This week’s DBMH photographer crush is Stacie Carr! Stacie is a rad intimate wedding and elopement photographer based out of Vancouver. Check out what she has to say about herself, her inspiration, and her goals!
Where are you sitting as you are writing this right now? How’s your day going? How are you feeling?
I am sitting in my new cozy mid-century modern inspired apartment sipping on a freshly brewed coffee with beans from my last trip to Mexico. It is a pretty typical PNW day in Vancouver (rainy + moody), which makes for the absolute perfect time to catch up on some editing and bust out the comfiest of over-sized sweatshirts.
To those that might not know you just yet, please introduce yourself – Who are you? Cat or dog person? What’s your photography style?
Hi guys! So I am Stacie Carr, an intimate wedding + elopement photographer based out of Vancouver, Canada. I was drawn to the ocean and mountains having grown up in the Canadian prairies on a grain and cattle farm. I can’t get enough of the hiking and exploring adventures that come with living near the mountains. I love to travel and I am so grateful to be able to do quite a few destination weddings each year, allowing me to explore many different parts of the world. I’m also a bit of an adrenaline junkie and love flying through the air on either a snowboard or wakeboard and slalom waterskiing on the lakes in Saskatchewan.
I am definitely a dog person. I don’t have anything against cats but I’ve always had dogs as pets growing up. They just make the best of friends and are always just so excited to see you!
I would describe my photography style as real. I love capturing that genuine connection between two people and just having a ton of fun with my couples. I’m not a super serious person so it is easy for me to joke around with my couples to get them comfortable then later on in the session I can get them to be more intimate after gaining a greater level of comfort.
Can you show us 1 or 2 photographs that are particularly meaningful to you and share the story behind them?
These two photographs are meaningful to me because I feel like it was a huge moment in my career as a photographer. I quit my corporate job as a geotechnical engineer three years ago to pursue the unknown world of owning my own business as a wedding photographer. This jump was super scary to say the least and has been a complete roller coaster ride adventure.
When Emily + Tyler asked me to photograph their engagement photos and mentioned casually we would be taking a helicopter to the top of a nearby mountain, I didn’t realize how truly magical this experience would be. It was my first time riding in a helicopter (I am a SUPER small town farm kid who didn’t even go on my first airplane till I was 18 years old). I felt like a kid on Christmas. This shoot was one of the most incredible experiences of my life, doing something I am so passionate about, on the top of a freaking mountain with the most epic sunset we could have ever asked for. If that moment doesn’t give you the holy crap, THIS. IS. MY. JOB., kind of feeling, then I don’t know what will!!! It was one of the first times that I truly felt like I had “made it”.
What role does Instagram play for you as a photographer? Is it important for your business?
Instagram has been incredibly beneficial to my business. Not only has it brought the photography community together, creating a connected network of creatives from around the world, it has also enabled us to have a curated mobile portfolio. I would consider Instagram to be the modern day business card. When I meet people for the first time I am more likely give them my Instagram handle than an actual card. They will learn so much more about my brand and identity by reading my bio and scrolling through my feed. About three quarters of my wedding inquiries come from Instagram and the other quarter come from referrals from either past clients or photographers that I have networked with via Instagram and other social platforms.
If you had to pick just one thing, what would you say you love the most about being a wedding photographer?
The food. JK, JK – but actually, it is always the best meal of the week in busy season. I love the freedom. I love being able to travel for my job and work remotely with ease. Working from home in my robe and slippers. Most importantly though, spending the best day of so many people’s lives with them and having them trust in me to capture all of the special moments. OK I guess I couldn’t just pick ONE thing, but seriously, is there a better job in the world?!
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced that could be a helpful lesson for other photographers?
Finding and booking the ideal client. When most people are first getting into photography, it is easy to photograph anything and everything people ask you to shoot which in turn, you end up photographing things that might pay the bills, but leave you feeling lost and uninspired in you work. Once I started only sharing the type of content I wanted to shoot, my ideal clients started to find me and my passion for my work grew exponentially.
Who or what inspires you?
I get a ton of inspiration in my travels. Exploring the culture in different countries, watching how people interact and go about their day-to-day fuels my creative fire. I’m totally that creeper in the coffee shop just watching people interact. When I return from a trip I have so much more energy to create unique content.
What are your dreams for the future of your career?
We are so fortunate in this industry that our work is very portable. All you really need is your camera gear, a couple reliable external hard drives and a computer. This past year I was able to travel to some pretty rad destinations for weddings. I found myself in Bali for the month of September and worked a few days at a co-working space called Dojo. I met a number of “digital nomads” while I was travelling in that area and I would love to one day be travelling full time, wherever the wedding bookings take me.