The woman behind the soul echo
Hello, glorious human.
I’m Steph, and it is a pleasure to virtually meet you in my sweet slice of the internet.
I’m a multi passionate creative soul on a mission to empower, encourage and uplight the beautiful humans of this world through art and creation, connection, community and conversations.
Through my journey, I’ve experienced and believe that some of our biggest, lift altering challenges and small bumps in the road can be used as fuel to create and unleash magic. I also feel deeply that storytelling through art and words is powerful to our healing…
I’m a self-taught accredited professional photographer, an illustrator, a podcaster, a public speaker, a conscious leader and creator, a writer and a self proclaimed cosmic badass!
Wildly passionate about self-love, mental wellness advocacy, storytelling and holding space for juicy conversations on life and being human AF!
My passion for photos lies in capturing and celebrating the echo of your soul, in moments wild, untamed and candidly framed.
I believe it’s not ‘just’ photography but a heart centred, soul celebrating, POWERFUL experience!
I photograph just about anything, with sparkle and soul; weddings, 1:1 empowered portrait sessions with women, families, events and editorial/fashion photography are my JAM!
The cosmic badassery of my vibe is inspired from my very universal yet rebellious nature. The cosmic because of my extreme depth of intuition - I’ve always felt in tune with the vibes from a very young age. I’m learning astro, tarot and other ways of exploring what I now acknowledge as a gift. The badass, well, I’ve always done things in my own style and I now celebrate and revel in the joy of not fitting normal moulds. Like, I love to sage my house while I’m booty poppin’ to RnB.
I’m a self taught illustrator and I’ve recently launched my first podcast (The Soul Echo Sessions), further exploring delicious ways of connecting, communicating and expressing what’s on my heart. I’ve also started penning my first book… Ohhh YEAH!
Transforming dark into sparkly light…
I’m honoured that you’re here.
Almost 10 years ago, I experienced the traumatic loss of my Mum to suicide, after she courageously fought for her life and through the challenges of her mental health for 37 years. I have been in the depths of despair and darkness, feeling lost, alone and afraid.
Grief is a big beast to battle with, but with time and channelling the courage to wade through the dark - I’m here, living a soul fulfilling and heart opening existence.
To say it so simply does not articulate the heartache or the challenge of this journey, but it is one that has shaped the woman I am today - the way I celebrate joy everyday, the depth of my love for those around me, the comfort I feel in expressing and processing my emotions, the courage I hold to share the very raw parts of my healing.
If I had my chance, I would choose my Mum to be here, again and again.
While I don’t have that option, and at times, it feels like a big chunk of my world is missing…
What I DO have, is the incredible opportunity to live my life long dream of being a photographer, a dream that was shared with my late Mumma.
The magic of being on this journey, and honouring the extraordinary woman that she was is such a blessing.
I have no doubt she’s by my side, gently pressing the shutter release with me.
So here to us and here’s to life. It’s not a journey of continuous roses and sunshine, but I truly believe that through our suffering and our grief, we can discover deep, soulful and liberating strength and magic, empowering and healing ourselves and the collective.
Some fun facts about me:
I’m a Leo, hear me roar!
I did Irish dancing for 10+ years as a child/teenager
I have lived in Brisbane my entire life (hence my passion for all things + businesses based in Brisbane)
I studied Paramedics for 2.5 years, that was once my dream job (when I thought photography wasn’t an option)
I love all things spiritual and energetic, from crystals, to white sage, to tarot and angel cards.
This love started when I was 14 and used to read palms at sleepovers (nothing has changed).
I own 2 x sequin kimonos, and numerous sparkly outfits. Dressing in the vortex, honey!
I’m a queen at reverse parallel parking
I love a long black to kickstart my mornings, and sometimes a rosé to finish the day
My food vice is hot chips, or potato in general. I’m an easy date!