June 13, 2018 /

Stephanie Narvaez | Lifestyle Session

Why didn’t I remember to set my timer during this creative photo shoot with Stephanie? This in-home session was loads of fun that time simply raced to end the day. Photographing Stephanie in her e...

Why didn’t I remember to set my timer during this creative photo shoot with Stephanie? This in-home session was loads of fun that time simply raced to end the day. Photographing Stephanie in her environment while music streamed via her Bose sound system, surrounded by the things she loves was a very natural process. See below for images from our lifestyle, in-home session…

Location: San Diego, CA.

“And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.” – Shanti

Questions + Answers

1. What is your favorite scene from your favorite movie?  My favorite scene would be towards the end of the Notebook, when Noah is reading the story to Ally when they’re older and she realizes the story is about them. They cry and slow dance together, her memory fades away and she forgets who he is again and has a fit causing the nurses to come rushing in but eventually, the movie ends with them laying together and passing away in their sleep. It always moves me to tears to imagine a love like that could exist. I hope to love someone that much someday.

2. What’s the most interesting thing about you we wouldn’t learn from your resume or social media?  I seriously love to read. Mystery novels by Agatha Christie and Archie Comics were my longtime faves growing up! Growing up my aunt and my mom would take me to Barnes & Noble everytime I got good grades on my report card. That was my reward for doing well in school. I guess I’m a nerd in that sense. Walking into B&N is such an amazing feeling. I could spend hours walking around trying to find the perfect books. I love being surrounded by books. I hope to have a library the size of the one in the castle in Beauty & the Beast someday. That’s my dream!

3. If money and time were not a factor how would you seek to make a difference in your community?  I would feed, bathe, and spay/neuter all the stray animals I could find and create a huge ranch for them to live on. I know logistically that might be crazy but I’d find a way to make them get along or keep separated the ones who weren’t as friendly to other dogs. I know that’s the point of shelters but there are so many unwanted animals out there and I hate the thought of animals just sitting around waiting to get adopted. It kills me.

4. What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?  My mom always tells me “take things one day at a time.” For the longest, I used to stress so much about everything: finances, school, work, relationships and how everything would pan out. I’m a worrier. I would always worry about how I would be able to accomplish things when I had a lot on my plate to the point where I would get really bad anxiety about anything and everything. A considerable part of that was I lacked faith. Now I don’t even stress about things which is nice. I’ve become pretty laidback. Over time I’ve come to realize that everything always works out the way it’s supposed to. I just have to take things one day a time. Work on what I can for today and pick up where I left off tomorrow. I think meditation has helped a lot with this too!

5. Name one issue that’s a challenge for most women and how do you suggest they work through it?  Self-love. And what I mean by that is loving, admiring, and appreciating every inch of your body and being, every stretchmark, every freckle, that high pitched laugh or weird little quirk, your creativity level or whatever your talents are that is your unique signature because that is what makes you, YOU. This isn’t something that’s ever really been taught or talked about really until very recently. Even if a woman “loves” herself to an extent, there is so much insecurity that exists beneath the surface and I think women are finally opening up about this. Social media has made it almost impossible to not play the comparison game either or find something to nitpick about too with all the tummy tea ads, waist-trainers, Instagram models who don’t seem to have a job but go on all these amazing vacations every other scroll. It’s crazy! But I think women little by little are beginning to realize their true beauty and uniqueness and are really starting to celebrate that openly. For far too long we as women have let society dictate what is beautiful and attractive and will sometimes fall into this trap of thinking we’re “not good enough” or “not as ___ as her.” We can be our own worst critics and get in the way of our own success. Women tend to fall into this way of thinking that there is this imaginary level of being successful, or what is beautiful, or what is cool and try to attain this thing that isn’t even real, instead of embracing what is or using the skills and talents you do have to blow this shit out of the water and redefine life on our terms. There’s not much we can do about social media but if there’s one piece of advice I can give is get to know yourself down to the core, go as far as knowing how many beauty marks you have on your skin as exaggerated as that sounds. Knowing what your strengths and weaknesses give you the upper hand in any situation. Love who you are, appreciate your flaws and know what you need to work on if there is anything and know when to draw the line. Have boundaries. The relationship you have with yourself sets the tone for all your other relationships. Self-love isn’t selfish, it’s necessary!

6. What brings you happiness? Watching the sunset, being around animals, seeing dogs run around and play at the beach, seeing hummingbirds randomly, that fresh smell when you open a bag of cereal, smelling the pages in new books, picking my mom up at the airport after not seeing her for a few months: that hug is my favorite! I wore glasses/contacts for a good part of my life so being able to see perfectly now thanks to Lasik makes everyday beautiful to me as cheesy as that sounds. I love waking up and being able to see my room and everything around me. Being able to see different flowers as I’m walking my dog that makes me happy. Seeing all the palm trees as I drive around San Diego, that makes me happy. Honestly, a lot of things bring me joy, I try to find the beauty in random everyday moments and appreciate all the things my eyes allow me to see. Life is too short to be miserable!






Just Wow!! This is breathtaking. The range of emotions from one image to the next image is capture very well.

Thanks Candice I appreciate that! I believe if you’re photographing people in their environment doing something that they love they will always reveal whats natural and beautiful.

Wow! I love every single one of these photos! You captured her so well!

Oh, I am in LOVE with those photos with all the books! Would love to do a session like this (either in front of the camera OR behind it)! 🙂

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