I grew up in Hatfield, Massachusetts, a small farming town in the Connecticut River Valley. My father, David Stemple was a computer science professor and chairman of the department at U Mass Amherst. My mother, Jane Yolen is an author of well over 200 books and passed her writing gene on to my siblings - my sister Heidi is an author and my brother Adam is a novelist and musician.
I became interested in photography in high school, and entered an early placement program at Greenfield Community College where I studied graphic design and photography. My other passion was skiing, so once I had received my associates degree from GCC I decided to continue my education and quest for better skiing at Western State College of Colorado. There, I majored in business and continued to build a photographic body of work in my new majestic surroundings.
In my last year at Western State my mother and I began to collaborate on book projects. First was a small autobiography called A Letter From Phoenix Farm, then came Water Music, Once upon Ice, Snow Snow, House House, Color Me a Rhyme, Wild Wings (winner of the 2006 National Outdoor Book Award), Horizons, Least Things, Fine Feathered Friends, Count Me a Rhyme, Shape Me A Rhyme, A Mirror To Nature (winner of the 2009 John Burrough’s Award) and An Egret’s Day. My newest book is A Bird's Eye View of Kiawah, a coffee-table book featuring years of my photography from Kiawah Island, SC.
I now live with my wife, Joanne, and twin girls, Caroline and Amelia, in Charleston, South Carolina and work as a freelance photographer and writer. In between shooting for commercial clients and magazines, I am working on several different book projects with and without my mother and am continuing to build a large supply of stock photography (www.CharlestonStockPhotography.com).
To see my work, please visit my galleries here and on www.CharlestonStockPhotography.com. Feel free to contact me for any more information or to inquire about purchasing a print or rights to publish a photograph.
To keep up with my current projects visit my blog: www.CharlestonSCPhotoBlog.com