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HELLO! If you enjoy my photography, I want you to know it means the world to me. It is my passion to be able to produce the images and share stories the way I perceive them to be. It is therapeutic for me at times to capture my feelings! 

Please do check out my Facebook page for all the newest updates, photos, and to write on my wall if you'd like to share your thoughts! I love to hear from people, and feel free to comment your own like page with photography for me to check out! Models are welcome to share their pages too! :)

Thank you!

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I've been so wrapped up in making my way through this first semester at Azusa Pacific University that I've fallen quite utterly behind in many things, especially photography. It's unfortunate, but I think once I get some sort of idea of when or what to photograph, I will be able to get back into it. Since I've moved locations, no one here really knows of my work, so it's basically like starting over. To top things off, I have no escape-go-to-place to take self portraits in privacy. I've managed about two mini shoots in my apartment, but it really hasn't much to offer. 

With break coming up very, very soon though, I would like to manage a photo shoot or two around here, and one in Washington as well. Also, I have a friend I'd really like to photograph and he has great hair so hopefully that'll happen soon! I have another friend who is quite lovely and she wants a shoot as well. I'm hoping to get back into it. I also have a wedding in January that I'm a bit nervous over as it's been ages since I've shot a wedding due to this very eventful and busy year.

This year I have hit highs and lows. The highest was flying for the first time, and overseas on top of that. England was great, I loved it! My other high was being accepted to APU and moving away from home to begin school. My lows, besides some unfortunate moments of feeling fearful, crying, and going through emotions here and there, were nothing compared to the lowest of lows in my life.. I lost my dad (blood clot) unexpectedly on September 15th, but my family was not informed until he was identified (it happened while he was alone without an ID) two days later. On September 17th I received a phone call from my sister explaining my dad had passed away.. I was shocked, confused, and it took a long while before it felt real.

My world has been changed ever since then. I am thankful though for all the friends and family who have encouraged me and helped me through. I have a lot of hope for great things still to come. And although I miss my dad loads and wish he was still commenting about my life on facebook, I know that the memories will last a lifetime and that I have some great people to help me along in my journey. :)

2013 was crazy! Day ONE I was excited for a bus trip to figure out my life. Day Three-hundred-and-sixty-five...we shall see! My life has changed so much!

~Stephanie Ann
I cannot believe I haven't updated here. I bought my ticket to England on March 26th! I will be departing on July 5th and staying until August 20th! I will be in the northern part of England, around Manchester, left and right.

I am beyond excited for this experience and adventure!

But a few days ago, I also found out I was accepted into Azusa Pacific University in California. I've never been so excited and nervous over something in my life, but I have a peace about it! It's in a beautiful location, that I'm even excited for the places nearby and going on more adventures. It's near the mountains, 20 minutes from LA, and less than an hour from the beach. I've been cooped up in a small little town that doesn't have much to offer. And on top of that, I've lost a lot of contact with many past friends. It seems it's time for me to move on, and I feel ready for it more than ever now. I'm quite excited to enter a new chapter in life, even if it took what seems to be a long time to get to this point..

I'm majoring in Cinematic Arts Production to get a BFA. At least, that's my goal! I'd love to work in movies and make music videos with a team of others. I really want to focus on the photography in films and editing. I'm hoping this is the first step to new doors opening and new opportunities! It's been long overdue.

~Stephanie Ann
sa.photo@live.com
If you place your happiness in Someone who is unchanging, unmoved, and gracious, you will find yourself with abundant joy and love. The happiness cannot change.
If you place your happiness in someone who can easily change, someone who can disappoint you, leave you, or hurt you, you will find yourself confused, broken, and wounded.
People are changing. Constantly. We make mistakes every single day.
God is unchanging. And will always love you. His word stays the same. He is the same today, yesterday, and forever.
Putting your happiness in Him is a wise choice. People will only fail you. But God will teach you how to love them anyway, and He can keep you content.

