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Sarah Kate + PV Takeover + Day 3

PhotoVision Team

@sarahkatephoto Takeover Day 3: Being married to another wedding photographer (shout out to my hubby, @joshua_aull) has allowed us to travel the world together. I could not imagine a better life. We were both in Thailand for a wedding and decided to visit Cambodia and Vietnam as well. At Angkor Wat in Cambodia, we came upon this monk, standing in this hallway. He spoke no English, so I asked our guide if it would be appropriate to ask him if I could take his picture. The guide said yes, and through gestures only, I learned the monk was up for it. He allowed time for one frame before he walked away, excited and smiling (I guess he wasn’t up for a full photoshoot, ha!). I love the look on his face. He looks so content. And I love the way the orange reflects onto one of the columns. Great business opportunities can lead to even better personal opportunities!

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@sarahkatephoto Takeover Day 3: Always be a student of photography. Your experience + knowledge can save your clients’ photos if you find yourself in a tricky situation . . . ahem, such as forgetting your light meter at home when you’re shooting in crazy light! This engagement session is an all-time favorite, but I had to shoot it without a meter. Because I’ve been shooting manually for so long, I just relied on my experience and trusted myself. It came out amazing!

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@sarahkatephoto Takeover Day 3: Comparing yourself to others is detrimental, although it’s hard not to do when Instagram and Facebook are so easily accessible. There was a long period of time as a photographer that I didn't look at anyone’s work (before @Instagram, ha). I just did what I did and developed my own style that was natural to me. I saw other photographers’ work, but I didn’t try to emulate them. Early on, I was determined to focus on my market in Dallas and the style I liked. Try not to focus on others and avoid the spiral of self-doubt and insecurity. Instead of trying to copy the people you admire, try to figure out what it is that you like about their work (i.e. lighting, posing, film stock, etc.) and use that as inspiration to set yourself apart.  

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@sarahkatephoto Takeover Day 3: You have to work really hard to become a successful photographer. It doesn’t always come easy. I’ve worked extremely hard to build what I have. Don’t be anxious to make a big name for yourself, it’s a process! Ultimately, this is a business. This is how I pay my mortgage. This is my livelihood. I set expectations for my clients, and I deliver on those expectations with a smile. Work hard. Appreciate every client, even if they are a pain in the butt. This image reminds me of #RaffaeloMonti’s “Veiled Lady” sculpture and others like it I have seen in Paris and Florence.  Although my images may not be in the Louvre, I do hope to leave a legacy of quality, honesty and good ol’ hard work!

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