Hawaii Fine Art photographer Stacey Williams has spent over 25 years shooting expansive, dramatic, and breathtaking imagery from around the world. Her love for nature is beautifully portrayed in ocean, landscape and aerial photography.
How did you start photography?
From a young age I always had a fascination with taking pictures of all kinds of subjects. My passion for photography really expanded in high school where I lived in a dark room (yes we had dark rooms where we developed 35 mm film images manually back then). I loved it so much I then volunteered to be the photography editor for my high school yearbook. In my hometown of Lancaster, PA I often took photos of horses, barns and any other interesting subjects I could find.
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What are your inspirations?
These days I’m mostly inspired by the breathtaking beauty that surrounds me on the island of Oahu, which is where I have lived the past 3 years. From the "mauka to makai” (meaning mountain to ocean in Hawaiian language) I’m in awe. In the winter months you can find me taking drone shots of massive waves on Oahu’s north shore and I spend a lot of time climbing mountains to get the perfect shot.
Who's work or individual has influenced you most?
I’m inspired most by my fellow photographers in Hawaii. Many of us know each other, shoot together and often help each other to get better at our craft. I really enjoy the collaboration and have learned so much from it.
Where is the most beautiful/favorite/
I’d have to say the island of Kauai. Kauai is a magical place of epic hikes and some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen.
What type of cameras do you shoot with?
I shoot with a Sony A7Riii mirrorless camera - usually with Sony GMaster lenses 24-70 2.8 or 70-200 2.8. In addition to that I often have one or two of my drones with me - currently shooting with the DJI Mavic Pro 2 and Mini 2.
What is your favorite subject to photograph?
Typically I’d have to say a sunrise or sunset beach landscape, however recently my favorite subject has been shooting women in HI Flying Dresses. These HI Flying Dresses empower women and I like to say they are where "high fashion meets adventure photography”. I’m currently doing these shoots on Oahu for locals and tourists who visit.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography to me is more than an art, it’s a way of life. I literally see the world differently because I am always looking for that next shot or those scenes that would make an epic photograph. Photography is an expression - nothing gives me greater joy than being able to share the beauty of my island home with the world through my lens.
More of her work can be viewed at www.staceywilliamsgallery.com.