UPDATE: NOVEMBER 13, 2012
Donate toward my travel dream?
I may just have a date chosen and things are looking good! I got to know another friend from the UK and she offered a place to stay if I needed one. I found out that the later I leave, the more expensive it becomes in June. And the soonest I can leave is about May 26, 2013, in which I can save about $300 ordering a ticket for that departure date!
So the great news is there is hope and I will have someone to stay with who is incredibly kind to allow me to! In return I hope I can help her out with photography, as she likes photography as well, and Photoshop and just help out and have fun!

I really hope that something great happens while I'm there and that I can finally know what it is I'm meant to do, and where I'm meant to be. There is purpose in this England trip. I just don't know what it is yet... :)

Possibly my locations so far!
June - Doncaster, England
July/August - Warrington, England
:)
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Hey, everyone! I'm finally ready to share my exciting news!

As some watchers may remember, I used to talk about traveling. At one point, I said I really needed to get away. I had a list of places I wished to go. Well, when life hit rock bottom, I got a 180, everything completely turn around, and by a miracle my life was changed! My eyes began to open and I started to really see my DREAM. I felt so free and ready to go for it. So, I began to dig deep and figure out what to do!

Should I fly abroad and be an intern, student, or what? Well, I couldn't decide on that, and it still remains in the back of my mind to figure out. But my first step is definitely going to be flying to the country I have chosen and visiting for a decent amount of time to see what it's like, and be somewhere else! This is my dream. To travel the world. To see what's out there. To GO FOR IT.

I chose the UK. For many reasons. One, I intended to see if I could visit a photographer friend of mine (Cat Lane), but as I lacked to get a hold of her for weeks now (she has not responded), I was unsure of where I could stay. I figured I'd find out eventually, as I wouldn't have a lot of vacation time until next June. But I contacted another friend very recently who I knew lived in the UK to inform her that I'll be visiting! She got so very excited and offered her home for me to stay somewhere! This gave me so much hope!

My check-list is being completely slowly but surely and I just really wanted to inform everyone here at deviantART that I will be in the UK most likely in June - August, 2013! I'll most likely stay with this friend in Warrington (arriving at Manchester Airport) for the most part. But I'm very open to moving around and meeting other people if it's do-able and not super expensive! I'd LOVE to meet up with any photographers who are trustworthy and know my work (especially if I know yours!) and collaborate! That's a big thing with my dream. I dream to work with my inspirations or just people who adore this same passion.

If I do find another home to stay, provided they are willing to help me travel to them, I wouldn't mind moving around over there to continue to get a feel of the UK! This really excites me! So if you're from around there, leave a message, and let's talk!So one reason was to meet my friends in the UK, and the other one is because I want to travel far! And the UK because I LOVE the British accents! Hehe! British people are amazing! ♥ Americans get boring to me! Hehe!

My check-list:
Passport
Place to stay
Plane ticket for June-August
Credit card (just got approved and received one!)
Adapter!
Buy a Suitcase (never had my own)

Thanks for reading!!

Sincerely,
Stephanie Ann
Hi, everyone! Long time no journal it seems!
I used to write them more often, but after dA's change and the difficulty in actually seeing people's journals, I just feel they go unnoticed now.
But I'm writing anyway to say that there is a huge update in my life!

Recently, in July, I experienced a miracle. I had all the pain, feelings, attachment, and anything that was involved in the battle removed, and experienced peace and happiness. I was in the clouds for a while on vacation because it felt so good to have it all taken away! My calling was over, and the next season in my life was to be revealed. At the moment, I still await to figure out that next step in life, to understand where I'm to go next. New little feelings and things have occurred and I'm dealing with them each time, and God has really been changing me for the better.

On top of that though, I got to know an amazing photographer and our communication increased at this time. I discovered his work and it's quite like mine, only in his eyes, his story, and his version. But it speaks loudly and I'm very proud of him! To add to it all, we got to become good friends and I sent him a box of American goodies and things and he wanted to send stuff from the UK in return. I await that box as he just sent it, but it's one of the most amazing things I've ever been able to do with someone from another country.

