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Life & Work with Autumn Stapf

Today we’d like to introduce you to Autumn Stapf.  

Hi Autumn, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
It started with monthly photos of my first child. I would snap an iPhone photo of her each month in a cute theme to document her growth and development because you hear how fast babies change and I didn’t want to forget those details. I soon began capturing so much more in our day-to-day lives and by the time I had my second child, I decided to upgrade to a point and shoot. Within the first year of having my Canon PowerShot, I already felt like I outgrew the camera. I felt limited by what I could do and the visions I had and that is when my husband gifted me my first interchangeable lens system, the Sony a6000. My hobby quickly turned into a passion which fuel my creative side. I began telling stories through pictures and capturing lasting memories. Over time, friends and family asked me to take their photos and the rest is history. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My daily struggle would be balancing my roles as wife, mother, and business owner. I have 4 little kids and my husband travels regularly for work so making sure I’m available for them is most important to me. When my husband is home from work, I prioritize that time for him and our marriage. Thankfully, I learned early on to put boundaries in place when it comes to work because a major benefit of running my own business is the flexibility to focus on my family and accept work that fits our schedule. 

Another battle I faced was in an industry flooded by incredible photographers, imposter syndrome was very real. Once I began trusting my creativity abilities, I was able to nail down my editing style, my niche and run my business in a way that worked for me. Photographers are artists, and no two are the same. Give two photographers the same camera, pointed at the same subject and I guarantee you will get two different images. And that unique vision is what my business has built from. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a self-taught creative offering photography services related to seasons of life that I have personally been through. I believe my experiences make me a better photographer because I’ve been where my clients are now. I can relate to a woman during a maternity session. I understand how fleeting the newborn stage is and I am aware of those details a mother may not know she’ll miss. I approach family sessions in a way that captures personal interaction to embody the emotion, love, and personality of each family. As a woman whose body has changed so much over the years, boudoir is powerful to me. As a married woman, I can walk a couple through their wedding day with ease and excitement as I capture all of the details, sentiments, candids, and portraits that I know they will appreciate years later. My personal experiences are the strong suits that set me apart from others. 

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
I launched my business in January of 2020. I was so excited because I had spent months creating my website, saving up money to upgrade to a full frame camera and solidifying all of the legal work behind my business just to be met with Covid-19. The world shut down and all of my excitement turned to fear and panic. To distract myself, I used photography. I wanted to document the pandemic and what our family was going through during quarantine. My creativity was pushed in the best way because I was finding new perspective for days that seemed very repetitive and limited. 

As the months went on, we learned more about virus, safe distance, and the power of masks. Though it looked a lot different, this was a major milestone in the wedding industry. Wedding sizes were down, backyards were popular venues, and smiles were hidden. Through it all, we learned to be flexible, compassionate, and better people. While couples were haunted by unexpected losses, fearful guests, and restrictions, I was able to adjust wedding dates as restrictions came and went. I created micro wedding packages for trending, intimate elopements. And lastly, due to exposure rates and unpredicted quarantines of vendors, I was grateful to be a part of an entire community of amazing creatives who worked together to assist other photographers in wedding day coverage. Today we’d like to introduce you to Autumn Stapf. 

Hi Autumn, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
It started with monthly photos of my first child. I would snap an iPhone photo of her each month in a cute theme to document her growth and development because you hear how fast babies change and I didn’t want to forget those details. I soon began capturing so much more in our day-to-day lives and by the time I had my second child, I decided to upgrade to a point and shoot. Within the first year of having my Canon PowerShot, I already felt like I outgrew the camera. I felt limited by what I could do and the visions I had and that is when my husband gifted me my first interchangeable lens system, the Sony a6000. My hobby quickly turned into a passion which fuel my creative side. I began telling stories through pictures and capturing lasting memories. Overtime, friends and family asked me to take their photos and the rest is history. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My daily struggle would be balancing my roles as wife, mother, and business owner. I have 4 little kids and my husband travels regularly for work so making sure I’m available for them is most important to me. When my husband is home from work, I prioritize that time for him and our marriage. Thankfully, I learned early on to put boundaries in place when it comes to work because a major benefit of running my own business is the flexibility to focus on my family and accept work that fits our schedule. 

Another battle I faced was in an industry flooded by incredible photographers, imposter syndrome was very real. Once I began trusting my creativity abilities, I was able to nail down my editing style, my niche and run my business in a way that worked for me. Photographers are artists, and no two are the same. Give two photographers the same camera, pointed at the same subject and I guarantee you will get two different images. And that unique vision is what my business has built from. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a self-taught creative offering photography services related to seasons of life that I have personally been through. I believe my experiences make me a better photographer because I’ve been where my clients are now. I can relate to a woman during a maternity session. I understand how fleeting the newborn stage is and I am aware of those details a mother may not know she’ll miss. I approach family sessions in a way that captures personal interaction to embody the emotion, love, and personality of each family. As a woman whose body has changed so much over the years, boudoir is powerful to me. As a married woman, I can walk a couple through their wedding day with ease and excitement as I capture all of the details, sentiments, candids, and portraits that I know they will appreciate years later. My personal experiences are the strong suits that set me apart from others. 

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
I launched my business in January of 2020. I was so excited because I had spent months creating my website, saving up money to upgrade to a full-frame camera, and solidifying all of the legal work behind my business just to be met with Covid-19. The world shut down and all of my excitement turned to fear and panic. To distract myself, I used photography. I wanted to document the pandemic and what our family was going through during quarantine. My creativity was pushed in the best way because I was finding new perspectives for days that seemed very repetitive and limited. 

As the months went on, we learned more about virus, safe distance, and the power of masks. Though it looked a lot different, this was a major milestone in the wedding industry. Wedding sizes were down, backyards were popular venues, and smiles were hidden. Through it all, we learned to be flexible, compassionate, and better people. While couples were haunted by unexpected losses, fearful guests, and restrictions, I was able to adjust wedding dates as restrictions came and went. I created micro wedding packages for trending, intimate elopements. And lastly, due to exposure rates and unpredicted quarantines of vendors, I was grateful to be a part of an entire community of amazing creatives who worked together to assist other photographers in wedding day coverage. 

Pricing:

  • Weddings starting at $2000
  • Family, Seniors, Maternity & Newborns $200
  • Boudoir $225

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Image Credits
Autumn Flowers Photography

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