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Meet Sarah DiPasquale

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah DiPasquale.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Growing up, I always loved to paint, draw and take photographs. Whether or not I was any good was up for debate. I had a pretty structured life in my younger years, from being an elite gymnast training 40+ hours a week to scholarship athlete at Penn State University while studying to be a food scientist, maintaining sanity with creative outlets and good friends was a MUST. The two started to cross over as I found myself watching people more and always wanting to capture those great moments, big laughs and celebrations.

Now, in my late 30’s, I found something I absolutely adore in photography. Yes, I am a practicing food scientist today and I do love my job but photography makes my heart race. Curiosity comes naturally to me and has helped me excel in both jobs – food and photography. Always discovering. Learning how it works. Challenge the boundaries to make it my own. Capturing that moment when a couple forgets you are there and something incredibly authentic happens. Finding new ways to add texture and warmth to an image. Helping my clients feel what I felt when they see their images. My BPM is at 110 just typing about it!

Please tell us about your art.
I am a wedding and boudoir photographer. Obviously, the two are intertwined from a business perspective but very different from the approach. My overall style for any shoot is colorful, playful and timeless. I have my dark and mysterious moments but my “have a good time” personality usually wins!

First and foremost, I am a people watcher. For weddings, I love those organic moments between couples, wedding guests and family that are 100% genuine. The best compliment I had from a bride was that she had thought I disappeared but when she looked through all her images from the wedding day I had captured all these moments she didn’t even realize I was around for. #stealthmode I am also obsessed with creating grand landscape portraits featuring my couples and sun flares!

Boudoir is a little different. Being a gymnast for 22 years, I am big into movement, shapes, and personality. I am personally burdened with my own body image baggage and want to be a change agent for as many women as I can.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
Be as social as you can. In person. Emails. Facebook. I draw a lot of inspiration from other people’s work even if it is completely the opposite of my style. Meetup groups like Wedding Wednesdays, Rising Tide Society, networking with other photographers has helped me tremendously. Not only learning about bettering my work but my business as well.

As a photographer, I try to plan at least two styled shoots a year and reach out to local creatives to work together and collaborate on making an idea(s) come to life. It creates some tight bonds with others.

I was honestly pleasantly surprised by the kindness and openness of the photography community in the Chicago-land area.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I am such a social media slacker. Marketing falls to the bottom of my priority list when trying to balance all the work and spending time with my husband and dog. Sharing is caring – I love it when past clients tag me or share with friends and family. Word of mouth is everything! @smd_iephotog (IG)

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