Sarah Rocca Vento
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I am a vibrant outgoing photographer and I can't get enough of working with models and clients to bring out their personalities and showing them their best selves.

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Our readers would love to get to know you more Sarah. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

I'm a goofball! I work with a lot of first time models and children and like to set the mood and relax them by being silly, cracking a joke and loosening them up quickly so they can get into their groove and show me how incredibly awesome they are.

Sarah, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?

My father was a photographer and I couldn't get enough of watching and learning from him. He gave me my first 35mm film SLR when I was 15 and I feel like I never put it down. I never thought I could shoot people, learn to light but something in me sparked and now it's all I want to do every day. I get overwhelmed with joy watching someone come out of their shell or when someone gets emotional from seeing their photos. There is no better feeling than giving someone memories that they can share with their children and cherish for generations to come.

Who is your inspiration in life Sarah? How do you keep inspired?

My family inspires me. From learning how to use a camera from my father to help my sister down her own photography path. My family inspires me to take risks and leaps in my life and supports me all along the way. To keep that inspiration going I have surrounded myself with friends who do all types of photography and share their journey and techniques so that we can all grow in our craft together.

We all make mistakes Sarah, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Being a great mentor to photographers just starting out proved to be a challenge for me in the beginning. I feel I could have done a much better job making the experience a little more formal and giving harder critiques so that they get the most out of the experience sooner. 

Sarah, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?

I really try to understand the clients needs long before I shoot their session so that I have that in my mind while I'm shooting. From knowing their likes and dislikes along with their goal for the session and the final product. If I know that before I shoot I can reference it during our session and stylize it to meet their needs and blow their minds!

Please tell us, Sarah, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?

I've had some very busy seasons and the first time I had back to back weddings I had 4 in two weeks plus had portrait sessions to deliver in between. I was also working another full-time job in between just because I like to keep things interesting. I literally mapped out each day down to the hours so I could get everything done on time and provide highest quality service. I was exhausted by the end but also had such a sense of pride that I could do it and do it well.

Sarah, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I get clients that say they really want one certain thing and stress that that is their only wish or goal. I had a client who really didn't want to shoot a lot of photos, it wasn't their thing. They really wanted just 4 or 5 shots. I didn't flinch, I just started to shoot, worked quickly and efficiently and got the couple to be comfortable with themselves, candid and in love and he forgot all about the number of shots and enjoyed just being with the woman he loved. I found by working quickly, not disagreeing with his vision but telling him I promised to make this quick and painless he came out of it with a great experience and beautiful images that will last a lifetime.

Sarah, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I wanted to get serious with the business side of being a photographer so I sat down and created a three-year business plan, how I would market myself, grow and where I wanted to be financial. I took the steps I had mapped out and hit that goal in one year. It made me realize I could do it, I could be a photographer.

Sarah, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I had the opportunity to shoot a wedding at this gorgeous boutique hotel. The tough part was the couple had mapped out their photo vision in such a way that it didn't give me too much creative license during the day. There were so many possibilities and quiet corners to work in but the interest wasn't there. I was able to talk them into 1 particular shot which entailed them in the window and me shooting from across the street. The colors of the city and view from the street was incredible and the best part for me was the couple loved the photo!

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?

Work hard, then work harder! Never stop growing and being open to trying new things. Being a photographer is more than just shooting. It's working with people, networking, understanding people's needs and showing them their best selves. I also believe strongly in finding a mentor. Someone who can be straight with you can show you where you can learn more and someone you can be okay hearing the truth from.

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands, and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Absolutely! I would love working with a model and makeup artist with a crazy wild look. Vibrant colors, tattoos and an edgy look are things I'm constantly drawn to!

Now for the best part Sarah! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
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Hair/MUA - Deanna Tuplin @o0deannat0o
Model - Amari Tuplin
Photographer - Sarah Rocca Vento @sarahjphotographyma


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