Hello and thank you for considering Stout Studios! We have a deep passion for the fleeting moment. We are drawn to love, laughter, energy and light. We strongly believe in honest photography and understand it is our responsibility to document your story, without becoming part of the story.
My name is Jessica VanTassel and I am the owner and a senior lead photographer of Stout Studios. In 2005 I established Stout Photography. In just a few years, we quickly grew to be one of the busiest wedding photography studios. In 2014, after graduating SCAD University with a major in photography, Kara joined the team as a senior lead photographer. Finally, in 2016 we added Chris as an associate photographer. As our team had established as a multi-photographer studio we decided to change our name to Stout Studios. Together with our co-shooters, Holly, Jes, and Eric, we make up Stout Studios.
Vanessa + Alejandro married at one of the newest reception venues in St. Augustine, the Lightner Museum! We loved these two for their enthusiasm, big hearts, infectious smiles and their non-stop celebration with their family and friends! This was our first wedding of the year and it was a perfect way to kick off the... View All Images
Five years ago I received an inquiry from a couple looking for a photographer. That email would ultimately lead to the honor of photographing one of the most touching ceremonies of my career. Fast forward, Ariel + Hilary have become two of our dearest friends. These girls are transparent and unapologetically authentic, driven and hard... View All Images
Kristen + Ashley held their Phantom of the Opera themed wedding at the Treasury on the Plaza in St. Augustine, Florida. The two girls met at a bar in San Diego and have been on an inseparable journey traveling the world together even since. We were so honored to work with this sweet... View All Images
Amy + Pat
My husband and I are not huge fans of taking photos, but Jessica made our experience so much fun and produced unbelievable pictures. My husband and I owe Jessica a million thanks not only for our photos, but also for allowing us to truly have the time to enjoy our wedding! We decided to do a first look, which meant all we had were family photos to complete during cocktail hour. No lie...our family photos (not a small family either) were done in 10 minutes (and looked great)! Hence, because of Jessica, we were able to greet all our guests during happy hour and actually party during the reception.
Ariel + Hilary
I will rave for years about the quality of work Jessica provides. Her photos will bring you to tears and make you smile from ear to ear at the same time. Thanks to her, my wife and I will be able to look back and relive our wedding day for the rest of our lives. She is very professional and experienced in not only the photography field, but being able to keep your wedding day on schedule. Jess is great with families, kids and all around a great guest to have in attendance.
Melanie + Allan
Throughout the entire process (planning, arriving, pre-wedding photography, the main event, and then follow-up) Jess has been a dream. She has an eye for capturing special, candid moments, as well as a rare ability to frame posed photographs in a natural way. The most difficult part of having Jess as a photographer was, without a doubt, narrowing down our selection of photographs for our album; there are just so many beautiful photos! Beyond her talent and artistry, Jess is professional, personable, and fun to be around. She slipped into our wedding events with ease and grace and felt like a natural guest.