Artist Spotlight: Stacey Lamb
Brooklyn based photographer we’re obsessed with
Unpublished Interview // Stacey Lamb
Being a female photographer in Brooklyn, NY looks like a dream through your photos. How did you get to where you are today?
Thank you, I’m glad you think so! My journey has been a combination of hard work and luck. It started with silly homemade films in elementary school, followed by a film course in high school, and ultimately a BA in Studio Art at Florida State University. Post-graduation, I enrolled in a professional studio photography program in Paris. I fell in love, ate way too many croissants, drank all of the cheap wine and spent nearly all of my money. I returned to Jacksonville, Florida where I waitressed for a few years to save up money to move to this crazy city. Once I moved to NYC, I waitressed for another year until I built up my network and found a job as a photo assistant for a travel magazine. I work three days a week at my day job, and spend the rest of my time freelancing, assisting and jumping on any opportunity I get! This city is really difficult to live in sometimes, but it’s worth it. I’m constantly surrounded by inspiring people who make me want to work even harder. I’m not quite where I want to be, but I’m on my way there!
Your portfolio ranges from portraiture to eats and even collage. What genre do you find to be the most exciting to shoot? Do you have any creative rituals while prepping for specific subject matters?
Portraiture and fashion are my favorites, for sure! I am interested in a lot of different subjects, but would ultimately like to narrow my focus a bit more. I love shooting people, real moments, and beautiful women (sorry boys!!). Music is always my pre & post-shoot ritual. Any song (usually disco) that makes me want to jump up and dance gives me the energy I need for the day!
With the rise of Social Media and the crave for visual content being more noticeable than ever, do you feel the art world, more specifically photography, has been compromised?
Not at all! Social Media, most specifically Instagram, has been a blessing for creatives. Sure, it has its downsides, but if you use it correctly you can reach people you wouldn’t have otherwise. I’ve had numerous job opportunities come about from someone discovering my profile. There are a lot of people trying to recreate the same thing, but if you stay true to your own style, your art won’t be compromised.
You have a fun and playful creative eye that showcases the beauty of your surroundings. How important is the use of light and color in your practice?
Light and color are probably the two most important things in my photography, followed by movement and composition. I grew up in Bermuda, so I’m immediately drawn to bright colors and dreamy sunshine!
When shooting on set or in the field, what is your go-to style? (ie, Do you wear the same jeans every time, are pockets important, is denim your go-to?)
Pockets and comfort are key. I have a cute little jumper I often wear that kind of makes me look like a child, but it’s amazing. There’s a big pocket in the front where I can store my phone, lens cap, styling clips, etc. I also love boyfriend jeans or stretchy cropped flares with a loose tee and sneaks. Flexibility is so important. I spend most of my time bending down in weird positions,
made slightly less strange by the right outfit.
You’ve taken your camera from Bermuda to Turkey and many places in-between; do you have any advice for people that want to document their travels in a more memorable, authentic way?
Don’t focus too much on “getting the shot.” Traveling is about being present and letting the local culture inspire you. Don’t seek out the most “Instagrammed” locations either. Those are overrated, crowded and not original. Keep your phone or camera handy for the moments that
jump out at you. I guarantee they will!