Meet Stephanie

Stephanie Rose is more than just an artist with a passion. She is an educated and trained professional in her craft. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Millikin University where she double majored in Photography and Design. Upon completion of her degree in 2008, she opened Green Tree Media Photography and has been creating cherished heirlooms for her clients ever since. In her nine years in business, she has photographed over 425 session, taught over 10 classes, and worked with several schools and stores. She is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and Co-Founder of the Central Illinois Professional Photographers, which is dedicated to furthering the education of local photographers and fostering community over competition. She also creates custom artwork and educational materials for photographers through BoxDrops by SJP.

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Life is a crazy thing. You can have ideas of what your life is going to look like but you never truly know how it’s actually going to turn out. And I feel like this idea… this unpredictability… has been the cornerstone of my life.

As a young person, I truly believed that I was unlovable and would end up alone. But by some miracle, God led me to ask the goofy bass player in our church band for his screen name. (Yes kids - I am that old!) And the rest, as they say, is history. We’ve been together for 13 years now, and I can honestly say that he is the greatest thing to have ever happened to me. I can’t imagine going through the highs and lows of life without him by my side.

And there certainly have been some serious highs and lows over the years! In October of 2011, we lost everything in a house fire. Something I never imagined happening to us. But that was nothing compared to the difficulty of our seven-year struggle to grow our family. Our journey may have been long and painful, but God is SO good! He led us on a crazy road to our beautiful baby girl, who we just adore!

And we can’t forget this amazing job of mine! If you would have told me that I’d be running my own business as a portrait photographer, I don’t think younger me would have believed you. This job can be challenging, but it is so so SO rewarding. Capturing these fleeting moments, helping people see their own beauty and worth, and preserving memories for families is such a joy and gift! All of you inspire me every year to develop and grow as an artist and professional, specializing in seniors, family, and baby portraiture.

Out in the World

So what will you find here?

The Journal, as I lovingly call this space, is where I share... well me! I share my clients - these awesome people I get to work with and capture in my portrait art. I love sharing their sessions and who they are with you here. I also write about tips for preparing for your session or choosing your photographer or what to wear. I even share tips for other photographers too. Oh! And with that I also, from time to time, share the latest products I've created for BoxDrops by SJP, an online photographer shop! And let's not forget my fine art creations! I love when I have the time to create one of my fine art pieces! I always try to share the concept behind the piece and the creation process here for you to enjoy.

But I don't limit The Journal to just work... because I personally can't separate who I am from what I do. So much of me is wrapped up in my art and the way I run my business. So you'll probably see me share personal posts here as well. The one thing I've written about on here the most is our baby journey. Whether that's infertility, miscarriage or adoption, I try to share our experience and the things we've learned with others. I share my random thoughts and ramblings and ideas too. They're not always sunshine and rainbow posts, but they are most certainly honest, candid, and real.

I am a girl of many passions though so you may see me write about a myriad of things! For example - I'm hugely passionate about mental health. I've worked through anxiety and depression issues a lot over the years and I'm a big believer in fighting the stigma and misunderstanding of mental illness by talking about it! Another big topic for me is my faith. Over the past few years, my relationship with God has really evolved and I wouldn't be who I am today without him. I promise though I'll never get preachy or pushy about it!

On a more light-hearted note - I am a giant nerd who loves all things Tolkien, Dr. Who, Sherlock, Supernatural, Marvel, etc... So it just might happen that I'll share some of my fandom love with you here too

I love every reader who stops by this page! Seriously - THANK YOU! It means the world to me that you’d leave a comment, become a fan, follow on instagram, or however we happen to connect! I read every single word you write in response and try my best to respond! I hope that you have an amazing day and that I’ll see you back here soon!