If anyone uses facebook, it would mean a lot if you helped support his work and "like" his page!! He's awesome, I promise!!
♥--- www.facebook.com/ZackwasHerePh… ---♥

Thank you so much for everything, everyone!! You are all awesome!! I feel very thankful for all the favorites and comments! Always makes me smile!

~Stephanie Ann

Stephanie Ann Photography!

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 5, 2011, 4:35 PM


It's official! I am back to my old account due to the fact that deviantART allows you to change your username (every 6 months). Unfortunately I could not choose the name I really did want. And I already used "stephanie-ann." But I'm back. Here, at my old account. It took me hours to decide on a name. I still don't like it that much, but at least saying "Stephanie Ann" makes sense now with "sa" instead of "sm."

Anyway! I bought my first premium membership (just a month so I can get the new username) because I was blessed without asking for my past membership months by deviants who surprised me and provided it. I was beyond thankful!

I will be starting up here again. I know it's awkward, now that I started up at the other one... but at least I can feel like I'm back at home again. This account got far and really helped me get noticed. Because of that, I got a photo selected for a book.
Let's hope I do not have to change again after this and that I can start this account up!!

Thanks for the support!

~Stephanie Ann

stephanieann.net

Canon 5D Mark II

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 1, 2011, 9:59 PM


New Member.


Hello everyone!
Many of you have supported me beyond measure, and EVERY SINGLE favorite and comment makes a huge difference to me. The more I get, the more confident I become, and the more people I can reach out to through a photo. Although inspiration has been taking vacation for awhile, I'm calling it back and introducing it to the newest member of my family! His name is Ayden Mark, born October 4th at 8:08pm. He is excited to explore the world with me, I'm sure! And in case you are extremely confused, he is a camera and is often identified as the Canon 5D Mark II. With my super-saving-mode the past couple months or so, I've managed to cover the extra cost beyond my credit limit and get the camera on a slight sale at Best Buy.
I will definitely share the first photo. :)

New Name.


I'm currently thinking of a tag name for myself, to organize new photos with the new camera at a new location. I may take over my stephanie-ann account. Head that way in case. ;)

Genuinely,
Stephanie Ann

p.s.
I have done this already once when I switched to "sm|photography." If you were a watcher/fan when that happened, comment what my old name was! :D

I Need to Get Away.

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 16, 2011, 12:44 AM


***JUST realized my "Facebook" link was incorrect! Ah! If you'd check it out, it is fixed now. Thank you!!

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Dear deviantART,

Here I grew into a more confident photographer. I was inspired by many artists whom I found by browsing the people and portraits category, and gained motivation to continue by the comments and favorites I'd receive daily. But as life came tumbling down, month after month, I missed opportunities, I let cloudy days pass by without a single shutter released to capture it, and here I sit. Dissatisfied. The more I think about where I'm at, the more down I become. I don't feel free, or successful. I feel trapped and pathetic. It's as if I'm trying to make up for what I lack and none of it refreshes me. Here in this town I have reminders of what I've lost, and an entire past. I hardly have my own space, I can't quite acquire my dreams, as I don't have the setup. I need silence, I need a room with four walls and only me inside of them. I need a view outside the window that reminds me how beautiful God made the earth instead of how man built so much inside of it.

I just need to get away. I dream of a place with fields and fields of grass, flowers, nature in general! Something quiet and peaceful... Right now I simply look forward to affording the Canon 5D Mark II. After I purchase that, I want to start a traveling savings fund. I want to explore the world, one place at a time! But what would be even more amazing is to visit a friend who adores photography and self portraits like me. Someone who does in fact live near more nature than I. For now I'll stick with states. But my biggest dream is another country! Like London, England, The Netherlands, or New Zealand.

Sometimes I feel like...maybe I belong there.
Then other times I have no idea where I belong.
Either way, I need out.

