first of all. thank you for visiting. thanks for taking a moment to view my work.
[If you don't want to know why I do what I do and who I am or where I'm from, don't read this first entry]
All I want to do with my time is photography.... never in my life have I ever been able to "make the leap" and do only photography. Working for Indigo here in Charlotte has only been a part time job for me... I'd really like to grow. I'd really like to support my family with my work. I want to shoot everything... and I'm at this pivotal point in my life where I'm trying to figure out how exactly I can do that. This website is hopefully going to help.
I'm 28 years old. I have 2 kids. I have a husband, two dogs, two rabbits and a pregnant (currently) cat. I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III and I only use a few prime lenses... Today I have a 50mm1.4, 85mm1.8 and a 20mm2.8. By next year I'm hoping to have a 35mm1.4 and a 70-200mm 2.8. *fingers crossed*
I grew up in Charlotte, graduated with a BA in Sociology with a minor in Italian from UNC Chapel Hill. I moved to Brooklyn after graduating and started bartending. I bought my first Canon DSLR shortly after meeting and marrying my husband. I was 24 and I was in love. I took it everywhere. I shot everything. I felt great. BUT it was just a hobby. We had bills to pay... and then we found out we had a baby on the way.
It was 2010 and out of fear for supporting a family in a busy city, we moved to Charlotte. I was pregnant. We were broke. We stayed with my parents and just weeks before Dov, our first son was born, we both had steady jobs and a new home (we are a pretty resourceful couple, that's for sure). The hubby ran into Andy (our own wedding photographer from Indigo) at an event... showed him a few shots of our new son, and said "Hey, does Stefanie have a camera? We're looking for photographers." Roey texted me and my heart dropped. Really? I could shoot with my camera and get paid for it? NO. WAY.
Months after that I showed up at my first wedding. All geared up with a crappy kit lens and no knowledge whatsoever of AV or M settings... I shot. I pretended I knew what I was doing... I smiled and laughed and charmed the guests. I set up shots, I took candids, I followed a lead photographer around like a puppy. Were my images in focus? Not really. Were they exposed correctly? Hell no. But I had a great attitude and Stephanie, Andy's partner, gambled on me and kept me around. Steph and I are now great friends. She has been a great mentor and inspiration for me and my work. #stephandstef
Fast forward 3 years later and I am working not only as a photographer but a blogger, tweeter, poster and all things online for indigo as well. It's a lot of fun! I shoot weddings on the weekends and do the online stuff when I can. (Oh yes, I had another baby last year---AAAHHH!!!)
Right now, I am not able to get full time hours or pay. I need to work and I need to shoot. In order to supplement, I am waiting tables at a BBQ place in Plaza Midwood. No, really. I am waiting tables during the day and all I can think of is... "I should be working on my portfolio. I should be marketing myself. I have skills that are not being utilized right now. Grr."
However, because I have impeccable customer service skills; I grin and bear it. I love people. I love serving. I also love hustling tables, so picking up this job is not stressful for me.... but I'd rather be with my true love, my camera.
I will get there. I will I will.
"I'm good enough. I'm smart enough and doggoneit people like me!" -Stuart Smalley