Bellini Portraits » Bellini Portraits : Boston Newborn Photographer, Boston Children's Photographer, Boston Family Photographer, Boston Maternity Photographer

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It was 3 years ago today ,with the launch of my new website, that I officially became Bellini Portraits, opening my doors as a full time portrait photographer.   Rewind about 10 – 15 years when, after college (I don’t want to date myself entirely!!!), I drove myself from Vermont to New York, pulled up in front of my aunt & uncle’s home in Long Island, unexpected and unannounced, and asked if I could live with them so I could get a job where there was more more opportunity.  He didn’t think twice to say yes, and if he did he’d never tell me!  I was introduced to a friend who owned a small photo studio that gave me a job and taught me everything about film developing and printing.  I remember the moment distinctly.  I stood in the dark room, alone and nervous that I was gonna screw up.  I fumbled my way through using the enlarger and developed my first print.  I remember feeling elated and having to catch my breath.  It was that moment that I knew I had to do this.  That I wanted to be a photographer.  Sometime.  At some point.  Denying myself that it could actually be done, I worked with photographers, keeping what I loved so close but still at arm’s length.  Over the course of 6 years or so I worked as an art buyer at various advertising agencies, producing photo shoots for clients like Reebok to Polaroid while getting to work with some of the best commercial photogs in the country, as well as producer and studio manager for an internationally acclaimed photographer based locally.  Finally, in a bittersweet moment, I followed my heart and left a job that I loved as Senior Art Buyer producing photo shoots for TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Homegoods, and focused all of my time on building a business for myself–all the while navigating life as a first time mommy.  It’s been a life long dream to do this, my mother’s Pentax was my good friend even at the age of 10, but never did I imagine that it would truly happen one day . Or  that I would flourish.  It’s been an amazing journey and the best decision I ever made.   So what’s my point?  I’m not sure I really have one other than follow your heart, no matter how cliche it sounds.  Something amazing and unexpected might happen.  And have fun, no matter what you wind up doing!!  Kinda like I did on this impromptu voyage in an Amphicar!  Lastly, one last shout out for my Fall Mini Sessions this Sunday.  There is ONE spot open.  If you are interested please email me!  xoxo

aqua cars, amphibious cars

  • October 1, 2010 - 5:19 pm

    Joni Mancuso - your uncle and i are so glad to have played a small part in helping your career but it’s your talent, taste, class and brilliance that has gotten you where you are. we are so proud of you!!! we love you sooo much and we might wind up on your doorstep someday….

  • October 1, 2010 - 6:38 pm

    Andrea Hallett - Congratulations Stephanie and what a great family you have!

  • October 1, 2010 - 8:27 pm

    lane - i love and adore this post!
    so fun
    you are so amazing and can i have that rad water car?

  • October 2, 2010 - 7:19 am

    jaime lackey - amen sista! you go! you add another level to photography for me, that is for sure!

  • October 8, 2010 - 9:49 pm

    morgaine - Stephanie, you are a true inspiration… your work is phenomenal!! Every frame is beautiful and your pp is spot-on… LOVE the tones! And your honesty and sincerity with your clients shows in each image. Love it all… so glad I stopped by… bookmark!!

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