When Kellie and I explored our Reset 2015 speaker wish lists, Reset 2014 had been over for 24 hours. We had spent a year of dedication getting that conference together. We were not only mentally exhausted but also physically exhausted! We told each other that we were going to take a 6-8 week break from all things “Reset” and actually relax. However, that just wasn’t meant to be. Old habits die hard and Kellie and I will be the first to admit that when you really LOVE what you do, it’s pretty much impossible to put what you do on hold.
So we started to plan the 2015 conference immediately. We had wanted speakers that inspired many photographers all over the nation. Kellie brought up the name, Sarah Beth Photography. I don’t typically make a habit of following other photographers work on a regular basis and I don’t photograph families or children so Sarah’s name wasn’t one I was familiar with at the time.
Again, I must have been living under a rock.
Sarah’s photos leave you breathless. Her post processing is unique and dreamy. She see’s things through an artist’s eye. I would say she is very right brain dominant… but she has a degree in the medical field… so she might end up being that girl you love to hate because she can do it all. 😉
Sarah was not only INCREDIBLY gifted, relatable and friendly… she was our next door neighbor! Indianapolis, Indiana is just about 2 hours from Champaign, Illinois!(I’m an Indiana girl. I was raised there and went to college in Indiana. I didn’t leave my home state until I was 21. As a result, I have a soft spot for the whole state and every Hoosier in it. ) I already liked Sarah Hill’s photography and it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with Sarah herself.
She is a mom of three and has a wonderful sense of humor and a bubbly personality. These are all things that resonate with me. So for personal reasons, I want to hear this woman share her heart and show me her photos and talk about her passions! Kellie and I are both like this. We all also share the same faith.
…. birds of a feather
This is a lonely profession at times. We are noticing that the majority of Reset attendees are female and fit in a general age group. Why not make friends in this industry? Why not find the other people who you can relate to and who can help you along on this bumpy path? This is part of what we pride ourselves in offering. We want to bring something special into your lives.
Come to Reset, make new friends, be inspired, exercise your craft and enjoy learning something new! I am personally looking forward to Sarah’s presentation and I plan on buying that sassy mama a drink and some nachos at the after party and forcing her to be my new friend!
Anyway, I want you to take the time to get to know her too. Here is a little glimpse into her world:
(Here she is)
Tell us a little bit about yourself…
What keeps you inspired?
The stories my clients have to tell.
Favorite Software (presets, actions, templates, etc?)
I have my own action sets that I’m head over heels in love with. I used them on every image, from sunset sessions to studio and everything between. www.sbphotography.bigcartel.
Favorite Photo Find (Lab, forum, camera bag, etc.)
This may sound lame, but it’s the private mentoring group/forum I have on facebook. The members in there are amazing. They lift each other up every day, and in turn, inspire the heck out of me.
What is your favorite photography accessory other than your camera?
My camera strap! It’s a scarf strap from Gabriela Koopmans, and her straps are leaps and bounds the most quality straps I’ve ever owned. I think I purchase a new one monthly!
If you could only photograph with one lens, which would you choose?
my 35 mm 1.4. doesn’t get much better than that lens!
What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?
Connection. I want emotion to jump out and grab them.
What do you think are some clichés in photography you steer away from yourself?
eek. No clue! I spend so much time in my own bubble, I couldn’t even tell you what the clichés are!
If you could be invisible & had your camera…where would you go & what would you photograph?
ummmmm Justin Timberlake’s bedroom? is that too much?
5 words your friends would use to describe you.
Creative, fun, down to earth, diligent, driven (and I may have had to actually ask my friends…I could only come up with unappealing traits like “loud” and “impatient.”
5 words your spouse would use to describe you.
Patient, beautiful, intelligent, intuitive, focused
What talent would you most like to have?
Back when I was working as a nurse, I prided myself on my ability to hit all the tough stick patients on my first try. I’d like to be able to keep that record if I ever return to the job!
Your laugh…loud and obnoxious? Quite giggler? Full-on snorter?
Loud and obnoxious. Mountains shake.
Wish you had more of…? Wish you had less of….?
More self-discipline. I procrastinate like it’s my job. I wish I had less of a dependency on coffee!
Greatest loves of your life?
My husband and kids. Crazy about all four of ’em.
Most embarrassing moment??
I honestly don’t get embarrassed that easily…it takes a lot.
Something that is overrated? (Doesn’t have to be photography related)
What’s your BIG dream?
It’s Friday night at 9pm…what are you probably doing?
Netflix, baby! After a crazy day of getting up early with the kids, preschool, work, errands, the orthodontist, gymnastics/soccer/basketball, homework, dinner, baths, and bed…all I want at 9 pm is my comfy pants, a cup of coffee and my couch. And silence.
1. I’d wish that my kids and husband will live long, happy, healthy lives, and that I’ll also be around to see it.
2. To be able to move into our dream home. If anyone finds a four bedroom house with a full finished basement, an office and a huge kitchen with a breakfast nook big enough for a comfy couch…on a few acres of land, call me!
3. That it would be sunny and 75 every day in Indiana. Okay, maybe not every day. 90% of the time. I do love a good storm every once in a while…no snow, though!