Today we’re excited to introduce you to Sarah Morgan. Sarah is a Headshot and Portrait Photographer serving San Diego County and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Sarah below.
Hi Sarah, so great to have you join us again. For folks who might have missed our earlier conversations, can you please take a minute to briefly introduce yourself?
Hi, I’m portrait and branding photographer Sarah Morgan. My photographic journey started in the 1980’s while attending my friend’s weddings and wondering what the heck the photographer was doing and why he wasn’t capturing this and that. After several years of being a wedding photographer apprentice, I opened my own photography studio as a wedding photographer in Kennebunkport, Maine in 1997. My studio was a success because I focused on capturing the emotion of the attendees as well as the action. After a cross-country move to San Diego, I decided I wanted to focus more on portraits that held the same emotion I could capture during weddings. I discovered I enjoyed working with business people and entrepreneurs. I loved the challenge of telling their story in amazing images they could use for their online presence, to capture the attention of their dream clients and help convert them into real clients. I specialize in personal/business branding, headshots and contemporary portraits for clients who want that “model for a day” experience.
What exactly is personal branding photography?
Personal Branding is a relatively new genre of photography. Branding images expands on headshots. So instead of just one or two head and shoulder shots, a group of images are created to help tell the story about you, your business and your unique brand. We do this through magazine style imagery. During a branding shoot, we go on location to your office or where you work and places that help show your personality so you have images from which you can tell stories and attract your dream clients to you.
Branding images help tell potential clients…
– Who you are
– What you do
– Where you work
– What it’s like to work with you
– What your product or service does and how it solves a problem
By having images that tell stories about you, it makes it easier for you to have fresh, new and relevant content throughout your online presence.
How is personal branding photography different from headshots?
Headshots are a clean, simple head and shoulder photo that is used for business cards, profile photos and on your website.
Personal Branding is a collection of storytelling images that help a viewer feel like they know more about you and your business. Branding is more like a lifestyle shoot with more action and storytelling elements. We want the images to draw in your potential clients and help them feel comfortable with you so they want to do business with you.
Who needs personal branding photography?
Everyone! Business owners, entrepreneurs, real estate agents, executives, creatives, attorneys, dentists, therapists, salon owners, etc. all need personal branding images. Really anyone who has a business and an online presence. Branding images are meant to capture your dream client’s attention and keep them hooked so they follow you and eventually work with you.
How do you help make camera shy people look so natural in their portraits?
Camera shy clients are my favorites because I’m super camera shy. I don’t love being in front of the camera. But I have found that helping them prepare helps with the nerves. During our consultation we will go over everything about their current branding, what their business does, who they are, what colors they use, where they will be using their new images. We also cover exactly what they should wear, what colors to wear, the locations of the shoot and how I should photograph them. Coving all this before a session seems to help nervous clients get prepared and eliminate some of the nerves.
Also, I like to have fun at my sessions and can be a bit silly and goofy. So there will be a lot of laughing. I tell clients “we are just having fun and it’s just pixels. If the image doesn’t work, no worries, we delete it!” I want my clients to look authentic and people who are enjoying themselves tend to look more genuine in their images.
What questions should I ask when I’m looking to hire a photographer?
First, ask for their website and social media links and go to them to make sure their style suites your needs and your vision for your photos. Ask how long they have been in business and what their process is for the type of session you are interested in. It helps you to prepare if you know what will be happening. Also, you will want to ask about pricing and packages and if there are any hidden fees so you know how much you will be spending and what you will be getting for your money.
It was so great to reconnect. One last question – how can our readers connect with you, learn more or support you?
Of course, they can call me at 858.414.9646, email me at Sarah@SarahMorganPhotography.com or through my website at https://www.sarahmorganphotography.com/
My most current work is on my Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/sarahmorganphotography/
I service all of San Diego and my studio is located off Miramar Rd. in central San Diego.
- Website: https://www.sarahmorganphotography.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarahmorganphotographicartist/
- Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahmorganphotography/
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/sarah-morgan-photography-san-diego?osq=baby+photographer&start=20
Sarah Morgan Photography