Hi, I am Sharyl Salmonson.

My name always seems more formal than I am in person. More like, "Hi, I'm Sharyl and I'm a creative junkie. I like bic pens and blue ink. Canon prime lenses and tiny spoons. Artists, paintings and food. Trees and frogs and seacows. Oh, and I make funny noise to fill the silence when I get uncomfortable. NICE TO MEET YOU."

Now on a more serious note (ahem) I am a nationally published family and children photographer from Olathe, KS, watercolor painter (etsy.com/shop/artbysharyl) and digital WIZARD in Photoshop. My ease at capturing your pictures come from years of learning how to see the light bend around people, and composing the images in the best possible way and at the last second bringing in the emotions- whether that be making you fake laugh until you REALLY snort or something more calm and relaxed and posed with just the right amount of cheesiness.

I'm also weird. Have you picked up on that yet? I don't mind. I'm used to me. You can see all the weirdness by clicking the Surreal Watercolors tab and just so you know- I LOVE clients willing to get weird with me!

Go click around and enjoy my space,

Peace, Paint & Pictures

Real Client Testimonials Below!


This was the most relaxing, incredibly quick, and fabulously talented family photography experience ever! I swear it was like 10 minutes and Sharyl took away more great shots than the ones shown here. Who gets a teenager and a young German Shepherd, who is crazy, to look at the camera? Sharyl does. We highly recommend you grab your family and go for this great deal! We love her!

Family Photography-Daleen


These photos are pure Sarah, and all the things we love about her shine through them. Beyond all that, Sharyl is professional, prompt, and wonderful to work with, because she works collaboratively with you. Her shoots are fun, her product is beyond stunning, and while her prices are very reasonable, I think I still would have chosen her even if she had charged more. Believe me, she's worth every penny. I will not hesitate to use her again for any future events in our lives, and would enthusiastically recomm

Senior Photography-Lynn Banes

Sydnie & Sadie

I absolutely loved working with Sharyl, she made the entire experience so fun and effortless. She has a magical way with children

Family Photography-Vicki


Sharyl has been so sweet to work with! We couldn’t believe how many great photos we had to choose from! Both my husband and I had a great experience and my little daughters loved her!

Family Photography-Cait A.


Sharyl we gave mom her painting tonight . I have never seen her cry in pure happiness, joy, heartfelt beauty as she did in fondness towards your painting . To see her raw emotion was one of the best moments of my entire life. I want to thank you for envisioning and painting this work. And she loved the chickens !!!!
Thank you so much for providing such a beautiful emotion through your fingers and painting. My heart is forever thankful for you and your talent!

House Painting- Jennifer


If you’re looking for someone to paint a photo of your home, look no further than Sharyl!!! I ordered a painting of my parents home after they sold it as a Christmas gift to them, and they were immediately brought to tears when it was opened. The attention to detail, color layering, and obvious care put into our painting has given us an heirloom that holds 35 years worth of memories brought to life. I couldn’t believe how accurate our painting was when it arrived.

House Painting-Rachel


This is the second home portrait I’ve commissioned with this artist and absolutely will do more. So easy to work with, FAST, and the most tender care to represent the beloved home. Order from her and rest with ease!

House Painting- Chloe