Sarah Stuart Studios Specializes in Wedding Photography and Videography
For the past two years, Sarah Stuart has been doing her dream career – working as a wedding photographer and videographer. After working a variety of jobs, Sarah decided to pursue her dreams of sharing love stories meant for the generations. We couldn’t be happier to have Sarah capture our Vendor Social at The Hill Center on January 20th! Woohoo!
When did you decide you wanted to open your own company? How long have you been in business?
If I’m being honest with anyone, it was the moment when I had to keep my one of my lowest-of-the-low jobs I had after graduating college: being Santa’s photographer in a shopping mall for five weeks. It’s definitely a portion of my life timeline I casually leave out, but it was during this holiday season where I really put my foot down and set higher expectations for my life, which primarily consisted of never having to take photos that I don’t care anything about. Every artist should experience the feeling of “I can do more and I can see further.” That feeling pushed me to step out of the comfort zone and create what is now Sarah Stuart Studios. I’ve been in business now for 2 full years!
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about your business or your team that you’d like to share?
You can hand pick anyone out of the crowd and have them film your wedding by pressing record on a tablet or smartphone and it probably wouldn’t be terrible. With everything being so digitally accessible these days, it’s easy for anyone to capture moments for a wedding day. How I stand apart from the crowd is by being a storyteller. Anyone can learn to do what I do when it comes to cameras and operating them, but telling your story is what makes Sarah Stuart Studios unique. That’s a big task for one day, so sometimes I bring along my life partner and love of my life Heather Mae. She’s a full-time musician in DC and is good with remembering to tell people to floss their teeth, fixing wrinkles and great at posing couples to make sure we get the best shots when doing both photography and videography. Together, we tell really good jokes and drink more coffee than you will in your entire life.
What is your favorite part about what you do?
During the week I get to work a dream day job, but it can’t ever compare to the joy that I feel when I get to film two people in love on their day together. My work as a wedding photographer and videographer brings the little kid, adrenaline pumping and creative spark excitement, out in me. I know how important the small things are, I understand the in-between moments you don’t want to forget, and I want each wedding video to tell a story my couples get to pass on to family and friends for generations.
Do you have a favorite story related to your business?
I once had a groomsmen ask me if he could strap my go pro to his head and walk around the reception dancing with people – how could I not accept that offer? It’s a new tradition I’m bring to my 2016 couples to have someone in the family or bridal party take over a camera and film from their perspective!
Do you have a favorite type of wedding?
My favorite kind of weddings are outdoor weddings in the evening – the natural light always makes for the best shots!
Sarah Stuart Studios, Photography + Videography