Sarah Barkley | Feather Print Photography | Illinois Photographer| Lifestyle Boudoir Session | Lightroom Presets
1. Tell us about you .
I went to Northern Illinois University for English, and pursued my passion for photography while I was in school by photographing newborns in the hospital. I'm a full time business owner and photographer, and I live in the suburbs of Chicago. When I'm not working, I love to read, do yoga, walk my dogs, and drive around in my Jeep with my husband. I also love interior design, and refurbishing old furniture - so when I have a day off you'll most likely find me at a flea market or antique shop.
2. When did you learn photography ?
Ever since I can remember I have been both a storyteller, and a photographer. My first camera was a hand-me-down from my brother, which was an orange Ninja Turtle camera that said, “Cowabunga, smile!” every time I released the shutter. I was writing about anything that I could think up, both real and fictional- I loved those blank hardcover books they used to make you buy from the store for elementary school projects, and I would make up stories and draw them out. I also took photos class, and was the photographer for the Yearbook Club in high school which made me love photography even more. Photography was a hobby until I pursued it as a job while I was in college, and then I got hands on training professionally.
3. Whose work has influenced you most ?
I follow so many amazing artists, but I have to say that Jeremy Cowart takes the cake on this one. I can't say that my style lines up with his, but I can say that truly look up to him. He inspires me on all levels. He is cares deeply for, and is extremely dedicated to his family, and for the well being of nearly everyone around him. He has so many community projects, and philanthropic views, which is something I've always been passionate about as well. He also is an amazing entrepreneur, artist, and photographer. You should definitely check him out if you don't know of him already!
4. How do you educate yourself to grow in your art ?
Every year I make it a point to attend at least one workshop and one conference. It's important to me to keep learning. I also take time to do sessions or photograph things that are simply just to satisfy my desires and an artist. I also read a TON of blogs online, take online courses, listen to podcasts, and watch webinars. I also teach photography to children, so that helps me go back to my roots and make sure that my foundation is strong.
5. What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
Don't do it because everyone else is doing it. It seems like that would be a given right? But when you make photography your career, it's easy to get caught up in the trends. Stay true to your soul.
6. What kind of gear do you use?
I'm all Canon. I have 2 5DMIII's, and my go to lenses are the 50mm 1.4, and the 70-200 2.8. I rock my Hold Fast Moneymaker as much as possible so I can use both cameras at once.
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