All About Stef
Q&A WITH STEF
What does your day to day look like at Rosewood?
Day to day is always different, sometimes it’s a shooting day, sometimes it’s an editing day, sometimes it’s all the not fun stuff (accounting, admin, backing things up) day etc. I can tell you what my constants are though: A tea in the morning (in the largest mug I have) then usually another after I finish that one haha. Lately I’ve been trying my best to work out (a term used loosely here haha) 2x/week, so if I do, I do it in the morning and I start working after lunch. I make sure our Instagram and FB post for the day is up, then I’ll lurk around IG and see what people have been up to. About once/week I’ll batch queue a bunch of new posts and I’ll also draft up some blog posts that I chip away at throughout the week. I tend to our inbox, so I’ll follow up with people, schedule meetings etc. I’m obsessed with spreadsheets (as any and every Type A person would be) so I always like to make sure ours is as up to date as possible!
What are you most looking forward to this wedding season?
There isn’t one wedding in particular (yet) that I’m looking forward to, I’m more excited about the overall season! I love being super busy all the time, I love back to back wedding weekends and shooting as much as possible! When the season’s over I’m mostly sad that I’m not shooting anymore and have to spend more time on my computer than behind my camera hahah.
Your dream wedding: Who, What, Where?
Anywhere in Europe close to the water with a really great, down to earth and fun group of people!
Tell us about what you do to prepare before shooting a wedding day!
Like Ethan said, have a big breakfast! Like so big I want to take a nap afterwards haha. We’re always on the go and never really know when we’re going to have enough time to eat (even at dinner we usually will only squeeze in a couple of bites then get up to shoot speeches or group photos). I like to pre-pack my camera bag the night before so in the morning I just double check and go. I’ll print off our timeline/shot list/info package beforehand too and if I’m not driving I’ll review it on the way, or if I’m driving then I’ll go through it before I leave.
Who are some of your biggest photography influences?
I interned with Peter Ash Lee in NYC a few years ago and I learnt so much from him- he’s also such a great and down to earth guy, it makes me love his work more! He taught me a lot about shooting fashion and interacting with clients on set.
Do you have any career goals?
Ever since I started getting into photography I’ve wanted to make it onto PDN’s Top 30 Under 30 (which is now “PDN’s Top 30” so I guess I have more time to make the list haha). Wedding wise, I’d love to get us featured on Brides or Martha Stewart Weddings! I’d love to shoot someone super fashionable and chic, and get it featured on The Coveteur too!
Really, my ultimate career goal is just to shoot work that I love, as much as possible and to sustain myself and my future family with this, for the rest of my life; I really cannot imagine myself on a different career path.
what are your faves…
Austin Power’s Goldmember or Christmas Vacation (I can recite both movies beginning to end)
This is a tough one because it always changes! I think right now my fave. food/meal is penne alla vodka with pancetta and fresh basil and a bottle o’ wine, mmmm I’m hungry now
Favourite part of a wedding day:
At the end of the night when the dancefloor opens! I love everything that happens throughout the day, obviously, but most of the morning is high stress so when we get to dancing everyone is finally relaxed and just letting loose! I also love wedding playlists so while shooting I’m mostly just singing and dancing along with everyone too!
Favourite local getaway:
Wine. All the wine. All the time. I also enjoy a nice glass of whiskey in the tub after coming home from a long day of shooting, that’s my post-shoot go to
If there's anywhere in the world that you could be right now, where would it be?
Swimming at Ethan’s cottage on that one abnormally hot day in September when the lake is the warmest it’s been all season, BBQ going, with a face that’s been out in the sun for maybe a touch too long (very specific, I know haha)
What’s one of your favourite photos that you’ve taken and why?
I think this one of Lauren, Dan, and their newborn baby girl Stella will forever be one of my favourite! This whole shoot actually! I shot Lauren’s maternity session a few weeks before she gave birth and I loved it- it was intimate, honest, and genuinely them. When they called me the following month to “do it all over again” I was so thrilled! It was nice to take a few formal photos of them together but most of what we were shooting was their everyday life, hanging at home, even a few photos of Lauren breastfeeding! After shooting both of these sessions I realized the gravity of what we do, being able to document these incredible milestones for families and capture so much emotion really struck me.
Okay, last question- what's your favourite aspect of being able to work as part of the Rosewood team?
Honestly, the fact that we do this for a living! I get to do my favourite thing in the world (shooting/photography) with two of my best friends in the world, meeting some of the most incredible people and families in the world- what’s not to love about that?!