Hello… I'm Sarah
I am a Master of Social Work (MSW) in clinical practice student at the University of Missouri-Columba (graduating May 24). I am studying Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and therapeutic photography as clinical approaches. Additionally, I am studying Photovoice, a participatory research method that uses photography to empower individuals and communities to express their experiences and perspectives on various social issues. Finally, I have completed my general Social Work Practicum with BJC Hospice and have a special place in my heart for working with patients and their families working through death, grief, and loss. I have a bachelor's degree in Business & Finance from Marquette University. I have been an Associate Wedding Photographer under Amanda Sudimack (Artisan Events) in Chicago, IL. I have mentored with Kirsten Lewis in Documentary Photography and Julia Kelleher (Jewel Images) in Newborn Portraiture. Additionally, I further my continuing education through the St. Louis EFT Community, Professional Photographers of America, conferences, and classes.
Matthew has a bachelor's degree in Accounting and is a CPA. He has mentored in Senior & Fashion photography with David Beckham (David Beckham Photography). Matthew is my husband and our Associate Photographer, Chief Financial Officer, Technology Consultant, Studio Manager, etc.
Meet Penelope ("Lope")…
Lope's full AKC name is Princess Penleope Raven, CGC, which suits her. Penelope joined our family in December 2021 and is a 7-pound fluffy bundle of joy. Penelope passed her AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) exam in the winter of 2023 and has earned her AKC Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced Trick Dog Titles.
Additionally, Sarah plans to bring Penelope to work daily as a psychotherapist so Sarah's clients can enjoy spending time in session with Penelope if they would like.
Here is a fun fact about us: Sarah is a Sony and Nikon photographer, and Matthew is a Canon photographer. In the decade + that we have photographed together, neither of us has convinced the other to switch systems. It's amusing to us now that we're both at ease taking photos with a secondary (or tertiary) setup.
A few more things about me…
My family inspires me, and my kids and our pup, are my little muses. I feel so lucky that they provide me with countless opportunities to capture the magical memories of their growing years creatively.
I'm studying to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and will graduate in May '24 as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). MIZ!
I like Life cereal.
I'm a big fan of everything Apple.
My home is St. Louis, MO, although I have spent my fair share of time in Chicago, IL, Milwaukee, WI, and NJ/New York City.
I'm an aspiring minimalist (despite my admittedly excessive collection of books, photography gear, and art supplies).
Podcasts and audiobooks are music to my ears.
Moments mean a lot, and they are our history. This quote by Alice Wong (creator of The Disability Project) captures how I feel beautifully. "We all have the capacity to create our own history."
Art is therapy.
"Pictures capture energy" -George Faller
I am fond of Polaroid photographs and often enjoy photographing my kids using a 35mm film with a Minolta SRT201. There is something old-school about it that resonates with my soul. A print developing before your eyes is magical to me, even as an adult. I'm just as happy to send the film to my lab for processing, anticipating receiving the digital scans and prints. I am old enough to remember the excitement of picking up a new set of prints from one of those drive-through film development kiosks. The whole process resonates with my inner child.