For me, the magic of photography lies in harnessing the power of natural light, transforming even the most mundane location into a captivating stage for my subjects.

So if you're looking for a photographer who can help you tell your story in a way that's honest, heartfelt, and unforgettable, I'd be delighted to chat with you and see what we can create together.

Learn more about me below to see if we will be the perfect fit for each other.

Hi, I’m Stani

an AWARD-WINNING photographer, professional artist, dedicated mother, and an adventure seeker

If you like unconventional, honest, authentic, and organic photos, I’m your person!

If you like adventures in the outdoors, chasing the sunset, light, and shadow, and getting a little dirty with dust and mud I’m your person!

If you are looking for professional service with exceptional customer experience from start to finish with a creative and innovative mind

behind the lense,

I’m your personal photographer!

My Personal Creative Story

If you want to learn more about my creative career below, take a deep breathe cause my story isn't short

Ah, the joys of accents - they can be a source of endless fascination or a cause for confusion and amusement. In my case, if you're ever chatting with me on the phone for the first time, you might detect a hint of something exotic in my voice. Don't worry, it's not a speech impediment - it's just my Bulgarian accent! Born and raised in the Balkans, I grew up surrounded by the rich culture, history, and natural beauty of my homeland, and it's shaped me in countless ways. From the way I see the world, to the way I approach my craft, to the way I interact with people, my heritage is a vital part of who I am. And of course, it makes for some fun conversations when I'm trying to explain my name or my background to folks here in the USA. But in the end, I wouldn't have it any other way - after all, it's what makes me uniquely me.

Well hello there, and welcome to my little corner of the web! My name is Stanislava Georgieva, but if you're finding it a bit of a mouthful, don't worry - you're not alone. When I got married I changed my last name to Kabaivanov, which only added to the fun of trying to explain it to folks here in the USA. That's why I go by the simple and snappy moniker of Stani - it's a nickname that's stuck with me over the years, and I find it suits me just fine. As for who I am and what I'm all about, well, that's a bit of a story in itself. I'm a Bulgarian-born artist and photographer who's made her home in the sunny climes of Northern California.

In the summer of 2022, during a yoga retreat in Bulgaria, I had the pleasure of meeting a woman of Mayan descent from Guatemala. As she glanced at my Mayan calendar, she discerned something that I couldn't ignore: my destiny was one of artistic expression and creative beauty. And so, I invite you to join me on a voyage through my creative life journey, from humble beginnings to the present day's adventures.


or How my photography journey began

Ever since I can remember, art has been an essential part of my life's journey. One of my fondest memories was aspiring to attend a specialized high school that fostered my love for photography. However, the stars didn't align in my favor, and I was left heartbroken by the realization that my lack of connections held me back. But life has a way of leading us to unexpected places, and my journey eventually took me to the vibrant heart of Sofia, where I enrolled in a prestigious high school with a thriving arts program. After completing my high school studies, I applied to Sofia University for Fine Art Pedagogy with high hopes. However, just like my previous attempt to join a specialized photography high school, I faced a similar fate due to the prevailing network culture in Bulgaria at the time. Not one to give up, I found a job at The National Museum of Foreign Arts in Sofia, which allowed me to delve deep into the rich cultural heritage and diverse creative expressions of humanity. The experience kindled a fire within me to explore the world of art further, leading me to apply and be accepted to the esteemed National Academy of Art just a year later. Alas, destiny had its own plans in store for me. In a twist of fate, a green card for the USA was bestowed upon me, presenting me with a monumental crossroads in my life. To stay and pursue my Master's in Art History or to take a leap of faith into the unknown and leave everything behind - my beloved family, cherished friends, and promising future - in pursuit of my dreams in New York City. After much contemplation, as a 20-year-old woman with an adventurous spirit, I decided to take the leap and move to New York, leaving everything behind. It was a tough decision, but I felt that it was an opportunity to immerse myself in a new culture and explore the art world in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. I bought a one-way ticket and embark on a new chapter in my life by moving to New York. It was a daunting and exciting decision, but one that ultimately led me down a path of incredible growth, discovery, and creative expression.

Inspirations: Colors, cultures, traditions


finding my identity, roots and BUILDING self esteem

Ever since I was a young girl, I dreamed of capturing life's moments with a camera of my own. However, in the place I called home, photography has been deemed a luxury beyond my reach. Yet, on one of my teenage birthdays, my grandma gifted me a Smena 8 camera, a low-cost 35mm film camera made in the Soviet Union at that time by LOMO. Despite exposing several rolls of film with that camera, I found that none of them produced the expected results. Instead, the images turned into abstract works of art with unique double exposures. Regrettably, I never quite grasped the technical aspects of operating it. In 2005, when I enrolled at LaGuardia Community College I decided to major in Commercial Photography and finally learn how to use a professional camera. At that time of my life, I was determined to chart my own course, regardless of whether it led to success or failure. In my final year at the community college, I was honored to receive the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Commercial Photography.

