Sara is a Nashville native currently living in Los Angeles. For over 10 years Sara has been growing skills as a professional photographer, receiving training from Savannah College of Art & Design, Middle Tennessee State University, Western Kentucky University, and more.
Professionally working in many fields from weddings to fashion to concerts, Sara believes creating priceless photos is not only just a matter of a photographer's skillset, but to also have the ability to meaningfully connect with clients. She understands that it can be intimidating for clients to be in front of a camera, so she strives to make you feel the utmost at ease so that you can have the most enjoyable experience possible during your session.
There are several things I love about my job as a photographer. The first thing I love is the creative aspect. The entire creative process of photography is something I’m extremely passionate about. I love bringing ideas that a client has to life and also creating visions of my own. I enjoy posing subject(s) and am constantly searching for new poses to try. I love scouting locations that would best capture the essence of the session. All of these aspects of being a photographer are fulfilling to me, and in addition to this all, I love the creativity of post processing. Being able to take photographs and then edit them in such a way that conveys emotion all the more is an art on its own.
The second thing I love about my job as a photographer is getting to connect with others. I love meeting people. From newly engaged couples to musicians, I love getting to constantly meet new people and getting to know their story. It’s rewarding getting to connect with others to create something through my own passions that in turn brings joy to someone else’s life.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have done everything from family, portraits (business, headshots, lifestyle, social media, etc.), engagement/couple, weddings, model/fashion, product, concerts, and more.
Before each session, I ask clients to send me any photo inspiration they may have, in case they’ve found any ideas they want to create that they’ve seen from Pinterest, etc. This helps me to know what they are going for and ensure they get the photos they want.
During all sessions, I like to get to know the client and be conversational in between walking to different spots at the location. I have noticed when you are more relatable and human, the clients are more comfortable with you, which in turn creates more natural looking photos. I also play music while photographing, which also makes the environment more relaxed and fun!
During family sessions, I bring toys along for the children. Not only does this make them happier, but it also helps them to look into the camera when I hold it above the lens. I also try to be a little more goofy to get them to smile and be happy.
For couple and engagement sessions, asking questions that create intimacy and emotion in the shots are always a must for me. Putting a couple in a pose and then asking them questions like “What’s one thing that you’re most proud of the other person for?” or “Describe your first date.” Capturing candid photos of them interacting, and then asking them to kiss afterwards, seems to not only create more natural moments but also make the couples feel really special during the session.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
Head Photographer and Head Photography Coordinator for South Warren High School Yearbook staff.
One of Shoott's top photographers.
A fun fact about this photographer
I've played piano since I was five years old. I'm a singer, songwriter, and pursue a career in music in pop and EDM. :)