Introducing: Sarah Goff Photography

How long have you been in the business?

5 years.

Can you tell us about this first picture?

I had gone out in the winter with some friends for an “engagement” style shoot. If I remember correctly, it was something like 18 degrees that day. Quite miserable for them and me. The image was taken in 2011, on a Canon Rebel camera and kit lens (18-55mm). In the days before I understood anything about composition, lighting, white balance, and posing. Or anything, really.


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

Oh man, where do I begin?! Haha! The first thing I notice about this image is the lack of any perspective or depth of field (separation of subject from background). I was using lower quality lenses and didn’t understand how all the “settings” (ie – aperture, ISO, shutter, etc) played together for a good time. The second thing I notice right away is the awkward, forced posing. The couple was cold, there’s no connection between them, and they were watching their dog tromp through the snow to get those smiles. Their faces are red from the cold, just super awkward all around. Lastly, the trees behind them are at a strange angle (sort of growing out of their heads).

Can you tell us about this second picture?

This beautiful couple had an elegant afternoon wedding outdoors overlooking the golf course and red rocks in Colorado. Their wedding colors were a beautiful wine burgundy, ivory, and mix of greenery. We went up around some of the flatiron rocks to an upper area where we spent almost an hour taking bride and groom portraits! The photo was taken up high behind some of the red rocks overlooking the lake and course. The couple wanted their photos to have a “Colorado feel” with a more natural look, so we made it happen.

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

There have been many factors that have contributed to my growth over the past 5 years. Two of the biggest things (that go hand-in-hand together) for me: networking, meeting, and working with other photographers who inspired me, and doing everything in my power to learn my craft. This included seeing a photo that “wowed” me and trying to re-create said photo, figuring out how it was done, how the light effected the image, and so forth. Lastly, deciding to shoot prime lenses at wide open apertures has drastically directed my art.

Thank you for sharing, Sarah! Beautiful improvement.

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