Hello Kara Reichart and myself, Jessica VanTassel are the lead shooters of Stout Studios and we are excited you’re considering us! 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. Photography is an extension of our hearts and minds and we simply couldn’t imagine life without a camera.
Jessica began photographing weddings in 2005 as the sole shooter of Stout Photography. In 2014, after graduating SCAD University with a major in photography, Kara joined the team as a senior lead photographer. Kara and Jessica both photograph weddings independently as lead photographers. Together with the support of our second shooters, Jes, Chris, Eric, and Holly, we’ve grown into a multi-photographer studio. We wanted a name that reflected our team effort and so we decided to change our name from Stout Photography to Stout Studios.
Kara and I are so honored you’re considering us to document your wedding or portrait session and are looking forward to talking more with you!
Deanna + Tommy married at the White Room in St. Augustine on an absolutely beautiful, but a chilly day earlier this month. We love Deanna + Tommy for their sweet and gentle personalities. They were so kind and wonderful to work with. We loved being able to document their day at the White Room in... View All Images
Emily + Justin are sincere, authentic, genuine and an absolute blast! We photographed their wedding at The Clay Theatre which is an absolutely incredible, modern and unique new venue in the Jacksonville area. There is nothing else like it. Every detail of Clay Theatre was clearly handpicked and is perfectly cohesive. Emily + Justin’s wedding... View All Images
– Taylor + Sean are married! They chose to tie the knot at The Fountain of Youth in the beautiful, historic, St Augustine, Florida! Although Taylor + Sean live in Wisconsin actually met in Florida while Sean was living in St Augustine and dated long distance for the longest time. After a few years of... View All Images
Sarah + Zachary are just simply put, good people. They are kind and considerate and have a way of making you feel cared for. We were honored to be part of the planning process and document their wedding at the Casa Marina Hotel on an absolutely beautiful winter day in Jacksonville Beach. We loved their... 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.