Heading South for the Weekend: March 1 - 4, 2019 in Anchorage

Hey you guys - I’m headed South for the weekend! It’s a working weekend, so please please hit me up for your session requests; I’d love to do the custom session of your dreams in Anchorage and/or the Valley while I’m there.

Also, I’m doing snowy mini-sessions on the afternoon of Sunday, March 3 from 1 - 4:00 pm at a fabulous outdoor location TBA.

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If you’re in the area, you can reserve yours here!

Featured: "Creative Newborn Photography" in Alaska Parent's Winter 2018-2019 Issue

A sequence of my photographs are featured in the current winter issue of Alaska Parent Magazine piece on creative newborn photography. You can see the whole article here.

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The more important point of this post, however, is that my friend Ali is a genius.

She knew she wanted to do Catch Me If You Can sessions for her soon-to-be third baby, but then she had another thought. She asked if she could use the year-long CMIYC package (5 sessions) to document her pregnancy as it progressed - and my response was, WHY HAVE I NEVER THOUGHT OF THIS BEFORE?

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It was so much fun to document this special chapter. Of course, the sibs stole the show…but with that kind of cuteness, how could you go wrong?

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If you would like to purchase a year-long Catch Me If You Can milestone package of 5 sessions, you can find more info here or contact me to book!

Small Business Saturday, 11/24/18 at Sarah Lewis Photography

Ok, I’m jumping on the bandwagon. Small Business Saturday (the micro-business answer to Black Friday), here I come!


I have three grab-em-while-they-last deals for you, all available for purchase ONLY on Saturday, 11/24/18.

First up: single Catch Me If You Can Heirloom sessions are available for pre-purchase (buy now, schedule anytime until the end of 2019 at your leisure) at 25% off. Normally priced at $199/session, on SBS only they are available for $149/session.

CMIYC sessions are available on the third Saturday of each month (RSVP required) and include complete styling, up to 30 minutes of camera time, and 10 finished full res digital images AND an 8x10” deep matte print. If it’s Saturday and you want to buy yours…click here!


Second: the First Year Catch Me If You Can Heirloom Package is available for pre-purchase at 25% off! This package is a set of FIVE single heirloom CMIYC sessions to be redeemed before the end of 2019. Normally priced at $895/package, on SBS only they’re available for $670. They’re great for documenting baby’s first year (i.e., newborn, three months, six months, nine months, one year); or a darling way to capture a pregnancy. If it’s Saturday and you want to buy yours…click here!

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Third and final: for existing clients only, print credit to redeem via your existing online gallery with Sarah Lewis Photography is a whopping 30% off. Print Credit Gift Certificates in increments of $100 are available for $70 each here. If it’s Saturday and you want to buy yours…click here!

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Catch Me If You Can Sessions are back! | Fairbanks Milestones Photographer

Catch Me If You Can milestone mini-sessions are back! After taking a hiatus for September and October (while I focused on school picture season), CMIYC is back for November and December 2018.


November’s session on the 17th is already sold out, but December’s 12/15/18 sessions are wide open. If you want to grab yours now, you can put in your deposit and select your appointment time here.

These sessions are short, sweet, and hard to beat (hey, that rhymes!). I hope to see you there!

Upcoming Headshot Event, December 2, 2018 | Fairbanks Business Photographer

One last time in 2018: A full day of headshots! This event includes a preparation guide, an on-site sitting with a professional makeup artist, a portrait sitting, and a complete set of finished portraits (you can expect at least 10-15 unique portraits) via digital download + print release. The all-inclusive fee is $250; and remember, if these headshots are for your professional life, this is a tax-deductible expense! 

RSVP Required. To reserve your spot, please purchase a deposit and select an appointment time here. Please feel free to flag me down with any questions! 

I love this event because I think headshots - GOOD headshots - are really, really important, especially for small, local business. More info and thoughts on headshots here.

Happy Halloween | Annual Client Appreciation Event at Sarah Lewis Photography

So, here’s the deal.

In many ways, custom photography is a luxury product: non-essential, but lovely. (In other ways, of course, it’s the “product” that matters most: I remember how struck I was when National Geographic published images after Hurricane Katrina, picturing warehouses full of folding tables covered with photographs salvaged from the ruins, and the hoards of people desperately searching through them to pluck their memories out of the melee.)

As such, I have such an appreciation for all my clients: those who invest in my services even though it’s so easy to let that little voice in your head talk you out of it. I know how much of an investment photography is, no matter how valuable I believe it is in the long run, and I have such gratitude for this crowd of people who not only agree with me, but who also make my humble business a reality.

