Acclaimed food and lifestyle photographer Sara Remington, whose clients include the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Ogilvy, Häagen-Dazs, and Starbucks, joins the show to talk all about the love of her life: photography. If you’ve ever been curious about what it takes to be a professional shot-taker, the reality of running a creative business, or how to turn your Instagram habit into a check-cashing career (hint: it takes a lot of work), tune in for a conversation filled with a lot of laughs and important lessons as Sara takes us down the winding path she traveled as she worked her way to professional fulfillment. She also discusses her book, From Paris to Provence, inspired by her travels to Europe as a child, and shares the balancing act it takes to live a good life and raise a family while doing exceptional work.
“Because even if you are doing something on a very low rung of the photography ladder, like fetching coffee or schlepping stuff, everybody knows everyone, and you’ll meet someone along the path that you’ll eventually meet again later.”-Sara Remington
Sara Remington is a Bay Area photographer who travels the world shooting for editorial, advertising, and publishing clients. She was raised in upstate New York and spent time traveling the US and Europe throughout her childhood. Sara has a film and photography degree from Syracuse University and was nominated for a James Beard award for photography in the Blue Chair Jam Cookbook. She thrives on creative collaboration with agencies and clients, and loves seeing concepts come alive. Nowadays Sara lives on a quiet little island called Alameda with her husband Dan and daughter Mahayla. And when she’s not shooting, Sara can be found rock climbing, playing defense on her soccer team, and dreaming about playing drums in an all female band.
When I sat down to chat with acclaimed food, travel, and lifestyle photographer Sara Remington, who also happens to be a good friend from our days at Syracuse University, we talked all about her early love for photography at age 13, her initial hesitation at going all in as a photo major at school (due to those pesky “real world” concerns), and some of her recent projects—shooting for Häagen-Dazs and juicing startup Juicero. You can check out the full conversation at Making Ways. During our talk, Sara shared some great stories about her first mentor and the kinds of advice she gives to up-and-coming photographers today. Read on for quick but powerful lessons on the value of being kind, rolling up your sleeves, and starting from the bottom.