meet Stacy

Well, that’s me up there. That beautiful image was taken by my friend and mentor, Michele Anderson. She rocks my world.

I am Stacy Krager, owner/photographer at Anastasia Marie Photography. I love photography. My passion is photography. It is (and really always has been) that one thing for me that gives me butterflies and makes my heart skip a beat. It literally take my breath away. One of my clients once gave me the best compliment I could ever be given when she said, “you were just made to photograph life!”…goosebumps! I get so much joy out of what I do every day, it reaches in and touches my heart and soul.

I think of myself as a generally creative person, always trying to do the DIY thing or cooking or doing simple crafty home things. (hello Pinterest!) I love that by ‘creating’ photographs for my clients, I am creating something useful. Something that will stay with them for their lifetime. It’s not a ‘wasted’ creation. Not that anything is really wasted, but when I’ve got three drawers full of ‘creations’ I’ve knitted that will never see the light of day again, it’s so good to know that what I create with my camera actually means something to someone.

I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, but moved down state to go to college at Bradley University where I double majored in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics and Photography…nice combo huh? Then my would-be husband started working at Caterpillar and now we’re stuck here. I miss my Chicago suburbs dearly!

And what would a ‘meet Stacy’ page be without a shout out to my beautiful family. My husband is the reason it is possible for me to have my dream job. He is supportive in every way possible and I love him so much for that. My daughter is my muse. Everything in this world is new to her and she helps me see things that way. She takes the time to stop and notice the small things that we pass by every day. And that is my goal in everything I photograph. To take notice of the normal, mundane, every day things that will mean so much to us 20 or 30 years down the road. She will be getting a baby brother in May and we can’t wait to see what wonderful things are in store for us!