Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexis Stoniea.
Alexis, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have always had a passion for photography. Growing up in San Diego (Poway) my high school had a great photography program that really covered all the basics of photography from using your camera (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, composition, etc.) to develop the film in a darkroom.
In college, photography got put on the back-burner and became more of a hobby as I went to school. It wasn’t until my daughter arrived in 2011 that I jumped back into photography and my “hobby” developed into a passion and from there into a business.
Posting photos of my children on my social media soon led to people reaching out to see if I could capture pictures for them and once I created website things propelled quickly into a business.
As I began to capture images of newborns, babies and families I started to see the impact pictures had on the lives of those I got to shoot. These moments in time are fleeting. A newborn is only a squishy, sleepy newborn for a few weeks and then they are an alert baby.
Babies quickly blossom into children and soon siblings are born expanding a family forever. Families laugh and cry during our sessions and those moments “in-between” moments are some of the most beautiful images of all and they are preserved in a photograph forever. I fell in love with that part of photography more than anything..… the true joy a client has when they get their own images and see their life’s story memorialized forever. I was hooked.
Has it been a smooth road?
I have to admit that for me the road was pretty smooth but I was blessed with a great mentor Chrystal (Chrystal Cienfuegos Photography) and a supportive community of women in the SD area who are also photographers, to help me grow and avoid some of the common hardships of starting up a photography business.
The hardest road was developing a brand or style that I am known for. I love images of all types but once I began to carve out my niche for natural, airy and organic feeling images, my clients found me and the relationship between them and I was much more effortless than when I started out by trying to be everything to everyone.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I consider myself a boutique photographer. I specialize in maternity, newborn, baby and family photography and I tailor each session to my clients. We communicate quite a bit ahead of time and go over ideas for location, wardrobe, and “feeling tone” of the session.
For newborn sessions, I travel to my clients so that I can capture images in the comfort of their own home after they have delivered. I offer customized wardrobe pieces and have hair & make-up services also available to my clients. I want the process to smooth and seamless for them. I also always include digital images for my clients to keep as well as fine art prints or albums from most all of my sessions.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
San Diego is beautiful and really lends itself naturally to stunning photography. As far as the competition it seems that everyone knows a photographer (or someone with a good camera) so if you really want to build a business doing photography in SD you need to:
– Photograph what you love (so it doesn’t feel like a chore)
– Be patient. Understand that it takes time to build a business and it doesn’t happen overnight
– Be kind and accommodating. The majority of my business comes from referrals. I have special relationships with my clients and I truly get to know and love their families/children. I think they feel that love and it leads to them sending friends and family my way.
– Develop your own style and be true to it. Clients who want what you offer will find you!
- Website: www.alexisstonieaphotography.com
- Phone: 949-922-5551
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisstonieaphotography/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlexisStonieaPhotography/
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/alexis-stoniea-photography-san-marcos-2