With a loan from my parents and an income from a paper route in the 5th grade I started to assemble a complete Black & White and soon color darkroom. A good friend and lifetime mentor was also discovered in Tom at McCosh Photo. I spent a lot of time in the bathroom of our trailer house with the enlarger on the washing machine and the developing trays in the bathtub. (many thanks to my family for putting up with this because it was the only one in the house). 4-H played a key role in the growth of my photography skills. It lead me on a great journey from the county level...to the state level...to the national level in Chicago. I owe a lot to the 4-H program and the key role the program played in my career, awesome organization. Thru my underclass education the annual and SPUD staff kept me growing in photojournalism and darkroom experience. I was accepted into the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver, graduating with an Associate degree in Art. After a brief time of freelance work and employment by Worley’s Studio I decided to open Steph’s Studio in December of 1991. It is now over 23 years and I still dearly love what I do and the people that have come into my life thru this choice.
Thank You to everyone that has made this journey possible!
It all started with an interest in photography at an early age. The “Magic” of watching the image develop in that tray at Worleys Studio and being able to create visually “hooked” me from the very beginning. I spent hours and hours speaking with Glen and Duane about photography in general and the love of the craft grew.