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Meet Steph Pickard

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steph Pickard. 

Hi Steph, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I started getting really into photography when I was still in grade school – my dad was also really interested in photography growing up and so when I was 6 or 7, he gave me this pink Barbie Polaroid camera, and I was hooked! I’d plan “photoshoots” with the other neighborhood kids, made my sister model for me endlessly, etc. Haha, it was great. I never thought much of making a career out of it until my pre-med career path in college was making me miserable and I decided to go for it and graduated with a BFA in Photography! I dabbled in a little of everything after college – fashion, commercial, portrait, and ended up working under another wedding photographer which eventually gave me the confidence to start doing things on my own. That was 6 years ago and I haven’t looked back! 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I think that every road has its bumps, and with starting a business at a fairly young age I definitely had my fair share of learning to do. I think my biggest struggle with getting here was finding my identity as an artist and what I wanted to be and what kind of work I wanted to put out, but once I found my passion in showcasing how beautiful Michigan is I really settled happily into my niche! But I was really lucky to have a supportive family who helped me in every way they could along the way, and I definitely wouldn’t be where I am without them. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m a Michigan-based wedding photographer, and I specialize in elopements & intimate weddings! I think what really started setting me apart from others is that I don’t hope for lots of out-of-state travel as a lot of other photographers do, and instead have really focused on finding beautiful spots here in Michigan to showcase just how underrated our state is! And now I get people coming to me all of the time from out of state or who have never been to these areas just because they loved some of the photos of mine from the area wanting to get married there. That’s the most incredible feeling. That’s probably what I’m most proud of. 

What do you think about happiness?
Outside of work, I have to say my dog first, he’s my whole heart in a fluffy little package. Spending time with my partner Todd and him is my favorite! But we absolutely love spending time outside hiking and camping, and those two frequently accompany me on my travels around the state for shoots so we can make little trips out of them and explore new areas together! It just makes my heart so happy to be able to not only do what I love but also be able to spend so much time outdoors & exploring and also show them amazing areas around Michigan, it’s an amazing feeling and I’m truly lucky. 

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