It has been so long since I’ve last posted on here. I kind of abandoned this site, and lately have been wanting to get back into using wordpress.
So much has changed and happened in my life in the last couple of years. I’ve grown incredibly as a person, and have started experiencing my “twenties”. Your twenties are really as great as they say they are. Mine have only just begun. It’s really weird to think that in just a couple of months, I will be 22.
I’ve not only grown as a person, but also as a photographer and as an artist. I’m a photography major in college, and have taken quite a few photo as well as art classes. Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t me trying to say I’m some art expert or anything now… I’m just saying that since the last time I made a post on here, I’ve really done a lot. I feel like I’ve figured out myself as an artist a little more, but I also feel like I still have a lot more figuring out to do. It’s currently 2:22 AM as I’m writing this, and I will be leaving to Rome, Italy in about 12 hours; and I won’t be back in the U.S. until the 4th of July. (seriously, I have to travel all day during independence day…..) I’m studying abroad in a photojournalism program, and will be living in a quaint little town called Urbino. I am ecstatic and nervous all at the same time. It’s going to be an unforgettable experience, and I look forward to experiencing a new culture, and making friendships that will hopefully last a lifetime. I also hope to learn more about myself as a person and an artist.
I will try and post here from time to time, but I also want to focus on living my life, so posts may be short and brief. I also will be there studying, so I will busy with that as well. We actually will be posting on a blog, so you can check that out as well.
Here are some photos of my work from the last couple of years. It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here, so I’ll post quite a few. :) They range from analog, to digital, to color, to black and white.
This first bunch is all black and white film.
And here are some taken with color film…
And the rest are all my most recent digital work. As you can tell, I have “favorites” when it comes to models… It’s also difficult to find people to shoot in the area because I have a specific “look” that I look for, so I have a small group of people to choose from.
If you want to stay updated on my photography, please, ‘like’ my photography facebook page at facebook.com/stephanietormeyphotography. I also am on other social networking sites, so check my ‘social media’ tab up at the top of my blog.
Ciao for now, and arrivederci!
These are some of our cats at FOS.
I was honored to be able to take photos to feature these cats on the Friends of Strays website.
Look at the little cheese ball, with chocolate muffin all over her mouth… She sure loved that muffin.
As you can see, the play park was a very popular destination during my visit to see these guys. After all, it is a great form of exercise for the kids, and they get to have fun, too. So, everyone’s happy.
I remember when we went to this park, there were these two girls (couldn’t have been older than 8-10 yrs) that were running around the park, taping up these little posters about Justin Bieber… haha! They were all decorated with pictures of him, and his name. Nothing else. Just that. And they were all about 4×6. They taped them onto random spots around the playground. Poles, bars, swings, etc. I was quite amused by them. I couldn’t stop laughing.
I was just as well satisfied with being the observer, rather than getting into the game.
He looked so cute with those stickers on his forehead. He peeled them off of a home-decorated kids visor. What I can’t remember is who came up with the idea to stick the stickers on his face; him, or me? I can easily imagine him doing it himself, but I can also easily imagine me giving him the idea, considering it would be cute, and a great photo op.
Remember that song, “Kids in America” from way back? I think I remember first hearing a remake of it in a Jimmy Neutron movie. Anyway, there was another remake called “Kids of the Future” by the Jonas brothers from a few years ago. Same tune, different lyrics. These next photos reminded me of that song for some reason.
In these photos, she was on the Webkinz website, trying to play with one of her newest webkinz. If you don’t know what Webkinz are, it’s a popular (or at least it was… Seems to not be as popular in 20111 as it was in 2009 and 2010) stuffed animal that you can also register on the website, and virtually “play” with. Think- beanie babies and neopets smushed together. She’s only 6, and is already a pro at using her mom or dad’s iphone, and is definitely learning how to use the laptop. I don’t think she goes on it very often, but at the time, she was very excited about her new webkin. Most kids these days are being introduced to incredible technology so early in life. It’s just the way the world is today. They are kids of the 21st century.
I don’t think there’s ever a time where a kid doesn’t want to go to the playground.
I’m finally getting to go through my many photos that were taken on my trip to VT last August/September. I know- sad. That was so long ago. I’ve just been so busy with life… Aren’t we all?
I just wanted to make a post that wasn’t to share photos for once. I have some thoughts that I wanted to get out there.
First, I am so glad to finally be graduating high school. If you didn’t know already, I spent an extra year in high school (I was also a senior last year), not because I got held back or anything, but by my own choice. I did my whole senior year online, due to moving to another city and not wanting to go to a new school my senior year. Because of that, it gave me the incredible opportunity to not only work on my own pace, but also retake some classes that I didn’t do so well in, in my freshman and sophomore years… Yes, I was a slacker those first couple years… But what’s in the past is in the past, and today, I’m doing very well.
With all of that said, I am now able to focus more on my photography again. I fully took a break for a couple of months, and even before my “official” break, I didn’t really have the time to focus much on it. I feel like this big weight has been lifted off of my shoulders with school, and am so excited to be graduating next month. I am also really looking forward to starting college in the fall. I am excited to learn new things, and make many new friends!
I also have lately had a change in thought on where I want to be with photography, as of right now. I’m not talking about my future goals. In the past, I was so eager to “start my business young”. I wanted to make money off of doing what I loved, and attempted to dive right in. But the thing is, I’m still learning. I am flattered by the kind comments that I receive on my work, but right now, I am all about learning as much as I can. There’s still so much to learn. I am planning on majoring in photography in college, and couldn’t be more stoked. So, as of right now, I am not looking to charge any money for shoots. I’m not sure how long that will last, but this is what I want for now. I also don’t want to seek out large shoots, because I won’t be charging money. By that, I mean, I don’t want to take on shoots that will require me to shoot 800+ photos, with 3 outfits, etc. Now, I’m not saying that I want to make myself smaller and have less opportunities. I just want to be honest about my status as a photographer. I don’t want to even think about starting a business until after college. (I think.) Don’t look at me as just another photography business in the area. Look at me as a local artist that is in the process of learning. If you like my work and still want a small shoot done, contact me, and I’ll see what we can work out. This way, you can get some photos, I can have fun shooting, and I also feel that the expectations won’t be too high. There can be less pressure, and it can be more fun. I am definitely confident in my ability to produce quality work, but I don’t want to make it seem as though I’m this high-profile professional photographer, yet. Not until I learn all that there is to learn.
I definitely want to also look into doing shoots for me again. I won’t have all the time in the world because I also work 5 days a week, but I want to start shooting more again. I may start contacting some old friends to do some shoots this summer.
Stephanie here, and thanks for visiting this site. Here, I post my most recent photographic work, as well as other random little things. Feel free to browse around, and leave some comments as well!