We had the good fortune of connecting with Lacey Vandermeer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lacey, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
The main reason I keep going is because I really love what I do and it’s really rewarding when you have repeat clients wanting to book photos again and continue to work with me. This year with the pandemic, it has made everything very challenging with all small businesses. At times it’s easy to feel defeated with less work, but instead I try to remain flexible and find new ways to work and keep pushing forward. I am trying to do more landscape photography, taking pictures of local street art and local areas of Denver with the protestors and working on making my art standout from the rest. I think one way to make sure you keep going is to keep challenging yourself.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My photography is different from others because of my patience and my eye for photography. I love to see the real thing through the camera and make it as natural as possible. I use my digital camera like a film camera. I personally love editing photos, but love the natural feel in my style and I hope my clients and future clients choose me and the rawness of my photography and the difference you see in it from other photographers. How did I get here professionally… well I got here because of wanting to succeed in my passion with photography. Was it easy? I don’t think anything is easy! I honestly think nothing is ever easy and you are always still learning about yourself and your business. If you keep an open mind you will always keep learning and find the most success in yourself. The biggest lesson I have overcome as an artist is to not let negative feedback get to you. Instead, learn from it and become a better photographer. My brand is who I am: patient, a traveler, an explorer, chasing down roads I didn’t think I would go down, but I get the best art from going down those roads and have captured moments that will last a lifetime.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First off I love this question! I love my state and can take you on a wonderful trip. I think the best time to come is at the end of summer. First, I would have to take you to a few of my favorite breweries in Denver, like Ratio Beerworks, OMF, and Little Machine, and grab food from a food truck. Show you my favorite murals through the city where I take people on tours to capture their personalities in front of the camera. Then we would head out early see Red Rocks and head west on I-70 with a quick stop in Georgetown and then on to Dillon in the mountains. Dillon is where we will sit at the tiki bar (if it is summer), taking in the views of Lake Dillon. Grab dinner at A-Cafe or at the Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge. After Dillon, we’d enjoy a riverside latte the next morning at Red Buffalo in Silverthorne and hop back in the car and head west to Aspen start to see the fall foliage on the aspen trees and ride the ski lift up in Aspen…eating and drinking our way through downtown, looking through galleries. Then off towards Grand Junction where we can do a tasting at the wineries in Palisade and then head to a final stop in Telluride and Ouray for a couple days, which are one of my favorite parts of the US. The little Italian restaurant off main street….enjoying the hiking on Bridal falls. Colorado is an amazing place to not only visit, but to live. As you can tell, I love being a photographer in this state and love capturing the incredible landscapes!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to say my support comes from a few people but I have to say that this shoutout will go to my friend John Yager. When feeling like I was failing, he told me to not give up, to keep going and not quit because I am talented and do a great job with photography and with my clients. Thank you Johnny, you have really helped me feel the power behind my camera.
First image: Me taken by Sarah Harker