Some of the greatest gifts we receive are the people placed in our lives. People who love, encourage and uplift us as we run through life together. People we can lock arms and create with. People who make us better and bring out the best in each of us.
We are thrilled to share this short but sweet interview with Stephany Ficut. She cracks the door on her personal story, advice and worldview as she teams up with Natalia Issa to create a beautiful styled shoot.
Heirloom: Do you have any morning routines? If so, would you mind sharing what they are and how they set you up for success?
Stephany: I open my eyes and I thank God for another beautiful day. I pray because without God I couldn’t be where I am today.
Heirloom: Tell us about your journey. What led you to discover a love for photography?
Stephany: Ugh.. this is a very very long story.
I was always very passionate about photography but I never imagined myself as a photographer. In 2010 I won a few painting and drawing contests and with the money gathered I was able to acquire my first DSLR camera. I didn’t have big plans with it, much more a future, but I began falling in love with it. At the time I was a student in my first year of college, in a new city and with very few friends. So I carried my camera with me everywhere because of the desire that was growing in me to learn as much as I can about photography.
I began to appreciate my surroundings more, be it a child’s smile running in the park or the simplicity of another reading a book under the shade of a tree.
Time went by and I got to the point of realizing that I wanted more. I started to develop a love for concept photography, and I loved to create stories. I remember nights when I couldn’t sleep because of all the ideas that were running through my mind.
Everything changed for me when I began receiving lots of messages from people I didn’t even know asking me about my prices. That for me was a sign that what I was doing was right. I was very skeptical and a little fearful to step into this journey of photography, to put my name out there. This market is so massive, everyday there’s a new person that just got their hands on a camera and is already a professional. I don’t believe in being mediocre and I didn’t want to be just another one. I wanted then and I want now my vision for photography to make a difference. For me, it’s not about just taking pictures, it’s about telling a story because everything has a story.
Heirloom: Who are your biggest artistic influences and what draws you to their work?
Stephany: Tim Walker. No more words needed.
Heirloom: What work do you most enjoy doing?
Stephany: If you are talking about photography- concepts, definitely.
Heirloom: What has been the most shaping and helpful piece of advice you have received?
Stephany: Never settle for mediocrity.