My story

- I’m Sarah -

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A coffee cake-loving, fur baby-cuddling Northampton wedding photographer for couples longing to leave a legacy of love.

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In a champagne sip: I’m here to help you capture your love story

My story

I wasn’t one of those girls who always knew what she wanted to do. I used to tell people I was going to be a pilot, just to watch the surprise blossom on their faces (I was the quietest girl in class and people were yet to realise I was soft on the outside but strong on the inside.)

And so, lacking anything else that particularly compelled me, I followed a typically academic path to university, graduated in business studies and then fell into marketing. The next ten years passed by in a monotonous blur of career ladder climbing and the kind of accomplishments that I was proud of to start with but soon left me feeling empty inside. And then, one day, disaster struck. My job was made redundant. It was, to this day, the very best thing that could have happened.

With the luxury of time and the hunger of wanting to make the most out of every moment, I went on a course to learn how to use an SLR camera. And just. Like. That … Everything fell into place. Ever heard the saying: ‘What you’re looking for might have been in front of you all along’? Well, if my purpose was what I was searching for, then photography was the true love standing right in front of me the whole time.

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Growing up, my dad was a keen amateur photographer and inspired me to use my compact camera to record and capture everything from family holidays through to the way the dappled light fell on the carpet on a rainy Sunday afternoon. In middle school, I took a photography class and as I grew older I was constantly taking photos of food, flowers and the fun of everyday life. Photography was, and always will be, a constant in my life.

Today, I’ve been a wedding photographer for over a decade and am now running one of the most respected wedding photography companies in the UK.

I’ve never felt happier or more fulfilled.

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Little things that make me feel big things:

  • The colours in the sky at dusk
  • Lists (not that you can tell from this)
  • A BIG mug of Earl Grey tea
  • Koalas (in the wild, not a zoo)
  • Hearing the rain on the roof while I'm snuggled in bed
  • The snooze button
  • Being by the sea 
  • Re-reading my childhood books - The Faraway Tree series is my fave
  • Peonies – big, blousy and PINK
  • Dancing in the kitchen while the kettle boils
  • Marzipan. Don't bother putting it on the cake. Just give me the block.

If you're into this sort of thing, I'm:

  • Sun sign ... Capricorn 
  • Moon sign ... Sagittarius
  • Hogwart's House ... Ravenclaw
  • Meyers Briggs ... INFJ
  • HSP 
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“Sarah, do you ever get bored with photographing weddings?”
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10 things I’m grateful for as a wedding photographer
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Five ways wedding photography has changed me
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Growing green fingers
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20 facts about me

Fancy a game of truth or dare? I’ll go first

  • I separate smarties into colour groups before eating them. Pink first; it’s my favourite colour. Yellow next. Then red, green, blue and brown. Orange last, because orange chocolate.

  • I can wiggle my ears. It’s the same muscle you use to ‘smize’ (smile with your eyes), if you want to try it.

  • I’ve photographed Alan Carr (hilarious!), Professor Stephen Hawking (inspiring!), Duncan from Blue (mmmm!), Sophie Ellis Bextor (incred voice!), Lulu (shouts a lot!) and Paul Daniels & Debbie McGee (childhood heroes!).

  • I used to be a trampolining coach.

  • My guilty pleasures include but are not limited to: Hollyoaks. Custard creams. Harvey’s Bristol Cream. Prawn cocktail crisp sandwiches. Mini gingerbread men dunked in instant coffee.

  • Photography. I can't not do it. It's how I see the world. Everything around me inspires me to keep doing it.

Now it's your turn

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    Come and explore what working with me as your wedding photographer would be like. I’ll bring the tea. You bring the love.