Hi, I’m Sarah Jane Smith, portrait photographer at Your Life Photography, based between Peregian and Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast. I am a natural light portrait photographer, specialising in family portrait photography and pet portraiture. I also cover many of the wonderful events we have on the Sunshine Coast and help businesses with their professional image and branding. I am also a graphic designer.
My passion for photography was ignited back in the UK aged eight, when I won a school photo competition. Throughout my school years I was always involved with cameras and film, reviving a dark room and setting up a photography club to teach fellow pupils the art and magic of developing film and photographs. I was also in the fortunate position to continue my work experience placing with a photographer for the local newspaper. Today I still apply some of these traditional techniques to enhance my digital workflow and production process.
After achieving my National Diploma in Photography, I was accepted into the Kent Institute of Art and Design where I went on to gain my Higher National Diploma in Editorial & Advertising Photography (specialising in Portraiture). As the digital age crept upon us, the new technology along with design, became essential components to the photography industry. I found that I was increasingly using both my Photography and Graphic Design skills to produce a more complete work. My love of travel (five around the World trips to date) has allowed me to capture many beautiful landscapes, cultures and people over the past couple of decades. The travel brought me to the gorgeous village of Coolum where I instantly felt a sense that this is where I wanted to call home. It’s scenery, community spirit and quirkiness give me a constant source of inspiration and beauty every day.
That was 12 years ago, and having worked as a local photographer on the Sunshine Coast, I decided that drawing upon all my experiences, skill and passion, it was a time to follow a long held dream of running my own photographic business. That’s how I got to where I am today, the proud owner of Your Life Photography, capturing love, laughter and life. My aim? Simple…to tell Your Life’s stories through my photography.
Other facts about me which are not related to photography… I have a cheeky, senior (he is 16 years old!) dachshund called Rupert, if not in my office I can often be found in the local coffee shops with friends, or walking around the local area or down on the beach learning how to surf. One day I hope my adventures will take me to the Borneo, a country I would love to explore and capture … oops sorry, back on to the photography again!
I hope you enjoy browsing my website, and I look forward to speaking with you soon!
Thanks Sarah x