meet steph

Here to create imagery that feels like a memory.






meet steph

 Steph Photo Co. is a wedding photography studio based in St. Louis and adventuring all over the world. Around here, photography is a form of storytelling. If you’re looking for a friendly, journalistic photographer to document your unique love story, you’ve come to the right place.

Hey, I’m Stephanie Heese (like cheese without the C as my husband would say) and I’m super passionate about creating imagery that blends honest moments and soulful storytelling — realistic and journalistic.

I hold a space for you that is free from expectations and full of excitement, because you’re getting FREAKING MARRIED, and I want you to look back at your photos and remember what that felt like.

Long before I documented love for a living, I was a cheerleader, biomedical science grad, and 1 of 12 children. These days I prefer wedding bouquets to pom poms.

I spend my time looking through a camera lens instead of a microscope, and navigate big parties with an ease that can only come from a lifetime of huge family gatherings.

Behind the scenes of my photographer life, you’ll find me exploring St. Louis with my husband and our two dogs, Finn and Nigel. I have a huge heart for craft beer, hiking, board games, and of course, love stories. I can’t wait to learn about yours!

your friend behind the lens



Before I went full time as photographer, I completed a masters in Biomedical Science at A.T. Still University.

I was born in Ohio, and have lived in Arkansas and Missouri.

I’m really good at capturing dogs in wedding and family photos, and I think it might be the skill I’m most proud of.




I have a knack for making self-proclaimed awkward people look and feel really comfortable in front of the camera.

The coffee setup I’ve got going on at home is pretty badass.

My dogs have their own instagram and education website: @thegoldenfinn and




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taylor & matt

kind words from good folks

"...Ever since Stephanie delivered our photos, we find ourselves constantly looking through them all. How are we supposed to decide which ones to print and frame!? Thanks to Stephanie, we now have so many beautiful moments from our special day to look back on. Future brides and grooms, do yourself a favor and book Stephanie as your wedding photographer ASAP!"