In 2010, I completed my BFA degree in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, where I was honored to receive the Rhodes Family Award for Outstanding Achievement in Photography. During my studies, I developed a strong interest in the realm of fine art photography, specifically works that explore the existential and mundane social issues of our daily lives. For my thesis project, I created a collection of photographs that were subsequently published and exhibited in both the United States and Bulgaria. This was a significant milestone in my journey as a photographer at the time. While I was still an undergraduate student, I began working as a photographer, capturing weddings and social events, and business and political events for the New York Observer. This presented a wonderful opportunity to merge my passion for human interaction, social life, and traditions with my academic pursuits.

I LOVE to meet and learn about people from all KINDS of BACKGROUNDS and places. I love cooking for FRIENDS and ORGANIZING social EVENTS. I BELIEVE in Community


Building photography business and family

During my visit to the Golden State in 2011, I was struck by the breathtaking expanse of blue sky and the unique and diverse landscapes of California. It was then that I realized my ten-year chapter of living in New York had reached its conclusion. I made the life-changing decision to leave everything behind once again and relocate to the Bay Area of San Francisco, in Northern California. It was there that I decided to start my own business, specializing in weddings, portraits, and event photography. Since then, my work has focused on capturing the essence of human emotions and creating treasured keepsakes that can be cherished for generations to come.

To me, photography is more than just a way to capture moments in time; it's a window into the rich and varied tapestry of human experience. My lens is a tool for discovering the beauty and diversity of cultures and traditions, and for exploring the complexities of human emotion. Natural light is my weapon of choice, whether I'm shooting indoors or outdoors. The picturesque palette of the four seasons is my portrait backdrop. And when it comes to my portrait backdrops, nothing beats the picturesque palette of the four seasons. From the rich reds and golds of autumn to the glistening whites of winter, I use the beauty of nature to create stunning portraits that truly capture the essence of the soul.

With each snap of my camera, I seek to reveal the essence of my subjects and capture the essence of their unique story, one that speaks to the universal human experience. Making California my home opened a new chapter in my creative career, one that will explore and focus mainly on the outdoors and the wilderness along with my adventurous spirit.


The Kabaivanov Family

Let's put it this way, motherhood is my first profession, and then a photographer since I have my children. Honestly, all the pregnancy hormones ate my ambitions to be a famous photographer or established artist exhibiting in New York galleries. When my first son was born then I realized what is real love to really love unconditionally! I started graduate school and I was one of those moms who was couth up in today's competitive parenting environment till Covd - 19 knocked at my kids' school door and I really had to prioritize my kids over my work. I started homeschooling the, yes, we quote the Zoom school and I decided that I will not loose anything if I get out of my comfort zone and try to give it a try with homeschooling my boys. This was one of the most exciting moments in my life as a mother. being able to teach my own kids to read and write in English was a big learning curve for the whole family. During that tie, I also went camping by myself with my kids and drove 6 hours from Bay Area to Mammoth Lake over the Sonora pass and I thought that this was crazy. At that moment only nature was able to heal my spirit and soul. Then is when I really started focusing on nature and outdoor photography where the human spirit is just a part of it in the whole frame. The statement my images make is to show how connected people and nature area.

I homeschooled durg Covid. We were part of a preschool coop for four years.

I’d call it natural elegance, With a note of contemporary art.

Some fun stuff you need to know about me

My sun is in

I actually have a degree in



Nothing makes me happier than

my raising star is in

Seeing my kids smile


always interested in

I’m addicted to


cooking for friends

I am catching up with

I enjoy

reading classical books and books at all

anything spiritual and social

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Perks for Hiring Me



You’ll experience being in front of the camera and learn ho wto get out o fyoru comfort zone

You’ll be working with a legitimate professional and award winning photographer

I know you might not have been in front of the camera never, so I will make sure you have the best experience and teach you some tricks and poses for creating the desired images of yourself.

I am not just a mom with a camera or someone who substituted a corporate job for a photographer because it is just fun. When you work with me I guarantee you that you will receive the best customer service from the beginning to the end.

Your images will be organized and and kept in my archives

You will work with very flexible professional, not just a mom with a camera



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