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Inspiring Stories from San Tan Valley

The heart of our mission at VoyagePhoenix is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Greater Phoenix area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out inspiring stories from San Tan Valley and surrounding areas below.

Shannon Gillette

Shannon leads the Gillette Group AZ at Launch Real Estate. She is hardworking, dedicated and a great listener. She is always available to help her clients and prides herself in her prompt response time. Her approachable demeanor makes everyone feel comfortable. Read more>>

Erika Greene

I bought my first camera in 2012. I wanted to start documenting trips, events, and other important moments in my life. I started photographing family members and friends for fun in order to practice and learn. Little by little, people started asking me to take their senior photos, family portraits, newborn photos, etc. Read more>>

Heather Irwin

Having cared for animals my whole life I have learned that unconditional love is all they desire. This has taken me down a path of bringing the world of animals and humans together. I believe memories are built from our perspective of the world and there is something special about the bond that is present between a person and an animal. Read more>>

Sarah Embree

I found my love for photography when I was 18 years old. My best friend had just had a baby and she felt really self conscious. I wanted her to know she was still beautiful (if not more) so I took her point and shoot camera and did my first ever “photo shoot”. Read more>>

Dafni Milan

I grew up with both my parents as collaborative artists, and have been surrounded by art my whole life. Through homeschooling, I was able to finish high school early so I’ve been painting professionally for the past few years. I found my voice while attending my parents art school, the Milan Art Institute. Read more>>

Miranda Gamel

I’ve always been interested in art, hungry to learn anything that I could. When I was younger, I was mentored by my father, a graphic design artist. He taught me how to use Adobe photoshop and illustrator, which now helps me map out the masterpieces I create today. Read more>>

Alana Christine Fulton

I was born and raised in Florida where I graduated from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 2005. I was a nail technician specializing in custom artwork. I loved it but it wasn’t fulfilling enough for me. I moved to Arizona in 2006 with my husband and our 3 kids to pursue real estate. Read more>>

John and Elli Milan

My husband and I met when I was 12 years old. We started dating when I was 17 and when I graduated from high school, we moved from Hawaii, where we grew up, to Georgia. We attended Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated from University of Georgia. Read more>>

Nicole Bowman

I’ve loved creating videos ever since I was a little girl! Cameras were always at the top of my Christmas list no doubt. I’ve come very far since then, now working as a full time wedding videographer (with my husband as my second videographer) and I couldn’t love it more! I have a passion for film-making and for creating something so special for my clients to cherish for years to come. Read more>>

Lora Schelle

Originally from Ohio, I graduated from Ohio State University in 2004 and moved to Arizona after graduation in order to join my family and get out of the snow and ice. I worked in private practice and for corporate for a few years, then purchased a clinic with a colleague. I was co-owner for 5 years, then due to different visions, left to join private practice again. Read more>>

Debbie Allen

Debbie grew up learning how to run businesses from the young age of 19 when she invested in her family’s car rental and mini-storage business. By the age of 30 she sold her shares in the family business and purchased her first women’s retail clothing store. As she grew her retail business she had to overcome just about every business challenge along the way. Read more>>

Kyle Wheelock

I first started in the design and art world very early in life. My Parents always told me art was in my blood. Since i can remember I was always drawing something, my room covered with colored pencils and legos. My favorite thing to do as a child, was to create something out of anything I can find. Read more>>

Swanny Simms

As a child I was raised in foster care and my foster parents were not able to do my hair so I started to show interest and practice on mine and my sisters hair when I got into high school I was able to take a cosmetology class for extra credit and I ended up falling in love with doing here altogether I decided that when I was old enough to get my own salon I would and I did. Read more>>

Barby Ingle

It was Thanksgiving 2006, and our family gathered at my father’s house for dinner. Each year at dinner we discuss what we are thankful for and decide on a family project that we want to accomplish the following year. This dinner was different; the biggest project was proposed and taken on by the Ingle’s. Read more>>

Tara Gamel

I moved out to the boon docks of Queen Creek to raise my kids and ended up finding my love for art again. I was connected with a couple who had a home studio and made a very decent living selling their art. I began to learn from them and soon I was selling my own art through a publishing company based in New York. Read more>>

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