Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Knoxville Wedding Photographer: Sarah McAffry

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Knoxville Wedding Photographer: Sarah McAffry

Simply put, Sarah McAffry is a special person that I am so happy to know. After following her on social media for several months before officially meeting, I felt like I knew her. She is beautifully transparent about what she loves in life and what inspires her, and this interview allowed me to experience that firsthand.

Sarah is so full of life, energy, and creativity. Her love for people is obvious especially in this interview as certain questions in particular brought tears to her eyes. By the end of my interview with Sarah, I knew that photography is a passion for her, not a job.

Enjoy learning about the woman behind the business, Sarah McAffry, who was voted Knoxville’s Best Wedding Photographer in 2012 by City View Magazine!

How did your passion for weddings and photography start?

My love for wedding photography started when I was married ten years ago. I had an amazing wedding photographer who taught me that photography is truly an art, not just photography.

What is your favorite part about a wedding (the part that gets you in the gut every time?)

When the father walks down the aisle with his daughter.  The photo below explains why this moment captures my heart so tenderly. I spend a lot of time getting to know a couple before the wedding day, so these moments are especially emotionally for me to capture.

What is your favorite part about working with brides/couples?

I enjoy talking to them about marriage, not just their wedding. It’s fun to talk about colors and dresses, but I love to hear about their relationship and get to know them as a couple. For many of my couples, I become a friend and a mentor throughout their engagement.

What makes you unique?

The fact that I only do 10 weddings a year makes me unique. Since I limit how many I do, each wedding and each couple is very special to me. Images are important, but even more important is the relationship I build with each couple. I want to share who I am with them and learn who they are, what makes their relationship special, and what is important to them in life. It is important for me to capture images that are not just beautiful but also tell the love story of the couple.

In addition to weddings, what other photography service do you provide? 

I love to shoot families and seniors in highschool. I also like to capture changes in peoples life that are exciting and new such as births, pregnancy, or the start of new businesses.

When you don’t have a camera in your hand, what do you like to do for fun?

I love to read, write, and find ways to stay inspired by things around me. I enjoy spending time with my family and day dreaming about our future child we are going to adopt. My husband and I love dreaming about our future and how we want to spend our life together.

I also enjoy studying fashion. I would describe my style as European inspired with a trendy edge, so you can image how excited I get when a new Anthropology magazine comes in the mail!  I believe in style without materialism, so I love the challenge of recreating a trendy look while also being practical.

How would you describe your photography style?

Classic with a modern edge. My goal is to create images that are beautiful forever no matter how the trends change. My photos reflect a sentimental softness, natural lighting, and natural poses.

Tell me a fun/random fact about yourself?

I love to sing but only as a backgrond vocalist. I’ve sang at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and the Square Room downtown, but you can ask any of my friends, I wouldn’t be caught singing solo for anything!

If you could choose anywhere in the world to shoot a wedding, where would you go?

Paris!! Without a doubt, PARIS! I love all things French.

Contact Sarah McAffry

Sarah offers more than just wedding photography. She offers maternity, family portraits, senior portraits, business head shots, and bio photos. Contact her at the information below.

website[email protected] | (865) 679-2287 | The Bride Link

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