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Hi I'm Stacie Smith

I'm a wife, a mom to 3 children and a photographer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother and wife first, but often I get to photograph interesting people and places. In the past, I photographed weddings and got to celebrate with each of my clients. Now I find myself drawn to kids and families... probably because I have kids and a family. Portraiture has always been my passion. I also love to make things with my kids. We have explored wood block printing, watercolor, we have made cardboard furniture, and often try to make gifts for friends' birthdays. I also enjoy bookbinding and graphic design. I try to keep a blog updated with all the latest projects, photo-shoots and travels our family makes. Our house is sometimes quite chaotic, and isn't the picture perfect modern home it should be... being a Mid Century Modern home with all the clean lines and huge windows... and messy kid stuff and projects everywhere.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a split family. My single mom had us attend the LDS church while my dad attended his own church with his wife, leaving us at home on the Sundays we were at his house. I grew up with two separate examples and lived differently than most LDS kids. My decision to attend BYU pushed me in the right direction. I could see the path I was heading down and wanted a change. BYU was a familiar place to me, I had visited as a child and for Youth Conference. I must say, I shocked all of my friends with this choice. I didn't really run with the Mormon crowd, but did try to keep higher standards. It helped having a Muslim friend with similar standards, and good youth leaders. Once at BYU I struggled to find my niche. Thankfully I knew I wanted to be a photographer. After a painful first 4 months in the dorms and GED classes, I found people whom I could relate to in the Design Department. This is how I met my husband and eternal companion. We have the classic LDS love story: date for 3 months, get engaged and then married 3 months later. We are now past our 14th year and have 3 beautiful children. I wouldn't change a thing. Even after having many opportunities to live a more "normal", non religious life I have chosen to follow Heavenly Father. I have seen the sufferings of loved ones who have made bad life choices. I feel the protection that comes from my faith, the love that comes from my Heavenly Father, and the joy that this life can be. No life is perfect, but there is a better path, a higher road and it IS often less traveled. I know that for certain. I also know of the importance of teaching our children what is right and wrong. My decision to stay clean as a teen didn't keep me from every sin, but really helped me navigate past some major temptations. Looking back, I see the full scope of what my actions could have been and every day I am grateful for the good choices I have made.

How I live my faith

I live my faith most by teaching my children. I am still learning what is best for my kids and realizing I could be doing much more. Recently my husband was called to take on a responsibility in our lay congregation which will take a lot of time and will require much from him spiritually. When he was called to serve in this capacity, he was counseled to hold family scripture study and prayer and family home evening. We both know the good that can come from these things, but have also been caught up in the daily distractions of life so have never consistently done any of it. I look forward to the blessings which come from growing spiritually with our children. As I state in "Why I am Mormon", I know how important it is to learn what is right and wrong as a child and to decide to choose the right at a young age.