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Life & Work with Sarah Kempers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Kempers. 

Hi Sarah, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
Photography began as a hobby at a young age. I played softball from the time I was 5, until I played in college. My Mom, when not coaching me, would be on the sidelines with her Canon getting photos of me pitching. Fast forward to my college years, a friend of mine graciously gifted me with her old Canon Rebel T1i. It was truly one of the greatest gifts and I’m not sure if I would’ve found my way into professional photography without it. I started using it to take photos of friends, and slowly people started asking me to do engagement sessions and proposals. (Side note, goes to show you don’t need the most expensive gear, in order to pursue a dream you’re passionate about) I had graduated college at this point and had worked in Marketing for Chick-fil-A & Kendra Scott, as well as dabbling in Real Estate for a year. With a degree in Business administration and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership, I had always pictured myself working in the corporate world. I got married in June of 2020 and in September of 2020 my husband & I were chatting about goals and our future. In that moment, he looked at me and said, “There’s no better time than now, you’re doing this. You can do this.” He knew I had always dreamed of being an entrepreneur but he also knew the “planner” in me needed a little push without having an exact roadmap as to how becoming a full-time photographer would go. The next day I put in my notice at my job as a Marketing & Events Coordinator. By January of 2021, I had booked 25 weddings for the year and was truly drinking information from a fire hose. I was learning as much about this craft as I could, investing in workshops, new gear, mentor sessions, and spending hours on YouTube. It’s been quite the first year, and I am humbled and honored to be where I am and have the opportunity to serve my clients & be such a small part of their stories. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’m a firm believer that struggles and bumps in the road only help us to become more versatile and well-equipped as business owners. At the time that I started in September of 2020, my husband was working a seasonal job and would not be bringing in income from December to April. It truly put a fire under me to make this business as lucrative as I could, as quickly as I could. Additionally, like many creatives I know, I started struggling with imposter syndrome. Anyone I talked to spoke about how “saturated” the photography field was. People would say “anyone can be a photographer & everyone is a photographer.” It was discouraging as it felt like there was no way I could make a name for myself and offer a different experience than everyone else. I quickly realized comparison would kill my joy and my business faster than it began. I realized that so often people have a “scarcity mindset” in the creative world, and I wanted to change that. There are enough clients to go around and I vowed to believe that if the client booked me, then I was meant to work with them. And if they didn’t, then I can be happy they found someone who better fits their needs. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
As a professional wedding & couples photographer, I have the opportunity to work with incredible people during some of the most special seasons of their lives. I truly value marriage and the gift that it is. Being able to walk alongside my couples as they enter into covenant together, and capturing that for them to look back on, is one of the most rewarding “jobs” I could ever ask for. I like to say I specialize in not just being a vendor you hire to give a product; I am someone you invest in, who gifts you an experience that leaves you with snapshots of moments you can pass on for generations. 

I truly believe in quality customer service and feel that it should be the main priority of every encounter. One of my core values, as an individual and a business owner, is approaching every situation with a servants heart. I believe that in some of people’s most precious moments they should hire someone who can support them, serve them, and invest in their unique story. 

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
Social media, specifically Instagram, is such a unique & free tool for business owners to use as a way to join in community, create together & find new opportunities for their business! I love using it to gain new friends in the industry, collaborate with other creatives, and to reach more people with my work. Sharing about local businesses you love on social media & with friends is the best form of support! I encourage any local creatives or potential clients who would love to work with me to reach out to me on Instagram, or through my contact page on my website! I’m always eager to meet new people! 

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