Photo by Stacy Pearsall

Stacy L. Pearsall got her start as an Air Force photographer at the age of 17. During her time in service, she traveled to over 41 countries, and attended the Military Photojournalism Program at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University from which she is a 50 Forward distinguished graduate. During three combat tours, she earned the Bronze Star Medal and Air Force Commendation with Valor for combat actions in Iraq. Though combat disabled and retired from military service, Pearsall has not let her disabilities hold her back. With her service animal America’s VetDogs Charlie by her side, she continues to work worldwide as an independent photographer and is an author, educator, military consultant, BRAVO748 public speaker and founder of the Veterans Portrait Project

Pearsall is a ​Nikon, ​Manfrotto and Spider Holster Ambassador as well as an ​Ilford Master. Her work has been exhibited at The Woodruff Arts CenterThe Pentagon, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum among numerous other galleries and venues. She is one of only three women to win National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Military Photographer of the Year competition, and the first woman to earn it twice. She’s authored two books – Shooter: Combat from Behind the Cameraand A Photojournalist’s Field Guide: In the Trenches with Stacy Pearsall both of which have earned international acclaim. 

She’s been presented with the Jefferson Award and Hill Vets 100Artist of the Year, honored with the Daughters of the American Revolution Margaret Cochran Corbin Award and the Girl Scout’s Woman of Distinction Award, lauded by President Barack Obama as a White House as a Champion of Change, and she holds an honorary doctoral degree in journalism from The Citadel. Pearsall has served as a nominating juror for the Pulitzer Prize and held a presidential-appointed board member position for the NPPA.

Pearsall began the PDN “Personal Project” award-winning series Veterans Portrait Project (VPP) in 2008 while rehabilitated from the combat injuries sustained in Iraq. While spending hours in VA waiting rooms surrounded by veterans from every generation and branch of service, she was compelled to honor and thank them in the only way she knows how, photography. Since 2008, she’s traveled coast to coast with the VPP and has documented roughly 7,500 veterans in over 150+ engagements. 


To book Stacy for a speaking engagement, please contact Jamie S. Burton of BRAVO 748 Military and Combat Speaker Consortium

Follow Stacy:

Personal Website: www.stacypearsall.com

Facebook: @StacyLPearsall

Instagram: @SLPearsall

Twitter: @StacyPearsall

Follow the VPP:

Veterans Portrait Project: www.veteransportraitproject.com

Facebook VPP: @VeteransPortraits

Instagram VPP: @Veterans_Portrait_Project

Twitter VPP: @VetPortraits


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