Introducing: Sarah Elle Photography

How long have you been in the business?

3rd business birthday coming November 1st!

Can you tell us about this first picture?

This is a photo of my sister and her boyfriend from Thanksgiving of 2012. I had just re-ignited my love for photography so of course, with family visiting, it was the perfect time to get some practice!

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Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it?

First off, let’s chat about how I shot with them staring DIRECTLY into the sun! Whew, sorry sissy!
I was super drawn to the way the trees framed them but in editing I lost the details by upping the blacks WAY too much. As you will see in my current work I’m still a big fan of heavier darks and slightly over-exposing; so I guess I was already finding myself back in 2012! Who knew?!

Can you tell us about this second picture?

This is from one of my most recent Senior sessions. I still clearly love to frame my subjects in neat locations – this one was a parking garage! My blacks are still a tad dark in this image but in a much more appealing and intentional way; and, fortunately I have learned not to face my subjects directly into the sun. I edit with much more purpose now and can confidently say that I have found and OWN my style.

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What is one of the biggest things that contributed to your growth as a photographer? 

Comparing myself to myself. Using others for inspiration is key and pushes us to better ourselves, but if we get lost in “such and such is way better than I am” or “such and such is getting more clients” then we will lose ourselves completely and never find our way out.
Focusing on where I’m at and using what others are doing to PUSH myself to do more and stretch my skills is what has truly contributed to where I am today. Believe in your own ability and you will be unstoppable!

Thank you for sharing, Sarah! Beautiful improvement.

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