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Sarah Lane.

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Sarah Lane
How long have you been shooting professionally?
Two years professionally but the passion for imagery started back when I was about 7 years old and would plaster my walls floor to ceiling with magazine ads. It was at that time that my mom knew I was either going to into marketing or be a photographer!

What camera do you use? Which lens is your most-used?
I have the Canon 5d and my fav lens is the 50 1.4 even after two trips to the Canon Dr., it’s still on my camera 95% of the time!:)

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What additional equipment or gear do you find really helpful?
Yummy natural light:)

How much digital manipulation do you do to your images and what programs do you use?
When I upload images into the computer, they go right into Lightroom and get a basic adjustment. Then I use Photoshop for any fine tuning.

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Do you have any rituals or mantras that you use to prepare mentally before a session?
Most sessions start with a decaf, non-fat upside-down caramel machiatto! lol! I love that the Starbucks next to our house knows my drink order! It’s sort of embarrassing to share but I have to admit it makes me feel a little bit like a rock star!:)Honestly, I feel the best before a session when I am excited about an outfit, prop or new location. When I have something inspiring I get giddy and the ideas just start coming! And most importantly, I pray and ask for God to work through me:)

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Can you describe your process for getting your subject into that perfect pose?
I talk to them and show them the pose that I am thinking and let them fall into what feels natural. Then I modify. Subtle changes make a dramatic difference.

How many hours goes into editing a standard session?
3-4 hours from start to finish.

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What inspires you personally and as a photographer?
Love, confidence, fashion, movies, music and anything vintage.

What mode do you shoot in?
green box, of course! Kidding! Full manual for me:)

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Do you prefer color or black and white images? How do you decide which one for each image?
Most of the time I prefer color but there are definitely times when black and white fits best; usually when a strong emotion is being expressed in the imagery.

How would you describe your photographic style?
My style directly reflects who I am. It can come across serious at times, fun-loving, and sometimes a bit sassy! It wasn’t until I was sitting with a friend at coffee, discussing this question, that I put the two together! But it’s true. There is a little of my personality, as well as the person I am shooting, in each image I take.

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Do you ever get photographer’s block? How do you overcome that?
The only times that I get pb is when I’ve over scheduled myself. One of those tough lessons learned through experience. Now I have committed to myself (and my family!) to shoot no more than 3 sessions a week.

What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
Large groups of people, preferably more than 10+ adults at a time! NOT! Truthfully, my favorite is Seniors, hands down!

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Who have been your influences?
My influences would be more of a what influences rather than who influences me. I am influenced by high fashion magazines, good cinematography and music.

Do you listen to music while you edit your images? If so, what’s your favorite music for editing?
It’s a must have for this A.D.D girl! I big ol’ heart Pandora and have a Christian rock station that I love.

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How do you handle a shy child, pushy parent, or difficult bride?
While working with seniors, the thing that I run across most is insecurity. Mostly with the girls. I just do my best to tell them that they are gorgeous and reaffirm the beauty that I am seeing! It’s a shame to see how the world has warped what the standard for beauty is and how it effects teens. I do my best to make them feel gorgeous both on the inside and out.

How many images do you typically have at the end of a session, portrait or wedding?
I shoot 200-250 typically and the client sees 30-40 fully edited images.

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What challenges or struggles did you face early on? How about currently?
Having a bunch of questions and finding that photographers aren’t eager to talk about what works for them. I really had to learn a lot of the stuff I know now on my own. Basically through trial and error. Currently I am in the process of hiring a staff and trying to figure out the dynamics of that.

Have you ever considered ending your career as a photographer? What were the circumstances?
Not yet! And hopefully it doesn’t happen! I think it is so important to shoot what you love and can see how if you are not doing that, a burnout would be close behind!

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What is the best advice you have received regarding photography?
Be YOU and shoot what YOU love:)

What advice would you give another photographer?
Try not to get caught up in being the next so and so!  Be yourself and love what you do. Your love and passion will shine through your work! Don’t fear failure. It’s in our greatest failures that we truly grow:)

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artist

Sarah is native to the beautiful Napa Valley where she lives with her husband and two kids. You’ll usually find her editing away in her gorgeous studio downtown, shooting an urban maternity, or making a junkyard beautiful with a set of siblings. Known for her fresh and hip senior sessions, Sarah has recently launched Studio 12 Seniors – an exciting new branch of Sarah Lane Studios! When she isn’t hanging out with her fabulous clients, she can be found at Starbucks, antiquing at the local fairs, or enjoying time with her family.

