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Art & Life with Winterlyn Stebner

Today we’d like to introduce you to Winterlyn Stebner.

Winterlyn, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have to thank my husband for pushing me to follow my dreams and to start my photography business. At the time, he was working full time and also serving in the military, and I had quit my 9-5 job, now becoming a stay at home mom with no idea how I could stay home, raise my kids, and bring money into the household.

I had always loved photography. When I was a young girl, photography was everything to me. I never left the house without my camera. My camera allowed me to show the world what I saw when I looked into my lens. When my husband suggested I do something with my passion and look into starting my own business, I jumped at the chance. It truly helped to know that I had my families love and support and that they backed me 100%. I didn’t waste a moment’s time figuring out the ins and outs of starting this new venture. I joined every photography group I could find on Facebook, I read blog after blog and watched every YouTube video on cameras, lenses, lighting etc. I did my research!

My first job was a wedding for a good friend of mine. The couple had no real budget for a wedding photographer. She had always loved the photos I often took of my children and asked me to shoot her wedding. I enthusiastically seized the opportunity and charged her $150. At the time I only had my Nikon D7000 and my Nifty Fifty lens. Boy was I a newbie, lol, but that wedding opened up so many new doors of opportunities. People were finding me online, so I started a website and a blog and promoted my work every chance I got. I eventually upgraded my camera and lenses and built a better website. I took online courses in lighting and posing etc. I turned my hobby into an actual thriving business.

Photography is a true passion of mine. For a brief moment, families allow me to enter into their lives and capture their most precious memories. It is truly an honor to be a part of my client’s lives. This is not just a career for me, but my life’s work.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a wedding and portrait photographer. Whether I am shooting a wedding, maternity or a family session etc. I love to capture life in its real moments, in scenery that is beautiful but simple. I shoot on location and I search for the best natural light possible to make my client’s photos amazing. My philosophy is simple: Take beautiful photos that will become beautiful memories and fill your heart with joy every time you look at them. Capture details that may otherwise be forgotten.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
There are so many wonderful, talented photographers out there that are eager to help other photographers out or just lend an ear. Join as many online photography groups as you can find and keep in touch with local artist. Not only will you be surrounded by artist that know what you are going through but you may get some job referrals. Community over competition is something I have always stood behind. I have made some wonderful friends in the photography community that have helped me grow as an artist and have lifted me up like when I am having a rough month etc. We are all in the same boat and sometimes just need a helping hand.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
All of my work is displayed online.
My website www.winterlynphotography.com
https://www.facebook.com/WinterlynPhotography1
https://www.instagram.com/winterlyn_photography

People can support me and my work by following, liking and sharing my work with their friends and family. Most of my clients come from referrals so I am always grateful when people enjoy my work and pass along my name.

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Winterlyn Photography

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