What a difference 1 year makes!!

Hello all,

Recently I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with the wonderful family of Carrie and Jonathan. Along with their adorable furry child Conrad, we got together to shoot a family session to celebrate their son Henry turning 1.

This shoot was especially exciting and wonderful, because I was fortunate enough to be there when they originally announced they were expecting. At the time, I was shooting Carrie's side of the family's Christmas photos when Jonathan approached me during the session and asked that I get something on film for them, as he and his wife were making a big announcement, and they wanted everyone's reactions on tape. Of course I was thrilled to do so, and it was absolutely beautiful and so heart-warming. So of course I was honored and grateful when Carrie contacted me asking to help document Henry being 1 year old!!

I want to personally thank Carrie and Jonathan for asking SaraClarity Photography to document two such fantastic moments in their little family's life. I also want to thank them for helping share and grow the SaraClarity Photography's Facebook page numbers the last couple of weeks!

We had such a blast that evening, and the 'Huggle Monster' (as he is affectionately known by family) was such a dream to work with, as were his parents of course!! Here are a few sneak peeks, and for more from their session, check out their album here.
 

A new line of work

Hello all!!

It's been a while since my last update, but I promise it's for all good reasons. Interviews, sessions, and being extra crafty has kept me busy busy busy! And now I am proud to announce that all that crafting has paid off. I now own a table-top lightbox that I can use for small to medium product and commercial photography!!! Built myself (and without breaking my bank!) using an easy-to-follow tutorial found in this awesome 'photography hack' video here, I am very excited about this new addition to SaraClarity Photography!! As many of you know, I have been working alongside a local commercial photographer as an assistant for several months now, and with his encouragement and support, I was finally able to hone my tabletop photography and studio lighting skills enough to strike out on my own a bit.

I am very excited for this development and can now proudly say if you or someone you know is looking for a way to professionally photograph hand-crafted goods (jewelry, candles, kitchenware, etc), SaraClarity Photographic Arts & Services is available for your needs!!

A Surprise Engagement

Happy Holidays everyone!!

I want to first say thank you to all for your continued support of SaraClarity Photography, and I truly hope this holiday season has brought you all much joy and warmth to your hearts and homes, as it has for me.

This particular blog post is a very special one, as it is a sneak peek at a surprise proposal session (yes you read that correctly!) I did a few weeks back for two dear friends, Mallory and Jaeger. If you want a little more backstory on these two as a couple, go here. Here's the story of how this particular event unfolded, as well as a few shots from the session. Enjoy!!

Jaeger contacted me back in late October asking for my help with something big: proposing to his lovely girlfriend Mallory!! His original idea in asking for my assistance was to take her to the location of their very first date and have me secretly document him popping the question. I was absolutely thrilled at the idea of these two getting engaged and was over-the-moon happy to help in any way I could! Jaeger and I e-mailed and texted back and forth for several weeks (all of which we had to hide from Mallory, which I will say was not so easy, I got giddy and nervous any time I thought we'd been found out, haha), and finally devised a plan that we felt was foolproof: I created a giveaway very similar to the one I did last year around Thanksgiving, and Mallory and Jaeger "won" another free mini-session with me. I had also decided to recruit a good friend and 'assistant', Trevor Redford, to shoot some video of the session as well.

We met up the day of the "mini-session" at the place of Mallory and Jaeger's first date, a coffee house next to CMU's campus. Being the romantic that he is, Jaeger had created an Adventure book, just like the one from the popular movie 'Up', in which he wrote about and posted photographs from all of his and Mallory's adventures and special moments together. My 'assistant' had hidden the Adventure book among some games and other novels on a bookshelf nearby, so Jaeger could "come across it" for a few photos. Mallory was near tears when he placed it on the table in front of her. She flipped through the pages, reading and laughing along. When she got to the portion that read "New Adventures", all the pages were blank! But when she looked up, Jaeger was down on one knee in front of her, holding a beautiful box. I admit, I was so happy about this, and being a bit of a hopeless romantic myself, I was definitely tearing up (not so good when you're the one snapping photos of it all as it happens, haha). The most unique part of this whole session, was that in the box was not only one ring, but two. One for Jaeger and one for Mallory!! I loved that idea, as Mallory had explained that she found it fitting that if two people are engaged to each other, they should both have a symbol of that commitment to wear.

