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Captured Stoke uses Elinchrom lighting to take on the challenges of the outdoors while also satisfying the needs and visions of the studio. 


-Elinchrom ELB 400 with two HS heads


-Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL with two heads


-Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT


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Camera bodies & lenses


-Canon R5  &  -Canon 5D mark IV  


-Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM


-Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM


-Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM


-Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

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Capture; noun- to take. In photography: the art of capturing the moment. To freeze a fragment of time and/or beauty. 


Stoke; adjective- to fuel. Stoke ignites passion. When you are stoked, you are intensely enthusiastic. Stoke is happiness.

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Stoke...because without it, life is nothing.

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Despite Vanessa's greyscale theme, you'll find that she is vibrant with energy and passion! 



Her photography career took off in New Zealand during an extended stay of travel and skydiving. She was hired on as the main photographer and videographer at a drop zone on the South Island. During that year, she spent her days jumping out of planes photographing thrill seekers and spent her evenings editing videos with all of the local jumpers hanging around watching like it was movie night! 


That was during the year of 2000 and she continued on for the next 16 years professionally and passionately! 


Captured Stoke began to take shape toward the end of her skydiving career. She retired after well over 16,000  jumps and a much needed neck surgery. It was then that she decided she wanted to expand her portfolio to capture all forms of stoke, life and love!


'VIEW YOUR PHOTO' was the start & began on the trails of bike parks up and down the west coast. It has now expanded to a broad range of sports and events. 


"Candid shots tell the best stories. There is truth and emotion that can never be gained otherwise."


You'll find that Vanessa's style for studio portraits,  boudoir and maternity tend toward a modern minimalist approach. 


"I want all focus on the subject. I remove all distractions to emphasize the beauty in their face and the story in their body language."


For Vanessa, Captured Stoke is a lifestyle as much as it is a business name. Now that you've gotten to know Vanessa a little more, please enjoy some photos of her life & her own personal stoke! 


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