ME…who am I? A wife, a proud momma of a 2 boys. I think I was meant to have boys… I would definitely say I am more of a tom boy then a girlie girl. I am a wife and a mom before anything else in this world.
So where does photography come into all of this?…Well, as a kid my mom always called me “The cut, color and paste kid”. I was always creating something even at a young age. There is this picture of me when I was 4 years old with my first toy camera pretending to take a picture with the biggest smile on my face. I used this photo in my final photography show in college and it is currently “missing” but when I find it ; it will be going right up on this page :). Funny how at a young age you just know what you are meant to be.
What really sparked my interest in photography was when I took my first class in high school. I fell in love, It just made sense. I continued my education in art and photography though college, graduated and ended up working at a bank for 10 years. WHAT…yep a bank. Although I enjoyed working with my clients, I was lacking the creativity that I enjoyed so much. I occasionally photographed families and parties, a weddings here and there but I knew I wasn’t doing what I should be doing.
Now what? Well I got married, a few years later got pregnant and had my son John. John…..the boy that expresses more energy in one minute then I do in an entire day. This exact thought makes me smile:). I decided to work less and stay home more to enjoy his childhood. He is my inspiration, my inspiration to work extra hard at everything that I do. He brings out the passion in me. I am thankful each day for all the special moments that we share together. I feel like the luckiest mom in the world.
Where did all this bring me today? I left my job at the bank in 2012 and and am now pursuing my dream as a photographer and of course a proud wife and momma. My husband Mike and I just opened up our first studio in our hometown of Lewiston, NY and are making our dreams a reality. It feels really great to say that!
I hope my story helps us connect as I capture a bit of your life story not only in your photograph but also in your heart.
“Capturing the beauty around Western New York is a personal goal of mine. When people think of San Francisco they think of the Golden State Bridge and the Street Cars. I want our area to have the same recognition with our amazing architecture, history, and of course natural wonders!”
I graduated SUNY Fredonia Media Arts in 2002 after completely falling in love with creating on the computer in 1999. For years I freelanced websites, random design work, IT support, etc. until one day my beautiful wife Nicole and I finally came up with the idea for our business name “Stu Stu Studio” which had a ring to it that most people would remember, while also symbolizing us two Stu’s! The best part was when we found out stustustudio.com was already owned, I reached out to the current owner to see if they planned on using it or would possible sell it and they gladly gave it to us at cost! Sometimes things are 100% meant to be in my opinion.
These days I enjoy (therefore specialize in) photography, web design, and logos. They actually go quite nice together. Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with a number of great clients that now have very successful websites. One of the logos I created for a local soccer league must have used it 100,000 times by now on jerseys and it looks awesome still!
Photography has gone from an occasional pastime, to a passion. The convergence of high quality digital cameras and computer software to process the images really played to my skills and experience. I gravitate towards Long Exposure, Landscape, Architecture, and Black & White photography. My work has been featured online by Adobe, Flickr, Google, and 500px earning more than 2 Billion views.