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Spotlight Photographer: Emma Stasko Photography

1. How did you get started in photography and when did you start your business?


I have always had a passion for photography but did not start my business until after my son was born in 2012. I started off taking photos of him and just fell completely in love with newborn photography. I decided to give up my mobile dog grooming business and make the leap into the photography world. I spent a lot of time practicing, perfecting and learning before officially launching my business towards the end of 2012.


2. Where are you located? Do you have a studio space or do you shoot on-location?


I am located in the Austin, TX area. We moved to Austin in July of 2014, before I moved I had a small studio space in my home, which I miss so much. As of now I travel to my clients homes for shoots. One of my goals for 2015 is to have a studio space again!


3. What do you shoot with and what are your favorite lenses?


I shoot with a Canon 5d Mark iii. Honestly I have a few lenses that I really love, my favorite is the 200mm but I don't own one of those beauties. My main two lenses are my 50mm for indoors and my 135mm for outdoors.


4. How would you describe your style and where do you find your inspiration?


I guess it really depends on what I am photographing. My style for indoor shoots is different than outdoors. While I like to keep all my images clean and simple for both, I also love to get really bold and artistic with my outdoor work. I want you to be drawn completely to the subject, free of distractions. I find inspiration everywhere, literally. I look at a sunset and imagine how beautiful of an image it would create. Since becoming a photographer I see the world so differently, I see a small beam of light coming through a window at the perfect time of day and it inspires me. I look at the world for all of its beauty, every detail is unique and special and has the potential to create art.


5. Do you photograph anything besides newborns?


My son! He was my first step into newborn photography. I do a variety of different things but mostly newborns. I love to venture outside of my comfort zones and try shooting new things. After all, if we aren't learning, we aren't growing, and that is part of being a professional. I just recently started photographing births and fell completely in love! 


6. Where do you like to shop for your props? Do you have favorite vendors?


Oh goodness, I have quite a few favorites so how about my top 5? Fancy fabrics, knitz, The Knitting Bitty, Luneberry, and No. 2 Willow Lane.

7. Have you taken any photography workshops and/or training?


I have taken some editing webinars but everything else I have learned about posing, safety, lighting etc has been on my own through hard work and determination. I am always learning new things, if I am not learning new things then I am not growing as a photographer. has been an amazing forum for learning and growing, everyone is so supportive, helpful and have really helped me grow.


8. What are three things you wish someone would have told you when starting out?


Don't be so hard on yourself! I am so bad about this, I have worked hard to get passed it but I still have times when I doubt myself, the difference now is that I understand it is normal and everyone has those days!

Your style will change. Part of being a photographer is growing and discovery. You are constantly growing, your work will change overtime and you will eventually come to a point where you are consistent with your work and you have your own style. That doesn't mean you stop growing and learning though, that is something that should never stop.

Join lol.....seriously though, I can honestly say that everyone here are not just photographers, they are my friends, they are no only helpful and informative, they are always here to pick you up when you are having a rough day. Being part of this community is a blessing I am thankful to have.



9. What are your favorite things about How long have you been a member?


I want to say I joined around July 2013. I feel like I have known some of the members here for years though. My favorite part is absolutely my photographer family, I love everyone here. They have helped me grow so much, it is such a positive community to be part of, there is never any negativity or doubt, just uplifting attitudes and fun. I am not sure I would be where I am without so much support, motivation and inspiration that this community provides.



10. Please share with us your Top 5 Favorite Images. Why are they your favorites?


This is the hard part for me, my favorites are always changing!

The first one is an easy one for me. This entire family not only took a special spot in my heart but this was also my first ever award winning image. It won Recognition of Merit with the NAPCP international image competition in 2014.


This one was my first ever birth session and also my beautiful niece. This image will always be special to me, witnessing the birth of a baby is a beautiful miracle, when it is family it just adds that much more beauty. I love how she is reaching down for Mommy, I love the expression on Moms face that just glows with love for her new baby girl, the instant bond between a Mother and her baby, the miracle that is bringing a new life into the world.


This one is my favorite photo of my kids, photographing your kids is way harder than someone else's! This is one of the few I have of my kids together not making crazy faces haha. I love this because it is real, even though they have a 5 year age difference, their love and bond is so special and sweet. They are my everything! 

I love the simplicity of this one, this baby girl was so tiny and perfect, like a little doll. I love the wings, the little sparkles in the fabric, everything!


This one is my most recent favorite newborn photo. I love ho she just looks like a perfect little snowball. Beautiful baby, beautiful colors, it is hard not to love it!



11. What is your photography site and url?


Blog  |  Facebook  |  NBP Profile  | Google+ | Instagram 



12. Lastly, tell us about YOU! Who are you other than a photographer?


Me? Well, I am a Mother of two beautiful, amazing children and wife to the most loving, supportive husband I could ever dream of. If you know me, then you know I am a total joker, I love to laugh and have fun, after all, what is life without laughter? I love making other people laugh, especially when someone is having a bad day, sometimes all you need is that someone to come along and lift your spirits, it is a public service really ;)

I love children, animals, chocolate, adventure, did I mention chocolate?! Children are amazing, they see the best in everything, their souls are pure and innocent, their imaginations bright and fun, part of the reason I love what I do.


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