Stanton is a Seattle Commercial photographer who works with advertising agencies around the country. His work is defined by the relationship he has with his subjects. Stanton comes from three generations of Seattle portrait photographers.
As an editorial and portrait photographer, Stanton works with magazines from the U.S. and Europe. The relationship Stanton develops with his subjects brings a unique eye to his editorial photography and his disarming approach brings out the real character of his subjects.
Stanton Stephens is among the leading Seattle commercial photographers and photographs anything from large productions to small intimate affairs. Stanton's craft and professionalism is unparalleled bringing high energy to his lifestyle photography for magazines and corporations around the world.
It was something from which I ran away. My father was a portrait photographer. My grandfather was a portrait photographer. I didn’t want to be stuck in the small farm town I grew up in so I went away to college and studied painting. So much of my approach as a Seattle editorial photographer comes out of that period.
Ask me ten years ago if I would become a Seattle lifestyle photographer and I would have said no. Seattle was nowhere on my radar. But then I got here. I walked these streets and ventured onto the ferries. It gripped me. Being one of Seattle commercial photographers takes me to a lot of places but Seattle is home.
I have been a Seattle portrait photographer for several years now. The opportunity for environmental portraits are limitless here. Be it the urban landscape of downtown or the natural paradise just outside of the city there is nowhere better to be a portrait photographer. Photographing celebrity business leaders such as Jeff Bezos or sports figures like DeMarco Murray is one of my favorite things to do. Working with people at the top of their craft is both gratifying and makes for fascinating conversation. It is a great privilege to work in a creative field. Lots of very good artists attempt to make a living in the medium they love but are fraught with compromises. I started as an oil painter. This has informed me as a portrait photographer tremendously. After years of painting from my photographs I realized artistically I was satisfied after the photograph was finished. And after a lifetime of being around photographers I realized for the first time that I could in fact be one. The more I did it the more I loved it.