As a side note, my website is only decent, but I haven't worked on it. Either way, check it out if you wish! If anyone feels like being kind and supports my want for the Canon 5D Mark II, anything helps and I have an option for "Donations" on my website. I feel weird for asking, but I've come across the kindest fans! In return to anyone who does wish to do that, I will have prizes just to say thanks. Somehow. :)

--- -- *** stephanieann.net *** -- ---

Just so you know, I'm considering using Flickr more once I get back into providing more photos. I feel like finding new faces, or meeting up with people during my travels, and just bettering my photography using motivation and inspiration. And well, of course, the new camera. :heart:

Are you a fan of my work and want to meet me? Comment where you live and let's get to know each other! Especially if you live by a field of grass and/or a forest. Or just plain beauty! And if it IS city, then architecture is scenery I'd like to practice with. I don't have much neat stuff around here, and I also don't have a buddy interested enough to explore with me. Life is tough. I need you guys!

Sincerely,
Stephanie Ann

My Own WEBSITE.

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 10, 2011, 1:19 AM


Guess what!? It finally happened. I bought a domain name. Now, you may have expected something with "sm|photography". But actually, there has been a lot of attachment to "Stephanie Ann", which is of course, my first and middle name.

stephanieann.net


stephanieann.net

It's a work in progress, but soon enough, I will have something created. :)

Until then...THANK you to EVERYONE who leaves comments and/or favs! Means a lot to still get some feedback and watchers.

I have 26% of the money needed for the ever amazing Canon 5D. It's been my dream camera since I discovered its amazingness back in 2007.

Since the "SM" is passing away soon, I really don't know if I'll still want this dA name, only I want to keep my views, so it's most likely going to remain. But there could still be a possibility of a new dA name when the new camera arrives in my possession. I must really be sure about how I want to make changes to my photography/services. My website is going to contain my photography, and everything else I do, including YouTube video-making (music videos and such).

:hug:

There's a "donate" button on my fill-in webpage. Of course it is totally optional for anyone who wants to donate toward the new camera, but I don't want to sound greedy or begging AT ALL. I just thought the paypal button was neat and thought I'd give it a try. I was thinking of putting together prints and frames and selling.. Hmm. We'll see. ^^


~Stephanie Ann


I sincerely apologize for never featuring the two who caught my 100,000 PV (or close to caught it.)
That includes nool2i who caught 99,999 and 100,002 (and may have been the 100k viewer!), and a thanks to CanorousDesign for also trying, catching it at 100,020.
Seriously, check these two artists out and send them some awesome comments. :D

:iconnool2i:
:iconcanorousdesign: This deviant and friend created a logo for me!

Without watchers, I wouldn't be anything, really. I wouldn't have the encouragement to keep going, and the support! Thank you to everyone!

As an update, I'd like to say that my 2011 has made an odd turn for the opposite, and I know that this is only something that will make the great even greater. Patience is the key. :date:

p.s.
My subscription ended! :tears: I just noticed...
I sincerely apologize for never featuring the two who caught my 100,000 PV (or close to caught it.)
That includes nool2i who caught 99,999 and 100,002 (and may have been the 100k viewer!), and a thanks to CanorousDesign for also trying, catching it at 100,020.
Seriously, check these two artists out and send them some awesome comments. :D

:iconnool2i:
:iconcanorousdesign: This deviant and friend created a logo for me!

Without watchers, I wouldn't be anything, really. I wouldn't have the encouragement to keep going, and the support! Thank you to everyone!

As an update, I'd like to say that my 2011 has made an odd turn for the opposite, and I know that this is only something that will make the great even greater. Patience is the key. :date:

p.s.
My subscription ended! :tear: I just noticed...
I sincerely apologize for never featuring the two who caught my 100,000 PV (or close to caught it.)
That includes nool2i who caught 99,999 and 100,002 (and may have been the 100k viewer!), and a thanks to CanorousDesign for also trying, catching it at 100,002.
Seriously, check these two artists out and send them some awesome comments. :D

:iconnool2i:
:iconcanorousdesign: This deviant and friend created a logo for me!

