Your People | Sarah Brookhart of Sarah Brookhart Photography
Sarah Brookhart, freelance wedding and lifestyle photographer, and overall badass is a coffee-obsessed, cat-loving babe serving the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Her adventurous spirit and devotion to candid community is refreshing af, and we love her attention to detail, particularly in building a cool experience for her clients. If you’re a photo person, or someone building a small business, get into this exclusive interview with Sarah here.
Hey, Sarah. You already know we’re obsessed, but for the folks at home, tell the fam a little bit about yourself.
HEY! I’m Sarah, a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in the Mid-Atlantic. For me, becoming a professional photographer just… happened. I went to school for elementary education and was working in a school after college. I simply enjoyed photography as a hobby. I’d photograph plants, buildings, coffee, basically just stuff. Somewhat out of the blue someone from college asked me to photograph their wedding. I gave an enthusiastic “OK! Let’s try this out!” For one year, photographing weddings was my side gig. Then in 2015, I moved to Baltimore city and decided to go all-in and make photography my full-time career. Since 2014, I’ve worked with over 150 couples. Being largely self-taught, my photographic style and business acumen have certainly grown, developed, and evolved over the years. My work can be best described as authentic, heartfelt, and fun. It’s a little mix of photojournalism and fine art. One of my favorite things about this job has been getting to know my clients on a personal level so I’m best able to photograph their truest selves.
Whew! That’s incredible. 150 couples? I bet you’ve seen all types of weddings and situations. Any particular goals or aspirations for yourself or your biz?
Right now, I’m gearing up for a busy 2019 wedding season while also booking clients for 2020. I wouldn’t say there is one thing, in particular, I’m working towards. I’m always striving to be a storyteller with my work. I want to continue to improve and strengthen that aspect of my work. Ultimately, I want to serve people well and create little pieces of art they can forever cherish.
Brb, crying forever. You definitely have a beautiful, relaxed look in your subjects. How do you get folks to feel so comfortable around you, particularly in such an intimate setting?
I specialize in authentic, heartfelt, and fun imagery. There’s very minimal “cheesin’ at the camera” when people are in front of my lens. I love building relationships and trust with clients so that they’re comfortable letting me into their space. I know I’ve done my job well when people say they forgot the camera was there.
Totally. Outside of working with clients, any challenges you’ve faced as an entrepreneur and freelance photographer? Any advice you might give to other womxn on a similar path?
One of the biggest challenges in this career has been largely going at it alone. I much prefer team environments. I love my cats a stupid amount, but having just them in the office can get a little lonely. To combat this, I have sought out relationships (that grew into friendships) with others in a similar work environment and industry. It has been so refreshing to grab a coffee or glass of wine with a fellow photographer and chat the joys and trials of owning your own creative business. And bonus! This can build a great referral network.
Some advice I have for others in a similar situation… Invest in yourself so others invest in you! Know that there is always room for improvement. Identify where in your business you’d like to grow, find a photographer who specializes in that, and see if they offer mentorships! I’ve invested in workshops and mentorships to refine my craft and it’s paid off for sure.
Also, just be nice to people. Simple, right? Do it because it’s the right thing to do… and because you never know where your next job will come from.
I love that sm. Coffee (wine) dates are definitely a must. Okay, last one, any cool creative womxn you’re currently inspired by?
Only recently have I become a major fan of Game of Thrones, but I absolutely love Sophie Turner. She is so unapologetically herself and I love that.
WE STAN THE QUEEN OF THE NORTH. The end.