My photography journey started in high school when I picked up my first film camera at an estate sale. I had no idea what I was doing, I just mostly loved vintage things and thought it looked cool (I also collect vintage typewriters!). It was an old Pentax K1000. The shutter squeaked every time, and the battery was so corroded it couldn't be used. But it took pictures, and that's what mattered. I was hooked. I fell in love with the depth and intentionality of shooting on film, and I aim to emulate that timeless style in my digital work. There's something about the nostalgia of a bit of grain that takes a photo to a whole new level. I started out with travel photography, but my passion for portraiture and timeless romance led me to specialize in elopements, destination weddings, and intimate couples shoots.

When I decided to pursue photography as my career, I knew I was going down the path that I feel most connected to at my core, and doing the thing I feel happiest doing! I believe that part of how God made me is with the ability to feel things deeply and connect with the emotions of others in my work as a result. I can't wait to get to know you. Meeting new friends because of photography is my favorite thing! Drop me a line and let's chat :)


Hi friend! I'm Stacey. I'm a film & digital photographer based in the Midwest but traveling internationally to capture heartfelt moments and authentic love stories with a nostalgic style. My photography journey started in high school when I picked up my first film camera at an estate sale. The shutter squeaked every time, and the battery was so corroded it could only be used completely mechanically. But it took pictures, and that's what mattered; I was hooked. I fell in love with the depth and intentionality of shooting on film, and I aim to emulate that timeless style in my digital work. I started out with travel photography, but my passion for portraiture and timeless romance led me to specialize in elopements, destination weddings, and intimate couples shoots.

Then I lived abroad in both London and Paris in my 20s, and that ignited my passion for photographing European cities. When I decided to pursue photography as my career, I knew I was going down the path that I feel most connected to at my core, and doing the thing I feel happiest doing! I believe that part of how God made me is with the ability to feel things deeply and connect with the emotions of others in my work as a result. I can't wait to get to know you. Meeting new friends because of photography is my favorite thing! Drop me a line and let's chat :)

About Me

Hi friend! I'm Stacey. I'm a film & digital photographer based in the Midwest and traveling all over to capture authentic love stories with a cinematic and nostalgic feel. 

a few more things i'm big on

1.

Authenticity.

I prioritize connection, movement, and interaction. I believe in the beauty of imperfection and the importance of telling a story with heart and truth. My favorite photos are ones that capture the candid, raw, true-to-life moments that you could blink and miss, but that make up a lifetime.

2.

Quality over quantity.

I love to take a lot of pictures. But I also love to slow down and be intentional about them. In my book, having a those few incredible images with the wow factor that you come back to admire again and again will always be worth more than hundreds of photos that sit in a folder you never look at.

3.

Nostalgia.

I'm a sucker for the timeless look and feel of film photography; there's nothing quite like it! My style emulates this look so your photos will be gorgeous and timeless, never outdated.

4.

Low-maintenance, high emotion.

I'am a storyteller at heart, inspired by my love of literature and cinema. I put my whole heart into every part of my work, from getting to know you to editing your photos with care and precision. I want my work to reflect my heart for what I do as well as all the emotion and love I'm capturing in the lens. I also fully believe a photoshoot should be fun, laid-back, no stress!

Did we just become best friends?

coffee order

enneagram

mbti

dogs or cats

favorite book

countries visited

favorite place

guilty pleasure

on repeat

INFJ

four

oat latte

cats

Selling Sunset

Little Women

7

Taylor, always

Paris

coffee order

oat latte

enneagram

four

favorite place

Paris

On repeat

Taylor,
always!

FAVORITE BOOK

Little
Women

MEYERS-BRIGGS

INFJ

countries visited

7

guilty pleasure

Selling
Sunset

dogs or cats

cats

quick facts

Photography is silent storytelling, and I want to help my clients' stories come to life in a real, authentic way that is unique to them. I want them to feel beautiful and experience joy each time they look at their pictures. My faith informs a lot of what I do in life, and one of my favorite things about God is knowing how creative He is and how He made us to be creative, too. I love photography because it allows me to tap into that creative purpose. I used to feel weird that I felt so deeply, or saw beauty in so many random things. But now I see it as my strength, and I hope to use that strength to create images that really capture the essence of who my clients are. I also aim to stretch myself creatively and inspire my clients to do the same, because I believe some of the most valuable photos we can have are the ones we're not looking at the camera, because we're feeling and living that moment as it happens. I also want my clients to have a blast with the whole experience. Photos should be filled with real joy, and I will do everything I can to make sure your time with me is not stressful or exhausting, but fun and exciting. :)

My Philosophy

Let's plan your dream wedding

Find me on Instagram @staceyvandas