Podcasts I've been Listening to Lately

Now that I live in LA, I’m officially married to my car. Honestly, I don’t hate it. Sometimes I miss public transportation, but then I remember that one time the seemingly cute old woman pushed me off the crowded train, or the homeless man took up an entire row for his afternoon nap, or I stepped in actual human urine. My commute now is the same amount of time, if not shorter, and it’s a hell of a lot more relaxing. I have my music, my podcasts, the freedom to sing at the top of my lungs, my snacks, and door to door service. I could go on and on about this (clearly) but I’ll get on with the post…

Podcasts. Since I’m in a serious relationship with my car, I’ve gotten super into podcasts. I also enjoy them while cooking, walking around the neighborhood, sitting on the beach and more. It’s nice to educate myself while doing other things—how productive! Adulting! I’m still a big music fan, but some days I want to learn something new.

Here are a few podcasts on my weekly lineup. Let me know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!

1. It Starts With a Click by Olivia Bossert.

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This one is especially great if you’re also a fashion photographer. Or any other photographer, for that matter. Olivia’s lovely British accent makes for easy listening, and each episode is super engaging and helpful. She interviews various photographers and creatives, while also offering her own business and marketing advice. I especially love hearing a female’s point of view in a male dominated industry. Highly recommend if you’re starting or looking to grow your photography business!

2. How I Built This with Guy Raz.

This is the first podcast I ever got into that sparked my interest in others. Like Olivia, Guy Araz has a nice listening voice. That can make or break a podcast for me! In each episode, he interviews a different entrepreneur about their experience building their business from the ground up. His interviewees range from the creators of Warby Parker to the woman behind Drybar. It’s so inspiring to hear how each of these businesses got started. I definitely recommend for any small business owner, self-starter, freelancer, dreamer and whoever!

3. Anne Ortelee’s Weekly Weather.

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If you also like blaming the planets for everything, raise your hand!! But seriously, if you’re into Astrology, this is a great weekly update on the planets and the moon. Sometimes, Anne rambles a little too long for my taste, but the general points to take away are always helpful. If you’re feeling lost or weirdly emotional, Anne probably has some answers!!

4. Optimal Living Daily.

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This is one of my go-to morning podcasts because it’s quick, easy and uplifting. Each day, the host reads various personal development and minimalism blog posts. They never run more than ten minutes, which is great for short attention spans! Such a nice little way to start the day.

5. Highest Self Podcast with Sahara Rose.

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Sahara Rose is a bit out there, but if you are interested in Ayurveda or simply becoming a better version of yourself, she’s worth a listen! As someone who has Crohn’s Disease, Ayurveda has been a great practice to dive into. I still have a lot to learn, and I don’t think I’ll ever follow it 100% but I’m a fan. At the end of the day, it’s all about nourishing your body, thanking it for it’s hard work and practicing mindfulness to take your awareness away from the silly things that cloud our brains.

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Have you listened to any of these podcasts? Do you have any you’d love to recommend? Leave a comment below!

Through the Looking Glass // Driving through Agra, India // A Photo Journal

In 2017, I went to India. I haven’t written much about that trip (yet), because I’m still trying to process it all. India is a country overflowing with people, colors, smells, tastes, architecture, knowledge, stories and all sorts of magic. It’s a trip that will stick with me forever.

Without further ado, here is a little journal entry I wrote about my experience driving through Agra, accompanied by some images that simply don’t do it justice.

It was day two of our fifteen day backpacking journey through India. Sunrise at the Taj Mahal was better than we had hoped for. Next stop: Jaipur. We were in a car with our private driver who told us to call him Uncle. My window was dirty, smeared with fingertips and dust. With the smoggy haze, it was an oddly beautiful combination. India is not pristine, there is so much litter and the conditions are sometimes hard to look at. Yet, it’s shockingly beautiful. The vivid colors of buildings and stunning saris, the simplicity of a day spent lounging with friends, the smiles on even the most rundown faces, the children occupying themselves with silly games--all of these details seem to outshine the negatives. Their lives are simple and people don’t have much—but they’re happy. Happy to be, to live, to take in each moment. It’s a lesson we’re reminded of every day, but don’t always take seriously because we don’t have to. India isn’t perfect, but the people will teach you how truly little we need to be happy. Now that’s beautiful.

All images taken by Stacey Lamb. Agra, India. November 2017.

