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Lodi photographer Staci Takach finds her own style, with an edgy and vintage twist

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Posted: Friday, August 12, 2011 8:29 am

Lodi photographer Staci Takach sits on a white and pink Mexican blanket in middle of a meadow in the Lodi Lake Nature Area, one of her favorite local spots. She is surrounded by her collection of cameras, like her 35mm Holga and her favorite, a Brownie Hawkeye with a brand new flash bulb. It’s Takach’s turn to be in front of the camera, but she can’t resist turning the lens on the photographer and sneaking in a few pictures of her own. 

Takach, the 26-year-old photographer from Lodi, is lively and fun and has a love for anything vintage — just like her photography.

“I’m obsessed with everything vintage, and I try to recreate some vintage quality,” she said.

Takach’s style of photography — whether she is shooting a wedding, a model, children or her personal life — has a vintage and retro edge popular in photography right now, but Takach’s own artsy style and vision makes her work her own. The vintage look follows through from the appearance of the people she shoots — from makeup to location, and goes through her editing process to the finished product.

As a child growing up in Lodi, Takach became interested in photography after seeing her father use an old Canon film camera to chronicle their family time. The curiosity grew when she was a student at Lodi High School, and she would see students from the photography class in the hallway with their test strips of film. She wanted to know: How does the image get from life to paper? 

“I was like, ‘I have to do it,’” she said. “‘I have to take photography.’”

Soon, she was enrolled in a photography class at Lodi High, shooting assignments and her friends with her dad’s film Canon. 

After high school, she continued studying the camera, natural lighting, studio lighting and her craft at San Joaquin Delta College and California State University, Sacramento, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in photography.

Staci’s photography reflects her own loves — colorful images that have a bit of edge or vintage texture added in. One of her favorite shoots was vintage Hollywood and film noir-inspired, and included pin-up models done up complete with cropped bangs, corsets, plenty of tattoos, red lips and sass. 

The artistic look is a photography trend that is popular but not for every client. The photos might have a hazy or sun-splashed feel. They may be edited in Photoshop to get that soft retro ’60s or ’70s film quality, slightly more saturated or artistically grainy. 

“If you like the arts and appreciate the art, then you can appreciate (this style),” she said. 

Takach keeps busy behind the camera, meeting with clients or even editing photos for her photography blog at www.stacitakach.com. There, she shares glimpses of photo shoots and her process. She also shares her life, from her obsession with iced tea to road trips to Palm Springs and Joshua Tree.

Aside from shooting, Takach’s favorite part is watching the image transform in the editing process. While many photographers use actions, Photoshop buttons that change the feel of a photo, Takach’s photo edits are all her own, created by her. It’s what she refers to as “the magic.”

Contact Lodi Living editor Lauren Nelson at laurenn@lodinews.com.

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