Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Photographer Interview with Sarah King of Capturing Fireflies

I loved Sarah the minute I met her.
Sarah has a unique take on life. 
The most important thing in her world is being a Mom.
She loves shooting but she is proud to tell you that she is a MWAC (Mom with a Camera) first and foremost.
She won't miss her child's special days for a shoot.
I love that about her.
Sarah is doing big things in the Pennsylvania photography market close to where I live. I am proud to call her a fellow photographer, and even prouder to call her my friend. 

Sarah, you have the most creative name for your photography business
Tell us all about it.

Choosing a name was such a big production! I mean, what a big decision. :) I first had to decide if I wanted to use my name. But the answer to that was pretty easy for me. My current last name is my married name, but I am no longer married. 

I knew, at some point, there would be the potential for a name change, so using my name was not an option. Once I decided that I would not use my name, picking a brand name for myself was not easy! 
I next decided that I wanted the word "capture" in my name, because I felt like I captured moments in time, and that was my specialty. Capturing real moments. 
I was brainstorming with my very good photog friend, Sara Baldwin of Saratography, and she had thrown out there "capturing butterfly's" and almost as soon as she said that it gave me the idea of "Capturing Fireflies" - the reason fireflies came to me was because they are fascinating to me! 
I grew up in SoCal, where the only fireflies we knew of were the pretend ones during the Disneyland ride Pirates of the Carribean. Once I moved to PA and got to experience them for the first time, in real life, a whole new world opened up to me.
 I still get very excited to head out during the summer nights to capture fireflies (lots of bug spray needed!)
When did you first pick up your camera and decide that you wanted to take your photography to the next level?

There were a couple key moments that got me there. I have a friend on-line that is a fantastic photographer, and she was also a Mom (we were on a forum together) she ultimately was my first inspiration to be a MWAC - I was a SAHM and couldn't afford to get my daughter's pictures done as much as I would have liked. 
It took me many years to talk myself into investing into a DSLR, but when I finally took the plunge I ultimately had no desire to become professional. I simply wanted to take great pictures and capture fantastic special moments with my daughter that were so quickly flying by. 

I was also going through some major changes at the time (divorce) and I came to a point in my life that I wanted to give back. I was a volunteer for Bengal Rescue Network (cats) and had a foster Bengal in my care that needed some help. 
He was so very itchy!! Missing fur on his belly, sores on the soles of his feet from biting, ect. He was alergic, to something. And the best chance to help him was to have him tested for allergies, so that we could have special allergy meds created just for him! 
The testing was $200, and a 1 year supply of his special meds would be $200. The rescue did not have $400 in their funds for this guy, so I started fundraising using my fancy camera and my newly learned skills.

 This is really what got me started. I had so much fun doing this fundraiser, and it showed me that my passion for photography went a little deeper then I had originally thought. ;) I really enjoyed photographing pets, but the day I attended the I heart faces photowalk was the day I realized that I also enojoyed capturing people. It was also the day I met Becky! 
You started a huge community on facebook of photographers to share and learn. What prompted you to do that?
Everything I know, I learned from other photographers. Don't get me wrong...I spent many weeks sitting in front of my upstairs window with my new camera in hand taking pictures in manual....of absolutely nothing. I took thousands of pictures, playing around with different settings, just to see visually how they affected the end result. 
But, those little tips, that only those that had experience knew, are a big part of where I am today. I am so thankful for those photographers out there that posted blogs, and gave tips on their FB pages, uploaded video's to youtube, answered my questions. Giving back is in my nature.
 The photography world can be so cut throat. And just plain rude! I never want to be like that. And I get great satisfaction in helping others, anytime I can.

You have a full time job and you shoot on the weekends and some evenings, how difficult is that?
It can be very difficult, especially being a mother. Balancing motherhood, a full time job, a photography business, and my ever so cherished lazy days can be tough. I like my sleep. Shooting every weekend equals no "sleep in" mornings, but I guess I am still used to that from being a Mom. I was just getting used to being able to "sleep in" once I started this gig. But, it just makes me cherish them even more when I do get them. ;)
What has been your favorite shoot so far?

I think my favorite shoot so far was my sisters "prom dress" shoot. She got herself a beautiful neon green prom dress and to this day she is one of my best models. We went to our local train station and utilized some of the fantastic textures we had available to us.
What is one character trait of yours you would like to see in your daughter?
I hope that she can always stay positive. One of the things I try to always do is stay positive. I have learned that my emotions can control my overall day, therefore if I stay positive I am much more happy everyday.
What is one character trait of yours you hope she never gets?