Without watchers, I wouldn't be anything, really. I wouldn't have the encouragement to keep going, and the support! Thank you to everyone!

As an update, I'd like to say that my 2011 has made an odd turn for the opposite, and I know that this is only something that will make the great even greater. Patience is the key. :date:

p.s.
My subscription ended! :tear: I just noticed...
I sincerely apologize for never featuring the two who caught my 100,000 PV (or close to caught it.)
That includes nool2i who caught 99,999 and 100,002 (and may have been the 100k viewer!), and a thanks to CanorousDesign for also trying, catching it at 100,002.
Seriously, check these two artists out and send them some awesome comments. :D

:iconnool2i:
H i d d e n by nool2i Tell Me by nool2i

:iconcanorousdesign: This deviant and friend created a logo for me!
SM Photography by CanorousDesign

Without watchers, I wouldn't be anything, really. I wouldn't have the encouragement to keep going, and the support! Thank you to everyone!

As an update, I'd like to say that my 2011 has made an odd turn for the opposite, and I know that this is only something that will make the great even greater. Patience is the key. :date:

p.s.
My subscription ended! :tear: I just noticed...

10,000 PV

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 3, 2011, 8:02 PM
sm|photography || Stephanie McDowell



I had two people who caught screenshots of something close. Feature up soon.

=]

Thank you!

2011 is an amazing year already. ♥

~Stephanie McDowell
sm|photography

2011

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 11, 2011, 12:14 AM
sm|photography || Stephanie McDowell



This is the year I've definitely been waiting for. At the same time, I am slightly afraid of anything great that requires extremely bad to happen first. But then I'm hoping to be surprised. I don't want to think negative. I sort of put really high expectations on this year now. I just want to be overwhelmed for once. I just want to shocked with joy. I just want to experience happy tears to the extent. I just want to witness a miracle in a way I never have before.

I also want to photograph the most wonderful sight I've ever seen. The pearl in a pile of rocks. The item you find in a store and cannot put down. The perfect decoration to my life. The eyes that are like windows into the most beautiful home. A diamond you do not want to lose, nor break. I want to photograph the reality of my imagination. The long-awaited soul in flesh. Perfection.

My 20th Birthday (How You Can Make Me Smile!)

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 29, 2010, 9:13 PM
sm|photography || Stephanie McDowell



Twenty

As some of you might know (or dA told you so!), it is my birthday on November 3rd! This year I honestly wish for a sincere hug from my best friend. Along with that, I'd like to be able to spend time with many of my love ones! The only material gift I even want is a new DSLR camera, but that will take some time to own. I have a tiny job of teaching two girls piano (4yrs and 6yrs).

I'm excited to be turning twenty because nineteen got a little boring to say! Not only is my birthday coming, but over two weeks ago I passed my behind-the-wheel driving test (first time...finally took it!). So now I can legally drive alone (I never illegally drove). It is nice to have, but I do not have a car of my own! My mom, sister, and I share one single car. I imagine having my own one day, for it would help me greatly to feel better about aquiring a real job so I can transport myself. Also, to take myself on the photo shoots I do, or set me up to be a professional photographer someday in the maybe near future. I'd like better equipment.

As you may know, everything screams MONEY. And it's unfortunate we have to depend on it so much. For my birthday though, as you dA watchers have made me become quite successful on this site, I ask for THREE things that will make me smile. Comments. Favorites (if you truly fav it). And if you are able, I will accept donations at the following link (via paypal) that I'll gladly and happily put toward my savings for a NEW Canon 5D (granted I don't find another camera I fall in love with. My goal is about $2.5k. And I am barely starting now! It'd be nice to get a car to drive myself to work (I live in a small town with hardly any options, but stilL!) But I'm blessed enough that my mom is passing her car down to me once she buys her dream car hopefully soon.

