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Meet Sarah Galle of Sarah Jane Photography in Grand Rapids

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

Sarah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started getting serious into photography about 8 years ago. My mind has always functioned in more of a creative, visual way but what really led me into photography is the fact that I have hardly any photos of my childhood. Both my biological parents have passed away and I find myself staring at the photos I have of them, which are only like one or two. I would have loved to have more of them, but not the photos you get in a studio, the photos that tell me about them and what they were doing at the time. And that’s the kind of photos I want to portray, the ones that tell a story about the person and makes you think.

I went to college, but not for photography, I am all self-taught photographer. I could not have gotten to where I am today without the constant encouragement of the people around me or the inspiration from other photographers.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It was not smooth at all to be honest. I didn’t believe in myself. And whatever you believe (or don’t believe) on the inside, will manifest itself on the outside. I also had major financial and life circumstances coming at me in the beginning. I put my camera away and said I was never going to do it again. But one day I was on Facebook and saw someone else’s work, I was instantly inspired again. I remember this day very clearly, because I was feeling pretty insignificant. That was the turning point, I said “Let’s try this again, what’s the worst that could happen?”

Sarah Jane Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I specialize in photographing weddings and families, which is what I’m known for. But also love to photograph events, etc. Even though I specialize in certain things, I am also very versatile when it comes to my work and the needs of my clients.

I am most proud of the fact that I was able to make something out of nothing. When my husband and I first got married we endured a lot of hardships, especially financial. Starting a business seemed nearly impossible. But it wasn’t just a “business” to us, it was a passion.

It’s hard to feel like I a stand out in an area that is so saturated by other photographers, but I think what set’s me a part is the fact that I am so versatile. I don’t ever feel like I’m “too good” to photograph something or someone, because it’s not about me. I love to try new things. I’m always growing and learning.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
My business, though it’s my passion, it’s not the foundation for my success. My business isn’t going to always be here, I don’t want to look back and think “wow I was really successful back then, but not anymore”.

And that’s why I build my life on who I am as a person, my relationships and more importantly my faith, these things have been the foundation for my success and will always be here.

In any business it’s not always going to feel great but when you find Peace and Joy in the journey, then you know you’re “successful”.

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