I'm Destinee and this is where I share my life, my work, and my heart. As a multi-passionate creative, you'll find a little bit of everything I love here: my photography, my writing, and my advocacy for mental health and social justice. I may not be for everyone, but I hope that you'll feel welcomed, encouraged, and inspired from this online space. 


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Cuties was disturbing on Purpose

The internet is absolutely losing their bananas, their marbles, and their minds over the new French film, Cuties. It came to the U.S. Netflix market fairly recently. Many people were upset about it, almost immediately. The angry, internet mobs claim that it’s promoting pedophilia and that Netflix should be the next grave in Cemetery Cancel […]


Netflix's Film "Cuties" was disturbing, and it was disturbing on purpose. A lesson on the importance of context written by Destinee Stark, social justice activist and writer.

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Toxic Positivity Never Saved Anyone From Suicide

…but TOGETHER we can change that. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. I’m here to remind you that the people experiencing suicidal thoughts are probably the ones you least expect. If we want to change that, we need to have an honest conversation about suicide and mental health. There are many things we need to […]

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Toxic Positivity Never Saved Anyone from Suicide by Destinee Stark

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250+ Ohio Businesses to Support that are Black-Owned

UPDATE 10/22/2020: Come follow the Instagram account I created featuring some of these Black-owned businesses in a more visual way. My hope is to follow all of them that are on Instagram, but it will just take some time to follow everyone. This account and this post are 100% volunteer, so it will take some […]


250+ Ohio Businesses to Support that are Black-Owned by Destinee Stark

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How to Plan a DIY Prom

How to Plan a DIY Prom in the midst of a Pandemic At the end of 2019, everybody was hyped for 2020. It was the turn of a new decade, and it was supposed to be lit. Many of the major holidays fell on the weekends. We were all looking forward to spring and summer […]


How to Plan a DIY Prom in the Midst of a Pandemic by Destinee Stark // Akron, Ohio Senior Portrait Photographer

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Samantha | Fall Senior Portrait Session

Fall Senior Portrait Session in Akron, Ohio Talk about a girl that made my job easy – Samantha was absolutely incapable of taking a bad photo. I’m not kidding! I had such a hard time narrowing her gallery down because she looked great in all of them. I’m not sure how that is possible, but […]


Samantha // Copley High School Senior Portrait Session // Akron, Ohio // Destinee Stark Photography

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