Sarah Sta. Ana
My philosophy as a photographer is that life is most beautiful when it is lived. I use the styles of documentary photography in order to highlight the natural, honest, and raw emotion that exists within the most cherished moments of our life.
I am located in Northern VA and typically shoot all over the DMV (D.C, Maryland, Virginia). However, I am always happy to travel domestically and internationally. Contact me for a custom travel quote.
I began my photography business in 2008 and have been focusing on documentary wedding photography since 2013. Since then I have photographed over 130 weddings as the main or only photographer.
Authentic. Natural. Honest. Candid. These are all words that help describe the documentary style of photography. I take the approach of allowing you and your loved ones to be truly present without having to be directed or forced into awkward posing. With this style, I create images that celebrate the raw emotion, beautiful imperfections, and meaningful relationships that make up the story of your lives while being discreet.
There are many different styles of photography and trends that come and go, but what makes documentary photography unique is that it places the focus on a feeling rather than a look. When you look back on your wedding or family photos ten, twenty, or fifty years from now the important thing is to remember how you felt! I document these moments by using a mix of intuition, observation, light, and, composition. I also believe that building a relationship and learning about my couples or family is important in order to earn trust. Trust is priceless, and I am always humbled when I'm let in to honestly capture someones biggest moments or intimate lives.
If you envision your wedding day being captured completely and authentically in a unobtrusive manner or if you imagine capturing the honest and emotional moments that are part of the everyday miracle of life, than documentary photography is a perfect fit. Although some may also refer to this style as photojournalism or reportage photography, the underlying theme is still the same. This is a style that celebrates life.
Typical wedding collections start at $3000, however, I often customize collections based on the couples unique needs. I offer further investment details on my website!
I am always more than happy to skype or zoom in order to have a "face to face" consultation.
A little background on how I got to where I am:
As a documentary photographer, I wanted to tell stories that would make a difference. I wanted to create images that were raw, pure, and beautiful. Ones that would forever echo the story that they represented. I came to Washington, DC in order to continue developing my craft and to surround myself in the world of non profits where I felt my work would be best suited. I had plans to travel and document every corner of humanity; changing the world through the lens of my camera. Although I loved it, there were sacrifices to this lifestyle. And as I grew, so did my perspective. The appeal of globe trotting and living out of a suitcase was fading. I fell in love, got married, and started a family. I no longer wanted to be everywhere; I wanted to be here. To be home. I had to reexamine who I was as a photographer and what I wanted. I started to witness the raw beauty that existed in my own life as well as in the lives of my friends and family. I started to bring what I had done on a large scale, down to a smaller and more intimate level. I knew my passion hadn't changed. I was still a story teller. I still wanted to change lives. I knew I could still make a difference; intimately, and one love story at a time. Whether it was through capturing authentic family moments or the moment when two families collide into one on a wedding day. Life and all it's perfect imperfections became my inspiration. And life is beautiful.