We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Siomara and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stephanie, 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 Paterson, New Jersey and moved to North Carolina late into my adolescence. Paterson is one of the most populous and poorest cities in New Jersey, Jim Jarmusch recently made a film about it. Both areas have deep historic roots and an extreme range of poverty and wealth. I find myself somewhere between these two worlds. Living in these places, helped me adapt to different environments easily.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My work ranges from commercial to surreal and experimental. There’s really no limit for me in terms of making art, which can be fun!! Sometimes I take a break from the camera and make music instead or help my friends with their projects. I didn’t always share my work and create with other people. I used to be work obsessed, introspective, and reserved. But having a supportive community can be rewarding.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love urban exploration and actually host photo adventures for locals and tourists! We’ll start with my neck of the woods and hit the streets of Downtown Los Angeles seeking out the most beautiful landmarks & hidden locations around the city. I’d share the haunting stories of LA in one of the speakeasy bars or rooftop lounges with 360 views. I definitely would have to show them around Pasadena and go to the Rose Bowl Flea Market for vintage and novelty souvenirs. There’s exciting, eclectic people all over Los Angeles but the most fun are in Los Feliz and West Hollywood especially after hours. And I’d want them to leave on a high note so I’d take them to the Comedy Store for a good laugh.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I discovered my passion for photography and film in 2007 when I would take pictures of family and friends in my neighborhood. I loved capturing all the moments and details of everyday life. Since then I’ve collaborated with other artists in communities across the country and some international artists as well! Learning to hone my skills as a creative freelancer alongside some of the best photographers and directors of my time and before me, has been such a privilege and honor. I can’t imagine my life without all of these encounters.

Website: norestforsteph.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/norestforsteph/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniesiomara/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/norestforsteph

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5xzlsu0_5rkE0PnXn6_cVA

Other: https://www.instagram.com/snapsonsite/

Image Credits
Photos 1-3: Stephanie Siomara Photo 4: Sterling Fallen Photo 5: Glenn Derosa Photo 6: Gimbal Guru Photo 7-8: Stephanie Siomara Photo 9-10: Momo Vu

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