Stephanie, of LifeCreated, knows how to use what she has and maximize its potential. She uses natural light to highlight the beauty of each home she photographs and explores every nook and cranny for hidden moments that crave the spotlight. Learn just how she does it, her journey, and where she’s going next in today’s interview.
We love to hear origin stories here at HAVEN, can you tell us about the journey that led you to interior photography?
My interior photography journey caught me off guard because I originally loved still photography of food and products. Once clients started asking for styled images of their products and food inside of homes, designers took notice. I have appreciated all of the designers giving me experiences over the years that have helped me learn my own process for shooting still details and interiors.
We often see the end results of a photoshoot. Can you give us a glimpse of what an interiors shoot day looks like for you?
I reserve two, sometimes three days a week for shoot days. I can plan to shoot several projects in a day, depending on their size and location. My shoots tend to be about one to two hours for the typical project, and I only use natural light! The Phoenix/Scottsdale area is where a majority of my shoots are, with the occasional trip for an out-of-state shoot!
Is there a piece of advice or mantra you revisit when you’re in need of motivation or inspiration?
I have always said “Shoot where you are, with what you have.” It goes for learning to photograph anything- shoot what is around you. For interior design, I say enjoy studying the bones of your own home. You don’t need to spend money or go places to find opportunity.
Where can we find you when you’re not behind the camera? What sparks joy in your life beyond the lens?
Being home and homeschooling my three daughters. We love to splurge on bakery visits, craft store shopping, and board games at home. We try to get outdoors when it isn’t blazing outside too.
What is vital to having an excellent photographer/designer relationship?
I’d say trust, dependability, and consistency. They need to be able to count on you and trust you in their clients’ homes and for the end result. Their portfolio is important to future clients, and the designers really love when their work looks authentic and consistent.
You’ve shared that you’d like to publish a book one day, wow! What is the title, and what will we be reading about/looking at?
Oh man, I would love to photograph a book one day for someone else. So far I have only shot the cover for one book, but I would love to be involved in a designer’s book, or a chef’s cookbook of some sort.
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