We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacie Ehasz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stacie, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
I decided to turn my hobby into a business when my daughter was about 2 years old. In 2020, when everything shut down, I was able to spend more time at home with her which pushed me to pursue my business into full time instead of part time. The greatest impact my business has given me, is that I am able to be with my daughter more. I am home during the day which allows us to spend more time with one another. I am able to experience life with her instead of her being away from me. I don’t have to miss anything when it comes to school events, field trips, sports, or any extracurriculars. She gets to see her mom be at everything for her. I am less stressed which allows my child to see a healthier and happier version of her mom. I am all around leaving an impact of a healthy and present parent which hopefully lead to a healthy and happier childhood.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art…my love for capturing moments with families. It fuels my fire. I want parents to look back on these photos and see the love radiating off of them. I want them to see their child being a child: laughing, smiling, running, and embracing them. When I am able to capture authentic moments of families spending time with one another, my heart just explodes. Once these moments pass, these photos are all we have left and I want to be there to help eternalize them. My best friend passed away when she was 23. It was traumatic and unexpected but I had thousands of photos of her. We took pictures on my little digital camera constantly and I treasure those pictures with every fiber of my being now. That’s why I am so passionate about taking the pictures and booking the session. Our children are only little once and looking back on those photos will never be something you regret.

My faith is the center of my story. God has carried me through this and has allowed my business to grow like it has. All glory belongs to him and I strive to love and serve my clients like Christ would. When I wonder if I can do this, Christ gives me the strength to continue to work hard and be the best that I can be.

I think I am where I am now because of how I love on my clients. I am extroverted so creating an experience and a relationship is important to me and my brand. Most of my clients become more than just clients, they become friends and remain in my life. I become part of their story because I am someone that is with their family at really important moments. From pregnancy, to newborn, to watching their children grow. I am someone they feel comfortable with allowing inside their precious moments. It has not always been easy, I had doubted myself. I have questioned if I am good enough, but once I’m with my clients and I’ve got that camera in my hand – all doubt goes away.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My best friend and I are both moms, so most of our visits involve ways to make the children exhausted. We love the Georgia Aquarium, especially during the week when it’s less busy. The Atlanta Zoo is a must as well. We have never had a bad experience walking around the zoo and letting our little ones see all of the animals.

I live in the suburbs so most of our time would be spent out there. We love going to Downtown Monroe. The Story Book Shop, the Armory Bookstore, Scoops Ice-Cream. All places I HIGHLY recommend and a visit from my best friend would not feel the same without going to all of these places. You have the feel of the city without having the traffic of Atlanta. Small town city life. When in doubt, we are going to Downtown Monroe to explore the new shops they’ve put in but also have a very family friendly environment.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband and my parents deserve so much credit to the success of my business. They bought me my first camera for Mother’s Day. They have encouraged me to keep practicing, buying new gear, and ultimately supporting my decisions. My husband encouraged me to quit my full time job when he saw it draining the life out of me. Any time I mention something new in my business, he is the first to tell me I should do it or to reassure me that I’m enough when I doubt myself. My husband and my parents will tell every single person they meet that I’m a photographer and promote my business. My parents always tell me how much they love my work. They have converted their field into a sunflower field in order for me to offer sessions at their home. Between my husband and my parents, I feel so fortunate to have their support and their encouragement through all aspects of my business. I would not be where I am now without them. I am eternally grateful to have them in my corner.

My daughter is the reason I have this business. Without her, there would be no Stacie Renea Photography. I picked up a camera to document her life and it has turned into a full time business. I push myself every day to succeed to show her that you can do anything you want. You can build a business from the ground up, if that’s what you want. It will take hard work but anything is possible. I strive to provide for her but also be present in her life. I never want to miss out on any moments that I don’t have to.

Website: www.staciereneaphotography.mypixieset.com

Instagram: @StacieReneaPhotography

Facebook: @StacieReneaPhotography

Image Credits
My personal photo is credit to: Brittany Bruce Photography

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