hey, I'm Sarah

I'm a WI photographer that wants to tell your story as authentically as you live it. Let's try not to take life too seriously while we're at it.

It all started when Mandy Moore's voice played through the  headphones of my walkman.

Taking it back to 1999,  when I didn't even have to question if anyone here had ever heard of a walkman. Music has always been my passion. But it was hearing one particular song that made me understand why.  The second the thunder began rolling in, to start off Mandy Moore's track "Not Too Young" on her debut album, I envisioned the entire song in a music video without a blink. From that point, I could hear a song and not only think of the perfect album cover idea, but could see an entire music video in my head.  

Growing up in northern IL though, the "music scene" is essentially nonexistent, go figure.  So, I made my own version of it by being the girl in our friend group that always carried the disposable camera and put together slideshows to all the hot 90's and 2000's jams.

AND DESPITE HOW OBVIOUS IT WAS TO EVERYONE ELSE, IT WASN'T YET OBVIOUS TO ME.

When I got to college, I knew I wanted to study art, because art was what I was good at and what I enjoyed the most.  I won national t-shirt design competitions in high school so I thought, I'll be a graphic design major, easy choice. Little did I know, I was no good at graphic design, like actually really awful at it. Luckily, I was denied by that program and went with my secondary option... photography.

"Golf's no different than hockey, it requires talent and self discipline"...

I always thought that if photography was what I would be doing then I would make my way to New York or Hollywood to fulfill that music industry dream.  Turned out, after visiting both places, I couldn't see myself in either. I had many, call it "Happy Gilmore moments" when people would tell me I should shift my focus from music artists to weddings. I thought you're insane Jack, if I am going to be a photographer then in the music industry is where it will be. 

Then in 2013, Sarah and Ricky got engaged. Friends of mine from high school that had that tale as old as time, highschool sweetheart, Cory and Topanga kind of love, so I reached out having zero couple experience and asked if I could shoot their engagement.

It was later that Sarah then asked if I could shoot their wedding as well and I went for it!

July 19, 2014 it all changed for me.  From "Everything" by Lifehouse playing on the piano and strings to Ricky's grandpa reading off Corinthians 13, the emotion completely overwhelmed me.

"It was a comet...the boy saw the comet and suddenly his life had meaning..." 

No photo session or project had ever made me feel that way. And after realizing the kind of  trust they had in me to capture such a special day, I was blown away.  It is an honor to be the person that documents one of the most important days of your life and be able to also build a lasting friendship off of that!

It is no wonder that even after spending 3 years in Nashville, shooting 10+ artist covers, making several music videos, and shooting numerous live shows, that my couples still hold a special place in my heart.  

you could say i'm obsessed with the real, messy kind of love.

Which would also explain why Corinthians decor is displayed all around my home and  is sure to end up in my cart every time I see it at the store. But don't worry, everything is almost always Bailey approved and while her opinion does matter, let's be real, she doesn't pay the bills. So as long as a new, fuzzy tennis ball comes home with it, she's all good!

The past decade has had its fair share of ups and downs, but one thing has remained the same... I'm so grateful for my people and I hope you'll become one of them.

My best friend

The one and only,
best girl that I love

SPARKLING WATER

can't live without

FRIENDS

favorite show

GOLFING

CURRENT HOBBY

MUSIC

PASSIONATE ABOUT

MY NEPHEW

OBSESSED WITH

all about

I'm ALL ABOUT

your unique story,
thinking outside the box,
talking in accents
and all things 90s!

I'M NOT ABOUT

not about

lifeless posing,
chaos and drama,
improper use of their, there and they're.

Seen all over my home...

"LOVE IS patient, kind, it does not envy or boast...
It does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth...
It always protects... 
LOVE NEVER FAILS."

— 1 corinthians 13:4-8

WORdS TO LIVE BY

most likely to be found...

Grabbing the mic

From Eminem to Carrie Underwood and the ocassional appearance by Alanis Morrisette, karaoke will forever and always be my jam!

Actin' a spider monkey fool

Is it even a wedding day if I don't contort my body in some weird fashion while simultaneously rolling around in dirt? I don't think so!

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