I'm a small town Iowa girl with a big love for city life. I met my husband, Daniel, when he drew my name out of a hat the first week of our freshman year at college in an English class where he had to write a short bio about me. Because of that college classroom encounter we became great friends! Even though everyone else saw the spark way before we did, we never dated in college. It wasn't until 6 years later and 2,028 miles apart, when we finally saw what everyone else had already noticed. Our love story continues and we have added 3 amazing boys along the way. When we aren't managing the regular chaos 3 younger boys regularly bring, we enjoy traveling and taking life relaxed at Lake Okoboji.
I received my BFA in graphic design from Iowa State University where I also studied photography. My graphic design career transitioned into photography over the years which gives me a unique and creative approach to how I see things through the lens. I've been trained by a nationally known photography company where I got my professional photography start but recognize the industry is ever evolving and so I strive to take continuing education classes yearly to keep my craft fresh and up to date with the newest technology.
We believe in capturing real moments and raw emotion. Worried you won't know what to do when you get in front of my camera? Don't worry, my assistant and I will walk you through it with prompts and suggestions of actions to get that true feeling of emotion and not just a forced smile. During your engagement session we will take the time to create images showing your love for each other all while getting to know each other and having fun doing it. On your wedding day we will work together similar to as we did for your engagement session but on a personally crafted timeline so details of the day aren't left out and we keep you on schedule so you truly get to experience your best day ever!
I love everything about love stories, wedding days and relationships and want to create beautiful images for you to keep forever. I'd love to have the opportunity to share more about Stacie Ricklefs Photo + Design and get to know you over a cup of coffee, a cupcake or even a cocktail and hear all about your love story as well as the fabulous details and plans for your wedding day.
While weddings and couples are my main focus, I love and am experienced in photographing a variety of genres. A wedding is just the beginning in someone's love story and there are so many great moments throughout life that I'd love to be considered to capture for you. Please reach out through my contact page and let's connect!