Pierre Stephenson - M.Photographer, Cr, CPP
Owner / Photographer / Graphic Artist / Speaker / Author
There are so many things that I love about photography. Probably the first and foremost is the emotion that I capture and how powerful it can be in the images I create. I love watching people and the way we interact and express ourselves with our friends and loved ones; those genuine moments, the humor, the silliness, the drama... all the little things that tell the story of who we are, that's what I love to photograph. But, it's more than that. There is also the fantasy and the glamour of creating imagery that shows off a very specific part of ourselves. Sometimes it's real and sometimes it's how we want to be, but always it is powerful. I get the most pride from creating an image from scratch, but I'm the most moved by using all of my skills and expertise to capture a genuine moment. Together I find the two to be the perfect compliment to storytelling.
Lead Photographer / Office & Production Manager
Sarah is a lead wedding and portrait photographer with Pierre’s Portrait Art Co. Though classically trained, her love of urban exploration, travel and environmental photography are prominent in her style. Sarah loves to push the envelope in her location work and excels at creating beautiful art in uncontrolled environments. Her 9 years of commercial and portrait experience have given her a solid understanding the fundamentals, and the freedom to know when and how to break the rules.
Pierre Stephenson is the owner of the multi-photographer studio Pierre's Portrait Art Company which, over the past 20 years has come to be recognized for it's innovative style. His training started out in the studio with commercial large format photography, miles away from the Urbanist Portrait Journalism that has become his passion.
Pierre's unique approach has led to international awards, media attention, and his work has been published nationally in magazines including Professional Photographer, Modern Bride, PDN, Rangefinder, and more.
He comes from a family of underwater photographers and is a certified underwater photographer. Pierre has taught seminars and workshops to professional photographers from around the world. He has taught masterclasses four years in a row at WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) in Las Vegas and lecturers regularly around the country. Pierre teaches location lighting techniques at Madison College, is the author of the Amherst Media book Foundations of Posing, and is a founding mentor of the nLIGHTn Tour.
Pierre is a PPA (Professional Photographers of America) Certified Professional Photographer and was awarded the PPA Silver Photographer of the Year 2010, Best of Show Weddings at WPPA 2009 and 2013, and has received both his Craftsmen degree in honor of teaching, and his PPA Master Photographer degree.
5283 Felland Road
Madison, WI 53718