Increasingly, people know what they want when shopping for a photographer. They want a photographer who can capture their character, whether they are a quirky newlywed couple, a four-generational family, expectant parents, or new parents who know the uniqueness behind their baby’s smile.
Digital Artistry by Stacie seeks to create a unique client-driven experience whether in her mobile studio, out in natural light or at an event. Stacie Bowman, the artist, photographer and entrepreneur behind the business, wants her clients to know she offers more than a, “cookie-cutter” approach to photography.
“This is me; this is a reflection of what I do,” Bowman said.
Even when photographing children in school photos, she looks at each child as an individual, and offers parents more choices, such as the ability to choose from several images on a personalized website.
“I want every image I take to be the best of each child to get their true personality. I don’t look at my photography as assembly line,” said Bowman. “I make sure that each child gets a nice picture. Being a parent I know what I want for my child.”
Stacie Bowman started Digital Artistry on the day her first daughter was born. She had worked at a portrait studio and as a wedding photographer for eight years after graduating with highest honors from the Art Institute of Phoenix with a degree in graphic design and computer animation.
However, once she had children, she wanted the flexibility to spend more time with her family.
“I am a stay at home mom, but I have two loves. I’m a mom, but I’m also a photographer and I’m passionate about both,” Bowman said in a sit-down interview. “I was blessed to have my mom work from home and stay home with me, and we wanted the same thing for our kids.”
Bowman, who now has three daughters ages four through eight, has successfully run an award-winning photography business since 2004, while working around her children’s schedules. In 2010 and 11, her business won “Wedding Wire’s” Bride’s Choice Award, as well as being featured in “The Knot” and on The Wedding Channel.
However, if you have never heard of Digital Artistry by Stacie, it is because Bowman recently relocated from Wisconsin to Bristow, when her husband’s career took the family to Northern Virginia.
Although it is a difficult to rebuild a business with new clients in a new location, Bowman sees a lot of promise in the Bristow area.
“Now I’m able to grow my business in an area that is growing and changing. I can offer to this area different products that many people here have never heard of.”
In fact, Digital Artistry by Stacie has a new service, called Purely Portraits Party, which combines studio session and event photography.
“Right now I’m focusing on Purely Portraits Party. (It is) a completely unique, stress-free way to get your portraits done.”
The concept is very much based on the Tupperware party model adopted by various industries in recent years. A host or hostess throws the party, earning her a free sitting and a free photography packages for herself, her family or children. Guests at the party also receive free sittings, and pay only for the prints they order. The more prints that are ordered, the more free prints the hostess can earn.
Bowman believes the service fits with parties and get-togethers that people are already hosting, be they children’s birthdays, family reunions or theme parties. She also believes it is a time and cost-efficient way for people to get a professional photography session.
It is efficient for her business as well, because it allows her to meet several clients in a short period of time, and convenient because of her mobile studio. In addition it is a great way to mix candid event photography with a studio sitting.
Yet, Bowman still wants to take the time to listen to each client, because she believes it is what she does best.
Nor does she want to limit her possibilities. As a digital artist, Bowman has constantly challenged herself, taking on “outside the box assignments,” such as photographing a parking lot full of sports cars from the roof of a building, and running the gauntlet of wedding photos from romantic to charming and modern.
Bowman believes her background as a graphic artist, natural light and studio photographer gives her a great advantage over photographers who are more niche.
She invites Northern Virginia to find out more about her by visiting her website or calling 571-606-3312 for an appointment.
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