Now if you’re like me and love seeing beautiful rural landscapes, cute babies, and a few adorable dogs here and there, then you would definitely enjoy a good stalk of one of the best (in my opinion) up and coming Instagram pages.
Stephanie Willson is the creator of ‘A Farmers Wife’ and grew up in rural New South Wales in the small country town of Bigga, up the road from me actually!
Steph believes that ‘growing up on a farm gives you a deep appreciation for the land and things it can teach and offer you.’ When asked if she would ever leave the land she replies ‘I can only ever picture living in rural Australia. We (Steph and her husband Alex) both wish and hope that one day we will live on a farm and raise our children up there.’
(Picture above- Stephanie and her daughter Lara)
One of Steph’s favourites things about rural Australia is the sense of community, ‘the people generally all have strong family values and appreciate their friends, they also look out for one another, and whenever someone needs a helping hand its never too far away.’
At the ripe young age of 28, Steph has ticked off quite a few big milestones:
- Completed a Diploma in Emergency Nursing
- Graduated from University as a Registered Nurse
- Married her now husband Alex with a gorgeous country wedding in the beautiful garden on her parents farm in Bigga
- Have the most adorable little baby girl
- And now following her passion -> Photography
(Stephanie and Alex on their wedding day)
Steph admits ‘Ive always loved photography, I was always the friend with the camera capturing moments. Ive also had a strong influence from my Mum and family members who have always had a camera in their hands for as long as I can remember. However it wasn’t until I became a mum and went on maternity leave that my passion for photography grew as I found myself capturing photos of my little girl, family and close friends.’
(Capturing beautiful moments during pregnancy and precious times as a young child grows is a favourite concept for ‘A Farmers Wife’)
@a_farmers_wife features a wide range of rural living photographs but I believe the standout photos and where Steph’s talent truely lies are the child portraits. One of most ‘melt your heart’ kind of subjects though is definitely Steph’s own daughter Lara Clare. So its not a shock when Steph explains: ‘my favourite thing to photograph would have to be young children, especially around the infant to toddler age group, they have so much character and life. Knowing they’re only this little for a short period of time, I love being able to capture this for their parents so they can remember that age forever. I also love taking photos of animals and people in general, I love being able to form a connection with my subject and being able to show this in my photography.’
To help build skill and knowledge Steph has already taken part in photography courses and is currently studying online with a focus on portraits. Constantly on the internet she searches for advice and ideas from professionals, aiming to one day be at that level. Being so obvious that this is her passion I have no doubt she will be.
There is still plenty Steph would love to achieve for herself and her family. Steph and Alex are currently leasing 3000 acres which they are farming. ‘Kalaree Poll Merino Stud’ is currently running 200 stud ewes and 2500 commercial ewes, however the Wilson’s would love to one day expand their business and own their own farm.
In terms of photography experience Steph is hoping to one-day travel to and capture the centre of Australia and also Uluru, ‘I think the colour’s and scenery would be great to photograph’. Other desired travel destination also include Peru for the history and culture, Ireland for the rolling hills with stone fence lines and coastlines and finally Cappadocia, Turkey for the hot air balloons.
On a very exciting note Steph has made the decision to turn her passion and hobby into a business and is now taking bookings for family, children and baby portraits and weddings! So for more information or to book a session contact Steph:
Phone: 0409 915 812
Or check out her gorgeous Instagram page @a_farmers_wife_
I asked Steph where her favourite place is to photograph and she simply replied ‘to me the best backdrop is a good paddock’.