Sarah from My English Shadow!

Hello Everybody!

Other photographer's insight can be pretty beneficial and fun, I'm excited to say I'm interviewing the lovely Sarah from MyEnglishShadow today! Keep reading to get a glimpse of her thoughts and advice. 


  • Sarah, What got you into photography?


"I remember my true passion for photography beginning in 4th grade when I got my first pet, a spunky rabbit I named Clover. I spent hours and hours over the next few years following her around trying to get the perfect shot. (With a point and shoot camera, of course). And it really just took off from there, wherever I went I was always taking pictures of animals and nature."


  • What do you like most about taking pictures?


"Capturing moments exactly as I see them. I've done a lot of drawing and painting in the past and was always frustrated at not being able to recreate as realistically as I saw it. Photography allows me to capture things just as stunningly as I see them."


  • Do you have a favorite lens?


"Definitely the 60mm. Love the bokeh and short depth of field it creates."


  • Do you have a piece of advice someone has given you that has helped you?


"Learn about light and how it works - essentially how to make it work for you in different situations!"


  • Canon or Nikon?


"I don't know if I could make that choice right now. This is actually something I've been debating as I am finally in the market for a camera for myself. I've been using my brother's dslrs for years - Nikon & Sony. And before that I used a Canon. All have pros and cons. I think it depends on what you are looking for and what you will be shooting."


  • What editing platform do you prefer?


"Definitely Lightroom. I also like to use Photoshop on occasion to take some photos further with editing."


  • What advice would you give someone just beginning in photography?


"Take as many photos as you can. Of different subjects, angles, lighting. Find tutorials online. Try it all. Find what you like and what works for you!"


  • Describe your editing style.


"I prefer to edit photos minimally, just adjusting shadows and brightness mostly but occasionally I go further. I like to make them feel light and warm. Sometimes I'll add in sun or a flare to help achieve that feeling."


  • If you had to shoot only one photography niche for the rest of your life, (landscape, portraits, animals, fashion, etc.) what would it be and why?


"Animals! They have always been a favorite to photograph. I love trying to capture their personality and quirks. Landscape and nature would be a close second but it doesn't give me the same feeling as when I capture the perfect photo of an animal!"


  • Do you have any unusual things you like to carry in your camera bag and what is their purpose?


"I usually just carry the camera, lenses that I know I want to use, and a cleaning kit. But occasionally I'll throw a ball in, helps to get multiple dogs looking at me at the same time. Although a stick works well too if I forget the ball!"


  • Are you partial to a specific subject/pose?


"My fluffy partner in crime, Xena is the subject I am most partial to. My favorite pose of her is a head tilt with a bit of tongue out. She took to modeling so easily and will tilt her head on cue - it's become our go to pose! I think it's my favorite because it really captures her sweet nature."


  • What is your dream photoshoot? Include every detail!


"I always dream about a field full of flowers at sunrise to shoot Xena and Orion in. But my actual dream photoshoot would be of a stunning Friesian or Lusitano horse at sunrise in a field of purple flowers with mountains in the distance and maybe a stream nearby..."


I enjoyed learning Sarah's favorite things about photography, it gave me some new ideas, I hope it gives you ideas as well!


Be sure to follow her on Instagram for gorgeous photos!