My name is Sarah and you can often find me sitting at the harbour or under a tree, daydreaming about the sea.
I run Salty Sea Photography, something that long ago started as a hobby and means of telling stories but my love for quirky, folk tale inspired photography rapidly evolved and began growing a bit like a tree! I started involving other people in my celebration and love of story telling and voila, Salty Sea Photography was born! I love the reportage style approach to weddings because it means that every smile, every laugh and goofy face is completely real and those moments are utterly priceless but I also love creative & whimsical portraits that tell the story of a relationship & love between two people. That's why I try to merge the two; a hybrid of relaxed reportage photography with creative & elegant still frames. I am totally happy to include those timeless family group shots too but we keep them to a minimum as they risk taking so much time out of your day (and trust me, that time goes quickly!) We always endeavour to blend in with the crowd and snap those magical un-suspecting moments! Click on my pricing for a better description of what you can get in my packages, and please browse through some of my recent wedding galleries.
I've put a quick FAQ underneath to help you get some background info on me and why I take photo's :) (I think it's so important to get a feel and make a bond with that person who you're entrusting with the task of documenting your magical day)
Lots of Love, Sarah & co. xo
L o c a t i o n: I am based in Cornwall however we're glad to travel around the island(s). It's my dream to photograph a wedding on the Scilly isles one day!
I've been taking photographs properly since A level photography (blimey, was that really 7 years ago?) and I launched Salty Sea Photography as a project about three years ago. Since then, George has joined me as a second shooter, as well as a few other skilled close friends (thus it became Salty Sea Co.) which went full time this year! (2017)
I don't just photograph weddings, I started out practicing in photo-narratives, conceptual, a little lifestyle & surrealism photography, in fact... I still do those things! This means that I keep my creative portfolio nice and fresh & weddings never become a chore! Actually, I am trained in storytelling so my approach to weddings is not a formulaic, repetitive process... I see every single wedding as a unique narrative, your unique narrative, and consider myself the person who's job it is to take notes in the most beautiful way and narrate it so that you can look back and re-read your story in the future. You could say that my approach is just that bit different because of it and another thing, we try to break the stereotype of boring-bossy-old-photographer. We like to think we're upbeat, friendly & playful, we are down to earth and will never make the photo-taking part of your day a boring & serious affair.
First of all, I studied the Art & Design Foundation Diploma at Falmouth University. After, I spent two years on the photography degree at Bath Spa then transferring to the Creative Writing BA for two years where I graduated with a 1st class hons (with credits in both subjects). I wanted to learn more about storytelling, I wanted to go beyond photography and seek inspiration in other areas, explore the art of poetry, sudden prose, stories & theatre. This really helped me to grow my identity and mix the practice of photography with story telling creating my unique approach to the discipline.
My heart lies in weddings & ceremonies that are whimsical, alternative & quirky. I love all things fairytale & unique... if you're getting married in the middle of the woods, having a humanist wedding or anything that's that little bit different, then I'm in my element. I even offer a 10% discount for alternative weddings! I've always wanted to photograph a wedding on the isles of Scilly but anything that involved natural outdoor ceremonies, the steely sea or rolling mountains would be my dream wedding.
I really love Tim Walker's whimsical sets & Justine Kurland's sense of adventure, approach to lifestyle and beautiful documents of her world. I love magazines like Cereal for inspiration but also, I would say that Wes Anderson's cinematography is quite an inspiration. I also really enjoy using sudden prose & poetry as inspiration for photography.
When I'm not taking photographs, I'm working on my novel (shh, it's a secret!) rambling about in the outdoors or curled up reading. I really love being outdoors, exploring greenhouses & picking up things on the beach. I also keep a blog of my adventures which you can read here