Donate toward my 5D here ---> www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?… <---

THANK YOU ALL FOR EVERYTHING! Please leave a comment with any questions so I can get to know anyone I've never responded to. I like questions and they don't have to be about photography, I encourage anything, even if you have a curious personal question.

Much Love,
Stephanie Ann
sm|photography

p.s.
If I get married, I would change my sm to my new initials. Currently, I like saying Stephanie Ann, but I don't like "sa". Random, I know, but you now know!

My Web

Facebook LIKE | www.facebook.com/pages/smphoto…
twitter | twitter.com/smprovisions
BLOGSPOT | miss-stephanie-ann.blogspot.co…
Literature dA | stephanie-ann.deviantart.com
Main YouTube | youtube.com/smprovisions
Daily Vlog YouTube | youtube.com/stephanieandstuff
Photography YouTube | youtube.com/smIphotography
Tumblr | sm-photography.tumblr.com/
Flickr | www.flickr.com/photos/stephani…
Twitpic | twitpic.com/photos/smprovision…
ModelMayhem | www.modelmayhem.com/stephaniem…
formspring | formspring.me/stephanieann
Dailybooth | dailybooth.com/stephanieann
myspace | myspace.com/sm.photography

My Web.

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 23, 2010, 4:18 PM
sm|photography || Stephanie McDowell



Hello, everyone!

It's been an interesting 3 years as sm|photography. And all of you who have supported me here on deviantART are what got me here in the first place! I thought I would just post all the links I'm at so if anyone is wondering what else I do, it would mean a lot if you took a look at these places too!

Also, I'm considering making the Canon 5D as my next investment. Although, it would take a much longer time to save up for! But I find it so much worth it! It might even be my biggest motivation to try really hard to find a job around where I live. Photography is not a promised paycheck for me.

My web:
Facebook LIKE | www.facebook.com/pages/smphoto…
twitter | twitter.com/smprovisions
BLOGSPOT | miss-stephanie-ann.blogspot.co…
Literature dA | stephanie-ann.deviantart.com
Main YouTube | youtube.com/smprovisions
Daily Vlog YouTube | youtube.com/stephanieandstuff
Photography YouTube | youtube.com/smIphotography
Tumblr | sm-photography.tumblr.com/
Flickr | www.flickr.com/photos/stephani…
Twitpic | twitpic.com/photos/smprovision…
ModelMayhem | www.modelmayhem.com/stephaniem…
formspring | formspring.me/stephanieann
Dailybooth | dailybooth.com/stephanieann
myspace | myspace.com/sm.photography

I'm all over the cyber world! Add me at any of those places if you want. And, like my facebook photography page if you're a watcher here! I try to update there about stuff usually! ^_^

I love you all!

~Stephanie Ann

I'm Coming Back!

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 13, 2010, 3:31 AM
sm|photography || Stephanie McDowell



It has been a very sorrowful time concerning my photography. But the great news is that I had a photo shoot finally again! I only put one photo up at the moment of Brittany and I, but there's some on our list we sorta liked!

Also, I did a mini self portrait shoot beforehand. They're not in order, I'm sorry! I just got excited to put new stuff up!

So let's hope I'll get back into the whole photography world I used to visit!

My goal: REACH 100,000 PAGEVIEWS before 2011!

Know anyone who likes my type of work? Spread the word and my link here to my dA! Thanks so much!!

Yours Truly,
Stephanie Ann

sm|photography

Happy Birthday, Steven!

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 24, 2010, 12:16 AM
sm|photography || Stephanie McDowell



HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO STEVEN!

For those of you who do not know, he's my best friend. Well, a very hard to explain friendship.
Anyway! I like to make people feel very loved and special on their birthday's, so I'm posting this everywhere!

He is 20 years old and counting. :)

Love,
Stephanie

p.s.
Sorry to not have new photos in so long... I hope I can start up again someday soon.