We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Stewart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara, what are you inspired by?
I get inspired by tiny nuanced moments. For example, my son has a certain smile where a tiny dimple appears. It only happens when he smiles a certain way and I wonder how long it will last. Will he still have that dimple when he is an adult? I feel a desperate need in my bones to capture that smile. I know other parents feel that same need to freeze moments in time. The way a daughter looks at her daddy, when a child buries their face in their mother’s neck and feels at home, that is where I find true inspiration. Those moments keep me grabbing my camera day after day, not only for my family, but for every single on of my clients.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a family photographer. I love capturing photos of my clients are hearing them say, “These photos are so US!” Every family is different and I love when each individual personality shines. I want my clients to have fun and be surprised by how much they love their photos and had a good time. I want the world to know that I am committed to continue learning. This industry is always changing and growing and I want to grow with it. I want to push myself outside of my comfort zone so that I can continue to grow my art.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If it was a week long trip I would love to give them a little city and country. I would love to go to the Beltline and shop and people watch. Then a trip right to the Blue Ridge mountains for some beautiful hiking and camping.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to give a shout out to my parents. You see, I’m a second generation photographer, and I know I wouldn’t be the photographer I am today without Gary S Chapman and Vivian Chapman. My dad has traveled the world as a humanitarian photojournalist. We may not do the same type of photography, but I am inspired by his work. My mother is extraordinary, she helps my father and his business would not be the same without her. They are a powerful team.