I have worked so hard and been so blessed to see my little business grow so well the past three years. I have focused on honing my craft, refining my shooting and editing, and giving my amazing clients an experience and product that is worthy of them and their investment and trust in me.  But I’ve always had a little bug in my ear saying that I would LOVE to somehow teach what I’ve learned… I have some friends that are also amazing photographers and teach their own photography workshops and absolutely love it.  I already know I love teaching, so after several different clients asked if I would offer them a class of some sort so that they could finally learn how to work their cameras, I decided it was the perfect time!

I’ve already held one workshop that was an awesome success- and tons of fun!  Now….. it’s time for another!

Photography/DSLR Camera Workshop with Sierra Vista Photographer, Sarah Lake Photography, LLCIf you’d like to FINALLY figure out how to actually take GOOD photos with your DSLR camera… If you’d FINALLY like to figure out what all the buttons and settings are for and which ones you actually need (or not)… If you’d finally like to make a beautiful photograph of your kiddos’ sweet faces (instead of a dark, blurry, shadow-y, flash-y, or icky one)… If you FINALLY want to feel like buying that DSLR camera was actually WORTH it, then this workshop is for YOU.

It will be very hands-on, with one-on-one instruction, and a TON of time to shoot, practice your new skills, and amaze yourself.  I’m a former teacher, so I have a little bit of experience in instruction  😉  so all you’ll need is a DSLR camera, and a can-do attitude!




TIME:  9:00-1:00 (aproox. 4 hours, with breaks of course!)

COST: $95 per participant/ $150 per couple (if using one camera)


LOCATION: TBA! (It will be in or around SV, where we can easily have instruction, discussion, as well as a beautiful shooting area!

INCLUDES: A printed take-home WORKBOOK including all the topics (plus illustrative photos!) covered in the workshop.  Also- SNACKS!  😉


  • How to focus on what you want to focus on 😉
  • Aperture, shutter speed, ISO…. The exposure triangle!
  • The camera dial, basic camera settings, metering, lenses
  • The flash: When to use it. When NOT to use it!
  • How to start taking photos that you L-O-V-E
  • And more…

All of my SLP clients have had the first opportunity to sign up for this workshop, and now it’s open for everyone!  



This ADORABLE little guy was one of the several January newborns I was privileged to photograph this month!  He has the sweetest, most loving family… A doting mom and dad and two big sisters who will surely make him their precious little pet!  🙂

And just in time, I signed up for beta-testing of a new slideshow maker, so I got to play around with his film debut!   So much fun!

Say Hello to baby Harry…



A while back, I got to spend the morning with a couple of awesome ladies – a friend I met while playing at the park with my kiddos after first moving to Sierra Vista, who graciously agreed to let me photograph her second baby when I was portfolio building!  (…and whose family I photographed on various other occasions!)  She brought along her sweet mother-in-law- whom I also adore- and most importantly…. her THIRD gorgeous baby girl!  What. FUN.  I love these two!  It was so fun to chat with them and to snuggle gorgeous baby Alice and make beautiful pictures!  She was a big girl, and after squeezing her into some dainty little newborn pretties, we were able to make a ton of other beautiful shots with new fabrics, props, and accessories.

An added bonus for me was that I finally got to see myself working!  These great ladies snapped a ton of photos of me working- everything from posing baby, shooting, fixing outfits, props, overheating in front of the space heater (phew!) and snuggling that beautiful girl.  So, a huge thanks to Marissa and Kathy for capturing these for me and letting me share them!

Enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at a Newborn Portrait Session at Sarah Lake Photography!



This set-up used one of my favorite props- my Great-Grandma’s butter bowl.  It’s the perfect size to hold a baby snug and securely while they sleep.  It also has a beautiful decades-old patina that complements the fresh, soft colors so beautifully.  (Notice the space heater… the reason I dress in leggings and loose, cool clothes!)  😛

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newborn baby photo session, Sierra Vista Newborn Photo studio

newborn baby in bowl

Babies sometimes sleep nearly the entire session through, and other babies are more “touchy” and wake or wriggle more often.  During most sessions, a lot of shushing, patting, and soothing is needed to settle baby into a beautiful, comfy little snooze…


For this next set of images, we put a lovely lavender outfit on a very sleepy baby and posed her on the beanbag.  Alice sure was a smiley girl!  Bonnet is from one of my newborn prop vendors (I can’t remember which!), headband by Dear Felicity, and the little bibs were handmade by me.  🙂










Part of the fun of custom newborn portraiture is coordinating fabrics, textures, colors, and accessories to create  beautifully composed image that keeps baby as the focus.


And here is another series of beanbag images…   Bonnet made by me.  🙂


   Another down shot wi th a sweet little newborn “bed” and lovely deep purples…  She fell asleep again and gave us another set of beautiful shots!









Our last set-up… we got to play with so many cool props and colors!  (PLEASE NOTE:  Basket was weighted in the bottom to prevent tipping, and mom was sitting off to the side to spot baby as she slept.)










Although I have ALWAYS loved photographing faces and am passionate about capturing children and families, I make no secret about the fact that my MOST favorite subjects are newborns!  Believe it or not, photographing newborns is really hard work.  And I’ve dedicated the last 3 years to refining my skills and perfecting my craft in newborn photography and continue to do so every day.  The fact that parents- many brand new- trust me to capture their brand new baby in a way that gives them beautiful memories and also ensures the safety and well-being of the most precious person in their lives is such a humbling honor for me.  I am so blessed to do what I love!!

This brand-new military family of 3 came to my Sierra Vista studio with their ADORABLE little guy (who happens to share my nephew’s name- Vincent!)  He was perfection.  He slept like a champ for me (and no, not all babies sleep that way!) and was so much fun to photograph.  Adorable little grunts, precious big smiles!  Mom and Dad were awesome, too- game for just about anything!  Even Vincent’s doting Grandma came to have a portrait with Momma (her “baby girl”) as well.  This session turned out to be something really special.  I’ve seen Vincent a couple of times since his session, and he is getting huge!  It’s amazing to see how much a tiny person changes in just a handful of weeks.  It makes having heirlooms like these even more special and priceless.

Enjoy Baby Vincent’s debut!
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I don’t think I’ve realized how much time has passed since I last shared a session…  I’ve had an incredibly busy last few months, and what a blessing it’s been!  But it’s also left me a few steps behind on the SLP blog!  So, I first want to share one of the funnest (and yes, I say it’s a word!) 😉 sessions I’ve had the pleasure to photograph!

This family.  –sigh–   They were an absolute joy to photograph!  They love being outdoors together, their adorable girls LOVE playing in water, Mom was incredibly sweet, Dad was hilariously funny… even their dog was amazing!  This is the kind of session that doesn’t feel like work at all.  Everything just fell into place, and their connection shone through so beautifully in all of these images.  I even shot a bit differently- using my 85mm portrait lens (that I typically use with my seniors)- and I absolutely loved it.

If you happen to know this sweet family, you’ll know how special they are!  I’m so honored I could capture them with their sweet girls at such a tender and amazing age!


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