I graduated from High School and was supposed to go to a college that was strictly for photography. Two weeks before move in day, the school shut down!
What would you do? Stephanie Lopes took a year to get organized, and then launched her own business! At first, Stephanie specialized in photographing children and newborns. And that worked well to get her name out into the community around Meriden, CT. But she soon realized that she wanted more flexibility. So, a rebranding was in order, and S&Company Portrait Photography became a reality.
Painting with Light
From Stephanie’s high school experience, it didn’t take long to realize that photography was going to be her life. She was fascinated with the whole concept, from staging a shot, to editing the image, to the finished photo. As yearbook editor, she took many of the team photos. And she went to all the sports games to capture the action. She knew that after high school, she wanted to go professional.
Following the drastic college disappointment, Stephanie opened her LLC at the age of 19. Now she’s doing what she absolutely loves. Is there a bigger success than that? She’s happy, and her career is going to take her through life. With that never-quit attitude, nothing will stop her and she can’t wait to continue to grow and meet new people.
Connect with Stephanie at S&Company to set up a photography consultation in the Meriden, CT area. Stephanie specializes in location sessions, for all kinds of photography — newborns, children, senior portraits, families, maternity, wedding and events. Check out her beautiful work here, for just a small peek at her range of talent!
Soon Stephanie realized that her company needed a coherent branding program.
Away with Negativity!
“In the beginning, the branding process was difficult for me, but by the end, it was super easy! I started with one logo that I had made myself. The more I saw it on business cards, flyers, etc., the more I hated it.
“I decided to make another logo myself… this one lasted about eight months before I looked at it one day and said, ‘What the heck is this!'”
“I wanted a complete rebrand, so I turned to Autumn Lane, and should have started with them! Lily contacted me after receiving my questionnaire, and I explained everything I was looking for. She turned my vision into a complete reality so fast!
“Moving on to my brand board and color schemes, Lily was so fantastic. I would work with her every day if I could.
“Then I met Beck for my collateral items. I kept things very simple, but she gave it all that little extra dash of awesomeness. I wish I had started with Autumn Lane in the first place. They made it so easy, and everything looks absolutely perfect!”
Focus, Focus, Focus
Looking ahead, Stephanie’s main goal is to grow her business. For now, she works part time at a local establishment, but intends to go full time in S&Company. She is passionate about her photography, and plans to make S&Company her dream career.
“I would never want to do anything else, this makes me too happy!”
Just Click the Shutter
Stephanie admits that her biggest obstacle has been overcoming anxiety. And who wouldn’t be anxious to find out that their school had been closed down? Getting the situation under control took 3 years of dedication and patience.
Anxiety takes a toll on body, mind and spirit. Stephanie still has occasional bad days, but she’s not letting it stop her from doing what she absolutely loves. Her clients make her smile, and she loves coming home to edit all of her photographs. If anxiety has attacked you, know that you are not alone. There is always someone there, who wants to help you.
Keep your Eye on the Birdie
How did Stephanie overcome her challenges and launch her dream business? She advises you to just follow your heart and always trust yourself, no matter what situation you come into. Just take a deep breath and always tell yourself, ‘I can do this.’ You may fall down a couple of times, but you are always going to get back up again and be better than before!
Ready for your own amazing branding experience? Reach out to our gifted design team here at Autumn Lane Paperie. We’ll help you make it happen!