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Website:
www.SarahLaneStudios.com

Blogsite:
www.SarahLaneStudios.com/blog

Twitter:
www.twitter.com/sarahlanestudio

About Bree


Bree is the founder and writer of BakedBree.com, a recipe site that shares her love of cooking, baking, and entertaining with others. BakedBree.com launched in February of 2010 as a way to merge Bree’s love of photography with her love of food, and share both with friends and family. Currently, Bree lives in the suburbs of Washington DC with her husband and 3 children.

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    What’s up mates, its enormous post about teachingand fully explained, keep it up all the time.

  • http://www.clearlyphotography.com Grace

    Fantastic shots! love these!! Just beautiful work! Love the props and backgrounds!

  • http://amiehansenphotography.com Amie Hansen

    I am just loving the interviews and the images shared!

  • Manuela Busack

    I just checked out your blog……love your work!!!!

  • Kim Votaw

    Sarah is my sister-in-law. She’s amazing, so talented. And, yes, she’s just as she sounds. I’m blessed to know her.

  • http://www.urbanvisionstudios.com Dana Halvorson

    I LOVE Sarah’s work. And I LOVE Sarah even more.

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  • http://www.gailcushing.com Gail Cushing

    Sarah – I love your imagery – so cool and it\’s providing lots of inspiration for me this morning. I wanted to pass this along to you because you said you have found lots of photographers unwilling to share info. I have been a member of Sarah Petty\’s Cafe Joy and her coaching community. Definitely check her out at http://www.thejoyofmarketing.com. She and her team have provided me with so much information, guidance and enthusiasm. Love your stuff!

  • http://www.gailcushing.com Gail Cushing

    Sarah – I love your imagery – so cool and it’s providing lots of inspiration for me this morning. I wanted to pass this along to you because you said you have found lots of photographers unwilling to share info. I have been a member of Sarah Petty’s Cafe Joy and her coaching community. Definitely check her out at http://www.thejoyofmarketing.com. She and her team have provided me with so much information, guidance and enthusiasm. Love your stuff!

  • http://www.pamelatopping.com Pamela Topping

    Love this post, great interview!

  • http://summafamily.blogspot.com Shawna Summa

    I’m not sure where to put this.. But it won’t let me add a comment for the florabella giveaway. Just wondering if it’s now closed? Asked Shana on her facebook and she recommended hoping on over here to ask you??

  • Jennifer Thatcher

    SO enjoyed this! I have a prof photog friend who specializes in ‘fashion shoots’ for special needs kids. She also does Seniors. I would have LOVED to have pics like these for my own senior portraits back in the day. Great work, Sarah!

  • nikki m

    {blush} i am a sarah blogstalker too! she is amazing!

  • http://www.cheesecakeluvrs4life.blogspot.com Sarah

    I tried to keep entering in on the contest but it says fatal error and has stopped at 4125. :)

    And by the way Sarah takes AWESOME pictures, wow, wanna be like her when I grow up!!

  • Bernell

    Beautiful images

  • http://jeriamrine@wordpress.com Jeri

    Thanks for sharing Sarah with us! I will now be following her blog. ;)

  • http://www.parismillerphoto.com Tammy

    I loved this interview! Her images are just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  • julie

    So happy to have another photographer’s blog/website to follow! Clean fresh images…so beautiful!

  • http://www.bethasimmons.blogspot.com/ Beth

    Such gorgeous work! Wow. I loved this interview.

  • http://www.SarahLaneStudios.com Sarah Lane

    Thank you all so much for your kind words! I am overwhelmed! (in a good way!) Ya’ll have made my day :)

  • Rebeca

    Love your senior pics! I too love listening to Pandora…who doesn’t really? Again, great pics:)

  • Rebeca

    Love your senior pics! I too love listening to Pandora…who doesn’t really? Again, great pics:)

  • http://www.brinkstreetphotography.com Kim

    Wow Sarah. Your senior images are SO inspiring! Thank you so much for taking the time to share! It’s neat to know I’m not the only one that prays for God to use their hands and feet in a session. (I would love to know what Pandora station you love….)

