We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Studer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, how does your business help the community or world?
My business’s purpose is to help fellow business owners advocate for themselves through brand photography. I think businesses with beautiful images thrive, and if our businesses are successful, then our communities are stronger. Every business needs updated and high quality imagery…when it is custom, that is the best!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do.
My business started as a result of my original business: an Etsy shop selling paper products, and my crafty blog. I quickly realized ETSY favored beautiful shops with beautiful imagery were the ones to get noticed. I sought out a product photographer to help me take pictures of my paper products. After having no luck, and not having a budget to spend on a photographer, I used a point and shoot camera and got to work! My blog was my outlet while my kids took their naps…I used every spare minute to bake or make something fun and take pictures of all the steps along the way. My ETSY shop and blog kept me busy for a year or two, and I soon realized I loved the photography aspect of everything more. Slowly, I started shooting for other bloggers, crafters, and it grew from there. I experimented with several forms of photography until I ultimately decided that shooting “still things” was my passion. I would visit vintage shops, good will…shooting any food I could find in the fridge. My kids got involved and helped with recipes! So much of my work now deals with shooting food and products for other brands, and especially lifestyle scenes inside of homes- like interior design details, and rental properties in the Phoenix area. So many of the brands I shoot for especially like to show off their items in flat lays, so over the years I have grown to style and shoot flat lays for editorial, website and social media needs. What sets me apart? I would say one thing that always seems to surprise people is that I only use natural light. I love the look of natural light, and embrace all of the texture, color and shadows that come with it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would definitely have to check out the Botanical Gardens, take in sights of Camelback mountain, and stop at Camelback Flowershop. I’d plan a stroll around some historic neighborhoods and try to find an outdoor event at either the Boho Farm or Simple Farm. If we have kids, visiting the McCormick Stillman train park in Scottsdale would be a fun place for a picnic. I’d take her to the Found by Domestic Bliss store, probably the new Lifestyled Co. store, and also walk around some antique shops along the way. For food, I’d plan for a stop at the Arrogant Butcher, Caldwell County BBQ and probably Liberty Market in downtown Gilbert. We couldn’t miss the Queen Creek Olive Mill either!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The Clickinmoms and Click Magazine community has been a big support. They approached me early on and gave me opportunities to be published several times, write my flat lay course and contribute to their blog.