You definitely don’t have to read all of this, but at least read the first AND last paragraph!
If you’re just looking to hire a photographer to show up, pose you prom-style and expect all the Pinterest photos to be your wedding, we may not be right for one another. If you’re just looking for the something on the cheap, than you more-than-likely won’t see my worth and that is totally okay! After all, It is YOUR day and I want you to be happy with whomever you choose to capture it!
If you see yourself going from heels to barefoot immediately after the ceremony, if you and your lover are down to shot-gun a beer, if you’re down with the wind taking control over your hair, if you don’t mind escaping from your own wedding for a moment to get those golden-hour sunset shots, if you’re cool to play on the desert floor in your wedding dress… I can assure you, we will be friends, and what better way to share your wedding day than with a photographer who you can feel like a friend to? Seriously, there’s nothing better than feeling comfortable being photographed, because WHEN YOU’RE COMFORTABLE, I AM and ALLLLLL the best photos come from that place. Promise.
Hi! I’m Stephanie Rapp, not just owner and photographer of Rapp Photography, but I am a person too! I know these “about me” columns can either be real simple and to the point, or not, but I’m leaving you with the option to read. I hope you do, I hope you laugh like I am right now at how ridiculous I sound, BUT let’s be friends! I’m probably one of the most emotional creatives you’ll ever know. My heart aches over everything, good or bad. I cry almost daily, over the good and bad. I love what I do in all aspects of my life, but it’s safe to say I’m just starting to figure out this whole life thing. I’ll probably say that again when I’m 40.
Anyway, I am so stoked you’re here!
I was born and (mostly) raised in Las Vegas. Since age 5 (particularly, calling back to my first memorable creative experience), when a piece of my watercolor art was published in the CCSD school’s calendar (’92-’93), I’ve always loved being creative. Throughout my “adulthood,” I’ve dabbled in many areas within the arts. In high school, I first learned how to shoot with film. Digital wasn’t even a thought in my mind. I was fascinated with learning about light and what happened in the dark room. THAT was the best part, being in that room. Getting to create your very own image, start to finish. Oh, the joys of uncertainty.
After graduating high school a semester early, I attended the New England Institute of Art in Brookline, Mass majoring in Photography. This is when I invested in my first Digital SLR camera. As intrigued as I was to learn the digital form of the art, I was never one who liked schooling. I never graduated from there but my knowledge for photography grew. A couple of years later, I then moved to Utah and interned with one of Utah’s finest wedding photographers for a little over a year in Provo, Utah. This is where I began my love for wedding photography.
I was 22 years old when I moved back home, to Las Vegas. I wasn’t willing to brave the storm by starting a photography business just yet, but never stopped photographing. Come age 26, I felt it was my turn to make a name for myself. This is when I became Rapp Photography and I’ve never loved a job more. I’ve also never worked harder for anything else.
I’m 30 years young, sarcastic, fun-loving, adventurous and imperfect mother of two beautiful and hilarious boys, Conor (7) and Drew aka Drew-Beans (5). I love really loud music and lucky for me, I’m dating a musician, so there’s never an issue. His name is Seth, he’s 32 years old (yes, old) and he’s my soul mate. Our vinyl collection is better than yours. We love cuddling in bed eating all the snacks, watching Grey’s, Shameless and This Is Us (we’re the biggest criers). You’ll find us getting into “beast-mode” at Refuge for some rock climbing too. (Balance, amirite?) I just adore my little family to pieces.
(Last paragraph: MUST READ!) I have an ardent heart and I’m a huge lover of love. I’ll cry at your wedding, I’ll text you funny photos from our shoot and I’ll definitely ask you to make memes with them and more importantly, we’ll most likely end up staying friends. At the end of the day, after the heart and soul you put into planning your wedding day, you want someone to be able to capture it all, the details, the love, the laughs, the big and little moments and the perfectly imperfect. You’re putting your trust into someone to re-create your wedding day so you can have those memories for a lifetime. Wedding photography is, without a doubt, the most important investment you will make on your wedding day. These photographs are the only thing you will have to look back on to remember the most important day of your life. I take your investment in these memories to heart, ensuring that I do everything I can to make your day a very memorable and exciting experience, from beginning to end, resulting with beautiful photographs you will cherish forever!
I cannot wait to talk! XO