All about a story
My Name is Cassandra L. Stephens--feel free to call me Cassie. I created CLS Photography in 2015, as a result of a life-long passion of viewing life creatively “behind the lens.” Self-taught in the nuances of portraiture, weddings and boudoir, I had distinguished my niche within a highly competitive industry.
Having grown up in Santa Barbara, California, I developed a fascination with cameras, lenses and lighting. Every life event needed to be documented, whether it was tea parties, birthdays or school field trips—I relished in capturing the magic of special moments, as well as the unique persona of my subjects.
After graduating from high school as an exemplary art student, I acquired a number of scholarships in order to attend FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in Los Angeles, which launched me into the world of fashion.
Graduating with honors, I was immediately hired and became adept in the field of fashion design. I swiftly became one of the youngest fashion designers in the company. As a senior designer, I became a photographer on many occasions for my companies, whereby I was able to uniquely capture the feeling and lifestyle of the clothing I designed.
After having shared my photography portfolio, a colleague offered me an opportunity to assist in a number of wedding photoshoots which began my journey into capturing the love stories of others. I then developed my own clientele as a solo photographer. After serving 10 years in the fashion design industry, my photography grew to such an extent that I elected to make photography my sole, full-time career.
As I continue to be a wedding photographer, I have rapidly expanded my creative flair into the art of boudoir and specialty portraiture. I offer a beautifully designed studios for my custom photoshoots, from boho chic, to glitz and glam, to bridal. I cannot wait to continue my passion with every aspect of photography and expand my talent to the next level.
Fun Facts about me
• If you see me with a large Starbucks in-hand, it's tea, not coffee!
• I'm a tomboy at heart who loves to play flag football, then kick on my girlie heels
• I love all forms of art, weather it's painting, singing, dancing, drawing and of course, taking pictures• Country concerts are my jam
• I have saved every card I've ever received since my 16th birthday.
• I'm a big fan of all the Marvel movies
• I collect magnets everywhere I travel• I'm a complete sucker for romantic comedies
• I am a cat mom to the cutest black cat named Lady
All About YouMy clients happiness is what I strive for. I’d love to hear your story, make you feel like family, and help create your lasting memories.
Cassie was an absolute dream to work with!! Her balance between professionalism and creativity was spot on and so easy to see in our pictures. I can’t wait to blow them up and hang them all over mine and my new husband’s home! 11/10 would recommend!
Cassie is absolutely incredible! She is so talented, personable, and absolutely brings your dream photos to life. She was such a pleasure to work with, and will definitely be the best choice for your event!!
CLS Photography was everything a bride dreams about in a photographer on her wedding day; punctual, organized, energetic and patient. Cassie captured every special moment perfectly and produced gorgeous photos for us to cherish for years to come. I can’t recommend CLS Photography enough to anyone looking for an amazing photographer.