About Stephanie

{thanks to d-Squared Designs for my family photographs}

I’m a mom to a precious little boy and baby girl.
I love (really love) being a mom.
I’m a wife to one amazing man.
I love being a wife.
I’m not an amazing cook.
But some evenings, I like to pretend.
I’m a daughter.
I must talk to my mom daily.
I’m a photographer.
I love newborns.
I think big pregnant bellies are beautiful.
I believe children make people smile.
I’m a teacher.
I want to inspire people to make all their dreams come true..
I love life.
And I love being able to capture
how much you love yours.

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Stephanie Cotta is an award-winning newborn and family photographer based in St. Louis, Missouri. Stephanie has proven to be one of the most successful and sought after photographers and educators in the industry. She hosts newborn mentoring workshops in her photography studio and also travels nationwide for newborn and mentoring sessions.  Since the launch of her hit SCP Newborn Posing Guide, Stephanie has gone on to create the Ultimate Newborn Photography Tutorial with RGG EDU as the most comprehensive tutorial for natural light newborn photography in the world.  This tutorial and other educational tools for photographers are available for purchase through Stephanie’s blog.


  • PoppyJanuary 11, 2013 - 7:29 pm


  • stephaniecottaJanuary 11, 2013 - 10:39 pm

    Hi Poppy! That makes my day to see that comment here :) :) Love you!!ReplyCancel

  • KaitlynFebruary 21, 2013 - 1:05 pm

    I was wondering how much you charge for your family session or individual sessions?ReplyCancel

  • Wanda VanceMarch 22, 2013 - 3:51 am

    You have a wonderful talent!! I am just starting in the “posing” part of photography. Still trying to learn Photoshop. I have done weddings and other things for years but finally getting to try new stuff. At my age ( 51) it is scary and exciting!!ReplyCancel

    • stephaniecottaMarch 22, 2013 - 4:02 am

      Thanks, Wanda! I’m a big believer that you can do anything you set your mind to… regardless of age or anything else! Best of luck to you!! :) :)ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie shepherdJuly 9, 2013 - 8:15 am

    Hi Stephanie,

    I’m just wondering what programs I would need on my computer to enable me to do the digital download?

  • ERIKA JAHNJanuary 1, 2015 - 9:18 pm

    Hello there,

    Found a link to your site through Pinterest (your marketing efforts work! :) ).
    I am getting serious about photography and you are an inspiration and proof that I can make my dreams become reality. Do you offer any online workshops? I like your work but am located in CA. Any suggestions?

    I’m interested primarily in Wedding/Engagement but love babies & am willing to do anything to get started. I currently work FT in the Sports TV world, but am planning on making it a priority to pursue my dream of photography, moving from hobby to pro.

    Thank you for your time and I love your work!



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