Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Beidatsch.
Sarah, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve been taking pictures for a real long time, one of my favorite gifts, when I was little, was a teeny Nikon Coolpix from my grandparents. I was on my high school’s yearbook staff for a couple of years, and I took “headshots” (if you could call them that) for our drama club. Photography is something that’s been consistent in my life. Until recently, I was entirely self-taught and didn’t have any formal photo training.
After graduating, I moved to Chicago to start school and pursue a degree in Marketing. I made sure to bring my camera, naturally. I quickly learned that I loved the creative people I was surrounded by, and I decided that I wanted to use photography as a vessel to showcase the talent, beauty, and hard work of other people in Chicago. I started taking photography much more seriously at the beginning of 2017, shooting concerts, events, and portraits whenever I was able.
I recently took on a minor in Photography, and I hope to gain skills that I can’t teach myself via the internet and some elbow grease. I love having the external motivation to take pictures all the time, and I’m proud to have made connections in Chicago through photography. Flash forward to today, where I’m constantly working on editing and looking to plan future shoots!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There are two things that I find difficult about pursuing photography. One challenge is being a female working (or, at least, trying to work) in an industry that is primarily male-dominated. I often have people underestimate my knowledge and skills and try to explain things to me that I already know. I’m a short-statured lady, so people don’t take me super seriously, which isn’t so great when trying to pursue professional opportunities.
Hopefully, the creative community will reach a point where gender isn’t involved in measuring a person’s success or credibility, and we can just focus on talented, hardworking photographers. The second challenge, which a lot of artists in different mediums face, is an occasional artistic writer’s block. Between photo work, my job, and school, life can get hectic, and creative pursuits can be pushed to the back burner.
Sometimes ideas just aren’t happening, and that’s okay! It’s hard not to get down on yourself when you’re in a creative dry spell, but I tell myself that it’s happened before, and I’ve trudged through in the past.
Please tell us about Sarah Beidatsch Photography.
I am a freelance photographer, and my focus is on people. I lean towards portraits, live music, events, and promotional materials. The best compliment I ever received during a shoot was that my style was “non-confrontational.” Having a camera pointed at you can sometimes feel like an awkward hostage situation, and it’s awesome to hear that people are at ease while shooting with me. At my core, I like being a nice person who takes pictures of nice people, no bells or whistles!
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would start working as a “photographer” earlier, and I would try to learn as many skills and pursue as many opportunities as possible. I tend to play it safe when it comes to pursuing opportunities, and I worked a retail job to earn money in high school instead of reaching out and taking pictures for people, which I always wanted to do. I know some very talented photographers who started taking themselves seriously back in high school, and their ability to grow a business from the ground up amazes and motivates me constantly.
- Website: sarahbeidatschphoto.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahbeidatsch/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarahbeidatschphoto/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/SarahBeidatsch
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XID_W4neJo