So, I’m saying thank-you in the only way I know how: photos! Insert laughing-until-you-cry emoji here. Each year, I send all my clients a holiday card with a coupon for $100 off their next full session, and in the meantime, I try to offer Client Appreciation events. All my clients are invited to drop by my studio for complementary portraits and/or merriment as a gesture of gratitude (and because they’re a pretty rad group of people to hang out with, too).

In 2018, these included a Better Than School Portraits event in September,

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and a Halloween Open House with complimentary costume portraits.

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If 2019 is the year you’d like to join the invite list for these client-only events, drop me a line here and we’ll talk photos.

UPDATED: 2018 Holiday Minis at Running Reindeer Ranch 11/4/18

UPDATE 10/28/18: All dates are sold out! Thank you so much.

UPDATE 10/24/18: We were able to open up an additional day of sessions! If you act fast, you may be able to grab a reindeer mini-session on Sunday, November 11, 2018 by reserving your booking here.

UPDATE 10/17/18: Nov 4 is officially sold out!!

This happens every year - I’m FLOORED that it’s time to start talking about holiday photo opps already.  Wasn’t it August like two minutes ago?!?  

Alas, it appears we’re a mere four weeks away from holiday mini-sessions at Running Reindeer Ranch!  This will be the fifth year (that’s right - count ‘em, five years) that RRR and I have collaborated to offer Fairbanks short & sweet sessions to capture the ultimate holiday card picture.  

These are my favorite, because while they’re chock full of culturally salient holiday-ness (…no matter how they try, reindeer just cannot shed their association with Santa); these pictures are also quirky, relatively unusual, and a fantastic alternative to the uninspired, cookie-cutter family portraits of the past.  And it is SO much fun to introduce kids of any age to the RRR herd, up close and personal.  Here are some favorites from last year:

I hope 2018 is the year you will join us!  Holiday Mini-Sessions will be offered on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Running Reindeer Ranch in the Goldstream Valley.  (If there’s more demand, we may offer more the following Sunday as well.)  Since that’s the day Daylight Savings ends (…that was not awesome timing on my part…), we’re going to start sessions at 9:00 (because it’ll feel like 10!) and go until 4.  

Sessions are a brisk and very productive 15 minutes, which is the perfect length of time to meet the reindeer, snap some photos, and then hightail it out of there before anyone gets too chilly.  Each session includes your 15 minutes in front of the camera, an online gallery & mobile app, and five high resolution digital files + print release, for an inclusive fee of $150.  

Reserve your spot now!  Sessions are scheduled on the hour, twenty after, and forty after (i.e., 9:00, 9:20, and 9:40).  You can pick your time slot and reserve it by submitting your $50 deposit online here.

I can’t wait to see you there!  

INTERSECTIONS: Art by Amy Komar, October 2018

INTERSECTIONS is a solo exhibit at the Alaska House Gallery featuring an entire year’s worth of work by Amy Komar, artist (and friend) extraordinaire.

If your October “First Friday” walk includes downtown Fairbanks, make sure you swing by Alaska House for the show’s opening reception, October 5, 2018, 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Or, you know, make a special trip. This show is worth it!

The show hangs through the end of November. You can get in touch with Amy and see more of her work on Facebook, Instagram, and her website.

(90% of these antique metal pieces are held in their handmade frames by super strong MAGNETS. They’re pretty much the coolest things ever.)

And what about these lovely photos of Amy’s artwork, you ask? They were produced right here in the studio at Sarah Lewis Photography. I’m pleased to offer artwork photography to the Fairbanks community (it is, after all, some of my favorite things - local art, local business, and commercial photography - all wrapped up into one convenient package!).

Exciting things are in the works over here when it comes to artists and supporting the art community… stay tuned, or sign up for my email newsletter to get more info soon.

Pictures in the Peonies, July 15, 2018 | Fairbanks Family Photographer

Peony season is HERE!  I am thrilled to coordinate with Sunrise Farm in the Goldstream Valley again this year to offer "Little Sessions" in their peony field on Sunday, July 15, 2018 (and possibly also Sunday July 22 if demand and weather dictate).  

Little Sessions are right in between a mini and a regular, full-length session: 35 minutes of productive picture-taking!  Couples, families, and mother + child groupings are all welcome.  The inclusive fee of $195 covers your session, an online gallery + mobile app, a complete set of finished high res images via digital download, and print release.  THESE ARE A SMOKIN DEAL.  

Sunrise Farm is downright magical, and I can't wait to get out there again with my camera!  I do hope you'll join us.  You can book your spot AND reserve your session time by putting in your $50 deposit online here: 

Here are some images from last year's little sessions in the peonies.  Magic, y'all.