Get To Know Whitney And Danee.
Whitney Stilwell and Danee Foster are the creative and talented photographer and hair and makeup artist behind Red Stiletto. Their mission is to empower, encourage, and show women their true beauty through their art. Get to know them better here!
Hi, I’m Whitney Stilwell, and Red Stiletto Photography has been my baby for well over a decade. I wanted to take this week to let you get to know me better with some fun facts!
First of all, my most rewarding job is being a mom and wife. My husband Larry and I have a dramatic, smart and fun-loving 6 year old (where does time go?!?) and a feisty, clever, hilarious three-year-old. These little girls keep us laughing, smiling, sometimes crying, but most of all beaming with joy. I love being their mom and teaching them to see the beauty in everyone.
As a kid, I was always starting businesses. Selling rocks, paper plates, lemonade, vegetables, makeup, mud pies, you name it. At 11, I started taking pictures and I’ve been a photographer ever since.
I worked a few corporate jobs but realized I wasn’t meant to sit behind a desk. One of my last jobs before I made photography my full-time career was enrolling students into college. It was there that I got a taste of what it felt like to empower others and help them to become better versions of themselves. That job also funded my first digital camera!
Photography is my passion (you’ve probably picked up on that by now), but I have some unique talents. I can sing The Backstreet Boys’ “As Long As You Love Me” in sign language; I am in a singing group called Wild and Sweet and we spend the holidays singing in churches, Christmas parties, and even do singing telegrams; and I met my husband while performing in “Annie, Get Your Gun,” although we didn’t actually become an item until many years later!
My days are filled with photography and family. I’ll take any opportunity to go to Target (and of course, grab a Starbucks while I’m there). Target is my mom vacation, you know what I mean?
I’m so thankful to have a busy and thriving photography business. The single most rewarding part of what I do is that I get to show women what they really look like! It’s a beautiful thing and one I will treasure forever.
Hey, I’m Danee Foster and I am a professional hair and makeup artist. I have worked alongside Whitney for over 5 years! I know you all see the work we do in front of the camera, but I think it’s fun to also go behind-the-scenes and learn about the people who make it happen.
I always knew that I was going to have a career in the hair and makeup industry. It’s just something that has always been interesting and fun for me. I’m kind of a workaholic to be honest—I actually have five different professions! Working just feels right and natural to me because I always want to be doing something.
So, if I wasn’t busy enough with work, I am a single mom to six kids! I have five beautiful daughters and a handsome teenage son. They are awesome, and it is a joy for me to include them in my work. When I do weddings or special events, one of my daughters always comes with me and helps out as my assistant.
Something I learned way back was to have a routine to keep my house running. Getting seven people ready and out the door by 8 am is only the beginning! We do four different school stops, and then I go into the studio. By afternoon, I’m picking the kids up and heading home, only to leave again for basketball practice. Throw in dinner, baths, and bed time, and then we do it all over again. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
I don’t watch much TV, but I have become obsessed with reading and learning about the Enneagram. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you really ought to learn about it. It will tell you so much about who you are and how you relate to the world. It’s fascinating!
I love being a hair and makeup artist. I get to use my creativity, and at the same time make women feel great about themselves. You can learn a lot about someone while they sit in your makeup chair, and I love the connections I make with the women we serve on a daily basis.