Documentary Photographer | Artist | Author
Stephanie has been an artist all her life. She studied and practiced drawing, painting, photography and documentary storytelling throughout her education, and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Throughout her career in digital media communications, Stephanie lead initiatives ranging from interactive user experience design, marketing and corporate communications strategy, and creative content development for global corporations and non-profit organizations. Since 2008, she's been pursuing her passion for blending art, photography, audio, and video media.
Stephanie's clients span corporate and non-profit organizations including UPS, The Coca-Cola Company, CARE International, Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, Ronald McDonald House, and Boys and Girls Clubs; publishers; entrepreneurs and individuals. Her work has been featured in The New York Times LENS, TIME Lightbox, Forbes.com, LIFE.com, Digital Photo Magazine, Shutterbug Magazine, Photo.net and the ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) Bulletin; and exhibited at numerous galleries including: PhotoFest Gallery in Houston; the Atlanta Photography Gallery, Matre Gallery, National Center for Civil and Human Rights Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Georgia Aquarium, "Through the Eyes of a Girl" Exhibit in collaboration with CARE at Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta; and Odapark Art Center in Venlo, Holland.
In Spring 2009, Stephanie won the “Name Your Dream Assignment” global photography competition sponsored by Lenovo and Microsoft. This award sent Stephanie and her "Picture Hope" project partner, Jen Lemen, on a journey to remote regions of Rwanda, Tanzania, and Nepal to capture and share images and stories of hope from courageous changemakers and wise individuals including genocide survivors, refugees, and the poorest of the poor. In 2010, she was honored as a BlogHer Voice of the Year for her "Picture Hope" project. Stephanie was awarded two Honorable Mentions in the 2013 Mobile Photography Awards and served as a judge for the international competition in 2014.
Stephanie is the best-selling author of The Art of iPhoneography: A Guide to Mobile Creativity Second Edition published December 2012 and the First Edition published April 2011 by Pixiq, an imprint of Sterling Publishing, in the US and Canada, and by Ilex Press in the UK. The book has sold more than 100,000 copies and is available around the world in ten languages.
She is the author of Lens on Life: Documenting Your World Through Photography, published July 2012 by Focal Press in the US and Canada, and by Ilex Press in the UK. The book is available in English, French, Italian and (soon) Chinese. She is a co-author of Expressive Photography: A Shutter Sisters Guide to Shooting from the Heart published in 2010 by Focal Press in the US and Canada, Ilex Press in the UK, and around the world. Stephanie is a contributor to Kirtsy Takes a Bow, an artful collection of inspirations from more than 100 social media leaders, entrepreneurs and artists published by Bright Sky Press in 2009.
Stephanie has lead numerous documentary and mobile photography talks and workshops for creative communicators and photography enthusiasts of all ages. She performed a TEDx Talk "Building a Better World, One Picture at a Time" on TEDx Youth Day on November 20, 2014, and has been a speaker on the topic of mobile photography at Exposure Show 2014, Canada's largest photo/video show; the annual MacWorld / iWorld conference in San Francisco in January 2013 and 2012; the 2012 BlogHer Annual Conference in New York City; and the Shutter Sisters Oasis Second Annual Retreat in Palm Springs, CA in October 2012. Throughout 2014, Stephanie wrote a monthly "Art of iPhoneography" column for Digital Photo Magazine, and she's written numerous instructional articles on documentary and mobile photography for this and other publications including Photo.net and iPad/tablet interactive magazine Photographer's i published by Ilex Press. Stephanie was a founding member of Shutter Sisters, one of the first and most popular online women's photography communities. She periodically teaches iPhoneography classes at The Showcase School of Photography in Atlanta, Georgia.
Inspired by her Picture Hope project subjects, Stephanie founded Lens on Life, Inc. in January 2011, an organization that inspires, cultivates, and promotes a visual voice for children and young adults living in challenged conditions around the world. The organization seeks to inspire interest and develop skills in documentary photography as a form of creative expression and storytelling. She has lead photography workshops for children in partnership with Koseli School in Kathmandu, Nepal, and with Atlanta Metro Boys and Girls Clubs in Georgia. Her Atlanta students' images were featured in the New York Times LENS "My Hometown" collaborative documentary photography project for teens nationwide in September 2013.