Welcome to a peek inside my glorious chaotic life and the journey that brought me here.
Hello, I’m Staci (the L stands for Lane for those that wonder)! For me, contentment is in being a mom, grounding myself with spirituality, photographing people, interior design (fancy words for making a house feel like home), and fashion of course.
Over the years, my life and career have taken me to New York City, Miami and now the suburbs of Atlanta. In each new city, I’ve been both humbled and blessed to engage in meaningful, creative work which has continued to fuel my innate passion for learning the art of Photography. I’ve spent over a decade working with and being mentored by some of the most amazing photographers in the world. I have attended more college courses, conferences, workshops, webinars and trainings than I can count (no, truly, I have genuinely lost count).
Life has a funny, not so funny, way of inserting unexpected and unwelcome change into our lives. I debated (OVER THINKER, YES!) blogging about any of this, and was advised not too, but I will. Because, well, IT. IS. ME. and I want to Keep It Real.
Four years ago, my life changed suddenly.
In a moment’s notice, my course had shifted. Following that in December 2015, my 65 year old mother, the heart and soul of my life, was diagnosed with brain cancer. Her specific cancer, Glioblastoma, was terminal. It holds a 2% survival rate three years after diagnosis and carries with it a host of symptoms that effect the whole body: mind, speech, hearing, eyesight and mobility.
Suddenly, the woman who always assured everyone that “all will be okay” was not okay. As one can only begin to imagine, I began to experience an uncertainty that eludes reason and the kind of heartache you feel in your bones. She was the one person who inspired and motivated me to grow without any barriers. During this time I often sat quietly while holding her hand, hoping to offer her strength in return.
We often reflected on the moments that have shaped me into who I am today. When she passed away on July 16, my world stopped. The one person who served as my pillar of confidence and reassurance in every aspect of my life was suddenly removed from my everyday.
I’ve been silent about this for many reasons, primarily because language is limited when expressing the depth of my grief. My mom graciously allowed me to photograph her journey and I will share it when I feel the time is right. We all need an outlet in times of pain and for me artistic expression has proven to be my most meaningful coping mechanism.
The process of creating portraits has allowed me to focus on giving a piece of my life some sense of permanence.
My journey of joy, pain, euphoria and grief have magnified my love for photography. My mom’s passing has deepened my perspective and re-defined my values, giving me a new appreciation of a photograph’s ability to solidify a moment even while everything else is continually moving.
There’s something about capturing one’s soul
(often through the eyes if you study my work) I find so powerful and important, and ultimately why I love portrait work. What can be captured in a mere moment remains alive for a lifetime.
Personally and professionally, the past year has been a powerful restoration of what makes my heart come alive and finding what endures. Through my journey, my professional identity evolved just like my personal.
My passions merged together, but I’ve found that simplifying my brand has opened up a plethora of possibilities and I’m overwhelmed with excitement about exploring this area in further depth. My re-brand focuses specifically on Photography–crafting an art that transcends both current trends and portrays the story we wish we could tell when words are fleeting.
I have found my visual voice. I want to make others feel perfectly imperfect and worthy.
Some of my clients weep when they see their images. It is a mirror to their own beauty and strength. I create a fun and unique experience for each client. From stepping inside my quaint studio, to the fun wardrobe consultation (did I mention I LOVE fashion and styling shoots just as much as photographing them?), to completing the final hand edit; you can be sure that your own story will shine through my lens for years to come. My photography has been described by clients as timeless, eloquent and sophisticated. I can’t begin to describe how refreshing it feels now that my new brand finally matches my work. It’s a beautiful synchronicity that I can’t wait to share.
As Dolly Parton says, “Storms make trees take deeper roots,” and seriously, who doesn’t just love Dolly? If nothing else, the last few years have taught me,
Life must be celebrated and documented
and that losing love doesn’t have to define you, however, it does change the lens in which one views life. And let’s not forget the importance of wearing waterproof mascara.
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