I am so glad you're here. My name is Stephanie Engblom and I am the face behind 81 Studios Photography! Before we get started here, let me tell you a little bit about myself. Some of my earliest memories as a child are that of playing with a camera. No, not the one on your iPhone or the webcam in your laptop, but a camera with film and no glimpse of what had been captured until it was developed and on paper in front of you. I remember dancing around the garden at my Cabin near the Canadian boarder: snapping photos of butterflies, the magical sparking water on the lake, and the occasional selfie (before it was cool). I have always been artistic and not one who really fit in with the rest of the crowd. Whilst my friends were playing soccer, I was singing to myself in the mirror, and creating homemade music videos with my girlfriend next door. To create has been one of my deepest passions in life and even now, at 23, it's all I long to do.
I met my husband Brandon in the spring of 2011 and we finally said “I will” in the fall of 2018. Having been engaged for nearly two and a half years, I had a long time to reflect on the planning process and everything that went into arguably the most important day of my life. From finding a dress, picking a venue, attending food tastings, to picking my photographer - every. detail. mattered. (At least as a bride, it totally matters- gosh!). As stressful as I thought the process would be, I surprised myself by how much I enjoyed everything wedding related - how I never wanted it to end.
I will go ahead and say it - I have fallen in love with love and the way it can be captured within a photo forever. Going over the little details I planned for my wedding day, I realized that one of the most important decisions I made was my wedding photographer. As the photos they captured for me I will look back on forever... From getting ready in the morning to the last dance - it all deserved to be timelessly photographed and remembered. Understanding both sides of wedding photography as a bride and as a vendor, I have a unique and valuable perspective on what is important to pay attention to.
Now that you know a little about me, it's time I get to know you! I would be honored to work with you. Send me an email today - let's meet for coffee, get to know each other, and make something magical happen.