Have You Ever Had Anyone Doubt You?

With Steph Hines

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hey there! I’m Steph. I am a wedding & fitness photographer and I absolutely ADORE what I do for a living! I live in the mountains of Northern California with my amazing husband & sweet ole three legged pup.

What is one thing no one really knows about you?
At one point in my life I truly wanted to become a professional rock climber. 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Put the energy out into the universe that you want in return. Breathe that in. Love what you do, and you will never work a day in your life.(That could not be more true!)

What would you say to 16 year old you?
You are strong. You are beautiful. You can do absolutely anything.

What is your greatest fear?
Disappointing or letting down those closest to me/that I love.

Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Absolutely. When I was younger it made me feel like I had failed before I ever tried… now when people doubt me – it lights my fire to work harder and prove them wrong. 

What message do you think every woman should hear?
You are strong. You are beautiful. You can do absolutely anything. 

What is your favorite thing about where you live?
It has everything I could ever dream of. Genuine, caring people. Mountains, lots of climbing, beautiful scenery. It is one of the most peaceful places I have ever experienced – and I get to call it home. 

What do you love most about yourself?
People often comment on how they feel comfortable around me, especially in front of my camera – which can be a very difficult place to be comfortable. I used to be so incredibly shy – doubting myself constantly, and not not embracing my “awkward” & quirky self. As soon as I started loving ALL parts of me – I got more comfortable, making other people feel more comfortable, and I would like to think – helping them embrace all parts of themselves too!

Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
I have been terrified of the thought of being pregnant/being a mom my entire life. I spent the majority of my life not thinking I wanted to have kids, or go through the whole process of having kids. Physical changes, mental changes, feeling like I would loose myself. After putting in the mental/self love – work, I am so extremely happy to say that I am currently pregnant and could not be more excited. All of the hard work I put in to change my (negative) perspective has paid off. I am going into each phase of this next journey of life with excitement and feeling SO empowered instead of scared, lost, and negative. I do know I still have a ways to go through this process – but I could not be more proud of myself!

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned along the way?
Trying new things, whether it be related to my career or just a new workout – builds so much confidence. Every single new experience makes me stronger & better from the inside out. I used to avoid these types of things, being afraid to fail – or not being good enough. But after years of finally pushing myself to do these things I have learned to trust myself more. I have learned so much more about myself, on a deeper level. 

Why do you love to travel?
I love taking in the new scenery, seeing the local favorite nooks. Getting to know the community & soaking that in!

What motivates you most?
Knowing that there is so much room to grow, always. In the recent years I have started diving more into personal development and it has changed so much for me. I have learned to be connected to the universe and put out the energy I hope to receive in return. I love knowing that I can control how I feel, my happiness. I love knowing I have the power to love myself, which is something I battled with for years!

How do you manage your work-life balance?
This has been the hardest thing for me to figure out with owning my own business over the years. Lots of trial and error – and some days are easier than others. But reminding myself that while yes, I love this business – I have to take a breathe and soak in my WHOLE life. Give attention to all parts of my life, not just the business. Clock out. Take breaks, walk the pup. LIVE MY LIFE, all parts of it. 

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I try to take in some sort of personal development every day. Whether it be from a book, a podcast, pulling a card or an affirmation app. Something positive to start the day – and then my workout. It clears my mind and reminds me in the physical way – I am strong & focused!

What is something on your bucket list?
Traveling to Brazil. It has been on my bucket list since the 3rd grade. 

What are your biggest passions?
Giving experiences via my photography that make people feel & KNOW how beautiful they are, inside & out.

More About Steph

Outside. That is where Steph has always wanted to spend the majority of her time. When she was 10, she “borrowed” her dad’s film camera to photograph any and all things nature. Steph immediately knew that photography was something she needed in her life. 16 years and another one of Dad’s cameras later, she was able to mesh her love for nature and her passion for photography. Steph specializes in wedding photography in a way that shows her love for the great outdoors along with showcasing the love between her clients. She is originally from Kentucky but have recently moved to the incredibly beautiful town of Truckee.
When Steph is not photographing weddings you can find her with her other half, Jeff and their dog-daughter Brody, climbing, hiking, mountain biking and taking her back to where it all began -photographing nature.

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