About

Hi there! I’m Steph.
Visual storyteller and hopeless romantic.

Enneagram 4, INFP, Aquarius girly. I have 3 kids and one poodle. I live for a good love story and can't wait to help you tell yours.

ONCE UPON A TIME

I was working towards a PhD in neuroscience when I realized I was living someone else's life.

It wasn't long into my first semester of the Neurotoxicology PhD program at the University of Illinois when I realized I wasn't where I was meant to be. Working in a rat lab, conducting experiments on the daily, and writing research papers just didn't have my heart. 

Growing up, I had always dreamt of a career in the arts but, like most artists, struggled with imposter syndrome. Until one day I just knew I had to stay true to myself and I took the leap.

So I left the neuroscience PhD program and started my journey with photography.

 I was truly an artist at heart. 

Then I honored my authentic self and chased down a dream.
Or should I say - the dream chased me?

I inherited my first professional camera through a family friend who had tragically and suddenly passed. Not long after that my brother was getting married. One thing led to another and I photographed my first wedding four months after learning the camera.

It was like a spark was ignited within me and ever since then photography has become the greatest source of joy in my life, after my children and dog.

To me, it's more than just posing, lighting and composition. It's having a deep understanding and empathy for the people in front of my lens. The un-ending pursuit of telling meaningful stories that will live with you for the rest of your lives,

The artsy girl-next-door who lives life with a bit of mystery and that "je ne sais quois."

The beauty of a photograph is when the skill of the photographer intersects with the humanity of a moment.

MY REALLY OFFICIAL BIO, the TL:DR VERSION

Steph is the girl-next-door with refined taste and acute attention to detail. She has a love for people, art, and pondering the depths of life. She isn't a fan of small talk (but is capable of it when necessary), and she has a special fondness for peeling back the layers of those she meets to discover what lies beneath the surface.

SUPER FUN
FACTS

NOW FOR THE IMPORTANT STUFF

01

My favorite part of the wedding day is listening to all the heartfelt toasts

02

I grew up as a cat person but became a dog person after getting our poodle, Fiona

03

Major movie buff; I love studying films for their storytelling and cinematography

04

I still get a little nervous before every wedding or session. I always strive to give it my all

Your at-a-glance guide to where I stand on all the truly important things.

THE QUIZ

Favorite SONG

Never My Love, by The Association

celeb i'd love to meet

Annie Liebovitz

favorite movie

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

alternate universe job:

Interior Designer ... mood boards for life!

favorite place i've been:

Paris, cause I'm a romantic at heart

drink of choice

Starbucks Iced Espresso

can't live without

Makeup and coffee

Favorite Composer

Hans Zimmer

beach vs mountains

The sound of ocean waves soothes my soul

Superpower

Seeing the real you

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