BE INSPIRED Session | Feature by Sarah Gupta

Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.

I approach my photography much like how I approach a painting.I am a painter and illustrator first. Photography came to me about 7 years ago after realizing that I did not have the time to paint or draw anymore. I was working full time and traveling a lot. Creating art is a part of who I am. I needed to find a way to express myself more quickly than sitting down and producing a painting. Because I am a painter, I am drawn to fine art. I have been learning and teaching myself through much trial and error with editing techniques how to produce the images that I want through photography. Each photo I take I already know how I want to edit it and what I want it to look like before I press the shutter button.

What about this session was most memorable?

I was really proud of this session. I was proud that I brought a client into my tiny 1 bedroom NYC apartment with confidence. I used natural window light from the side from 1 of 2 windows that is in my home -and it worked! It worked so well. I have watched the light in my apartment from the moment I moved here. I went from a 2 story family home in Minnesota to where the light was abundant everywhere to what I have now. I taught myself that you can use ANY space for your photography as long as you are creative and have beautiful light to work with.

Were there any hurdles?

Moving from a place that you are familiar with to something new is a challenge. It is a challenge for many aspects in your life but especially photography for me. I was mourning my environment, my comfort zone and what I knew. I literally live in 650 sq ft right now and I have just now learned how to use the light. I am here in NYC temporarily and do not have a studio. I have never had a studio. I am only a natural light photographer and need to use what I have.

Your best photographer/session advice?

Learn as much as you can. Never stop. I am continually learning every day who I am as a photographer. It never ends. It took me a long time to find my voice. There are many photographers that I admire and I would study their work. How they find the light and use it to their advantage. I would then incorporate that into my own work. One day it will come and you will have that AH HA moment!

What gear was used to achieve these?

Nikon d750, Lensbaby Sweet 35 and Lensbaby Velvet 56




Sarah is a natural light photographer that lives in Manhattan, NY who specializes in emotive portraiture and still life imagery with an artistic and fine art style. She tries to find emotion in all of her images and seeks out dramatic light when available.



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