35mm Film (01)

Sometimes shooting and editing digitally becomes tiresome and I whip out my most beloved film camera; the almost sixty-decade old Minolta SR-T 101 that I inherited from my papa eleven years ago. These are some of my favorites recently created on Kodak Ultramax 400, Cinestill 50D, Cinestill 800T, and Lomochrome Purple XR 100-400 and all shot on my Minolta. There are a few other cameras I’m going to use in the near future for shows and events, as well as more portraiture, but for now enjoy the untouched/unedited vividness and authenticity that 35mm film gives you.

Golden Winter

Vivian is an up-and-coming hair stylist located in the metro Atlanta area who came to me wanting photos for her branding and “just because”. I’ve been a photographer for a long time and I know that “just because” is usually something rooted much deeper below the skin’s surface. Our society grooms us from an early and impressionable age that if we don’t look a specific way that we will never be happy with ourselves. It’s easy for me to forget about this as I’m always the one behind the camera and never in front; having my body captured in a tangible form that the whole world can see and judge for as long as the internet exists. As I clicked away, I could see her confidence glow a little brighter each time. Whatever she felt was missing, she was able to rediscover it through my lens. The way she ruffles her hair, with each strand shimmering in the sunlight in an array of chestnut, wine, and amethyst. Her smile sparkling and eyes widening as the sunset drew close, opening up and releasing more of her sanguine energy. It’s the same energy that her clients feel after she works her magic on their tress of locks. I hope the rest of 2019 is full of this internalized magic because as a young woman, I understand the rut we all find ourselves in; the rut that's full of a thick mud of emotions that is so incredibly hard to climb out of without the cheering on from our clients and friends. During this shoot, I didn't just take on a new client, I made a new friend.

(Follow Vivian’s hair apprentice journey on Instagram at @vivianstiles_)

Blue + Yellow

There’s something special to be said about having friends who need a creative catharsis just as badly as I do and are willing to meet on the fly to make it all come together. I’m sure it is something I’ll cherish for many years to come.  On my good days I’m highly inspired with color palettes and complimentary music playlists fresh on the mind and ready to go. On my hard days I just need to unplug what’s blocking my creative juices from flowing, perhaps with a helping hand in doing so. That’s where Heather and Barbara come in. 

Over the years, Heather and I have photographed one another enough times that if we were actually paying each other, we’d likely have a few months of rent covered. She is always someone I can bounce ideas off of or reach out to for an impromptu adventure, though it’s usually her doing that part (and I’m very thankful to be included). From climbing mountains and taking road trips to the coast, to cutting up pieces of paper and taping them to each other’s faces, she’s always been open to meshing together ideas all in the name of creating art. 

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Barbara is talented in all of the ways That I am not and is someone who I feel has a refined taste. Whatever ideas I bring to her, she always has a way of polishing them and making the final product better, even if by a hair. Her willingness to share her skills in makeup artistry and modeling easily flatters the energy of multiple photographers in the room who otherwise may miss the importance details of the model’s wardrobe. It’s all in the details. 

(Follow them on Instagram at @babbbbzz / @heatherhurtt)

Sunday Brunchday

Want to know the best cure for the Monday Blues? Sunday’s brunch.

A big thank you to my friend, Courtney, for hosting another relaxing mini-girls day brunch. I’ve only been able to make it out to the last two, but Courtney has been hosting seasonal brunches with her friends over the past two years! Each one offers a different medley of foods that are fresh and relative to the four seasons, and as you can guess, this morning she served up autumn.

Me + Mine

After SEVEN years, this is the first time we have ever posed in front of a camera for photos, and of course I was the photographer. Next time we’ll hire someone and get our hair fixed up, but I wouldn’t want to go through fifty tries of self-timer shots for the one perfect shot with anyone else. 💛🍂

Self Portrait (01)

Self portraits inspired by the pastel color pop palette of Paramore’s After Laughter album. (Luckily my new t-shirt matched the color scheme and I didn’t give these scrapbooking scissors to my niece yet.) I included two edited photos that I was tied between, and some unedited BTS shots that didn’t quite make the cut. ✂️


It's Spring!

The Novaks

A family-friendly stroll around Gibbs Gardens with fresh floras blossoming as far as the eye can see, matched by early March's sunshine and breeze.

Barbara Boudoir

A glamorous, and slightly erotic, boudoir photoshoot inspired by Dita Von Teese and the pin-up model style of the late 19th century. Makeup and hair by the model herself, Barbara McCarthy.

Crowe Maternity

Jeremy + Taylor Crowe 

An enchanting walk into the woods with twinkling fairy lights, autumn remnants, coupled by an everlasting love.

New Year, New Site

I've retired www.sarahshootspeople.com and replaced it with sarahshootspeople.art with hopes that I can manifest more creative projects in the upcoming year and continue to focus on myself as an artist and not just a photographer. I also wanted to simplify and cull my work into a portfolio-esque site with this blog section being the only exception. All my social media will be updated more regularly with a blog update to follow, but the art displayed on this website will mostly remain unchanged.

For booking or any other inquiries email me at sarahshootspeople@gmail.com.

if you're looking for music coverage or written reviews, go to punklanta.com.

I look forward to the new year,


Photo taken by Heather Hurtt