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Sara Montour is a lifestyle portrait photographer currently based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I first met her when she was based in Tacoma, and fell in love with her work.
Roxanne: When did you become interested in photography?
Sara: I’ve always been fascinated by it, but I fell head over heels in love with photography when I was about 19. I had just finished my second year of college and decided that I needed a break so I moved to London and Dublin for the year. Before I left I bought a really basic point and shoot camera and spent most of my time over there trying to document everything. I learned how to trick that camera into doing what I wanted and when I moved back to the States I immediately bought a new camera and the rest is kind of history. I completed my marketing degree, but photography had absolutely taken over as my new life plan.
Who or what influenced you to become a photographer?
Like most things that really stick in life I kind of naturally fell into this photography passion and it just seemed to make sense for me and was absolutely the creative outlet that I could finally identify with. There wasn’t one single influence, by any means, at the beginning.
Why is photography important to you?
Little moments in life mean the world to me and I so easily get wrapped up in nostalgia. It amazes me that a camera is this crazy device that makes it possible for me to freeze those moments for people so they can keep them forever.
What motivates you?
Real life, for sure. In anything that I photograph I wait for that moment that’s 100 percent real and unfiltered honesty.
What’s your favorite lens or other piece of photography gear?
The lens I use most often is definitely my 50mm 1.4, although I’ve been lusting after the 24mm 1.4 lately. Honestly, though, it doesn’t really matter. I can get ridiculously excited about beautiful lenses or gear, but at the end of the day that has very little to do with it and some of my very favorite photographs have come out of my iPhone or cheap plastic cameras.
What advice would you give someone just starting out in photography?
Try to keep the focus internal instead of external. It’s easy to get caught up in what every other photographer is doing, the latest gear, the latest trends, etc. The amazing thing about photography is that everyone sees the world differently and has their own vision; find yours and run with it.