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Meet Stephanie Mullins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Mullins.

Hi Stephanie, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I first moved to Middle Tennessee to pursue my Bachelor’s degree in photography at MTSU.

From there, I went on to Southern Living as an intern where I thought I’d be deep into the architecture of Southern homes and gardens but instead found myself in the middle of a food studio and could suddenly see this was right where I wanted to be in my career.

Coming back to Nashville, I had a clear vision that a career in the food industry was my main priority and I set out to make it happen. 16 years later I’m still here, wrapping mouthwatering food dishes in natural light and serving them for your visual tastebuds to devour.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Aren’t all roads to entrepreneurship a little bumpy? Starting out was hard. I was was super young because I had gone to college at 17 and graduated before I even turned 21. So getting agencies, art directors, and brands to trust me with their products was no easy task, and most of which ended in lost bids to someone with more experience.

The next major road bump was starting a family, as a female entrepreneur, the balance of becoming a first-time mom and meeting clients’ needs in the studio was no fairytale. Looking back it gave me a better work ethic and helped me set boundaries, I could still be eager and a present mom.

And any clients I lost along the way I adopted the “Things happen for a reason “ and moved on to bigger fish. Shall I even say the dreaded C word? It’s no secret that restrictions forced creatives to get creative with sets and remote shoots, I feel some things will never go back to how they were but is that really a bad thing?

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m not sure that I’ve ever fit in the creative scene. I’m not the out-there artist with some new take on lighting that will set a new trend.

Instead, I want to capture the natural light that fills our lives and everyday experiences to give you something so real you feel as if you could pick it right up off the page or screen. Capturing sunshine wrapping around the condensation drops on a glass of sweet tea and bouncing off the yellow skin of lemon can make me as happy as just about anything.

I want to make every image just feel like home, to spark a feeling and put a smile on your face. That’s what I hope every client walks away with from any set.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
Reaching out directly to talk about project specifics is always the place to start to see if we are the right fit to make a project come to life.

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