Today we’d like to introduce you to Stacey Lamb.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Stacey. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My story begins like many–I picked up a camera when I was a kid and have been in love with it ever since. I shot disposables when I was young, switched to a 35 mm film camera in high school and eventually upgraded to a DSLR right before college. I originally went to Florida State University to study Hospitality, but I took one economics class and knew it wasn’t for me. Numbers? What are those? After my first semester, I switched to Studio Art.
Throughout my four years, I explored various mediums but was always drawn to Photography. I took photos of friends in the forests and dirt roads of Tallahassee, truly just exploring and experimenting. It wasn’t until my senior year that I realized I wanted to make a real career out of Photography. Get paid to do what I love?! Wild!!
When I graduated, I decided to take the next step and dive even further into Photography. I spent the next year studying Studio Lighting at Speos Photographic Institute in Paris, France. After I spent all of my money on food (croissants), drinks (wine) and clothes (so many vintage coats), I moved home to Jacksonville, Florida to save money and figure out my next move. After two years of waitressing and retail, I moved to Brooklyn. I never truly understood the word “hustle” until I moved to New York.
I shot as often as I could and managed to secure a few clients and odd jobs. Unfortunately, my style doesn’t scream “New York!” and I’m a beach bum at heart, so after three years, I made the move to LA. I’ve been in LA for a year now and I can’t see myself leaving anytime soon. I’m continuing to grow and learn each day–that’s something I love about Photography. It’s not an easy career, but it is 100% worth it. Now that I feel like I’ve finally found my place, I’m excited to see what the future has in store for me!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There have been many trials and tribulations along the way, but I truly believe I’ve learned more from my mistakes than my successes.
The hardest part for me has been the business side of things. Creatively and technically, I feel pretty confident. When it comes to numbers, technicalities and marketing, I’ve always struggled. Running your own business comes with a lot of responsibilities and I’ve had to learn nearly everything on my own. Thank you Google and Youtube!
Comparison has been a bit of a struggle for me too. I try my hardest not to get caught up in what everyone else is doing, but it’s tough. Social media makes it challenging to stay in my own lane, so I’ve tried to curate the people I follow to ensure a healthy and happy place. I’m still learning and figuring it out, but I have a good attitude and I know things will work out if I keep a positive outlook and continue to hustle.
Please tell us more about your work.
I am a photographer who specializes in Portraiture, Lifestyle Fashion and Creative Product Photography. My style can be described as simple, natural and dreamy. I’m drawn to neutrals, pops of color and beautiful humans of all shapes and complexions. I have an affinity for soft light, mother nature and timeless moments.
I help brands bring their vision to life, models build their portfolios, actors get the perfect headshot and everyday people feel comfortable on camera. My goal is to tell my clients’ stories, however, they wish!
I am also a self-taught Illustrator and work on creative social media content, infographics and Instagram Highlight Icons.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I don’t regret moving to New York, but deep down I’ve always known LA is a better fit for me. Part of me wishes I had followed my gut from the start, but an even bigger part of me believes everything happens for a reason. Each decision I’ve made has led me to where I am now, and for that I’m thankful.
- Website: www.staceylambphotography.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/staceylambphotography/?hl=en
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/StaceyLambPhoto?lang=en
Models: Rianna (Nous Models), Gyenyame (Margaux), Neha (Meraki Models), Liv (Freedom Models), Jenna (Freedom Models), Courtney (Margaux)