This is me! I’m in charge of a lot of this business (well, that could be why it’s called “Andrea Barnett”)! While getting a degree in photography from John Brown University, I started this business when I was 18 years old, first as a student and now as a professional.
I’m always the lead photographer and communicator, and if you’re looking for family/couple/senior/etc. photos, you’ll more than likely just interact with me. However, if you’re hiring us for a wedding or travel shoot, Stephen is the one that makes sure we arrive on time and have all of our travel plans in place, and he’s always my second photographer. My strengths are in the creative and organizational side of things, so while I run on my right side of the brain, Stephen is always there to make sure I check into the left side every so often. 🙂
Stephen is the reason I’m not crazy! He helps me with anything finance, and helps me strategize my business. He’s a major behind-the-scenes secret weapon that keeps the business running.
If you’re considering hiring us for a wedding, he also tackles other aspects of your day, like having a checklist at home to make sure I’m thinking through every aspect of your big day (you’ll see quickly that he’s really good at organizing family formals)!
Working together started for us in July 2015, and we haven’t looked back since. Stephen is so personable and kind-hearted, and along with being an incredible second photographer, he’s always there to help move heavy things, talk “accounting” language, and make my life easier!!
Quick Little Facts
We met on Facebook
Stephen slid into my DMs… but don’t worry folks, he redeemed himself by proposing mountaintop in Vail, Colorado. 😉 We’ve been married for seven years now, and have never looked back.
We have two dogs.
Their names are Sammie and Loki, and we’re convinced they’re the cutest in the whole world. Sorry, we are not cat people (we think they’re cute, but we’re both terribly allergic).
Yo Quiero Taco Bell
If Stephen is picking out dinner, he’s bringing home TB (the Mexican Pizza is his jam). If I’m picking out dinner, you bet I’m ordering pizza (and yes, pineapple is a WIN on my pizza!).
I begged Stephen to join me. Literally.
I had a wedding on a holiday where I couldn’t find any of my then-regular second photographers to work, so I taught him the basics and off we went! He NAILED it. I think I fell more in love as he uploaded his photos onto the computer. 🙂
We travel ALL the time
Because we have no kiddos (yet!), and Stephen’s full time job has him traveling plenty, sometimes I get to tag along with him! Some of the coolest places we’ve been to for work and photos are Grand Cayman, Disney World, Mexico, West Africa, Dominican Republic, and cities like New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, Albuquerque, Dallas… and that’s just to name a few!