Sunrise, Bolsa Chica, Steph White

Photo Hobbyist Stephanie White Captures Striking Images from the Bolsa Chica Wetlands

As @calibeachgirl_ on Instagram, Stephanie White’s feed is filled with stunning closeup photos of wildlife and nature, many of them taken at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. For the past 20 years she has worked in the veterinary field, managing an exotic animal/wildlife practice for 13 years and now, she works as a part-time client service representative at a veterinary hospital. Taking photograph is a hobby. We asked her to share some of her favorite images with Surf City Family as well as answer some questions about her art.

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SURF CITY FAMILY (SCF): What camera equipment do you use?

STEPHANIE WHITE (SW): I’ve used my iPhone to take sunsets (still do sometimes) then I purchased a camera to get close up pics of wildlife. I have an iPhone 6 and I a Sony DSC-HX400v

SCF:What are your favorite editing programs?

SW: Lightroom and Snapseed

Sunrise, Bolsa Chica, Steph White
Sunrise. Good morning from the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. Photo by Stephanie White.


SCF: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

SW: Birds, wildlife and sunsets

You may recognize “Snaps,” the famous California brown pelican that hangs out on the Huntington Beach Pier. Photo by Stephanie White
An egret at Bolsa Chica Wetlands. Photo by Stephanie White.
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Bird. Photo by Stephanie White.


SCF: Why do you shoot the things you shoot?

SW: I have always loved animals. At a young age, I started working at a Veterinary hospital that treated injured wildlife, I fell in love with the beauty of the birds and animals that we would see and treat there. I have lived walking distance from the Bolsa Chica wetlands my whole life, so I am lucky to have these animals right in my backyard. I grew up playing out in the wetlands as a kid. The day I bought my first real camera, I ran straight to the wetlands to start photographing these birdsand animals. I used to spend a lot of time there bird watching, and relaxing, but it was hard to capture close up shots of the animals with my iPhone. I’ve met so many wonderful friends on Instagram, that share my passion for photographing birds. We even started a small group where we share info on where to find specific birds in the area. We have all become pretty close friends, and have a great time chasing birds around. As far as sunsets go… You can’t beat our beautiful beach here in HB. for sunsets!


SCF: What advice would you give to someone who wants give Phoneography (phone photography) or photography in general a try?

SW: Get out there and explore! We live in such a beautiful area, full of so many interesting subjects to photograph. So many of my friends, including myself, say that photography is their therapy. It really inspires you to get out of the house and explore areas that you may never have thought to explore. It brings people together. You will meet people along the way that will teach you things, and share the same passion that you do. It’s the best hobby I have discovered for myself, and highly recommend it.

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  1. Such a great article about an incredibly talented photographer and all around amazing person! Next time you interview her, you may want to ask her how many animals she has rescued lately. Last week she saved two baby snowy egrets that fell out of their nest, and a couple weeks before she rescued an injured baby squirrel. Grateful to call her friend!

  2. This is done so beautifully. Steph’s photos are gorgeous! It’s hard to believe she’s just a photo hobbyist
    Inspiring work and great write up.

  3. Steph is the heart and soul of our group. Her caring and passion for animals and her talent for photography inspire us all.

  4. I have to echo what the others have said here about Steph. She really is so talented and kind and inspiring. Thanks for this awesome article! Lovvve those shots!!

  5. So happy to see Steph getting the recognition she so deserves, her photos are as lovely as she is. She brings pure joy to her craft………

  6. Well done! Steph has such a great eye for photography!!! I enjoy shooting with her and looking at her images. She loves nature and is a animal lover for sure. I am glad to call her friend.❤️❤️

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