I am one of those crazy people that not only make ambitious goals every year, but I keep to them. And this year, 2020, is no different. Wow are my goals lofty... and dare I say, scary!! But honestly, if my goals don't scare me, then they are probably not big enough!
So, what are these goals? Well, besides my normal goals of weddings, fitness and family photography... Here's just a few that you'll be seeing pop up soon:
+ Teaching IG workshops to local business owners
+ Lead Styled Shoots for Wedding Photography (& teach bridal party posing with OCF)
+ Help local business owners with their branding
+ Teaching Photography workshops/classes (both online and in-person)
+ Do Photography field trips
+ Lead Styled Shoots for Conceptual Portrait Photography (specifically my fairytales)
Below is my first Instagram workshop, slated for Feb. 5, 2020. If you click on it, it will take you to the EventBrite page:
So why am I making this shift?? Before I started my photography business, I was a teacher. I've taught: elementary, middle school, technical college, and adult community classes. And I miss teaching. I've always been pretty good at taking difficult subjects and breaking them down into bite-sized chunks of information. And although I love, love, love working with kids (especially photographing them); I like teaching adults better.
Although I'm posting about this here... I've also started a new website called, "Confidently Creative" (but the website is under the url of www.SarahVara.com). Sarah Vara was my nickname growing up, because my last name is so hard for people to pronounce... and because, c'mon - it rhymes :) I cannot take credit for it though, one of the moms in my church came up with it.
I find it super exciting to set scary goals and then watch myself pursue them one step at a time. I don't do it alone though... I have a very small group (there's 3 of us) that Zoom video call (it's like Skype) EVERY week to check in on our goals and push each other forward. It's having this accountability group, and then awesome friends that push me to accomplish everything and.
Hold onto your hats!! We're coming in hot this year :)
I have a secret.... I love photographing beautifully displayed food. When I'm at an event, and the catering staff has a perfectly manicured food display, I can't help myself - I have to photograph it. What I LOVED about this project with Great Point Kitchen and Events was that I was allowed to style the food as well. And LeNan, owner and head cook, not only has delicious food, but she also has a photographer's dream of styling boards and plates.
We taste food with our sense of smell and then our sense of sight before our the food hits our tastebuds. Great Point Kitchen and Events is a catering company that services Central Ohio. She has a fun story behind the name - but I'm not going to spoil it when you can go read about it on her website. ;)
I met LeNan at an event last July. Her food was so pretty that I couldn't help but photograph it. After sending her photographs of her food displays, she asked if I would come up to her home and photograph a few new items for her menu. And this is what we did together. (And yes, I got to taste all of it too - BONUS!!).
Above is a Mushroom Soup... the perfect necessity for a cold winter's day. And below is a Caprese salad (left), and Green Beans with Mushrooms (right).
Mmmm, homemade Mac & Cheese (above); and two varieties of stuffed mushrooms (below). I might have had more than my share of the mushrooms - but I couldn't help it, they were so good!!
To see more of her food, or to schedule a consultation, you can also visit her Facebook page!
Do you own a restaurant or a catering service, and need updated food photography?
Contact me to start the conversation.
Unapologetically creative, I have been a business owner since 2012. I believe impossible things are possible with Grace & Hustle. And I love sharing knowledge with the creatives who are killing it - one day at a time. If you are interested in my photography or business workshops, go follow: Confidently Creative.