We had the good fortune of connecting with Madison Stevenson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Madison, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Being able to turn my passion into a business. I never understood how being a small business owner could make someone feel so alive, accomplished & happy until I became one. I love being able to be creative in my field, to capture special moments for others, and to see my own growth as a person & business owner. It’s very rewarding.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The best way to describe my work is warm & nostalgic, when you see my work I want it to take you back to that exact moment where you can remember exactly how you felt when you were there. I shoot mostly “candid”, meaning not posed but real moments with the subject. It took time to get to where I am, and even so I don’t even feel close to where I want to be. Any chance I had I took photos; on walks, random objects in my house, any friends that would let me. When I did finally share my work, it still took months to gave a clientele & about a year to find and style that worked for me. It was hard, and it still is, but it’s worth it and it makes me excited for the future knowing that it can only go up.

I’ve learned a lot about how to treat myself on the harder days, maybe when I don’t like how something is edited or I didn’t feel I did my best at a shoot. I remember to treat myself with patience, kindness, and grace just as you would treat a friend. I want the world to know that whatever you set your mind to is absolutely achievable, I’m just one story out of millions.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
As a natural homebody I don’t get out too much besides to work, but on an ideal weekend this is what I’d do. We’d start the day with breakfast of course, one of my personal favorites. We’d head to downtown Tucson to Nook, where they have great drinks and even better food. After that, we’d walk around a bit, maybe grab a smoothie at Berry Greens. For lunch, you absolutely have to go to Tohono Chul Bistro and Botanical Gardens, the food is delicious and the gardens are beautiful. For dinner, Dove Mountain Brewery is a great spot. I’m a sucker for bar food / comfort food and that place hits the spot. Also if you’re into brewery’s and local beer, you can’t go wrong.

Some of my favorite places to visit are Saguaro National Park for obvious reasons, cactus everywhere and very scenic trails. Mt Lemmon for a little heat escape and to be in the woods, & lastly one of my favorite places, Sonoita. Just about 45 minutes south of Tucson, Sonoita is hills and hills of grass and wineries & personally one of my favorite places for my photo shoots.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family, friends, and boyfriend who have been incredibly supportive throughout my entire journey as becoming a photographer. If I didn’t have them willing to model for me, brainstorm ideas with me, and just offer overall support, I don’t know how far I’d actually come. I’d also like to thank Victoria Jones who mentored me in the beginning stages. She gave me the confidence to finally start sharing my work online.

Website: https://www.madisonmariahphotography.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madisonmariahphoto/

Image Credits
Professional headshot is work done by Victoria Jones Photography

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