  • http://www.brinkstreetphotography.com Kim

    Wow Sarah. Your senior images are SO inspiring! Thank you so much for taking the time to share! It’s neat to know I’m not the only one that prays for God to use their hands and feet in a session. (I would love to know what Pandora station you love….)

  • Nicole Larsen

    I love the senior pics! Great poses. I love the backdrops being just a random building or something. How creative. :)

  • Nicole Larsen

    Love the senior pics! Great poses. I love the backdrops being just a random building or something. How creative. :)

  • JennyB.

    I have been following Sarah for a long time now. I adore her work, she is my favorite senior photographer! She is an amazing person as well as an artist. I am so excited to see her featured on the creative mama, awesome choice!

  • http://darioferrariphoto.blogspot.com/ Dario

    Wonderful portrait!! I really like the second one..!

    Bye Dario

  • http://www.sariunderwoodphoto.com Sari

    I only just recently discovered Sarah’s work and I am so glad I did! Beautiful work!!! Will be checking her blog often, for sure.

  • http://www.multiculturalkids.com Lynne

    Great interview! So inspiring!

  • Kim Sparks

    I really love your work and enjoyed the interview. I have never considered using high fashion mags as a means of inspiration. Guess I will be spending more money and time perusing that venue for ideas. Thanks for the info. Keep up the great work!

  • http://www.andreahalsey.com Andrea Halsey

    Love me some Sarah!!!! She is so beautiful inside and out. Her work is fantastic and inspiring! Props to Creative Mama for featuring Sarah and her amazing senior photos!!!!

  • Stephanie Moore

    Thank you so much for sharing her work, it is beautiful and I am adding her to my favorites!!! I really admire her work!

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  • Amanda S

    Thanks for the interview! The photos are awesome!

  • http://www.ashleymcnamara.com Ashley McNamara

    loove love love, Sarah.

  • http://www.nichollepeterson.com Nicky Peterson

    What an awesome interview! I love your prayer before each session!

  • http://www.kareywood.ca Karey Wood

    these are unreal! i love the color and d.o.f. Wow!

  • shannon harrison

    oh my gosh! i think i just found a new fav to follow. love your advice, i needed to hear it. xo

  • Mindy A

    Oh and yes, like Rachel, can I come work for you??! :)

  • Jenessa Evans

    Great interview!!! Love your lighting!

  • Mindy A

    I stumbled upon Sarah and her website through a mutual Facebook friend and I confess, I get giddy when I see a post of a new shoot. Her work is phenomenal! She seems like such a fantastic person altogether, great job Sarah!

  • http://www.mandyjohnsonphotography.com mandy johnson

    lovely!!

  • http://www.mindynewtonphotography.blogspot.com Mindy

    Her photos are gorgeous and she sounds like such a lovely person – down to earth and fun!

  • http://rachelgoerkephotography.com/blog/ Rachel

    Love your interview and photos! Can I come work for you? ;)

  • http://spittingimagephotography.net Jill

    Thank you for all your inspiration and insight! You are the bestest!

  • http://www.kristi-kikiscorner.blogspot.com kristi

    I loved this interview!!!! I want to be Sarah when I grow up…okay I am totally older than her….I mean when I finally launch my own photography business. :-) She seems to be beautiful inside and out. Thank you for blessing us with this interview today!

  • http://3boysandaprincess-ally.blogspot.com Ally

    I have just spent an hour stalking Sarah Lane’s blog/website and I LOVE her work. So fresh and fun. Thank you for the great interview very inspiring.

  • http://www.justme-photography.com Angela

    Great photos!! Limiting number of sessions is a must to prevent frustration and burn out (I would think). My “real” job is as a clinical therapist (I do photography to relax) and I’ve found setting limits is a HUGE part of reducing frustration and burn out in that field.
    Your work is fantastic! Thanks for sharing.