Who is this nanvan?

I am Nanda E. Rust

A photographer and a few other things.

nanvan is a nickname a childhood friend gave me after realizing ½ of my first name and ½ of my (maiden) last name made a clever rhyme. I doubt this was intentional by my folks, but it’s quite lovely and I adore it.

Well, this is my site and it shows just a bit of what I do. You’ll find photography showcasing my specialty of “business storytelling”, some architecture, urban portraits, kids, projects and weddings, fashion, experiments, humans in love, and I guess anything that tickles my fancy. I also show a bit of my travels, some random art and film development. Producing short films, gardening and painting is also a loved pastime of mine- I will admit I have been known to get quite artsy.

I have kept every camera I have ever owned, I have 28 different varieties and use them for different projects. Shooting digital is what I do most frequently these days but film and even expired film has a special place in my heart. I seek it out on my flea market strolls and will happily shoot with it as often as I can. Do you have any you’d like to share? Let’s do a project together, want to?

You might capture me shooting from the hip.

I am not a traditional-style photographer. I capture a reaction to life, not a reaction to me or my lens. I want to photograph a moment or capture a feeling, a thought or an emotion. I will probably click the shutter button when you least expect it. That’s just how I roll. I love my job and the ability I have been given to make people feel through photographs.

I probably won’t use a flash, natural light photography is my style.

I prefer to shoot outdoors. I use the light streaming through trees or hide in the sunlit shadows. Inside I play with reflections from the sun cascading through windows. I deliver images that document an event and convey the spirit of the individual or the experience involved.

Business and personal life storytelling.

I deliver documentary-style photographs of people and businesses following their passion. This includes portrait and brand storytelling photography. Coming to your place of work, taking portraits of employees, shooting the culture of business, including detail shots, and a fly on the wall perspective is the idea behind nanvan.com This is also achieved for portfolio sessions with afternoon strolls getting to know each other, what makes you feel your absolutely best in a photograph. I might ask you to stand in the middle of the busy street, lie down on the grass or lean casually on a brick wall. Depends what we feel, and what transpires to get an amazing shot.

Also worthy of mention is that I am a giddy mother of two (really) awesome kids and a dog named Flynn. I am happily married to the best man I ever met who encouraged me to sing and embrace rainy days. I ride my bike anywhere I can. I love being outdoors amongst the trees, and try to bring calm and kindness to the world. I am also a private gardener for a lovely thriving organic pastry company. Cultivating all their edible flowers, vegetables and environmental needs, including 6 chickens and 1,000’s of honey bees. @nanvancan on IG shows some of my public endeavors outside of photography.

Let’s do this.

Nanda E. Rust

Copyright and Licensing Terms

All images and content are copyright of Nanda E. Rust and cannot be used without permission. Let’s talk!

Please contact me if you are interested in including an image of mine on your blog, company literature, or website. For commercial use, please inquire about licensing rates at nanvan@gmail.com