About Secrest Wedding Photography
You know those pictures you’ve seen of a co-worker’s wedding, and she looks really stiff and all the emotions look fake and forced? Almost painful? Yea- those weren't taken by me.
My name is Stephanie and I'm a photojournalist who found weddings to be my forté. With such training, and with my master's degree in photojournalism, I can handle and thrive in any situation. I've even sewn a bride into her dress when her mother didn't even know what to do!
Photography at its core enhances memories ... preserving life’s fleeting moments with a discerning eye, sharing these with a community and posterity, holding timeless that tiny slice of life as it passes by us only once. My photographs will reflect your best selves and will age on the mantelpiece for decades.
It’s my belief that wedding photography should reveal the elation of that moment-- of a couple's slowly unfolding authentic life story. Told through the language of photography by a master photojournalist who is discreet when necessary and at other moments an ardent art director.
The skills of composition and lighting are basic for me because of my formal training, but heartfelt photography is more than just a collection of “images" that need to be “captured.” Photographs of this nature honor a couple’s deep love and their collective heritage. Two people standing, pledging their lives to each other with witnesses. It’s an age-old rite-of-passage; and as in ancient times, is a sacred gathering. Having gone through this very ritual, there’s been nothing as deep-felt in my life, personally.
My MA in photojournalism comes from one of the top schools in the country for this career, and I’ve won twenty-one contest entries from the prestigiously recognized, international Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). I’ve won numerous awards for my photography with the editorial press, and I was invited to attend the exclusive Eddie Adams Workshop, a top honor for beginning photojournalists. I’m also a pre-qualification judge for Adobe with their ADAA contest.
I’ve been published in Photo District News, Newsday, Woman’s Day, Parents Magazine, The London Sunday News Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Denver Post and The Louisville Courier-Journal among others and was chief photographer and photo editor for two newspapers.
With the experience of photographing more than 320 weddings, I can bring you the expertise you require and expect. I’d be honored to offer you truly believable and authentic memories of your wedding day!
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Stephanie Secrest was born in Denver, Colorado, into a family of journalists and writers in which creativity was particularly valued. She acquired her first camera at the age of 7 and started documenting her life.
She went on to receive her BA from the University of Northern Colorado, and her MA in fine arts/photojournalism from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She studied under Arnold Gassan, a colleague of Ansel Adams during their mutual work with renowned photographer Minor White.
She was among a select student body invited to attend the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop, a national forum for top young photojournalists. Stephanie was the recipient of an award in one of photojournalism's oldest, largest and most highly respected contest, the 55th Annual Pictures of the Year competition of the National Press Photographers Association, plus numerous WPJA winning photos from contests and smaller local contests.
She is currently working in Northern California as a photojournalist, and resides in the Bay Area in her tiny cottage.
Contact Stephanie for additional information via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (510-337-9796).
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