Introducing a new way to capture those special moments.


Remember the experiences that connect you.

Family vacations go hand in hand with family portraits - but the stress of organizing a session should not. We are here to make your entire experience fun, beautiful, and most importantly stress-free.

At Vacanva, we've got you. Our connection designers take care of the entire coordination process from wardrobe direction and location to the installation of archival wall portraits designed for your space. We handle the steps, you enjoy the beautiful memories to admire today and for years after.

Contact us or we can work with your travel agent. Our partnerships with beautiful and unique locations around the Bryan/College Station area ensure a beautiful backdrop for your heirlooms. Not coming to Aggieland? Take us with you on your destination vacation to document your adventure anywhere in the US.

Meet the Team

The Vacanva team has over 20 years of combined photography experience in the Bryan/College Station community. We are passionate about our craft and Aggieland and look forward to capturing a moment in time for your family.

Ashley Siegert

Vacanva Founder

A lifetime manic entrepreneur, Ashley began her portrait studio, Fig-Mint Photography in 2011 and commercial photography brand A. Diamond Productions in 2015. During a family vacation to the beach in 2017, the idea for Vacanva started after trying to book a family photographer from another state. After speaking with others who struggled to have a quality experience documenting their family vacations, the skeleton for Vacanva began to unfold. Now here in 2020, the stars have aligned and away we go! Ashley is a certified professional photographer and photographic craftsman from the professional photographers of America.

Carla Ponder

Director of Marketing & Fundraising

Carla heard about Vacanva from a mutual friend of hers and Ashley's. It was then, when Ashley explained the idea of Vacanva, and Carla loved what it meant for families. Being a mom of two and an genealogy junkie, she understands the value and importance of capturing the fleeting moments in family life and what it means for future generations. After graduating from Texas A&M University, Carla worked in physician marketing at Children's Health in Dallas, and has a strong customer service and conflict resolution background. When she moved back to College Station from DFW, she was looking for a workplace that valued work-life balance, empowered women, and creativity- Vacanva and Ashley embody these ideals.  

Kristin Wilson

Connection Director- Bryan/College Station

Meet Kristin Wilson, 2009 Aggie grad and Mom to 4 young Kiddos. Kristin grew up in a home where photographs captured the essence of love, family, and memories and since then has continued to feed her own soul by capturing these lifelong memories for others. She discovered the opportunity to work for the company after coming to Ashley as a client, booking her own session and is ready to help you do the same!

Carly Bartee

Connection Director

Carly is a long time Texas girl, with Colorado roots deep in her heart. The charming community of Bastrop is home for Carly, her husband Dustin, and their five children. She has spent the majority of the past fifteen years raising babies and homeschooling those babies turned kiddos. Advocating for families and vulnerable children through her work as a foster parent has also been a passion. People and their lived stories matter deeply to Carly, she is grateful that Vacanva places that same high value on others and she looks forward to connecting with you.

Catherine Hervey

Art Director

Catherine Hervey is a digital media artist living in Bryan, TX.  She first met Ashley when their children shared a “Mommy & Me” Dance Class in 2017.  A passionate artist and photographer, Catherine earned her Master of Fine Arts in Visualization from Texas A&M in 2015.  After attending Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree she found the community to her liking and decided to stick around.  This was generally a wise decision as she met the love of her life and more importantly found an opportunity to join Ashley’s team at Vacanva.

Thinking you might have blinked too much or worn a too wrinkly shirt for your shoot?  You’ll never know because Catherine loves editing your photographs making sure every one of them is up to Vacanva standards.  As Art Director, Catherine is blessed to spend long hours staring at each and every one of Vacanva’s client’s beautiful families.

Sydney Murrell

Destination Curator

All the way from the great state of Florida and a proud Florida Gator graduate, Sydney now calls Dallas home. After spending five years in College Station, working in tourism and hospitality, and learning all things Aggie, Sydney moved to Dallas in 2019 and went to work for VisitDallas. After meeting Ashley during her time in College Station and learning about the launch of Vacanva, Sydney’s love of travel and tourism are what led her to work as our Destination Curator. For much of her career, Sydney has worked closely with attractions, hotels, and parks building relationships that will are beneficial in securing some of the most beautiful family photo backdrops.

Jessica Lemmons


Jessica Lemmons is a local copywriter who bonded with Ashley over a mutual love for physical fitness, and eating cheesecake for lunch. When she met Ashley for the first time, she was 41.5 weeks pregnant with her oldest child and was sobbing. Ashley didn't judge, and thus a friendship was born. When Jessica found out that Ashley was starting a new facet of her thriving photography business, she said "DIBS ON WRITING YOUR CONTENT" and Ashley said "...Jess, how much coffee have you had today?". It's fine. She hired her anyway.

Shay Purcell

Connection Director- Bryan / College Station

Shay is a local photographer and loves all things creative. If she isn’t taking photos of her two children, dog or the high school marching band then you’re likely finding her with a hammer or paint putting some crazy installation up on her walls in her home! Growing up overseas as a child gave her a love for travel, new places, experiencing different cultures and meeting new friends.  Attending Texas A&M (just a few years ago…ah hem, Class of ’02, Whoop!) she met her husband Matt who is local to College Station.  She has been looking for a while to get involved with folks on vacation so that she can help capture their experience as well as documenting these different stages and chapters in families lives locally. Shay specifically loves to document joy and laughter and is ready to get the giggles with your crew and have some fun while we create lasting memories! 

Andrea Day

Connection Designer- McKinney, TX


Paige Neal

Connection Director- Fort Worth


Brandi Richards

Connection Director- Dallas


Kate VanMersbergen

Connection Director- Dallas


Kate grew up in the DFW area since she was 2 yrs old. She came into photography through the influence of her father who was a land and city scape hobbyist photographer. Yet her overall creativity, she says, is a direct result from her mother who regularly exposed her to the arts throughout her childhood anywhere from music to theatre, acrylic painting to sculpture, and everywhere in between. After receiving her first “big kid” camera, she played with photographing using all types of subjects to find which one she could connect with the most. It was a few months later as she was snapping moments of her son playing in the sprinklers on a hot summer day when she knew she found her favorite style of art. From then on she set out to become a photographer who gave people a moment from their story to hold onto and give to their loved ones to cherish.

Nancy Diamond



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