Hi there! My name is Marcy Vanegas and I am a Photographer

I am nothing but proud and honored to call myself that.  A Photographer. From what you have seen on the front page of this website, most of my work derives from documenting weddings.  As my business grows, the relationship I have with clients grows.  I feel honored to be a part of that.  To me, I have one of the best jobs on earth!  I get to be a part of a person's life and I get to see their family expand.  With a camera by my side, I feel pretty darn lucky to do what I do. I reside in the heart of South Florida in a city called Fort Lauderdale.  Half of my business is local and the other half takes me all over the United States.  My career puts two of my favorite things together; photography and traveling.  Currently my husband and I are going through what is called "empty nest syndrome".  This phase in my life allows me to travel for my job.  

Outside of my career, I have a pretty cool family of own.  I am a wife and mother of an awesome family.  I married the second time around at a point of my life when I thought it would never happen.  I met my husband when I was a single mom of four boys.  Never did think I would be handed love a second time around nor did I think I would find someone who would want to marry me with four boys.  Life is funny that way, isn't it?  I've been married for 13 years and I am currently going through that wretched, 'empty nest syndrome'.  All of my boys are gone from the nest.  Though there are feelings of sadness, I can't help to feel as well proud of the fruits of my labor.  My oldest is Autistic and in the younger years, my goal was to make sure that he would be happy, independent and self sufficient.  He is a talented musician and I am nothing but proud of all his accomplishments.  My second oldest is living in Portland, OR (the others are local) and holidays aren't the same since he isn't around as much.  My third son decided in high school that he wanted to serve his country by going to the Army.  Needless to say, every fear came at me like any mother would have thought.  He is now in the Reserves serving his country proudly and going to college.  My youngest is away at school too. Speaking of school, my husband decided to go back after getting laid off for the third time.  He has my deepest respects for the courage to make a change.  After all the older we get, the harder it is to make changes in your life.  For three years, he would wake up in the wee hours of the morning, drive to Miami to get to class on time.  Once he was done, he would wiz off to go to Fort Lauderdale and work.  He graduated recently and now studying for his license.  God willing, he will have a new career to look forward this year.  As for me, I have been photographing since I was in my teens.  It was always a "side job" because I had the fear that I wasn't good enough to do this full time.  Once the kids left the nest, I took a leap of faith and I started to photograph full time and I've never been happier.  My choice of camera is Nikon.   No need to get in depth of what brand is best; that is what I always used and always will.  I love my Nikon camera and lens.  I have had the honor to attend numerous workshops and get mentored by some pretty incredible Photographers both local and nation wide.  I am always learning new styles and techniques and I guess you can say that I am the type of person that believes that you are never too old to learn something new.  In the midst of taking on the role of a full time Photographer, I made the decision to go back to college as well.  My goal is to complete my bachelors and perhaps teach.  My favorite colors are purple, red and olive.  I love to watch documentaries, I have an incredible love for travel and I love to cook.  

So that is me in a nutshell.  My first love is my family and my secondary is Photography.  My style tends to lean me on a documentary style of photography.  That came out of the kids hating to have their photograph taken.  To this day when I bring out the camera, they still roll their eyes.  I learned to do it discreetly and go in a corner and observe.  This style allows me to tell a story rather than having photographs that are posed.  Having a family, I realize that it is important to document moments.  That is where my awareness comes in.  When I see a bride has her grandmother alive, I make sure that I photograph them together.  I lost my Grandmother many years ago and to this day I still miss her.  She got to see me through my youth and my adult life.  She saw me graduate high school, get married and become a mother.  Those photographs I have of her are so precious to me.  This is what I have in the back of my mind when I see that grandma is there for her grand daughter's wedding and I do my best to capture that.  That's just one example on how much I regard my job as a Photographer.  

Well, I hope that you were able to grasp a part of me.  I would like to get to know a little about you!  Take a look at my work and if you like what you see, I would love to chat!  The more I know of you and your family, the more that I can deliver to you the best images of you, your family and of your special moments in life.  Thanks for stopping by!