Today we’d like to introduce you to Stacee Starr.
Hi Stacee, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I started exploring photography as a teenager. I was lucky enough to have access to a darkroom and film supplies at my high school, along with a teacher willing to let me spend some extra time working after hours.
Over time, I fell in love with the science behind balancing light and emphasizing my favorite features in life. It helped me find the beauty in nature, in people, and in myself. Over the years, I found my eye was unique and appreciated by my creative peers. I started working with people I respect and revere as artists, finding my stride and finding how to contribute in a creative sense.
Money was always a goal, but I felt that couldn’t be my only goal. For a while, I avoided paid shoots and gigs just because I wanted to enjoy myself without any pressure. Now, I see what I do and I see value. Pay your artists!!
I’m thankful that I’ve been able to learn and grow through photos. Years later, after hours in the studio and countless shoots, I’m happy to call myself a photographer.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I can’t say the road has been smooth. I have tons of interests, so there were times where I put my camera away for a few months and explored other avenues. Podcasting, modeling, corporate work… but it’s a choice to come back to something so volatile yet so rewarding.
I’m an (over)thinker in most cases, so in my early twenties, I would often distract myself with my own ideas.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I tend to call myself a photographer based on my trade. However, I find myself to be more of a creative director when it comes to things outside of photography.
I’ve helped orchestrate music videos, documentary shoots, events as well as community engagement seminars to help keep people engaged and involved. The direction and tone of my work is often dramatic, dark, and ominous.
I’m most proud of my ability to make something out of nothing. I’ve been given little to work within the past, and in hindsight, I find I was able to create some of my best work in those moments. Pure determination and my willingness to “get it right” sets me apart. “If it’s for the shot, it’s worth it.”
If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I was focused on school, into the sciences, and music. I grew up in the inner city, so “the arts” wasn’t always the first thing you expect someone to be into. I started with music primarily, and this turned slowly into drawing and into photography.
I was introspective, I kept journals and sketchbooks throughout my teens. I remember feeling raw emotion at the museum as a kid, and thinking something was wrong with me haha. I wanted to be cool, but I wanted to me, too.
- $95/2 hour shoot
- $150/3 hour event
- $300/Full-day event
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