Steph Grant serendipitously arrived in my lifeabout 3 years ago. I had no idea what I was in for at that time, but I knew it was something big. I was more than right about that! Since then we have been business partners, colleagues and most importantly, have grown to be dear friends. To say that Steph's positive nature and lovely smile are contagious would be an understatement. Steph's energy and enthusiasm for lifeis like the best kind of plague (sorry Steph, but it kind of IS like a plague) you can imagine. In fact she has become kind of an institution if you ask me. I witness her positive and inspiring effect on countless people every time I work with her or even read her Facebook threads from afar. People flock to her with the hope that even an ounce of the loving good natured energy she inspires will rub off on them. Steph turns even the most mundane things into the most exciting adventure you can imagine. Driving along the highway with her after shooting for 10 hours becomes a karaoke singalong, editing photos on the floor of a dirty conference room after 13 hours of shooting turns into the production of a silly music video (I am sure this will surface one day), having a meal with her evolves into "the question game", after which you have no secrets and are usually in a puddle of laughter and tears. Steph is also extremely deep and loves very hard. A dinner can just as easily turn into a deep conversation about love, loss and life lessons, in which one of us usually ends up in tears and we share a huge hug to absorb it all. Steph has reminded me of parts of myself that I thought I had lost. Carefree, whimsical parts that got sucked up by painful learning experiences resulting in being too grown up and serious. Just by her very existence she reminds me to lighten up and enjoy each moment as if it were the most glorious ever...which of course it is.
Then there is her talent. Please do yourself a favor and look at her amazing work HERE. She is one of the most talented artists and photographers I know. She is really the only one I will ever ask to photograph me anymore , because she GETS me every time. She pulls out the joy and lightness that is in there and makes it visible in each image. She is an artist. She is a visionary, and each presentation of her art is beautifully thought out and executed. I call her a wizard, because she is one. I call her a best friend because she blesses my life with inspiration, love, joy and beauty. I love you Steph!
We wandered around Venice CA and photographed each other (you can imagine the shenanigans of it all). Here she is in all of her glory.