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About Me

Hey, I'm Steph.

The Earth has music for those who listen.
-Shakespeare

Photography has always been a passion of mine, dating back to when I was about five years old.  My camera was always in my hand and I had shoeboxes full with photos of anything and everything from pets to flowers to my shoes.  All of my allowance went towards printing my photos down at Rite Aid (back when it was actually Brooks).  I took a class in high school and a few in college, but as I grew up and entered the “adult world,” it seemed like being creative was something that was easily put on the back burner.

West Mountain Photography started as just an idea I was tossing around in early Summer of 2017. I was reflecting on a lot of things and it was my (at the time) soon-to-be-sweet-handsome-husband who mentioned that I should grab my Nikon and start exploring.

So that’s exactly what I did.

I signed up for a few workshops to help dust off the old girl, watched about a million and a half YouTube videos and found the perfect puzzle piece for what I was missing.

While having lunch with a friend I mentioned my resurrected hobby. About a week later, one of her friends contacted me half requesting, half demanding (haha) that I shoot her engagement session.   To prepare, I dragged my best buddies around to test shoot locations.  Check out the Storm Chasers blog post! Side note, I totally had to bribe them with wine to stand in a stranger’s field in the middle of a thunderstorm for me.

I’m all about the in-between moments. Show me your sarcasm and your teasing; your playful tickles and your tangled fingers. Let’s skip the traditional poses and capture the real feeels.

I’ll bring the wine (…or tequila), you bring your best dance moves and we’ll get weird.

THINGS I LOVE

seeing people happy
a good laugh
feeling the rain
kissing my husband (and my fur babes)
the smell of the earth
people that laugh at their own jokes
thunderstorms
crunching leaves

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