Pookie, also referred to as Stephanie Rachel Guttenplan was born a Virgo in Atlanta, Georgia in 1987. Growing up in a Smörgåsbord of heritages and an undiscoverable family tree, she has always hoped that her ancestors pranced among the pyramids. As she grew older, her tight knit family of scattered artists, athletes, music lovers and travelers filled her life with passports, pools, cultures, pigments and hints of classic photography. Dyslexic and quiet, Stephanie found herself getting lost in her unfinished basement filled with materials to create from and sketchbooks to fill. Becoming a closet poet, she found herself partnering her art with letters to lust, love and pain. She grew into her artistry, spilling ink filled letters to combine with her love for merging distorted pixels with the land of mixed media. By age 14 her mind was made up: Artist and adventurer she shall be.
A southern belle runaway, Stephanie skipped to Towson, Maryland to earn her BFA in Digital Art and Design, as well as swim for their Swim and Dive team. When she retired her swim career, she jumped over the pond to Florence, Italy to study photography and art history. After graduating, she adventured through the land of e-commerce and design, yet always found herself magnetized to her camera. The urge rose to create from a personal place and to solidify her voice of artistry, resulting in her attending the School of Visual Arts to attain her Masters in Professional Studies in Digital Photography. Since then, she has become a freelance artist who creates photographically: combining photography, design, web, and typography together for her clients to create a clear transition from reality to pixels on the World Wide Web. Most recently, she took the leap into being a Photo Editor, able to take a step back from the camera to be with every angel of what creates a photograph in today's World. Stephanie is currently living in Brooklyn, being a photographer, artist, adventurer, storyteller, poet and sketchbook filler. An apple addict with an adventure problem, you can find filling her veins with coffee partnered with some poetry in the park, or perched on her fire escape.