Interview with Storytelling Photographer, Sarah Robertson

June 23, 2011

in Guest Photographer Judge

Post image for Interview with Storytelling Photographer, Sarah Robertson

It is so lovely to welcome Sarah Robertson from Image Bearers Photography as our Guest Photographer Judge this week! We have been fans of Sarah’s photography for quite some time now as she has been a longtime participant of our photo challenges as both The Animator’s Wife and Image Bearers Photography.

Sarah wrote: My twitter profile says, “Los Angeles living, mom of four, animator’s wife, photographer of life” and I like that description. It puts all of my jobs in an appropriate order. Professionally, I consider myself a story-teller and I use my camera to do just that!

Image Bearers Photography - Featured on I Heart Faces

Image Bearers Photography - Featured on I Heart Faces
Image Bearers Photography - Featured on I Heart Faces

Sarah’s Photography Journey

My photography journey began with a Christmas gift from my husband: an entry-level DSLR camera. I never intended to become a pro. I just wanted to take decent images of my family and document the life that I saw passing by us at an increasingly rapid pace. I began ‘documenting our life’, shooting over 100,000 images in the first year. As I practiced, I started developing a style and approach in my photography that now defines my work. This I Heart Faces community became an incredible resource for me and led to some wonderful friendships with photographers that have become esteemed colleagues. One of those friends, Rosina W. Photography, asked me to shoot a wedding with her 18 months ago, sparking an important friendship, both professionally and personally. Eighteen weddings later, this is still my favorite ‘type’ of story to tell, and the heart and soul of my business. Much has changed since that initial Christmas gift, but my desire to document life’s important AND mundane moments through photography has fueled my passion and found a home at Image Bearers Photography. I am very blessed to work with a select group of amazing couples and families that trust me with capturing the story that begins or tells their Life’s Story.
Image Bearers Photography - Featured on I Heart Faces

Image Bearers Photography - Featured on I Heart Faces

Fun Q&A with Sarah

  • What was your #1 favorite photography moment from this past year? In the last year I have shot many weddings and engagement sessions, a home birth and an adoption coming home story; the opportunities have been incredible. I believe my most significant moment, though, was in this unique session. I spent some time with a family about a week before they lost their mom to a fast-moving, devastating cancer. In the time I was there, the family told stories, looked through old pictures and showed their love for each other in a profound way. None of us knew that these hours would be her last “good hours”, and I was privileged to capture that time for them. I was so glad we didn’t spend those last “good hours” shooting stiff and formal portraits but in creating an important family memory that now has images to accompany it. It affirmed my belief that real, important moments in our life deserve documentation. These beautifully candid, unposed moments, show us who we are. They define us! And documenting both the good, the bad, the happy and the sad moments of life tell OUR STORIES.
  • Do you have your camera with you wherever you go? Absolutely not! I am finding a phone to be the ‘perfect camera’ lately. It forces me to use the techniques of framing, composition, light and subject that made me fall in love with photography in the first place. If you can produce visually interesting images with a phone, I think you can deservedly call yourself a photographer! I LOVE the challenge and it’s a mobile, practical way to document life.
  • Do you have a favorite quote you can share? I love this quote from We Are The Parsons that came right out of an I Heart Faces interview. It sums up my goal in every shooting opportunity: “We shoot what we feel, and because of that, our images reflect emotion more than they reflect polished perfection. And we like it that way.” AMEN

Image Bearers Photography - Featured on I Heart Faces
Image Bearers Photography - Featured on I Heart Faces

Sarah’s Helpful Tip

I’m not sure if this is a unique tip, but it is something I find myself sharing and suggesting to new photographers all the time. Don’t define yourself as an artist until you have put (at least!) 100,000 clicks on your camera. That means, don’t go into business, don’t settle on a style, don’t consider yourself an artist (or a pro) with a voice until you have put in the time to know your OWN! Otherwise you will be a miserable copy of someone else. Learn your own voice! There is no easy route or magic bullet. Your voice is only heard after thousands of clicks and endless PRACTICE have helped you FIND it!
Image Bearers Photography - Featured on I Heart Faces
Image Bearers Photography - Featured on I Heart Faces

