Sara Ranlett is a self trained photographer, working since the high school dark room and finding her own direction and creative vision to push her forward. She continuously pushes the envelope on her own portfolio, never being satisfied with what she's created so far. She takes inspiration from the fashion world, the contemporary, the darker and still romantic world, and wants to help bring that fantastical beauty to the people she loves in her life; her friends, her family, all of whom deserve a stunning portrait of themselves.
I love giving people the gift of a portrait. So many women I photograph, they never give themselves time to relax, to appreciate and love themselves. The current world is full of so many expectations, and for many of us, it feels nearly impossible to reach up to those heights. In my studio, I provide a safe place that everyone is welcome. I love giving people permission to love whomever they are at that moment. To love their stretch marks. Their wrinkles. Their past. I love presenting people their portraits and seeing their faces light up, seeing THEMSELVES. It is an age of selfies, and snapchat filters, but it is a very rare thing for someone to actually see you.
I also love the ability to create the photoshoots I have in my head, with the amazing artists and models I know. Creating pieces of of art, that will live beyond myself, is truly priceless.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
Whenever I photograph someone, I like to start by talking to them and hearing what motivates them. "Why do you want to be photographed?" For the boudoir shoots I've done, I've heard answers ranging from "I want to celebrate my weight loss" to "I want to do this just for me", and each one I create a photoshoot to reflect that. I've photographed weddings, mothers & daughters, magazine publications, boudoir, fashion, portraits, promotional; I listen to how they want to be portrayed, what outfits they want, who they want to be there with them. I try to bring in an element to the photoshoot that's unique to the client; I never like to reuse the same prop, the same dress, the same style, because that's not art. That's replication. I love creating a wide range of portraits, but unless I'm executing the vision of the client and making them feel beautiful and accepted, I'm not doing my job. I make them feel special by connecting with them, by talking with them, by hearing their stories. When I take a photo, I want an honest, beautiful representation of that person at that moment in time.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
I've been awarded a Bronze award by the Portrait Masters for a portrait taken in 2017.
A fun fact about this photographer
I used to play the saxophone and I was also in marching band in high school.