Original IG account was deleted at 16.4k. Of course, I’m a little upset about it. I had that account since 2013. I put a lot of time and investment into growing and operating it. 

But this is exactly why I made the store in the first place. The store is not governed by any AI or algorithms haters can abuse. Social media does NOT have a due process. It’s more important than ever for content creators to own their own distribution because anyone can be removed for any reason, any post can be taken down for any reason, any Terms and Conditions are subject to change any time and big tech companies can do whatever they want.  

We cannot allow ourselves or our careers to be at the mercy of any third party platform. We must take ownership of our careers and not worry about what other people think. 

That’s also one of the reasons I became a business owner and choose not to work for any establishment. I’m in control of my own career. If someone’s not interested in working with me, I go find someone else. But this way I get to steer my own ship and set my own sails. 

There will always be a demand for high quality content featuring photogenic humans and there will always be photographers who love photographing models and taking wholesome pretty images of both faces and feet. The IG is gone but my store and fan base is not. THANK YOU EVERYONE so much for many years of support and for helping me stay independent and working. It’s a blessing to be able to do what I love for a living. You should absolutely love what you do or else why are you doing it?

New IG : @stephanpartipilollc