hey! i'm sara

On the personal side - I am a wife and I am a mom of three boys. I am from a big, loud family. I grew up on this little island on the Chesapeake Bay and I met my husband here. I followed him further down the east coast when he joined the Navy right before we decided to get married. We were in GA & VA for 6 years, had three boys, and moved ourselves right back to where we started from as soon as he could get away from the submarines. I am a homebody through and through but I do love that feeling of being away and coming back. I am a sucker for the sun and the beach at all times of year. I believe that being comfortable is not a bad thing, prim & proper has never been my style and I feel like my life and my personality reflect the down to earth, no fuss, minimal way of doing things.

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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. 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 2016 and it really took off in 2017.

how it's going

I shoot primarily with a heavy documentary approach. 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 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. And I am hoping to travel more for work in the coming years. 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.

A huge thank you to Ashley of dKin Photography for always getting the best headshots, behind the scene images, and my own family portraits!

kind words

The Miller family

“Sara is the most talented photographer I have ever worked with! I was incredibly happy with every single picture she took! Look no further if you are searching for a photographer!! Willow Roots is the BEST!!! Thank you, Sara for capturing such sweet images of our family. We will cherish these pictures forever!”

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