Photographers Who Inspire: Getting to Know Sarah Gupta
I've known of Sarah for quite some time now.... I quietly stalked her IG page! Shh!! When I first saw her imagery I was instantly hooked and I felt a deep connection to her work. Her use of lines, framing, scale and minimalist compositions are phenomonal and they bring out such a sense of nostaglia, peace and calmness. Her tones are so beautiful and rich, each image is literally a piece of art work!
When I messaged her asking if I could feature her, she instantly obliged! She messaged me back surprised I would think so highly of her and complimenting my work as well! "WHAT??!!" I was so shocked to hear this, but boy did it make me feel good coming from someone of her caliber! We chatted for a bit and I found out we had many similarities... for example, we are both artists of realism! How cool is that?
Sarah describes her work as artistic, enviornmental lifestyle photography and says she wants to make art and not just capture the every day. Her goal for 2018 is to be more thoughtful in her photography. She is truly a beautiful and humble soul and I have truly enjoyed getting to know her and I know you will too! Please take a moment to... get to know Sarah Gupta!
What's your favorite quote?
“A THING THAT YOU SEE IN MY PICTURES IS THAT I WAS NOT AFRAID TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THESE PEOPLE.”
— ANNIE LEIBOVITZ
What got you started in photography?
Before photography entered my life, I was an oil painter and graphite artist. I specialized in portraiture. I come from a family of artists. Art has always been my passion in life. Painting and drawing takes time. It would take me weeks and sometimes months to finish a project. I became discouraged as I worked full time as a Research Scientist that offered no time personally and needed a quick creative outlet. This is where photography entered my life. I all of a sudden took notice of photographs as pieces of art, not just a picture that someone snapped. I realized that you can compose works of art through the camera lens and take that to a computer software program to follow through with your vision. This is where my passion with photography was born.
What three words describe your photographic style?
Minimalism, Emotive and Simple
What’s your favorite compositional technique?
The rule of thirds
Tell me a bit about your biz! Are you only personal work, or a mix of personal and client?
I am a mix of both personal and client currently. I specialize in family, child and believe it or not pet photography. I have recently backed off on client work to focus on my personal goals but do take on clients if I feel we both have the same artistic vision for the session.
How would you describe your ultimate dream shoot or personal project?
My ultimate joy and dream is to give the gift of physical artifacts in the form of captured memories. In particular, to families that do not have archived prints of their loved ones. Any session that I enter where I know the family is in desperate need of family heirlooms, I go above and beyond what is expected in the session to deliver those smiles and memories.
What’s one of the most interesting experiences you’ve ever had in a session or personal project?
I offer what I have trademarked as a "Celebration Session" to clients with terminally ill or elderly pets. This is very near and dear to my heart. It is a discounted package to clients who do not have photographs of their beloved companion and wish to have some before their time is limited. We come together and Celebrate their companions life together through shared stories of their life. We laugh and we cry together. Every time I do a session, I take a step back and realize why I love photography so much. To be able to use a talent that God gave you and offer that to someone else who would otherwise not have beautiful photos to look back on is an amazing and interesting experience.
What’s your favourite image you’ve ever taken? (please share, and tell me the story behind the image)
My favorite images are of my son and I. ( ABOVE) Those are the images that I will look back on each year that passes by and thank myself for stepping into the frame.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get started in photography?
Learn as much as you can. Never stop. I am continually learning every day who I am as a photographer. It never ends. It took me a long time to find my voice. There are many photographers that I admire and I would study their work. How they find the light and use it to their advantage. I would then incorporate that into my own work.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
Oh gosh, I would still love to be in the arts. I would probably pursue my love of painting full time and become a painter. I have recently picked up watercolor as opposed to my usual oils and love it.
Sarah your work is SPECTACULAR! Thank you so much for sharing with us and being such a phenomonal inspiration!
Sarah Gupta is an award winning and published portrait, child, family and pet photographer from New York City & founder of Sarah Gupta Photography. Sarah's work uses a blend of simple creative composition and natural light while capturing that story in your everyday. She strives to capture those candid moments where the emotion is authentic and paints a story for her to tell in your gallery of final images, using the art of photography to showcase an individual's unique personality and true self. Sarah is also a Click Pro with Click&Co., an artist with Cavan Images, Arcangel Images and has been published with Click Magazine Blog, Clickin Moms Blog, Toyota Family Trails and Click it up a Notch Blog . Most recently, Sarah has been featured in the Light Issue of Dear Photographer Magazine.