Stephanie Kotaniemi


BEHIND THE LENS

 
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A little about me...

Hey there guys it's Stephanie! I would love to tell you little about myself that has nothing to do with photography! I've lived in Oregon since I was 11 and consider myself a native at the ripe age of 29. 11 years ago I met the love of my life when we were both serving tables at Macaroni Grill. We were introduced by a co-worker and she said to me, "This is Kyle. Kyle loves the ladies." Then Kyle turned to me and said, "No, the ladies love Kyle." I don't think I ever walked away from someone so fast in my life! haha I had it in my head that I was never going to speak with that cocky man again...and then to my surprise a few days later he asked me on a date. I at first declined and told him that I had a boyfriend (which I really did have a boyfriend!) He then replied, "Well he's not invited." I couldn't resist his charm and I went on that date as FRIENDS. About a week later we were back at work together and he asked me, "Have you broken up with your boyfriend yet?" Later that week, I did just that.

We have been married now for 9 years and have two amazing, smart, beautiful kids together. He is always my biggest fan and supporter and I honestly would have never had the courage to start my own business if it wasn't for him. I'm forever grateful that he supports this crazy passion of mine. And yes, he's still full of one liners that make me cringe and yet swoon at the same time.

Some of my favorite things (other than photography of course) are Harry Potter (#ALWAYS), Game of Thrones, Broadway shows, bare feet, singing in the shower and pretending I'm in those broadway shows, warm nights on patios, hot tubs in the snow, and adventuring all over the beautiful PNW. 6 years ago I never would have dreamed I'd be at this place in my life. Being my own boss, making my own hours, and getting to stay home with my kids is the greatest gift. I owe ALL that to my amazing clients that keep me busy year round. Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart.

 
 
 

KIND WORDS: 

"I had first seen Stephanie's work when a co-worker of mine hired her to shoot his wedding, and fell in love their day/session right away! She was the first person I thought of to inquire about booking when I wanted to gift a close friend's wedding photography. Luckily she was available, and willing to make the near 5 hour drive to the Southern Oregon venue. Stephanie was very kind, professional, and took initiative to direct the day to ensure everything was smooth for my friends. The photos turned out gorgeous, and my friend excitedly shared them with me, and sent a photo of the display box the thumbnail drive and prints arrived in, which was also very lovely. Thank you so much Stephanie! Would hire again, 10/10! "

/ Ashley Anderson /

 
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"I stumbled across Stephanie's photography page on Instagram one day and fell in love with her unique style and her ability to capture such natural, precious moments. She's done my maternity, newborn and most recently, ONE year photos for my baby girl and I couldn't be happier with her work. Not to mention, she's so easy going and fun to be around. I love that she goes with the flow and makes you feel so comfortable (even with no modeling experience lol). I will definitely continue going to Stephanie for any future photography needs. She's AMAZING!!"

/  Vanessa Echeverria  /

 
 

Such an incredible photographer! We did a photo shoot at the mountain where it was obviously cold, windy, and there was a few feet of snow. That didn't stop Stephanie from sticking to the vision she had in mind for these photos. With a camera in one hand, a light reflector in another, and even changing her camera lens to capture different shots, she was determined to take some of the most beautiful photos. On top of being extremely professional, she made me feel comfortable throughout the whole photo shoot. She made everything really fun and exciting and continuously found ways to make me laugh. I absolutely love the photos Stephanie captured! They came out better than I could have ever imagined. I look forward to future photo shoots with her down the road

/ Lauren Rummel /