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The Lifeographer

Stephanie Beaty Lifeographer


First, you must know that I’m a lover of words and stories at heart. My hope:

Is that my sessions are filled with lucky shots that are no accident; That I am not merely an observer, but a narrator; and a craftsman who is masterful at fostering conditions that allow for real moments to unfold.

Anyone with an eye for composition and light can document life as it happens. I firmly believe it takes something more to dig beneath the surface–to evolve into a photographer who is more than a picture taker, but a picture maker.

There is a moment of extraordinary that can be extracted from every 10 minutes of ordinary. Capturing it is not about point of view, equipment or framing. Instead, it stems from connection: connection to who the photographer is as an artist, and most importantly, connection to the people being photographed.

What does love look like? Exhilaration? Exasperation? How did she gently twist your hair around her fingers when she was three? And, what did it feel like the day you first held his tiny hands in yours? I aspire for my photographs help to tell the stories. Theirs. Mine. Yours too…



“We make a living by what we get; We make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill

I believe in sharing the love.

God has blessed me more than I could ever have imagined (or deserved)…and He asks us to pass it on. Through Lifeography, I am committed to making a difference by contributing a minimum of 10 percent of profits and my time to worthy causes. Learn more about my personal efforts and outreach to the photography community at The Give Ten Project

Some of the organizations Lifeography has supported include:

March of Dimes
Helping to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality

Operation Shower
Recognizing and honoring the sacrifices military families make by producing and coordinating unit-wide baby showers and “showers in a box” for pregnant or expecting military families in a deployment or high stress situation.

Celebrating Adoption
I have a heart for adoptive families of all kinds and am pleased to offer a complimentary photo session to families within their first year of adoption. The session includes high-resolution digital files.

NILMDTS & American Child Photographers Charity Guild
Lifeography provides complimentary individual or family portrait sessions to extremely premature infants, desperately ill babies, children in neonatal intensive care units and children with terminal illnesses.

Having experienced a personal loss through miscarriage, I treasure the only photo I have of my own baby–an ultrasound image. Lifeography is honored to offer complimentary photo sessions on hospital grounds or at home to qualifying families. The session includes high-resolution digital files.

Because I am a wife and mother first, my time is limited. However, if you think Lifeography could benefit you or someone you know, please get in touch via the connect section of this site.


**Photo by Deb Schwedhelm