Sarah’s Photography Equipment

I shoot with a Nikon D700 and 3 prime lens (a 24mm, 35 mm, 85 mm). I like to keep things simple and honestly believe that the equipment in your bag should never drive your passion– the subject in front of that equipment should!
Image Bearers Photography - Featured on I Heart Faces
Image Bearers Photography - Featured on I Heart Faces

Find Sarah Here

Image Bearers Photography - Featured on I Heart Faces
Image Bearers Photography - Featured on I Heart Faces
Image Bearers Photography - Featured on I Heart Faces

Thank you so much for visiting with us as our Guest Photographer Judge this week Sarah! We can’t wait to see which photos you choose as your favorites for our “Let’s Hear It For The Boys!” photo challenge theme.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

patrycja June 23, 2011

magical… thank you for sharing your story. each word resonates with incredible force. i am finding myself at the edge of leaning into photography beyond what i ever imagined. i love the emotion and the story that is captured on film, inspired by the subject. your photos are remarkable!!!

Reply

Susan Keller June 23, 2011

Yay, Sarah’s in da house!!! Her photography never fails to awe and inspire me. Can’t wait to shoot with you in July, Sarah! :-)

Reply

mary June 23, 2011

love this article. sarah is an inspiration to many. i love her daily life style and her beautiful attitude. thanks for the lens tips!

Reply

Caroline (Frogmum) June 23, 2011

Yeah! Sarah is such a wonderful inspiration to so many. She is also truly lovely and always finds so much time for people. I adore her work and am so happy to read her interview and know she is our judge this week! Follow her ~ she’s amazing!! :-)

Reply

jonathanfun June 23, 2011

Interview with Storytelling Photographer, Sarah Robertson :: #photography http://t.co/YeO80QN

Reply

Tracy June 23, 2011

First I looked at your post with struggling family which brought me to tears, then I moved on to the home birth, then the wedding and after an hour I finally forced myself to go and do laundry. You truly capture moments and the little details which are often overlooked. Beautiful!!

Reply

Michel June 23, 2011

great article – that good-bye session is amazing! I love your style and that is some great advice!

Reply

Jenny June 23, 2011

Sarah I love this advice “Learn your own voice!” – because I am 8 months in with my first DSLR ever (Also a Nikon D700!)… and have been learning so much here and from other photographers.

As a newbie, it is really fun, challenging, and sometimes really difficult to determine who you are as a photographer. I know I like to share and tell unique stories (especially from overseas), but that is about all I know at this point. Thanks for sharing this advice above to “find and learn my voice” :)

Reply

Sarah June 23, 2011

I loved the photos from Sarah’s favorite shoot from the past year. Wonderful idea and amazing heartfelt images that had me in tears. Beautiful work.

Reply

Katherine June 23, 2011

Great interview – and what a touching group of photos for Sarah’s most favorite shoot. Certainly tells a story there.

Reply

Amanda June 23, 2011

your photos are feeled with so much emotion – words are not even needed! AMAZING!

Reply

keli hoskins June 23, 2011

a beautiful interview with a beautiful person + photographer.

Reply

PetinaHopePhotography June 23, 2011

Beautiful images— I love the emotion you can feel in them!!
I’m still learning but that’s what I love most about taking pictures too- capturing those moments of life as they speed by.

Father’s Day at my house: http://petinahopephotography.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/portrait-fathers-day-family-session/

Reply

Life with Kaishon June 23, 2011

I love Sarah’s style. EXCELLENT advice about not going into business until you have at least 100,000 clicks! Brilliant. I love her pictures and even more than that, I love her outlook on life. Thank you for sharing Sarah!

Reply

Leave a Comment

{ 2 trackbacks }

Previous post:

Next post: