We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacie Paris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stacie, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born and raised in the Dallas area. As a child, I was very creative and loved anything to do with the arts. I would always have rolls of film from my little pink camera for my parents to have developed. There were constant messes from my projects and paintings everywhere you looked. I also enjoyed spending time with my grandmother. We would spend the summer looking at old photo albums, drinking coffee, cooking, sewing, gardening, and watching the hummingbirds. Grams grew up poor and neglected but she accomplished amazing things. She was an entrepreneur who owned several successful businesses despite her horrible childhood and lack of education. She was my favorite and she taught me to be a hard worker. She was a huge inspiration to me. As an adult, I’m still very creative. Creating art is truly my passion. I love that I get to make art that means something to my clients. Those old photo albums of Grams’ were filled with beautiful portraits from the early 1900s and to think that my clients will be able to pass on gorgeous portraits of their own that might inspire another future artist means the world to me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a fine art photographer specializing in children’s portraiture. I also work with adults, families, and teens. Fine art portraits are not your everyday photos. They’re creative, emotive, and unique to each client. What sets me apart is the experience I provide for my clients. From styling, hiring hair and makeup artists, designing their sets, or choosing the perfect location, to creating museum-quality wall art for their homes, I handle everything for them. It’s genuinely a stress-free, luxury experience. This business has never been easy. Without the support of my wonderful husband and so many amazing women in the photography community, I wouldn’t be where I am. I’m still learning every day, and I think that’s just part of being an entrepreneur. One lesson I’ve learned is that hiring a mentor should’ve been my first action when starting my business.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
We would definitely hit all of my favorite museums. The DMA, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. Also, we would have to go to The Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park and the Dallas Arboretum. I love to cook and we rarely go out to eat but I’d definitely take them to my favorite restaurant, Pho is for Lovers on Greenville Ave. and stop by Free Play Arcade in Richardson for drinks and games.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of some amazing women who have helped me along the way. Sarah Maverick Photography and Lindsay Walden Photography have been the best mentors a girl could ask for. They have both played a huge part in my success. Also, Elizabeth Copeland from Bentley and Lace as been one of my biggest supporters. These women are truly a blessing.