Win a newborn/baby portrait session with Sarah Lake Photography!

free newborn/baby portrait session giveaway for Sarah Lake Photography

I am so excited that Babies-R-Us has welcomed me to be a part of their “Baby’s First Christmas” Event this year!  We just moved to Maryland from Arizona about two weeks ago, and this is such an awesome way to announce my business arriving here in Waldorf!  The folks at Babies-R-Us in Waldorf have created a “Learning Center” in their store, where they hold both classes for the community- on everything from packing your hospital bag and breastfeeding/bottle-feeding basics- to events celebrating the holidays and babies’ milestones!  For their “Baby’s First Christmas” Event, they are having giveaways of various prizes as well as social media photo ops for babies and parents (as well as parents-to-be)!    Yours truly will be there on BOTH days of the event (Saturday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 2) to display some of my artwork and printed portraits as well as (most importantly!) to GIVEAWAY a free newborn or baby milestone portrait session!

The last “Baby’s First Christmas” Event will take place from 12:00-1:00 on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Babies-R-Us store on Crain Highway in Waldorf.  Come to register for the event, possibly win some prizes and- of course- register to win a free newborn/baby portrait session with Sarah Lake Photography!  (I may or may not have decided to draw TWO winners!)  😉   See you there!

Sarah Lake Photography, LLC- Candid Family Photography


This past summer, I took some time off of working, blogging, social media- and all that other business stuff- to go home to Michigan.  (I haven’t lived there in nearly 14 years, but I still call it “home”!)   Our family had a pretty rough past year.  My sweet cousin Lorie, only 3 years younger than me, lost her hard-fought battle with a rare form of cancer.  My Grandma actually passed away that very same night, preceeded by my Nana only 3 weeks prior.  Even my Dad had a hospital scare during that time.  It’s always a little hard to be so far from my family, but at times like that, it’s especially difficult.

So, after school was out, I was determined to let my business have a little hiatus, and go spend some quality time with our loved ones! Unfortunately, Chris couldn’t take work off, so we missed him the whole time, but we had so much family to make up for it!  We got some Grandma and Grandmpa time.  Some Cousin time!  Some time to talk, play, camp, fish- or just spend time together doing absolutely nothing.  We laughed a lot. Cried a lot. Ate a lot.  Cousins fought one minute, and were best friends again the next. And all of the normally mundane things we do from day to day were especially sweet because we were with family.

I finally got around to going through some of the hundreds of photos I took of our Michigan summer.  They weren’t traditional portraits- but instead just showed us all and what we do everyday- and how we are together.  And I just adore them.  I love making pictures with a more candid, documentary vibe.  A “Day in the life” of us. My nephews and nieces- on both my husband’s side and my side- seem to grow almost as fast as our own kiddos.  I’m so thankful I’ll have these photos to remember these kids long after they’ve grown to cool to want to hang out with me anymore.  (Well, perhaps that’s happening already!)

My plan is to one day offer “Day in the Life” or Candid Family Photography sessions for my clients.  But it’s still a work in progress! Anyway, I thought I would share a bit of our “Day in the Life” from this summer in Michigan!

boy with uncle playing checkers cousins acting silly in the water girl fishing off a dock and bating a hook blonde girl doing gymnastics boy and girl petting a foal kids hammering things teen boy plowing fields proud dad talking to son, three generations teen boy driving tractor B&W photos of kids smiling little boy laughing kids playing Othello young boy driving red tractor boy in old garage kids splashing in the lake


DSLR Workshop/Class!

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 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.

baby girl in lavender baby girl in purple bonnet smiling sleepy baby chunky baby sleeping baby girl with headband


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

baby girl in pink baby girl sleeping on pink fur baby girl in bonnet


   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!








baby in wooden bowl B&W baby baby in purple


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.)









baby in yellow bonnet

baby asleep in basket


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