After the official proposal (and of course her resounding, happy "Yes!"), Trevor and I walked around campus with the newly engaged couple to give them a bit of a mini engagement session. Don't worry though, for those hoping to see a full engagement session with these two, they have told me they would certainly like to do that (though we all agreed perhaps sometime when it was warmer out. Mid-December with no snow does not for a good e-session make!). So here are a few sneak peeks from their session:

The moment Jaeger asked the big question.

The moment Jaeger asked the big question.

Thank goodness for Jessica Drossin Photography's Adobe Photoshop kits for the snow effect!!

Thank goodness for Jessica Drossin Photography's Adobe Photoshop kits for the snow effect!!

For the video that Trevor created, go here. I don't think I, or Jaeger and Mallory, can truly thank Trevor enough for making such a beautiful and amazing video of a wonderful and special event!!
These two truly remind us that the love we all share during the holidays should continue to bloom and grow throughout our lives. For more photos from their session, head over to the 'Engagements' section in my Portfolio.

The S Family

Hello again all!! Just a brief post this time, but still important to share!!

Recently I had the most wonderful time working with the Stolpe family again to shoot some nice family portraits for them. Their lovely daughter Amanda and I met back in college, and she has become another close friend and wonderful model for me on several occasions, and I was so thrilled to see her family again and work with them. Such a beautiful family, and so easy to work with! Here are a few sneak peeks from their session:

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To see more from their session, head over to the 'Family' page in my Portfolio. Enjoy!!

Mini-sessions galore.

Hello again!! This post is going to cover the beautiful subject of: Mini-sessions!! It is the introduction to one mini-session's gallery and also an update on recent activity involving mini-sessions. For the past two years now, around Black Friday/Cyber Monday, I have posted a Flash Sale and Giveaway on the business Facebook page. Each year, the giveaway consisted of a free mini-session of the client's choosing. I am pleased to announce that the winners have been selected for this year's giveaway, and without further ado I would like to focus the rest of this blog on one of last year's mini-session winners. It is certainly long overdue, ;)

Back in October, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Ashley to shoot a free mini-session she had won from me the previous year. Ashley and I have worked together in the past, after all, she was one of my first models when I began working in photography and has volunteered to model and help out on countless occasions; and for such a wonderful friend and client, I am forever grateful to know her. We did a fitness shoot together, and here is, in Ashley's own words, why and what doing this session meant to her: 

"Getting my photos professionally done by SaraClarity Photography meant more to me than just a 'model photo', it meant that I was doing something I enjoy for something I love so passionately: fitness. When I was 22, I was lost, had no direction for my life or career. At that time, I wasn't happy with how I looked--all 95 pounds of me. I was so discouraged, when someone told me about a school for fitness. I thought about it, took the plunge and fell in love. I changed my lifestyle, bettered myself both physically and mentally which ended up making me so unbelievably happy and proud! I love helping others achieve the same goals and being with them every step of the way. My passion and love for people and fitness has succeeded. Recently, I got a promotion at my place of work to be the Assistant Athletic Director and am also building up my clientele. I have never been happier, and to all my clients 'Together as a team, we can succeed!'. Thank you Sarah for helping with these photos to add to my fitness journey!"

Once again, I am forever grateful to know this young woman and to call her a friend, and I am truly touched by her words and gratitude. She is an inspiration, a role model, and a wonderful person overall. Here are a few sneak peeks from her session!!

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To see more from Ashley's session, head over to her gallery in the 'Portraits' portion of the Portfolio page.