Feud or Cash Cab.

Just hanging out downtown getting fancy ice cream!

What do you always have with you? My phone, or my planner. A real, hard copy, paper notebook. I don't trust technology enough to store my life on an electronic device. The Happy Planner is by far my favorite to date... I mean, it's a happy planner!

What’s your go-to snack? I don't snack a lot. But probably a bag of sea salt chips, or very select trail mixes.

What’s are some of your most played or favorite songs? Oh mercy! The variety!

  • Grace Got You – Mercy Me

  • Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran

  • Into Yesterday – Sugar Ray

  • Feel Invinsible – Skillet

  • Without Warning – Maisy Stella

  • Small Town Boy – Dustin Lynch

  • Pocket Full of Stars – Nine Black Alps

  • Back From Gone – Josh Tuner

  • Wings of an Angel – Lauren Alaina

  • Unchanged Melody – Jonathon Jackson

  • Can't Go Back – Little Big Town

  • Chills – James Barker Band

  • Saltwater Gospel – Eli Young Band

  • Walking on Water – Needtobreathe

What’s your favorite book series? College burnt me out on books... but a classic favorite will always be the James Herriot series. You can find them on Amazon here. Great books written by an English veterinarian, that provided many laughs for my family when I was younger.

What’s something that you will never give up on? Photography. My husband just said it was the one thing I was super focused on when he met me years ago. I've always wanted to be someone who didn't have to introduce herself. Someone who did business and lived life in an honorable fashion. Someone who helped and inspired others to be hard-working, independent individuals. I will never give up on chasing a dream, idea or adventure. I would rather have experiences over things any day of the week so adventure is always close to my heart.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I was told motherhood is a superpower, so I thought I already had one. haha But seriously, I have no idea. Probably the ability to fly or teleport.

What’s your go-to drink? For coffee, it's a white chocolate mocha. Other than that I drink sweet tea like it's an IV and water when I feel the need to be healthy.

What clubs were you in during school? In high school, I was a 4-H kid for a long time. It was a fun time in my life and my whole family was involved which was really neat. Definitely created lots of memories and had many a learning experience as well. After that I played on a inaugural girls basketball team. In college, I participated in the Block & Bridle Club, CFFA and a horticulture club. I also played intramural softball and volleyball.

What’s one skill or hobby you would like to have? I would love to be thorough on a musical instrument. I can't decide if I want to be Taylor Swift on the guitar, Lindsey Stirling on the violin or just an amazing jazz pianist. Someday though!

What is the last thing you bought? Coffee. Actually. The white chocolate mocha I mentioned above.

You have a free afternoon / evening... what do you do? Depends on the time of year. My husband and I are an avid outdoors couple. We fish and hunt and haven't missed enjoying a chilly, opening morning at deer camp for the past 5 years. I like enjoying the culture in my small town (like getting ice cream from unique parlors in downtown Paducah with my hubby and little boy in one of the above pictures). We also have a cool riverfront in Paducah and fun summer activities local to the Benton area.

What’s your favorite cologne / perfume? I'm not a brand name person with perfumes, but I like things that smell pretty. Coconut thing, always.

What are your go-to items in your closet? Skinny jeans! I don't know why I was ever anti-skinny jeans! They are so versatile! Nude flats are an absolute necessity, and I wear tan gladiator sandals more than I ever thought. Also, I've grown to love the relaxed but classic look of loose sweaters. Fall and winter is very friendly to my wardrobe for sure!

Do you have a favorite saying or motto? I have lots of favorite quotes, but my "life motto" is probably Philippians 4:8. I always bring myself back to that verse. "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things."