I had the priviledge to interview a very talented and creative photographer . Sarah specializes in newborn photography and her work is just stunning. Her business name is Sarah Sweetman Photography and she is located in Woodinville, WA . I was very excited about getting to learn about this wonderful person and great photographer. I have been selected to do a featured story on Sarah and I was very excited about learning more about her and her photography because I have been visiting her website for months and I just love all of her photo's! Please take a moment to visit her website at www.sarahsweetman.com and take a look at the beautiful images of newborn and families. I had a number of questions for Sarah for my feature interview and this is what she had to say!
Here are the questions I have given Sarah to answer :
1. Who are you? Where are you located? Where are you from?
My name is Sarah Sweetman. I am located in Woodinville WA but am originally from Auckland, New Zealand. We lived to the States in 2008. I am married to the love of my life Steve and have 2 amazing kids,Caleb and Brianna and 3 beagles.
2.. How did you get into photography? What inspired you to move into Newborn Photography?
I originally trained as an elementary school teacher. I have always been interested in photography and spent my time documenting everything that went on in my school. Once I had kids of my own, my passion grew and I attended courses and when both kids were in full day school, I began my photography business.
3.What inspires you as a photographer or do you have a mentor or someone to go to for guidance or advise?
I am inspired by fellow photographers – I am lucky to have found many friends in this industry – we encourage and push each other to do better. My advice is to find local photographers and become friends with them – not to steal their clients or copy them, but to make the industry better.
4.Were there any classes, books or workshops that helped you in the beginning?
I attended classes gaining my diploma in photography, and than have worked alongside local photographers I admire. I do ongoing studies to learn new photography techniques, lighting tips and posing.
5. What is your proudest moment so far? What do you want you clients to know about you?
I would have to say my proudest moments are simple – when a family looks at their images and shed a happy tear that I have captured their family as “them” – that I recorded a moment in time that is so special, recorded their love for generations to come to see.
6. What tips do you share with your new Mom's on how to prepare for their newborn photo session?
I tell new moms to come prepared with loads of milk and to expect to do more feedings than normal J I also tell them to try and relax during the session – to let me be their helpmate as I am taking the baby’s photos. My newborn sessions can be up to 4 hours, so I remind them also to bring a book – or a pillow
7. What are you goals for the next 12 months? How has your photography changed in the last 12 months?
My goals are to do the best job for each of my clients – to be known in my area as a photographer that is fun and fresh, but also that works with integrity and is safe. I think both sides are very important – especially when working with such new babies.
Make sure you take a moment and visit Sarah website, show her some love and leave comments especially when a photo really catches your emotion and makes you say Ahhhh or Oh how beautiful ! There is nothing better than reading your words that you leave behind for her to know that she made your heart smile!
If you happen to be in the Woodinville , Wa area and you are in need of a professional photographer please give her a call! I have all of her information listed below!!
Sarah Sweetman Photographer