I love photography and making moving pictures because I love to document memories. I’m not gifted with eloquent speech, but I can express my love of others in my work. With the combination of a fine art documentary style I can tell true stories and capture the most powerful moments between moments. I don’t take a traditional or a technical photographer’s or filmmaker’s approach to any of my work. I focus on timeless aesthetic and love. Love between people is the most beautiful and powerful magic any of us could ever experience. I believe in love and hope because I get to see it among many people at every wedding.
I am Sara Combs, a photographer, wife, mother of dogs (3) and an INTJ (MBTI personality type). Film photography and making short films is not only my career but my passion. I also love coffee, reading books, glamping, SUP boarding, traveling in my conversion van and always planning my next adventure. I am originally from Oklahoma. I was married in 2011. Our little family travels all of the time for our work and other adventures. If you would like to know more about me or see more of my personal photography and other projects, you can visit my blog: A Cup of Coffee at Midnight.
Yes. Constantly. I rarely charge for travel, unless you are very much out of the way from where I plan to be. I am available for weddings and campaigns nationwide. I’m often on the East Coast or somewhere in the South. See the map below. The pink is where I always travel and the green is where I love to travel. The white states are very rare, but send me an email anyway.
Film photography is what we used before digital cameras. Digital cameras give us results quicker but I believe they lack the souls that film can capture. Film photography is like oil painting on canvas, as digital photography is to digital art. There is a depth & softness to the film I cannot capture with digital cameras. Film is timeless, digital will likely look dated in the future.
My approach to capturing people is always candid. Even with the “posed” portraits or editorial looks, I try to not ask anyone to do much out of the ordinary in order to avoid a contrived look. I prefer the documentary or photo-journalistic style to capturing the majority of a wedding and then a short session for those editorial looks to capture the couple along with any other photo requests if need be.
Analog AKA Film Photography
There was a time I offered digital photography, but the photos were never anyone’s favorites and it took all the fun out of photography for me. I really love the excuse to shoot film and I have the most affordable rates I have ever found for photographing weddings entirely on film.
I am a fine art photojournalist who still uses film. I have met many people who don’t know the difference in film photography or digital. Film photography is not just a cool thing to do. I don’t do it to be fashionable. The color gamut of film still tops digital cameras today and there is just something more soulful about the images. You can also keep your negatives which is a safer way to preserve memories than digitally alone. In my opinion, digital photography can look dated after a while. Although with film photography you have the consistency of film stocks.
- 1.creative art, especially visual art, whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content.“the convergence of popular culture and fine art”
- 2.an activity requiring great skill or accomplishment.“he’ll have to learn the fine art of persuasion”
Black & White
There are a lot of beautiful color films. I prefer not to use flash, unless I have to. Sometimes at low-lit wedding receptions to use color film. I prefer to use black and white for receptions and in areas with low lighting.
I offer discount rates for late notice bookings when I still have the availability: $500 off for 30 days prior or $250 off for 90 days prior.
Otherwise, photography packages start at $1850 for 300 images or $2200 for 600 images. Custom packages available.
Moving Pictures start at $1500
I know I’m not spot on in everyone’s price point, but I really do hear this a lot. I know I’m very talented and offer services that usually start at twice my rate, but I like to stay flexible and photograph more weddings that fit my photographic style. I also travel a lot and enjoy last minute weddings and adventures. I prefer not planning exactly where I will be on a certain day years in advance, which is understandably why most wedding professionals are so expensive.
There is no catch, unless you want a super fast turn-around or for me to make all of your prints or wedding books for you. Or maybe if you want a funny extrovert or a photographer with a completely different photographic style… In any of these cases I may not be the photographer or filmmaker for you.
The truth is I love what I do and I love when I find a couple who genuinely digs my work.
I also love a flexible travel schedule and have very precise services. Such as offering film photojournalism. Not digital and not a long laundry list of cheesy replica photos that leave no time for capturing souls.
If you love photojournalism, are okay with a non-intrusive photographer and don’t expect your images or videos back by the end of your honeymoon then we are likely perfect for each other.
Wedding films AKA highlight films AKA wedding videography AKA moving pictures.
I like moving pictures best. Videography isn’t even a real word. I describe my work as fine art moving pictures. Emphasis on art. Ideally I will capture the emotional aesthetic of your story.
I’m new to video in contrast to photography. I’ve been a film photographer since 2006 and began creating wedding films in 2016. If you’d like to see samples of this kind of work and more of my wedding or session highlight films, check it out HERE.
It may feel like a long time. 4-6 weeks is average and sometimes it may take 8-10 weeks. I am a bit of a perfectionist and take the time to ensure quality over quantity or a quick turn around. Sometimes travel or workload is much more time consuming than other times and I don’t believe it’s right to rush a project that will be a family heirloom for generations and generations. It’s art. So, I do not promise a specific deadline for weddings, (Other than being very punctual on the actual wedding day of course), but I promise to pour all my attention and efforts into your project until I am satisfied I have done my very best.
Your choice. I have priced 300-600, but we can customize your package together if you want more or less. Additional photos are $35 for 30.
As many as necessary. Let’s chat about the details.
Please read the contract for yourself. It’s very short and to the point. Basically, I don’t want to be sued for anything silly and I want a slice of cake.
Mostly weddings. I am available for sessions and campaigns as well. Please email me directly with inquiries.