photographer | filmmaker | daydreamer

Hello, my name is Stéphanie and I live in Birmingham in the UK. I like cats, books, tea, thunderstorms, cherry blossom season, northern Poland and south-west France, punk-rock & post-hardcore music & shows, all things botanical, spring & summer, climbing mountains, spending time in the forest, watercolour illustration, film photography, swimming & cycling, playing violin & piano and the smell of rain on dry dusty tarmac. I dislike insincerity, driving & British winters.


I’m a documentary photographer and filmmaker and you can see and read more about my work over on my portfolio website. I share my personal work on this blog including films, photographs, and the stories behind them. Personal work is important to me and I make photos and films of the little moments that make up my everyday life. It’s pretty rare for me to leave home without my camera. I enjoy the look and feel of 35mm film, and shoot film alongside digital, mostly in the spring and summer months.

Each month I share photos and a short film filled with moments from my everyday life, as well as a post filled with my thoughts on the books, articles and essays I have read. I share photos from holidays and daytrips, my attempts at teaching myself to draw and paint, and the odd piece of writing when I feel I have something I want to say. I hold a PhD in environmental social science, and often write about politics and the environment as well as technology and ethics.

I also write photography and filmmaking tutorials for beginners and improvers. This is my way of giving back to the online community that taught me so much when I was just getting started with photography and filmmaking myself. If you’re reading this, my guess is that you found me through one of my tutorials as they are my most popular posts.

The beauty of a personal blog is that it doesn’t have to follow a single theme. This blog is a bit of a jumble of different things and ideas, from my own memories to my thoughts on the world around me, but it’s filled with photos, words and experiences that I want to remember. Maybe you’ll find something interesting here, maybe not, but thank you for reading if you do.

If you want to find something specific, take a look through my archives. I have tried to organise my work by theme and you’ll find several categories and themed tags as well as a reverse chronological, visual record of all my posts over on my main archives page.

You can get in touch with me by email at hello@stephaniegarstin.co.uk or alternatively find me over on Instagram or Flickr. Please do not lift images, videos or text from this website without my permission.