Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Clance.
Hi Sara, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I’ve always been interested in photography for as far back as I can remember. As a child, I’d take pictures of everything on my little film cameras. It really started for me when I was living in Germany while my husband was deployed. It helped keep me busy and really sparked my love for photography even more. I would photograph anyone who wanted their picture taken. We moved back to the US, where I learned so much more. When my husband got out of the military after serving for 11 years, we moved to Kansas City where I knew no one. I had to start all over again. I networked with other creatives and started picking up business and found my love for photographing weddings. I was hooked. I’ve now been doing photography for ten years and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Challenges hits every small business in some form, whether it be mental health issues, financial struggles, (un)steady work, etc. Trying to build a business every time you move to a new city is tough, but I was determined to make it work. Networking and collaborating with other creatives has helped me tremendously. When Covid-19 hit, everything changed. From rescheduling weddings to cancellations and the uncertainty if things would ever go back to normal. With all the unknowns, I decided to keep doing what I was doing, no matter how defeated I felt. My husband is my biggest support system and my amazing clients who have put so much trust in me has helped me stay afloat. Their support is everything.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I specialize in wedding photography but also photograph families. While I do enjoy traditional-type photos sometimes, that is just not me or what I enjoy. I feel like my approach to setting a style is what sets me apart. I’m not your typical “smile and cheese” photographer. Taking a more documentary approach to photographs, I feel like I can truly capture people and who they really are. Bringing out the silly, goofiness in people and joking around really allows them to be comfortable so that I can capture their real laughs, their real smiles in such an authentic way that is unique to each individual.
Prior to each session, I ask the clients what their style is and what they love about my photos so that I can bring that to life for them. I do not have one specific style. I feel like everyone is so different and photography is not “one size fits all”, so I create an aesthetic that matches each individual and what they like. Many clients have told me how happy it makes them that I care so much about them and put so much thought and effort into their end product. That is what I am most proud of.
So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
Providing clients with awesome service from beginning to end is my main goal, their happiness is quite literally what keeps me going. Seeing their smiles and the joyful messages they leave me after they receive their photos brings me so much joy.
- Weddings start at $2000
- Family Portraits start at $300
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://www.saraclance.com/
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/saraclancephotography
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/saraclancephotography
- Other: https://www.pinterest.com/saraclance/
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