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!
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.
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
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!
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!
Find Sarah Here
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.