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Meet Sarah Carmody

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Carmody.

Hi Sarah, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My photography journey began in 8th grade with my first “big” independent purchase – a Minolta point-and-shoot. Hundreds of darkroom hours later, I graduated from Webster University’s media/photography program and began working as a professional lab technician and portrait photographer. Landing a job at Ladue News was a springboard to my move towards freelance since it connected me to business owners, board members, and organizations in the St. Louis area. It also allowed for a multitude of shooting experiences, ranging from food to fashion.

As an independent, I photograph just about every genre of photography for businesses, cultural organizations (St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art Museum/World Chess Hall of Fame), and universities such as (WASHU/SLU). I also photograph art installations and artwork. One of the most interesting projects I have done over the past several years is photographing the Alexander McQueen collection for Projects Plus galleries. I have also recently started documenting the paintings and galley of Katherine Bernhardt.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Making it as a photographer is definitely not easy. Many of my fellow graduates moved on to careers with easier entry and stability. I spent many years of working jobs that were photography-related, and therefore built my knowledge and skill, but were not necessarily exactly what I wanted to be doing. Gradually, as my client base increased, I was able to move more towards projects that I found more interesting and challenging.

Speaking of challenges, this past year I decided to pursue drone photography. I have been studying for and plan to obtain my commercial drone pilot license this year.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialize in many different genres of photography, including architectural, interior, industrial, corporate headshots, corporate and cultural events, product photography, art documentation and installations and soon will offer drone photography.

One of the works I am most proud of is the product work I have done for the World Chess Hall of Fame catalogs and posters and the McQueen collection images for Projects Plus Galleries. What sets me apart is the fact that I am very professional, which translates to being punctual, communicative, easy to work with, and I always deliver consistently high-quality images in a timely manner.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
Mentors include my instructors at Webster University, especially Post Dispatch photographer Bob LaRouche and also John Hilgert and Susan Hacker-Stang.

Bill Barrett at Webster University inspired me by offering me a solo art show, which then inspired me to open my own photography gallery, S. Carmody Photography in Maplewood. For three years, I hosted photography-themed shows and events. My clients have also been a great resource for referrals to other businesses, colleagues, and friends.

Pricing:

  • $200/hour, 2-hour minimum corporate rate
  • $175/hour, 2-hour minimum non-profit rate

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Image Credits
All images are created by Sarah Carmody of Carmody Creative Photography

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