Passion Before Profit: The Importance of Loving What You Do

Building confidence in your passion for photography as a means to success.

Passion Before Profit: The Importance of Loving What You Do

Featuring: Van Styles

Presented in partnership with

Leica Akademie


Saturday, September 24 | 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Location: Leica Akademie Tent


Building confidence in your passion for photography as a means to success.


Stephen Vanasco  (Van Styles) is a N.Y. born/L.A. raised street photographer whose immersion in the world of skate in the 90’s uncovered a desire to share his experiences and perspective through the lens of his camera. With a deep interest in skateboarding that paralleled his drive to make photographs that mirror his way of seeing, Van’s camera soon became an everyday accessory and an extension of his vision. In 2011 he chose to follow his creative passion and pursue the art of photography, finding myriad avenues to evolve his images into platforms for successful collaborations and business ventures. Following his evolution from skateboarding to photography, Van Styles introduced his popular apparel line, V/SUAL – a brand designed and inspired by his passion for photography with growing distribution.  He is a believer in giving back to rising photographers, supporting projects through mediums such as  Skillshare and other educational programs designed for the creative community. The self-taught photographer hopes to inspire others along their photographic journey with a simple message: Find what you love in life and do it as much as possible.


Passion for creating perfect pictures. Leica represents a union of craftsmanship, design and experience. It is a beautiful collision of art and engineering, and the future of form and functionality. Leica Camera is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the supreme quality and performance of cameras and lenses, and the iconic images that artists and photojournalists everywhere captured with them. Leica Camera AG is headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany.


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