Happy International Women’s Day my friends! I am truly blessed to have some of the most creative, talented, giving, amazing women in my tribe!

Thank you to all of the amazing women in my life. To all of the women who have poured into me, into my education, into my growth and confidence as an artist and business owner.

This is our year girls!

My International Women’s Day Tribute

In honor of International Women’s Day this year, I wanted to take a few moments to highlight some of the incredible women who have contributed to my Underwater Photography Career.

Underwater Photography Assistant

Oh my friend. Yes. Nicole Bertrand is the best Underwater Photography assistant and dress fluffer I could ask for. She is also one of my dearest friends.

Thank you. For far more than I can share here. Thank you.

Bride in white gown with Underwater Photographer in Dive suit by pool in celebration of International Women's Day
And yes, this is a little sneak peek of a fabulous session getting released VERY soon!!

Dream Big!

My girl Sharetha Monique! I love the adventures we have had, the support we are able to give each other, and the dreams we inspire each other dream!!

White and Black Female Photographers laughing in front of rainbow streamers at Imaging USA in Nashville Tennessee
We had a blast traveling to Atlanta for Imaging USA and the NAPCP Marketing Summit!

Welcome to Team Salty

How many adventures have we had Stephanie? Yet I could only find a snall handful of photos of us! Clearly we need to change that!! I can’t thank you enough for joining #RSPTeamSalty this year. I can’t wait to see the amazing things to come!!

Strong Boss Moms by pool for SUP Yoga and in Mountains for Outdoor Concert
From SUP Yoga in the Pool to a Mountain Top Concert – this girl is my ROCK!

It began with you…

Oh Ani. There aren’t many words for this girl… except I absolutely would not be where I am today without her. 110% guarantee I would not…

Travel photos of two white women in 40's in different cities, Charleston, Washington DC, Maryland Shore, Biltmore at Asheville NC, Charlotte NC
From Left to Right: Charleston, SC, Washington DC National Mall, The Biltmore at Asheville, St. Michael’s Maryland, Charlotte NC. 20 years of friendship has led us on a few adventures…

Underwater Kids

Jennifer Kapala, Christi Curtis, and Amy Vecchio of Underwater Kids have been such an amazing support to me over the last two years!! This retreat – and these friendships – has been one of the best investments I have made in myself and in my Underwater Photography studio!!

Group of Women Underwater Photographers at Ginnie Springs Florida holding Ikelite Underwater Cameras and wearing divesuits
This retreat was the best investment I made last year!

And so many more on my Team!

White, Black, and Muslim women by pool after styled underwater Photography mermaid session
Nicole, Lifeguard Sunny (SO MUCH MORE than my lifeguard!!), Elnaz, and Lisa Lutz (Underwater Model Extrordinaire!)

Love this sweet girl and can not WAIT to meet her baby boy in a few weeks!!

white woman and pregnant muslim woman at baby shower and in pool for underwater maternity session in green gown
From Baby Indoor Shower to Outdoor Underwater Maternity Images
{ In February! She is brave!! }

I am so happy to have you on my Underwater team Katie! I can’t wait to see what 2020 brings!!

two female underwater photographers in turquoise pool

So thankful for this friend and her willingness to step out of her comfort zone and jump into my crazy world!! Love you Shannon!

girl underwater in santa hat
Shannon jumped in with me on the very last day of my season last fall!! So of course we had to grab a photo of her in holiday gear!

Jasmine Star and our Social Curator Community

Renee Stengel with Jasmine Star at Social Curator Meet up in Nashville TN

And then there is Jasmine. I joined her online mentoring group two years ago “for a month or so” just to test it out. Within six weeks I had become an annual member. I have learned so much from this woman and from the Community she created.

But more than that, I am truly honored to be able to call her a friend. I have watched her grow the Social Community over the last two years, become a powerhouse in the social media industry, and best of all, watched her become a mother. I flew to Nashville for the weekend so that I could hug her neck and chat with her for ten minutes.

Yep. You read that correctly.

We had had many chats via message, email, and online calls. But I needed to see her in person, to hug her neck, to thank her for the motivation she has given me to keep pushing through over the last two years.

And I don’t regret that flight for one single second!

Keep Hustling

So to all of you amazing women out there working hard to create something, build something, become something new…

Find your tribe. Treat them well. Love them hard. And celebrate their victories.

Much Love,

Renee Stengel Photography | Charlotte Underwater Photographer

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