My Photography

Welcome to my photography page. I presently do photography as a hobby. However, in 2007, my work did appear on the website of the Bogotá, Colombia-based independent media company, Yuma Videocine. One of my greatest passions is travel and, as you will see, that is where a lot of my inspiration comes from. I will definitely add more photos as I take them.

I started off with a point and shoot camera, graduated to a 14.2 megapixel Nikon 3100 DSLR (which was unfortunately stolen on a trip to Panama), and now use a Canon EOS Rebel T3i, which is 18 megapixels. I also snap away with my iPhone 5s. You can probably tell which camera I’ve used by the resolution of the photo. You can follow me on Instagram: @ShannonLeeGilstad

Previously I volunteered as the Social Media Director for New York City Parks Department’s GreenTeam, including photographing events and posting snapshots in real-time.

My photography is very inspired by my community, the Bronx, and the travel I have done. Since I was a teenager, I’ve been deeply inspired by photo journalists/sociologists Mel Rosenthal, Camilo José Vergara, Lisa Kahane, and Seis del Sur, among others.

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

– Shannon


Whom I’ve Shot 

  • Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg
  • Rapper/Producer Doug E. Fresh
  • Caridad “La Bruja” De La Luz
  • Baron Ambrosia
  • NBA player Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest)
  • NYC Assembly Member Cathy Nolan
  • NYS Senator Michael Gianaris
  • NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer
  • NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides
  • Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
  • Reginald L. Barnes, Actor, Host/Emcee, and Comedian
  • DJ G-Bo the Pro
  • DJ Hot Day, WBLS 107. 5

What I’ve Shot 

  • The First Ever Bronx Fashion Week
  • Graduations
  • Portraits
  • Food
  • Action (dancing , marching, and performances)
  • Landscapes (mountains and ocean)
  • Architecture
  • NYC Parks & Recreation events
  • Press Conferences
  • Galas
  • Street Fairs and Block Parties
  • Protests, Marches, and Parades

Whom I’ve Photographed For

  • BronxCentric!
  • NYC Parks & Recreation- GreenTeam
  • East Side House Settlement
  • Urban Upbound (formerly East River Development Alliance)
  • South Bronx Unite
  • Yuma Videocine (Antioquia, Quindío, Cundinamarca, Caldas, and Bolívar, Colombia)

 Where I’ve Shot

  • New York City area
  • Mexico
  • Central America
  • South America
  • Europe


Support the Photographer

You can now purchase greeting cards, postage stamps, and other products with my my photography printed on them. Have a favorite photo of mine that you’d like to see on a card or stamp? Send me your feedback.

Visit My On-Line Store at Zazzle


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