Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Photographer Interview - Sarah Costa Photography

Today I want to introduce you to one of my new favorite photographers.  When I first saw her work, I assumed she MUST be from a major metropolis and lived far away from me. But, I came to find out, she lives in the same town I do!  Meet Sarah Costa of Sarah Costa Photography. She is a natural light photographer whose crisp images have captured the hearts of 1,000s of people in the Vancouver, WA area. Whether you are looking for a newborn studio session or an outdoor wedding, she is game! I love that she thinks of shots and angles that I wouldn't even begin to dream up. Her editing style is so natural, organic, and clean. She gets such wonderful creamy skin tones. She also loves to craft, so her props are fun and original as well!  Give her a "like" on Facebook and tell her that I sent you!  Check out some of her latest work:

Sarah has her own studio now!
I love the light in this one.  Plus, I wish I had a pic of me with my violin like this at her age!

Her attention to detail is exquisite
I love her collage ideas 
I almost went out and shot in this same field on the same day!
Glad I didn't because Sarah did a MUCH better job than I would have!
And now for the interview....

1.) Tell us a little bit about yourself
I love learning new things. I am always working on a million projects and can honestly say I am never bored. I love art and making things with my hands and finding new ways to use things I find while thrifting. It is a rare day that I don’t have my camera in hand. I love taking pictures of everything.

My husband Rob and I have four daughters who are our whole world. Iris who is 12 ½, Stella who will be 10 in May and twins Larkin and Ruby who are 4 ½. Experiencing being a parent to these four has brought so much light into our lives and are continually educating us about life and love.. as well as patience ;-)

We also have two silly little dogs who are a great source of comedic relief in our family and bring us tons of love. We love spending time exploring the pacific northwest, going to famers markets, antiquing, gardening, cooking and working on art and craft projects together and spending time with our family and friends.

2.) Where did you grow up? Go to school?
I was born in southern California and lived there until my family moved here when I was 9 years old. I lived in the hazel dell area until I was 15 then moved to Ridgefield.

3.) Are you a self-taught photographer or have you had any mentors along the way?
I am! Along the way I have met some wonderful photographer friends and gained support from them.

4.) Whose work has influenced you the most?
That’s a hard one. I love do many different photographers work! I love work that bends the rule and shows genuine emotion and creativity. Joy Prouty, Tara Whitney, Amy Boring, Shannon Sewell, Stacy Wood’s, Jose Villa, Jenny Cruger, to name a few

5.) What made you decide to do photography? How did you get started?
The decision to become a photographer professionally came from years of shooting for myself, friends and family. I have loved photography my whole life. I love light I love color I love watching how different things can appear just by changing your perspective. I love looking back on old photos and instantly being drawn back into that moment in time. As I learned more the more I wanted to learn…. When it came down to it I knew I needed something to help feed my addiction to fast glass and great cameras ;-)

6.) What camera do you use and why?
Nikon D700… I love how accurate and fast it focuses and the high ISO capabilities.. I love the way it feels in my hand. I love the sound of the shutter I love the weight.. everything about it.. I can’t wait for my new baby D800 which should be arriving in the next couple of weeks.

7.) What is your favorite lens?
85mm 1.4G. I love everything about it! The focal length, how sharp it is wide open… 99% of the time you will find either the 85 or 35 1.4G on my camera depending on where I am and how much space I have.

8.) Before you put your work online, do you ever have someone critique it first?
Nope, I think I am my toughest critic

9.) Do you ever use artificial light or is it all natural light?
I use natural light in just about every situation. I do have some great continuous lighting as well as flashes for when I need it

10.) What is your favorite thing to shoot?
I love photographing connection. I love taking pictures of everything from births to weddings to my kids being silly in the tub. My goal in every session is to remain genuine and have my work reflect who my subject really is. If it is a senior, 6 month old baby or a family ;-)

11.) Are you a Mac or PC lover?
PC since my husband’s college training was in Microsoft software… I really had no opinion when it came to the kind of computers we had.. lol. Although those apple commercials sure make me want to jump ship haha

12.) What editing program do you use and why?
Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5. I like lightroom for my library and for culling my images to edit. I use photoshop because…well is there anything else that works as good?

13.) What is the farthest location you have ever had a photo shoot?
My work has remained in the Pacific Northwest since I have young kiddos with busy schedules. I do love to travel to new places and hope to get some destination gigs ;-)

14.) Any other funny or interesting shoots that you would like to share?
During one of my early weddings the power went out after dark in the Columbia River Gorge. It was pitch black! First dance, cake cutting ..etc all by candle light it was sure some added ambiance.

15.) Where would your "dream shoot" be?
Big open space, lots of tall grass and wild flowers, with some gorgeous evening summer haze. Family together playing laughing, vintage quilts, guitars playing, flower head band making… people snuggling .. throw in an old VW bus and I am in heaven!

16.) What is one "tip" you would give newbie photographers?
Learn how to use your camera. Investing time in learning the camera is going to pay off so much more than trying to fix it in photoshop! You can be a great photographer with a 50mm lens and a mid range camera. When you have a portfolio built (as well as a business license) make sure you are charging enough to make it worth your time to pay for your taxes and for your equipment. Push yourself to find your own style and what makes your heart happy. Focus on what makes you happy, shoot what you love and you will attract more of that into your life. Look for friends in the industry who are supportive, kind and encouraging and always make time for your family and for your own creativity!

KT side note:  I LOVE this advice!!!  I think a lot of new photographers out there are undermining their abilities/not charging enough. If you feel you are professional enough and have gotten a business license, BY ALL MEANS, become a legit business and start to charge like one. Also - I would not be where I was today without my business friends...they have encouraged me to get where I am as well.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome interview Sarah and Karina!! Huge fan of Sarah's work! XOXO


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