I've had a lot of people ask me to help them learn how to use their cameras in manual mode. So I'm doing a short series of videos and blog posts about aperture, shutter speed, and ISO for beginners. Aperture is first because it's my favorite. Here's a video tutorial!
These were all shot in West Asheville and the River Arts District. If you live in Asheville, you've probably driven past these areas. The clothes were sourced from thrift stores and my own closet. The flamingo socks are from Target. I couldn't resist them.
Putting your work out there to be judged can be terrifying. Yet tens of thousands of photographers were brave enough to enter hundreds of thousands of photos in this year's Shoot and Share Contest. It's a free (!) photo contest where you can enter photos in a variety of categories and the results are decided by weeks of public voting.
I think in photographs. When I hear about a brand and the creator behind the brand, I am already visualizing what their photo campaign would look like. Linda needed photos of her jewelry on models, and it was fun to work with her to create images that fit her brand and website. Together, and with the help of a team of other strong talented women, we created and styled this shoot.
I recently had the pleasure of photographing Angela Kim and some of her designs for the launch of her website AshevilleCouture.com. We did the shoot at her shared space at Engaged Asheville which is full of beautiful bright light that helped showcase her work beautifully.
I have a passion for working one on one with individuals and small businesses who march to their own drum. For styling headshots, senior photos, boudoir photos, or any other kind of portrait that reflects their personality. For delving into what makes a business unique and creating unique images that reflect that.
Normally, anything that involves "networking" makes the introvert side of me want to crawl back into bed and surround myself with books and cats. But this Instameet seemed laid back, and while I knew I would be meeting new people, we would also be walking around and taking photographs.
And we did. And it was amazing. And I am so glad I went.
“Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience- or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope." -Jane Austen, Sense & Sensibility
I thought about filling this post with Jane Austen quotes and calling it a day. That would have made me really happy. But it makes me happier to do a shout out to the lovely ladies who made these portraits come to life.
I saw a pipe clothing rack on Pinterest and wanted one so much! It's the perfect place to store fun clothes for my portrait and boudoir clients to choose from, and it doubles as a great place to hang clothes when I'm working with clothing designers.
"Commercial photography" doesn't seem like an accurate description of what I offer. That makes me think of large businesses with huge marketing teams. But if you own a small business, you are the marketing team. And the sales team. And the tech team. And maybe the intern who does coffee runs.
When I have new personal photos (usually it's a photo of my cat. see below.), the first thing I want to do is share them online with my friends. My goal with delivering your photos is to make enjoying them how you want as easy as possible.
I'd been dreaming up a shoot based around strong lines for months before the time I finally did it. In my head, the lines would come from huge harsh shadows across buildings. But it was cloudy, and no sun meant no big harsh shadows. I decided to roll with it anyways, and I am so glad I did!
I am always telling people how amazing my clients are. All of them. This particular session with Leilani and Marcus was so fun! They are obviously head over heels in love and were celebrating their one year anniversary on the exact day of this session.
You know the maternity session is going to be good when upon first arriving at your location, a deer wanders into the field you're using. It also doesn't hurt if the couple is incredibly sweet and gorgeous like Megan and David. I can't wait to find out if they are having a little boy or girl and to do their newborn session!
I jumped at the chance to attend The Asheville Darkroom's Primitive/Junk Camera Class with Bill Daniel because I am super nerdy and love learning. I walked into class with a box filled with a random 50mm lens, a busted SX-70 Polaroid, and my Holga camera.
I am stepping into the world of fashion photography. Models. Fancy clothing. Gorgeous locations. Very exciting! Asheville has a growing fashion scene that welcomes collaboration and creativity. For this shoot, I worked with a model who is also just joining the party. Molly is a gorgeous young model with tons of potential. I'm sure I'll be seeing many more great shoots from her in the future.
When it snowed this January in Asheville, I was torn between wanting to go sledding and wanting to photograph in the snow. So I did both. After sledding at our local community center, since I couldn't drive anywhere, I reached out to see if any local models lived within walking distance and wanted to do a photo shoot.
I am moving into a photography studio in Asheville's River Arts District on January 1st, and I could not be more excited. I took studio photography classes in college, and it was my favorite. So I've been dreaming of the day I could have my own studio for a long time.
"But Sarah, how did you take these images if you didn't have a studio?!" Well let me tell you...
I am excited to announce that you can now purchase gorgeous gift certificates for Sarah Hooker Photography. For your parents, your friends or family with kids, or pretty much anyone, because who doesn't love gorgeous pictures of themselves and their loved ones?
My DIY tendencies seem to have no bounds. Yesterday I saw a Facebook post about cinemagraphs and decided I had to learn how to make them. After figuring cinemagraphs out, I love them, and I think I will keep making them!
I probably jinxed this engagement session. When I recommended we shoot at Craggy Gardens in the morning I said, "Ooh! I hope there will be some fog." Well, there was. Also, there was rain, cold wind, and heavy mist. I thought Travis and Laura would say they wanted to reschedule, but I was surprised when they were all in! On top of being incredibly sweet and laid back, they were so adventurous!
I just got my first roll of scanned images back from theFINDlab. I'd like to say I waited patiently, but I really checked my email every 5 minutes today. You can choose for them to give you feedback on your order, and I was slightly afraid I would get some horrible feedback like, "Maybe you should only shoot digital from now on."