About Me

I'm Stephanie. A filmmaker,  journalist and dog mom ... but wait, there's more!

Hello! I'm Stephanie, a freelance journalist covering travel, beer and wildlife. (But, let’s be real — if you’re on my site, you already know that.)

In addition to journalism, I’m a content creator and filmmaker for small businesses and weddings. (Stop the redundancy, Stephanie!)

That’s fair, and you’re right. With the descriptors “videos" and "journalism" at the tip top of my website, I don't need to tell you I'm, well, a videographer and journalist. I need to tell you who I am behind the camera or away from my mess of half-used (but oh so pretty!) Moleskine notebooks.

(Only have a minute? Scroll to the bottom for a quick Cliffnotes version)

I broke into the world of journalism and filmmaking on a tiny balcony in Ronda, Spain in December 2015. At the time, my reporting skills were on a six-year, post college vacay and “breaking into” is a stretch — it was a germ of an idea. I was several years into a 9-6 job in the PR agency world, and found myself wrapping up a one-week southern Spain trip that could’ve been at least four. At this moment, I had a “come-to-Jesus” with myself. I knew there was more for me out there than a desk job followed by Netflix day in, day out.

I started toying around with the idea of a travel blog; I spent nearly every college summer interning or volunteering abroad, so travel has always been a slight(ly major) obsession. After much consideration and planning, I launched my blog, The Wanderlost Way (a play on the fact I get lost, like, a lot), in 2016. Simultaneously I broke into travel writing with my first article highlighting an inflatable “bubble hotel” in Iceland. (Yes, that’s a thing that exists in this world and you MUST stay there!)

As I continued down the travel blog/writing path, I decided to get back into my college hobby of video to supplement these endeavors. I dabbled into travel videos and vlogs, but here’s the thing I learned quickly. Anyone can “do video,” but if you want to do it well—in a way that drives emotion among clients and followers—you have to put in the work. And I’ll be the first to tell you, that's far from easy.

At this point, I spent 2017 apprenticing with a New York wedding and documentary filmmaker (outside my normal 9-6 job), which made for the most pivotal, and slightly crazy, year of my life. This year of hard work led me to where I am today — not only a journalist and filmmaker, but the owner and founder of Stephanie Vermillion Studio.

“Hey Stephanie, can we cut to the chase?”

Oh right. Good point. What am I doing today? A lot — and I love it. Here’s a quick overview:

Journalism: Reporting via writing and video on a variety of topics that fill my heart with joy; think travel, beer and wildlife. As in, my personal trifecta. I can't imagine a better path to have taken, and I'm a firm believer that if you chase the things that light you up (read: those passion points), your work will be its best. Learn more about my journalism work. 

Small business films: Using video to tell companies' unique stories. I’ve created films highlighting everything from travel/hospitality companies like a safari camp in South Africa to personal brands like a writer and travel blogger from Scotland. Learn more.

Wildlife Films: Traveling all over the world from Cape Town to Costa Rica to film documentaries that drive awareness and donations for organizations helping with wildlife conservation. This cause is so near and dear to my heart that I put a large portion of my business funds into paying for these awareness-building expeditions. Saving the planet has to start somewhere! 

Wedding Videos: Filming weddings across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Never in a million years did I think I’d be a wedding videographer, but after filming just one wedding during my apprenticeship, I was totally and irreversibly hooked.  Learn More

So what about when I’m not behind the camera or the screen?

Ahh yes, that whole thing called “a life.” I do have one. Let’s dive into the fun stuff

Travel:

With a travel blog and writing career, it probably goes without saying I love travel ... but I'll say it again. I LOVE TRAVEL. I'm constantly on the hunt for out-of-the-ordinary experiences, and typically those that involve adventures, the outdoors and connecting with local people. My favorite trips so far include Tanzania, Morocco, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Iceland, Scotland, London ... OK, OK. I can’t pick favorites. I love them all!

Hiking:

I used to be a marathon runner, but converted to hiking because I love the outdoors (and my knees!). The Catskills Mountains in New York are my jam, and I get up there as much as possible, despite the fact I’ve had one too many run ins with {shiver} snakes.

My Man:

I may be biased, but I’m without a doubt the luckiest girl alive to have Frank, a rock in and the love of my life. He’s a traveler, a lifesaver (figuratively and literally – he works in the ER), and the behind-the-scenes support system who helped me launch this business in the first place. In addition to a full-time job, and his weekly job of picking up my scattered pieces (I’m as un-domestic as they come), Frank is one of the most talented photographers I know. In fact, he gets photo cred on quite a few of my Instagram posts!

My Four-Legged Child:

AKA Harry. AKA H Bomb. AKA Munchkin. AKA ... yup. I'm obsessed. Everyone thinks their dog is the cutest dog in the world, buuuut I’m not exaggerating on this one. Harry, my 20-pound bichon poodle rescue, is the best. I mean, just look at him. He’s a lover of cheese, a fan of lazy mornings and an absolute hater of anything but sweatpants.

Want the Cliffnotes? Here’s a quick snippet.

I’m a travel journalist and filmmaker, but I didn’t get here overnight. It’s been a long, winding scavenger hunt to find my way to this “dream life” where I’m constantly blending work with passion, including human interest stories, travel, wildlife conservation and, of course, beer.

On the personal side, I like long walks on the beach hiking and candlelit dinners sweatpants and takeout with my boyfriend, Frank and our fluffy rescue pup, Harry, the greatest sidekicks of all!