My family has collected contemporary and fine art since as far back as I can remember. Because of my parents being avid art collectors, I first discovered my love for painting and gravitated towards family photography with it’s unique combination of art and humanity. I never realized just how lucky I was to have this creative facet of my life and just how much it inspired me to be the artist I have become today.
Having graduated from college with joint BFA and Education degrees, I found teaching art was not my passion and though fascinating , it was not the direction I wanted to go in. I graduated and worked for two years on Wall Street as a paralegal and quickly abandoned the legal field after participating in my twin sister Lisa’s wedding 25 years ago. I watched her wedding photographer all night, and instantly knew that special event photography was my calling.
It is a perfect blend of my creative passion, my great eye, and my love of family and sharing in milestones with all the generations. I started my own photography company 24 years ago because I was just not satisfied turning film over to the studios I worked for. Pushing a trigger of a camera and capturing images was exciting for me, but not as exciting as telling a story of the day, and designing the most magnificent albums for these families. Working for other studios many years ago gave me the basic skills of covering parties, but did not satisfy my creative desires to provide a finished product(s).
With the advent of digital photography, a disc, which is handed over to the family seems to be the only piece of art many of today’s photographers produce. This leaves individuals to operate under the idea that albums are a “do it yourself” projects instead of works of art created by a professional. Yet, a study conducted by Kodak found that 85% of people who receive a disc don’t do anything with it after the event is over. Digital is a contemporary medium that has made it easy for the customer to have access to their images, but that shouldn’t be where a customer’s photography journey ends. The idea of a professional photography studio working with a customer directly to design and create a cherished heirloom album seems to have diminished and in the end it is the families who miss out.
It is my mission and passion that this does not happen . It is important for me to bring back traditional photography side by side with contemporary photojournalistic images in a beautiful album. Photo albums are not only a tradition for special events, but a physical way to preserve the photos as well. The actual photographs can fade, get damaged or lost. These heirloom books can be handed down from generation to generation just like a piece of jewelry that has been in the family for years.
It is my goal to create lifelong relationships with our clients and capture all their life events from weddings to babies, and Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, Confirmation, Brises, Baby namings and so much more. Capturing life at its best!!
My father always said “If you love what you do you don’t work a day in your life”. I feel truly lucky that I have this opportunity to combine what I love to do with my professional career. Special event photography and magnificent family portraiture has been my life’s work for over 25 years, and I continue to be inspired by capturing these moments for generations to come.
Sarah’s unique experience capturing twin moments give multiple dimensions to every single photograph. She is able to capture a depth, scale and emotion of twins sharing an occasion, yet experiencing it in their own way. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to have Sarah photograph my twin boys Bnei Mitzvah. Three years later I still look at both books and laugh and cry!!!
Ellen Lowey B’Nai Mitzvah parent
“We love Nicole’s Bat Mitzvah album! It came out great!! You did an amazing job and the end product is stunning! Leo is a fabulous photographer, extremely professional and creative and so nice to work with. We adore him and the beautiful pictures he took. The event may be over but we now have wonderful photos from a moment in time that we will always cherish! Thank you for all the time and effort that you put into creating a wonderful family treasure for us.”
Michele, Scott, Nicole and the Budoff family
Rebecca and I, and Elena, are deeply appreciative of how well the album turned out. What a great piece of work that we’ll all cherish forever. Thank you… and please extend our thanks to your whole team. Let them know we appreciate their work. If it would help your promotional literature or your website, I want to give a quote from me. Here you go…feel free to use it.
“As the Editor of New York Family, I’ve known Sarah for many years, and we are still regularly working together. She has photographed many of our best cover shoots. But I must tell you, on the personal front, my wife and I hired Sarah to shoot our daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. So now I’m speaking from the heart: We love our photo album. My daughter loves the album. For now and forever, we are deeply appreciative of the amazing job Sarah and her team did at the Bat Mitzvah and later with the album.”
Eric Messinger, Mitzvah Father and Editor of New York Family Magazine
“Jeremy – Your montage was a big hit. Everyone loved it especially Larry!!!!!!!!! Thank you so so so much. You were so patient and so amazing and I really appreciated all your hard work.”
“The pictures are fabulous! we had a great time with Sarah on Tuesday and cannot wait for her to shoot the wedding! She is a tremendous artist. :)”
Lauren Fischberg, Bride
There are no words large enough or meaningful enough to tell you how grateful we are to you for your volunteering your time to be our professional photographer at our 80s event fundraiser. You do a stunning job.
Thank you very much for your endless hours of huge support. Your priceless generosity of time and spirit is appreciated by the members of the Foundation and more importantly, by the sick children and their families that we serve.
Nancy Joselson, Pediatric Cancer Foundation Administrative Director
Sometimes, and especially during joyous occasions, it’s difficult to soak in just how special of a time it is. I want to thank you for so beautifully capturing the special nature of Confirmation. Because of you, our students will be able to relive that evening over and over again. We are so appreciative of you volunteering both your time and efforts- we are very lucky to have you!
Zach Rols, Director of Teen and Family Engagement, Central Synagogue