I am far too sensitive and allow things to weigh on my mind more than they should. I do hope that she can have a thicker skin than me and stand up more for what she needs in her life. I am getting there but do hope she will learn faster then I did.
Does your daughter like being the subject of your photography?
No. It must be so tough being a photographers daughter. You should see the eye roll sometimes when my camera comes out. She has had enough....but I hold out hope that she grows out of that stage and finds a new stage where she enjoys having her picture taken. :)
Editing pictures takes hours and hours, how do you manage your time when you are editing?
I don't think I could do what I do without Lightroom. Once I started using Lightroom I felt like my world opened up and I could finally fit editing into my busy life. I would receommend LR to everyone wanting to speed up their work flow.
You are a lover of cats, tell us about yours.
I have two beautiful Bengal boys. Rajah is a snow marbled Bengal, and Leo is a brown spotted Bengal. They both have such unique personalities and love each other to pieces. :)
If money was no object, what is something you would do with your life this year?
If money was no object, I would quit my day job. I want so much to have more time to devote to my business!

There are lots of different photography blogs and sites to visit. What are 3 of your favorite places to go and learn?

I don't visit these enough these days but they each had a part in helping me learn via the internet. :)

You love music! What made you start using Spotify? What is your favorite song lately? Do you sing along?

I love music!! Yes, I do. And spotify is free. You can't beat free! I have it on all day at work, in the car, while I shower, clean, and pretty much anytime I can get away with it. I sing along in the shower and in the car....only when by myself. ;) My favorite song lately is Overcome by Live. 
Nothing new, but it gives me goosebumps everytime I hear it. I like it oldschool....Well oldschool for my generation. You should check out my spotify playlist! It is a little bit of everything. ;)
Is there a good network of photographers in your area?
It is amazing how many fantastic photographers are in my area, as well as the network that has formed because of that! Many of the locals are all friends and hang out with each other at events and during Holidays! There are a few great meet-up groups that meet weekly or monthly as well. I know that I am very blessed with that network that is available to me so close to home.
When you meet other photographers have you found them to be warm and welcoming?

In person, I have not met a mean photographer yet. Online seems to be a different story, but locally the photographers are super nice.

If someone tells you "Hey, I got a new Canon Rebel so I can take pictures JUST like yours. I don't need you any more." what is the first thought that runs thru your mind?
I must admit, my first thought in my head would be something like, ugh, yeah alright because it's nothing more then pushing a button, right? But that would never come out of my mouth. ;) I would offer help and hope they were one of the few that actually strives to learn and better themselves instead of taking what they get in Auto with a nice camera. I love to help those that love to learn.
What one thing has helped you more than any other thing to grow and learn photography this year?

This year was a year of learning to be confident in myself. I know, I should have done that before starting a business. ;)
There is something unique about Sarah. 
She is down to earth and kind. 
Her pictures are like art. 

Her website is gorgeous. Wait until you see it!


H.K. said...

There is always something so beautiful when I see pictures of newborns- all the pictures were gorgeous, very art worthy! Happy New Year!

Melinda said...

All of her images are spectacular but I am absolutely in LOVE with the image of Radio City Music Hall. I would so have that one blown up to gargantuan proportions and hanging in my home : )

Thanks again, Becky for sharing with us another amazing and down-to-earth photographer!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Beautiful work. Loved the butterfly and the sailboat. Her name is genius. Perfect for a photographer I think.

genderist said...

I want to be her when I grow up.

Chelsey - The Paper Mama said...

Wow. That first image is AMAZING. AND, I love the butterfly. Pretty much I love all of it.

Chelsey - The Paper Mama said...

Wow. That first image is AMAZING. AND, I love the butterfly. Pretty much I love all of it.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Fun interview, as always! My favorite is the wedding shot with the groo & his guitar. What a moment!

Brian Miller said...

wow these are gorgeous that first one of radio city...and the lightning shots...great stuff...

Kristen said...

Awesome interview with a wonderful photographer! <3

She Writes Here Now said...

Happy New Year, sweet YOU!

I love seeing Sarah's work here. The bride and guitar player--magical shot!

lifebythecreek said...

I love Sarah's work AND her heart. We need more "nice" in the world, and she has a whole boatload to hand out! Professionalism and kindness CAN coexist, and Sarah is proof!

Teachinfourth said...

New York...I love taking photos there! I also really like your B&W image of the snowy front street.


Brooke said...

Wow... Sarah has a real eye for taking amazing pictures! Loved this!

Skeller said...

photographer friends are THE BEST!! you guys are lucky to have found each other (thanks, IHF!) And Sarah, I love your twinkly logo - it perfectly fits the name you chose :-)

Tracy P. said...

Oh yay, an interview! Thank you! So nice to meet Sarah and see her beautiful work. Must go check her out.

SassyModernMom said...

Wow!! What a great interview! Thanks for the intro, I so adore photographers with such a unique eye!

Stasha said...

What a lovely interview. Very proud of what Sarah has accomplished!

angie said...

What a wonderful interview with fantastic photos. I especially loved hearing how she began getting serious about photography....with a goal to "give back".

marc said...

I love the dream-like quality of that last photo and also the snowy scene and the road. great stuff!

Salma @ Chasing Rainbow said...

Oh what a great interview. I absolutely love all the baby shots, every single one.

Happy New Year Becky!

April said...

Talk about stunning photography! Leaves me "oohing" and "aahing" for more!