Playlists on Set: The Best Music for Fashion Photography Shoots

Have you ever been on set without music? I know, that would be weird. Have you ever struggled to pick a playlist? Did you let the model choose and regretted it? Are you looking for something that everyone can sing along or dance to? These playlists are your answer.

Make a quick judgement call at the beginning of each shoot. Asses the team’s energy and the think about the mood you are trying to achieve in your images. Combine these two details to pick the right playlist for the day!

Playlist #1: On Set.

This one is very dancey, with a variety of early 2000s r&b, top 40, and reggae. I know, that might sound weird. Trust me, it’s a crowd pleaser.

Playlist #2: Dancing On Set.

This next playlist is a bit heavier on the electronic music, so you definitely want to make sure it fits with the vibe of your shoot. I’m imagining a fun team and a model who’s moving around a lot!

Playlist #3: Eggs & Bacon.

This one’s for all the morning people and romantics out there. Soft, slowed down, easy music. Perfect for an early morning shoot, to ease into the day peacefully. Also great for a portrait session in which you want your model to stay a bit more still. It’s dreamy and happy music for the bride and groom! The options are endless for this one.

I hope one of these playlists will work for you, and if not, I guess we just have different taste. That’s okay!

I am currently working on a Disco playlist. I’ll be releasing that one and maybe a few more at a later date. Comment below if you have any genre, song or artist suggestions!

Why I moved to LA: A Photo Essay

I’ve been telling the same story for three months now. People always want to know why I left Brooklyn and why I chose LA. It’s a valid question!

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Sometimes my answer is ‘a slower pace of life.’ Sometimes, it’s ‘the sunshine!’ “Seasonal Depression is REAL” is another good one. It really depends on my mood.

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 New York was a beautiful chapter. I’m so happy I had the chance to experience it—but it’s not for me. I felt the same way about living in Paris. Part of me is a city girl, but most of me is not. I need sunshine, ocean breezes, trees, open spaces, and a serious relationship with my car.

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Another big reason was my desire to be somewhere that my work made sense. My photography is colorful, dreamy, soft and definitely not New York. My portfolio pretty much screams “California!” I knew this all along, but I also knew that I needed to live in Brooklyn while I had the energy and desire.

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The most important reason for my move was my health. New York just wasn’t good for me mentally nor physically. Anyone who lives in the city can’t even argue with that. It’s just kind of a fact that New Yorkers have a lot, but a healthy lifestyle is not one of them! My problems aren’t completely solved just yet, but I feel confident in my decision and am truly happy to be where I am. After years of searching for “my place”, it feels pretty damn good to say that!

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I’ve reached a point where I’m starting to truly digest the idea of time. Time is so damn precious. It’s a weird and wild thing. It’s so important that we spend our moments wisely. Live without regrets. Move across the country, without a job, knowing basically no one—why not!! Honestly, it’s been hard and will continue to be. I’m prepared for that. But I know it will be worth it.

All Photos by me, taken in January 2018.

Hello! My name is Stacey.

My name is Stacey Lamb, my closest friends call me Slamb. You can call me that too, but I don’t think we’re quite there yet. I’m a freelance photographer, illustrator and creative human living in Los Angeles, California.

Here is my life summed up into one paragraph: I was born in Bermuda, raised in Massachusetts, did my undergraduate at Florida State University and studied photography in Paris. I ate all the croissants, bought an aggressive number of vintage coats, danced until sunrise and returned to Florida with an empty wallet. I waitressed until my bank account could breathe again, packed up a U-Haul and moved to Brooklyn. I worked my way up from waitress to photographer, like a good struggling artist! I got a job as a photo assistant for a travel magazine and began consistently freelancing fashion photography on the side. Then, I visited LA in the middle of winter and fell in love with this sunny dream boat of a city. Fast forward eight months and I’m living in a cute little bungalow in Culver City.

I’d be lying if I said this was my first blog. I’ve started one before. This time though, I’m here to stay. I have a lineup of posts that I’ve poured a lot of love into and I hope you feel the same. I want to cover a range of topics including photography tips, inspiration, travel photo essays and all things camera nerd. I’m open to ideas, thoughts, constructive criticism, high fives, french fries, etc. Nice to meet you!

Here is a kind of cute, kind of awkward slideshow of personal photos from the past few years. :)