hey! i'm sara
I'm a full time wedding and portrait photographer with a natural, easy & laid back style based off of Kent Island, Maryland.
a little bit about me + how i got here
I have been married to my guy for nearly ten years and I am a mom of three boys. I am from a big, loud family. I grew up on a small island on the Chesapeake Bay surrounded by a close group of girlfriends who have stuck with me through all stages of our lives. I met my husband when I was 19 and we've been together ever since. I followed him further down the east coast when he joined the Navy right before we decided to get married in 2011. We were in GA & VA for 6 years, we started our family, had three boys and then we moved right back to where we started from on Kent Island as soon as his enlistment ended.
I am a homebody through and through. I am always down for the low-key, easy, good time. If I can wear a hoodie or tee and flops, I am happy. I am a sucker for the sun and the beach (Bay or Ocean) at all times of the year. I believe that being comfortable is not a bad thing. Prim & proper has never been my style. My goal is to have my personal and professional life reflect the down to earth, no fuss, minimal yet efficient way of doing things.
how it started
I first picked up a "real" camera when we were going through a deployment right before my oldest's first birthday. He was crawling and standing and moving and so expressive, his personality just booming. And his dad was missing it. A friend of mine lent me her Canon Rebel so I could take some photos of him to send out in a mail-drop (submarine life at it's finest). I was hooked. She ended up being the kindest human ever, one I will never forget no matter where we live (Hey Cathy!), and let me keep it. From there I took photos of our boys as they grew and I asked friends if I could take their kids' photos. I really had no idea what I was doing but it felt right and it bloomed from there. Now, seven years later, a ton of photography & business education under my belt (some from learning resources and some from trial and error), I started Willow Roots Photography when our youngest was 7 months old in November 2016 and it really took off in 2017.
how it's going
I shoot primarily with a documentary approach. I also tell clients that I try to blend in with the surroundings, I don't want to stick out or put pressure on you to do things outside your norm. I feel like no one really looks or feels like their true selves when they are overly posed or smiling directly at a camera snap after snap. Weddings are becoming my favorite but I will never stop doing documentary style portrait sessions. I absolutely love seeing my clients year after year and growing right along with them. I edit with a true-to-color, crisp and clean style, I want your photos to resemble the location and the weather that we had that day. I want you to look back on it reflecting on the memory just as it looked when it took place. My busy season is May-November. Sunset and sunrise sessions are my jam. I have started a Shop based off of my brand, WRP The Shop, where I design and collaborate with US based small businesses for comfy clothes and fun items to sell. Portions of the proceeds are donated to four local (QAC) charities. I feel like as a small business owner, it is super important to be a part of your community and give back when you can. This little Shop allows me to do that all while growing my brand.