In 2010, Stephanie graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a degree in Paralegal Studies. She dedicated her legal career to helping people navigate hardship and injustice. A few years into the field, however, she realized she had an even bigger purpose to fulfill.
In search of adventure and a fresh perspective, Stephanie moved to Malaysia in 2013 and spent a year teaching English and backpacking throughout Southeast Asia. Her eagerness to understand and connect with people of different cultures, coupled with her desire to embrace beautiful landscapes, led her to uncover her natural talents for travel and photography.
After returning to her hometown of Chicago, Stephanie completed a certificate program at the Chicago Photography Academy. Combining her legal and creative skills, Stephanie's mission is to use her photography as a tool to educate, elevate unheard voices, and uplift those that exist in marginalized communities. To her, photography is both an act of love and a search for truth. She enjoys creating a safe, honest and loving environment for her subjects. Stephanie has a passion for documentary, street and lifestyle portrait photography.