MINNEOTA - Stephanie Moon of Minneota loves working with children, whether it's taking care of them on a daily basis or taking photos of them.
Moon recently started her home business, Moon Photography, mainly taking photos of babies and children. She also does senior portraits and couples.
"I love children," Moon said, noting that she has three of her own. "I love photographing every stage of their life."
Photo by Cindy Votruba
Stephanie Moon poses by some of her photography work that is on display at Blue Green in Marshall.
Moon's love of photography started when she was just a kid. She said she had dyslexia and looking at photos helped.
"The way I learned, the way I did anything, was through pictures," Moon said.
Moon said she just learned to appreciate photography as a whole.
"I've always stopped and looked at the pictures of anything," Moon said.
When she was looking for a field to study, Moon said she was debating about going into cosmetology.
"Everyone looked at me and said no, you have to do photography," Moon said.
Moon started working with Sue Stienessen, a photographer from St. Leo, helping out with different shoots - weddings, senior photos.
But Moon wanted to work for herself. Moon had always run her own business, and she currently does daycare. She said she was taught while growing up that working for yourself is the best thing.
"I can set my own hours with my children," Moon said.
Her parents gave her a professional camera for her birthday, which got her started.
"I just started monkeying with it and I went to a workshop and it all clicked together," Moon said.
She doesn't have a studio quite yet, and has gotten most of her business word-of-mouth.
"Right now, I'm a natural light photographer," Moon said, adding that she will come to a location.
Facebook and her website have also brought in business, Moon said.
"In small communities, it's a big help to have a page on there (Facebook)," Moon said. "Because everybody knows everybody here."
Moon especially loves working with newborns and has taken photos of babies who are just two weeks old. She said those first experiences are important.
"I love capturing their personalities," Moon said.
And doing daycare all this time has given Moon the patience to work with children.
"I could do a session with them for five hours," Moon said. She said she tells parents to bring their child's favorite thing with them, not caring what it looks like.
"They are so uniquely different from each other," Moon said about children. One baby may allow her to hold his or her hand during a session, while another doesn't, she said.