About SMO

DSC_2914 EDIT 8x10Living life grounded in love is a lot like the evolution of a butterfly; it’s encapsulating, disguised, fragile, beautiful, emerging, fleeting, complex and sometimes limited.

Shannon M. O’Regan is my name. Please call me SMO. I am experienced at many things, have opinions on even more and am someone who possesses a panache for transparent honesty. I chronically wish my boobs and booty were two sizes smaller and occasionally resent the increasing gray hair on my head.

I am a photographer, taking my curious artistic eye and creative story telling to a another level through the camera lens.  I am also a non-fiction essayist, which emerged out of personal tragedy and was first captured in the blog iteration, Papillon D’amour (Butterfly of Love in French).  I photograph and write about love and life; the complexities of both—then and now. Together through my words and photographs, I explore where, when and how love is present, absent, thriving, disillusioned, fractured, whole, or empty in all areas of life by integrating my personal experience and observations. I break it down, turn it around, put it upside down and reassemble it. Pretty much the same way I do with my life.

I am a passionate advocate for grief and addiction recovery, derived out of happenings in my own life, and I regularly speak in public on these topics.

Every story creates a picture. Every picture tells a story. I do both.

I am SMO. Cool Human. Photographer. Essayist. Speaker.