All about Sarah Papes!


Where to begin? This is my very first EVER blog post. I always said I’d never blog but here I am- bloggin!

I’m a 32 year old Virgo, mom of 3 boys (ages 9, 5 & 3) and work 60-80 ish hours a week so I don’t really have hobbies anymore. I grew up in a tiny city (Manistee) on the same block as most of my cousins, and am still in contact with all my childhood friends I grew up with.  I love small town living, and our house out in the woods, it feels like the perfect place to raise a bunch of wild boys. I did live in Nashville TN for a hot second, about 3 miles from downtown, which was definitely an experience. I’m really high energy and rarely ever relax due to fear of missing out. Total germaphobe.  I don’t believe in naps & rarely watch tv. I swear a lot. I HAVE to wash my hair everyday even though my stylist tells me not to. I love summer, pizza, twilight, Italy, peonies, day dreaming, old barns, the color teal, massages, green apple jolly ranchers,  love notes (the ones on actual paper), Brad Paisley,  anything from the 90’s, lemon grass, my hot tub, sweat pants, wine, when UPS or Fedex pulls up to my house, Christmas…I don’t understand instagram, or blutooth. I don’t like my photo taken. I really hate driving in the MI winters and have “Move to Florida for the winter” as part of my 5 year plan.  I love the ocean but refuse to go in it because I’m terrified of amoebas & flesh eating bacteria–what’s more interesting is that I’ve known what an amoeba is since I was about 11. My parents had a medical encyclopedia and I read it aimlessly as a child in my spare time, ebola, brain tumors, small pox…I was convinced I had it all…definitely a hypochondriac. But anyway onto how photography came about…

I’m asked a lot how I ended up in this profession, what school did I go to for photography? Who trained me? How many years have I been at it? I get a lot of surprised reactions when I tell people I was never trained for photography (completely self taught) & that I attended 5 years of college in the medical field, followed by 3 years working with Pediatric, Internal Medicine & Family physicians as their Medical Assistant…giving injections, drawing blood, x-rays, EKG’s, Holter Monitors, the list goes on and on.

I’ve been doing photography for 5 years, but technically only 3 since I really figured out what the hell I was doing & started making a business of it.

I have however always had a love for photography. I remember playing with cameras as a child (back when we used film) and even posing my friends & setting up random photoshoots in my room using sheets for back drops. It wasn’t really until I was pregnant with my 2nd son that I realized I really wanted to do this for a living and be with my kids full time.  I was determined to do anything successfully to keep me home raising my own kids!

In this short time I’ve learned so much about photography, running a business, & most importantly myself . Not everyone loves what they do, and I am so fortunate that I’ve found a career I love.

I think what makes my career most exciting for me is the versatility of it all. I’m one who gets bored unless things are constantly changing, which is why photography is perfect, but is also challenging. As a photographer my schedule is never the same day to day, monthly, or yearly. And the work I’m doing as well as location completely changes day to day, sometimes hour to hour. Always seeing someone and something new session to session. Capturing weddings, families, births, children, seniors, real estate, even animals, definitely never gets boring for me! 

I guess that’s all there is to know about me…stay tuned! I cant wait to start sharing all of my favorite 2018 moments on the blog over the next few weeks! ❤


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