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Art & Life with Sarah Morgan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Morgan.

Sarah, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was a creative, outgoing and curious girl who grew up in a small, picturesque New England town. After working in the banking and computer software industries for years, I began to feel unfulfilled. I had always been very interested in photography and ran around with a camera constantly. Being a girly girl, I loved weddings: the romance of the ceremony, the beautiful dresses and stunning flowers. Most of all, I love LOVE! When I attended weddings and watched the photographers work, I’d create my own photoshoot in my mind. I decided I wanted to tell the bride & groom’s love story in interesting, meaningful images, not just the required posed portraits. In 1995, I decided to be brave and start photographing weddings in a documentary style so when the couple looked at their wedding album, they were immediately brought back to one of the most important days of their lives and could feel the feelings of their day.

I believe in making connections with my photos: connecting people with each other (brides, grooms their families and friends, husbands and wives, babies and parents). By creating these connections, my wedding photography took on a different look and people were drawn to this. So much so that within one year I was able to quit my job and pursue wedding photography full-time in and around Kennebunkport, Maine. I joined Professional Photographers of America and began to gain more knowledge about my craft. Soon, my wedding clients were referring me to their families and I began photographing families and high school seniors. The kids gave me a platform to become more creative and go beyond the typical images and the families allowed me to use my love of connection to create a family portrait they would treasure for generations.

I moved to sunny San Diego from very cold Maine in 2003 and began to rebuild my business by focusing on portrait photography; I wanted to learn more about lighting and posing. My clients would come in with their babies and soon, I realized that I wanted to photograph newborns and capture what a parent feels when they bring their baby home. One big problem, I had known no idea how to market myself and convince parents to bring in their brand-new babies to be photographed. One magical day, I was in a bookstore and came across a book called, “Sweet Dreams: Wishes for Our Children” by Tracy Raver and Kelley Ryden. It was the answer to my prayers! The book was filled with images of beautifully posed sleeping newborn babies. I read and re-read this book and continued to be struck by the power of each picture. They captured sweetness, vulnerability, trust and peace. I began to research how to create these images of babies less than two weeks old by practicing with posing and using materials, props and lighting. I continue to capture the connection of the new family and to tell the story of their newborn. What a pleasure this was to create these images for my new parents.

During my years of portrait photography, I’ve come across many women who share with me that they don’t like who they are and hate areas of their body or face. This always bothered so I recently decided to conduct photoshoots of women in beautiful locations like Windansea, Balboa Park and Coronado as well as the studio. These images help give my clients a feeling of empowerment as well as beauty. Creating images with my camera, seeing these women through my eyes, and showing them can be a life-changing moment for them because they see themselves as beautiful for the first time. It’s in these moments that I know that I’m doing what I was supposed to do and it’s an honor.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?

I create meaningful, empowering and beautiful images for my clients. I offer family, newborn and beauty portraits as well as professional business headshots. I work to create connection with my images either with the people within the image or with the viewer. I also try to tell stories of my clients through their images.

What you should know about my art is that it is real and honest.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Being an artist or photographer and choosing to carve out a career is definitely challenging. I believe that what you are doing makes you happy, fulfills you and feels like your life’s purpose, then you do whatever you have to do to continue. I’ve had second jobs that led to photography work, so don’t ever feel you are stepping away from your path just because your path takes a turn. That turn can open doors you otherwise would never have found.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can view my work on my website at www.sarahmorganphotography.com and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/sarahmorganphotography/

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Sarah Morgan Photography

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