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Raised among the rolling hills and
sprawling fields of Kansas, Stephanie Sherman found herself wandering the world
around her at an early age.
“I would run off and find places to
explore. My parents could never find me,” she explains. “It’s in our nature to
find new places, to see what’s beyond our borders. I guess I’m still doing
Stephanie’s passion for art has
only deepened with age. She’s tried her hand at acrylic paint, watercolor and
pottery, but has a special fondness for photography.
“Photography is all about capturing
that split-second moment. I think photographers are masters of time because we
can freeze it in one frame.”
Dabbling in wedding and portrait
work for years has pulled Stephanie back to her roots. Turning a passionate
hobby into a full-time career, she’s crafted captivating and dramatic fine art
photography. With an eye for beautiful, haunting imagery, Stephanie captures
the spirit of natural settings and minimalism.
AF:Do you consider
yourself a photographer or an artist?
Stephanie:I’m a fine art
photographer and have been shooting for over 15 years. While I end up shooting
a variety of subjects, my heart lies with photographing environments or moments
in a way that make people feel something or, at the very least, allow you a
sense of a mood. I want the viewers to feel like they could be there. I’m also
a mother and wife and have made time with my family and my aspirations of being
a successful artist my priorities.
AF: Do you use American
Frame products for business or personal framing?
but some personal. I’m self-employed and selling my artwork is my source of
income. My website is www.ShermanPhotos.com.
AF:Where do the
frames you buy from us go?
Stephanie:It varies. Most
of my clients are either in New York or California. I work with a high-end home
decor company that sells my artwork. So, most of
my work ends up in the homes of those who frequent the site. A hotel in Rhode
Island purchased 10-15 framed prints from me for use in their rooms.I also sell to interior designers for their
AF:What sorts of
items do you frame?
Stephanie:I frame strictly
photographs. A good mix of color and black and white photography ends up in
your frames. The majority of what I sell is coastal.
AF:What is your
favorite American Frame product?
Stephanie:I regularly use AF152 and AF206 for selling, but
my favorite for personal use is
Studio 95192. It’s a thick
matte white frame that’s perfect for my more minimalist black and white pieces.
I also love the Hot Press Bright
for printing. The texture and quality in the print for that particular paper
really make my photographs the best they can be.
AF:Why do you work
with American Frame?
Stephanie:It started with a
recommendation from online blogs and forums. After visiting your site and many
others, I saw that yours had the lowest prices and had the most to offer. I can
have my work framed and get a high-quality print directly from
your site, and ship it straight to my customer if needed. The customer service
has always been great. You guys do well to accommodate my most panicked moments
when a client needs something quickly.
One time I was heading out of town
and my client needed their artwork delivered quickly. There wasn’t enough time
to get it to me before my trip and still be able to send it to my customer
before their deadline. I called American Frame’s customer service and told them
my situation. I was able to send you all the materials and inserts that I
normally place in my packages and you sent it directly to my customer in a
non-branded box. That really saved me. And that was back before you offered
non-branding as a service.
Stephanie, for being such a wonderful customer.
Stephanie:Thank you! You’ve
done a great job. Your performance helps me stay productive and keeps me in