Hi, there! I'm so excited to meet you!
I’m Stephanie, and the very first thing you should know about me is that I believe in being intentional, investing in what matters, and making the best of each and every day.
Because that at the end of life, we’ll have nothing but the memories we made and the people we loved.
I believe life is too short to waste.
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I’d take one deep, intentional conversation over a thousand pleasantries.
I have a deep, irrational love for this cat. His name is Josie... because we thought he was a girl the first 8 months of his life.
I struggle to keep my house clean, but I love organizing. I'll use a planner for the rest of my life.
My husband is genuinely the best person I know. He’s silly, loving, honest, and cooks the best meals I've ever tasted.
I'm happiest on days I wake up early, but I'm not sure that I'm a morning person.
Traveling is my favorite. I've photographed in over 20 states and 5 countries, and I can't wait to explore more.
My journey as an Artist
Before I learned how to use a camera, I was an artist. I started drawing around twelve years of age, and it was my constant companion. I used art to share my personality, tell stories about my life, and express emotions. After I graduated high school, I went to Henderson State University where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine art with an emphasis on graphic design. During my time there, I spent four years rigorously studying every major discipline of the arts - painting, drawing, ceramics, illustration… everything. And what I found I enjoyed most was ceramics, photography, and creating books. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with book arts, but it’s really fascinating - it’s the art of creating a book from scratch where you bind your own pages together (and sometimes even make the paper) using old, handcrafting techniques. I love the discipline, but more than anything, I loved how it combined art with storytelling. When you’re creating a book, you’re no longer JUST making one stand alone work of art like a painting or drawing, but you’re combining several elements together to tell a story.
It was through bookmaking that I realized just how much I love telling stories… and it made me realize that I’m not just an artist. I’m a storyteller. And telling the most important stories in the world? Stories of life and love and legacy? It was a natural fit.
I started my journey in photography very young and even worked at a very traditional portrait studio throughout high school, but I didn’t actually learn to make photographs until my first university photography class. It was then that I first used a "real" camera, learned to develop film, and print it in a darkroom. I learned the art behind photography before I ever picked up a professional camera… and that fact effects what I do every time I click that shutter.
More than anything, I’m an artist. I believe that real life is more beautiful than anything I could paint or draw, and my job is to tell real, authentic stories.