Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Browne.
Sarah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It was a happy accident. What I mean by that is one day about four years ago, my sister-in-law asked if I could take some headshots for her because I happened to own a DSLR camera from taking journalism classes in college. I was happy to help a family member out, but little did I know that I would discover my passion in life: capturing rare and beautiful moments through my lens. After my sister-in-law posted her pictures on her social media, it led to others asking if I could take pictures for them. The rest is history. Sounds cliché, I know, but it is so true.
Before I knew it, I would have three sessions a week and then four sessions a week and so on. As my schedule filled-up, so did my heart because I started seeing how important the pictures I took were for my clients. It is something I cannot put into words, but thank my clients for every day because they help me to continue to dream big for my company.
Has it been a smooth road?
Although I have been doing this for over four years now, I learn something new about photography on a daily basis. Just as much as the world in general is changing, so is photography. It keeps me humble and open-minded. I have always been my biggest critic. I persevere through my critiques by learning and growing with the photography industry. Which leads me to share some advice I wish I had heard when I first started my business: the camera you own does not define who you are as photographer. If your reading this and aspire to be a photographer like me, learn how to use all cameras. Great photographers learn how to use a basic, point and shoot camera as well as a top-of-the-line DSLR camera. Most importantly, learn the fundamentals of photography (ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture) and you will go far in the industry.
I have been blessed with the most supportive husband, family and friends. They really deserve all the credit on getting through all of my challenges because they are the ones that lift me up and continue to push me towards success. Frankly, they are the ones that allow me to annoy them with a camera in their face most of the time to test out new ideas I have that pop-up in my head, locations I have discovered, or lenses that I may have purchased before trying it out on a paying client. I do not know where I would be without them as person, small business owner and photographer. So, thank you all!
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the RAH Photography AZ story. Tell us more about the business.
There are plenty of photographers out there, so my goal is to let my pictures do the talking for me. I specialize in portrait photography. There is just something about capturing a person’s laughter, the ‘almost’ kiss from a couple, a baby’s dimple and a mother’s gaze at her baby bump behind my lens that sparks my passion and feeds my soul. I am known for my affordability and quick turnaround time for clients. I know how important quality and timely pictures are for most clients I work with, so I unquestionably pride myself in that.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think the photography industry is only getting started! Cellphone cameras are getting better, I can only imagine what they will come up with next in terms of professional equipment. I also think the COVID-19 pandemic changes things a lot too.
I am focused on continuing to grow and launch a new website for RAH Photography AZ later this year. I have a lot of goals and plans for the future and I very excited to see my business grow as the industry does.
- Individual Sessions starting at $100
- Couple Sessions starting at $125
- Family Sessions starting at $150
- Newborn Sessions starting $125
- Phone: 602.317.7663
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @rahphotographyaz_
- Facebook: facebook.com/RAHPhotographyAZ
Personal photo by Tracy Hupko Photography