Say “hello” to one of the newest members of the SnapKnot family: Sarah of Sknow Photo by Sarah Mitchell. This Annapolis, Maryland wedding photographer strives to produce quality wedding images that make you feel good about yourself so that the photos you walk away with aren’t just pictures that freeze a moment in time, but that bring back sweet memories of that day.
“My photographic approach is journalistic and designed to be bright, comfortable, and sincere. I strive to make beautiful artistic heirloom images that create memories of happiness, contentment, and love. Images that don’t just sit on your computer, but are carefully framed by hand, and bound into heirloom books that get passed on with each new generation of your family.”
Some of Sarah’s most treasured items include the following: A photograph of her and her husband when they were still engaged, hugging each other on the balcony of their soon-to-be new apartment; an aerial photograph of the red dirt ground speckled with the biggest ant hills she had ever seen right before touching down in Uganda; and another photo of her father tickling her at age three, wearing nothing but a diaper and a finger in her nose- unaware that he wouldn’t be around a year later.
What do these have to do with anything? They are her favorite photographs, not because of how she looks or how perfect everything is, but because when she sees them, she is flooded with emotions and treasured memories. These are the types of images she hopes to create for her brides.
“That photograph of my husband and I? It reminds me of that cool Spring day and how much fun we had taking engagement pictures and how excited we were to start this new adventure of ours. The photograph of the red dirt ground? Waves of the smells and the sounds of Uganda wash over me, and I’m reminded of the perseverance and the blessing of waiting on God’s timing. And the photograph of my dad and I? It shows me how much my dad loved me and his relaxed, fun, and happy spirit, when I was too young to remember it myself.”
Sarah discovered her love for photography in art school while studying graphic design. She bought nice camera lenses in preparation for her trip to Uganda, so that she could come back with photos that would truly tell the story of her journey. Friends began asking Sarah to photograph their weddings, family portraits, and engagement sessions after seeing these very images, which were also featured in multiple art galleries. She claims that being a “hopeless romantic at heart” was what led her to pursue wedding photography.
At one of the first weddings that Sarah shot, the bride got stung by a bee during their portrait time. It helped her to realize that her job isn’t to “act like the most professional person ever”, but to really care for and serve her clients- even if that means running through a field holding the bride’s hand up and yelling for ice. (Although she admits that scene would have probably made for a pretty amusing photograph.)
Being a recent bride, Sarah’s best advice is to take several moments on your wedding day to just step back and soak things in. “Your day will just fly by,” she explains. “And you won’t remember half of it if you don’t purposefully make sure you take the time to do so.”
Other fun facts about our photographer? She got malaria while living in Uganda for a summer (don’t worry, she’s 100% better). She also claims that while others are “shoe people”, she is a “cardigan person”, and admits to owning about 50 of them.
To see more quality wedding images with a bright, journalistic approach, visit Sarah Mitchell.