Serving in the military is a family tradition for Stacy, but when it came time to choose an occupation within the military Stacy knew she wanted to do something creative, but it was photography that chose her.
Being Air Force among Army, a woman among men, and being a photographer among people who didn't want to be documented was the trifecta of challenges to overcome when starting out as a combat photographer.
As a combat photographer you are sometimes forced to make tough choices in extremely chaotic, dangerous, and stressful situations. It can be really tough to keep putting the mission first in the face of huge loss.
From the gear to pushing through the pain of injury, Stacy shares some of her thinking about what being a combat photographer means to her.
The journey from a medical retirement to civilian life is challenging for all veterans in different ways. While in rehab for her injuries Stacy found that her photography offered her a new opportunity for healing, growth, and fulfillment.