Documentary photographer & filmmaker | Birmingham UK
Hi, my name is Stéphanie and I’m a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Birmingham in the West Midlands. I film and photograph weddings and also specialise in environmental portraiture and documentary filmmaking. Scroll down to find out more about my work.
I’m a documentary wedding photographer and wedding videographer and I film and photograph weddings across the Midlands and UK. My work (as ‘Opaline Films’ until the summer of 2019) has been featured on Love My Dress (2018), Rock My Wedding (2017; 2018) and Wedding Sparrow (2017).
I take a relaxed, documentary approach to documenting weddings. I really enjoy searching for and capturing all the little details, emotions and fleeting moments of a wedding day, and I love to do this in a way that keeps things fun and easy for you, your family and your friends.
Documentaries, Promotional Filmmaking & Behind The Scenes Video Production
Alongside my wedding work I also make documentary films, promotional films, Behind The Scenes (BTS) videos and a variety of other videos including formal and informal interviews, tutorials and demonstrations.
Environmental portraiture and documentary photography and filmmaking go hand in hand. I love telling stories about people and places and photographing people in an honest, authentic way. My approach is very relaxed and documentary, but with attention to beautiful light and composition.
Environmental portraiture and documentary photography are a lovely way to showcase who you are and how you live or work in your own environment or workspace. Environmental portraiture is a beautiful way for artists, musicians, athletes and many other professionals to showcase their work and process, giving you a set of professional photographs to help promote the work you do.
I am self taught in both photography and filmmaking having first picked up a camera to document the fieldwork stage of my PhD back in 2011. My doctoral research (ESRC CEELBAS) was concerned with the dialogue and decision making processes, past and present, surrounding the construction of a nuclear power plant in Pomerania, northern Poland. Through a ‘Photo a Day’ project I documented the anti-nuclear protests I attended, visits to the abandoned construction site at Żarnowiec and the surrounding villages, and my everyday life as a PhD student in Gdańsk and Birmingham.
What I intended to be a one year photography project turned into a daily habit which is now eight years strong. I left academia after completing my PhD in December 2014, though I remain interested in similar research themes including the decision making processes surrounding controversial energy developments, participatory decision making and the role of visual images and storytelling in shaping opinions and dialogue.
I love both film and digital photography and always make time for personal work. It’s pretty rare for me to leave home without my camera. Outside of photography and filmmaking my other big love is music. In the autumn of 2017 I started playing violin and piano again after a decade of keeping them on the back burner, and I’m really enjoying my music from Bach and Elgar to Max Richter and Studio Ghibli arrangements to improvised punk and hardcore covers with my husband Ed on his guitar.