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

Sarah, your work is simply stunning! You have a fabulous eye for color and light and tones, and you handle an amazing variety of subjects too! Thanks so much for sharing that Live song too! It's lovely to "meet" you.

CiCi said...

Becky, your interviews are so in-depth and generous. You must be one of the photographers willing to share what you learn and hope other photographers continue to learn and improve their results.

There are so many interesting shots in this post as well as the relaxed interview. Very nice.

Sharon said...

I was so excited to see another interview! I'm off to go check out the website now. Thanks!

Scary Mommy said...

Absolutely stunning!!! I love your interview series!!

Anita Johnson said...

What wonderful work she does! Great interview, Becky!

Julia Goss said...

what a wonderful interview, so very inspiring with beautiful work,images and words ! Thank you both for the time to share all this <3 !

Anonymous said...

She is great! Her life perspective is awesome and I hope she becomes super successful and can quit that full time job.

Maddy said...

So happy that the interviews are back and that you've introduced us to another wonderful photographer. Her photos are beautiful and I love how she came up with her name :)

debi9kids said...

what a fantastic interview.
Sarah sounds so down-to-earth and genuine and her photos are gorgeous.

LOVE the idea of her Facebook site. Going to check it out now. (I am buying myself a real camera soon and have NO clue about starting, but hope to learn...)

richies said...

Beautiful and very interesting photos. A Mom with a full time job and a photography business; I'm surprised that Sarah sleeps at all.

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Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Wow... these are amazing. What a great interview! Mom with a Camera... that is so sweet! :) I love the nature shots. The moon photo is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing such a talent with us!

My Photographic Eye by Irela said...

Such a great interview. Love her work and outlook on life, photography and her family. Wonderfully done.

Drew said...

So nice to meet you! I love your honesty, artistic vision, and down-to-earthness (is that a real word?). :)

Becca said...

Love this interview! Great pictures :-)

freckles & dimples said...

interviews are back! yeah, becky!
I think that I was on the photowalk with Sarah...but I dont remember meeting her :( I think I would have enjoyed her! Lovely images, love the first one of RCMH!

Anonymous said...

Loved this! Great job ladies! :)

Adrienne said...

Another great interview, Becky. Thanks for introducing us!

Hi, Sarah. It's nice to "meet" you.

Heather said...

I love, LOVE Sarah's work!! It was wonderful to read her interview and learn more about her! <3

Melinda Marshall said...

Becky, thanks so much for interviewing Sarah! It is so nice to learn more about the amazing lady that started our group!

Laura D said...

I love her work and the name of her business. I have checked out her website before and am always impressed with her images. I was also on the photowalk and had such a great experience - it is great to know that she started her business at that point and to see where she has come..Great interview as always!

Cake Poppin' Mama said...

WOW! Thank you for sharing her beautiful work and story, Becky! Another fabulous photographer!!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

LOVE her style...and that couples reflection shot is too amazing!

Teri M said...

She has a wonderful attitude and perspective - both on life and with the lens! Love the first picture. And the family standing at the back of the big pond/pool is super cool!

photowannabe said...

Sarah's interview shows what a beautiful, warm person she is both inside and out.
Gorgeous photography. She will go far!
Thanks Becky for her interview.

Buckeroomama said...

Oh, I love how down-to-earth she is. People like her who give back will get back a hundredfold.

Beautiful photos!

Sandra said...

Wonderful blog post!! I'm so glad I saw it on FB!!

Sarah King said...

Melinda - I totally have it on my wall in my bedroom big. Not gargantuan, but 20x30 :) It is my favorite shot...and the only one included in this interview that I shot with my P&S (on Auto, w/flash) LOL

genderist - You made my week. I've said that so many times about others in my 2 years of this journey. Thank you

Skeller - That was a pre-made logo I came across one day and couldn't pass it up! It fit my name perfectly! I was very lucky with that. :)

Jade - Thank you. It's nice to "meet" you!

debi9kids - I hope you found us. :) If not, the link to the group is.

Drew - Nice to meet you too! And Thank you. :)

Freckles - I am very shy (counter productive for a photog, I know!) I stayed to myself mostly that day. :)

Adrienne - nice to meet you!

Dina - One of my recent favs! It was my end of the session "just for fun" shot...and it ended up being the one they printed the biggest! :)

photowannabe/buckermama/ and everyone else I did not mention, THANK YOU so much for such kind words and compliments. I am so very humbled by your comments. Thank you. :)

Sarah King said...

and Becky, Thank you girl for always being there for me. To support me, to pray for me. You are honestly the nicest person I have met in my journey. You inspire ME!!! <3

Dot O said...

Yes, so down to earth. Love your work, love the lightning photo - some day I hope to eat least catch one bolt of lightning with my "glass".

Sarah, I'm thinking I did meet you on the photo walk we took with Becky way back. I recognize the guitar-playing groom and bride...

Good luck - wishing you tons of success with your business and hope that it will be your regular day job one day...:)

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is a great interview Becky! I love all her photos...and her cats are gorgeous. Going to check out her site.