Sarah Hoppes Photography
Why do you want to work with APW Couples?
I’m currently a full time producer and part time portrait, wedding, and everything else photographer, but I am making the leap into photography on a full-time basis. After lots of thought, I’ve decided the thing that makes me happiest about photography is the time I get to spend with people, making them feel special and beautiful with the images I create, so that meant devoting myself to shooting weddings full time made perfect sense!
At the same time I decided to phase out my salaried job to pursue my photography, I happened to get engaged. In search of advice for couples wanting to plan a small and, ahem, practical wedding, I stumbled upon APW. I am very outspoken about my beliefs on equality, whether that be applied to gender, class, race, or sexual orientation, and I just felt so happy to find a community of people with those same values! I want to work with APW couples because there is a level of sanity, lack of materialism, emphasis on individualism, and such an appreciation and acceptance for love in all its forms applied to weddings and marriage that I hadn’t seen in other online communities, and I love that so much.
Describe your artistic approach to weddings?
Weddings are supposed to be filled with love, happiness, fun, and a couple’s personal style, and so should their wedding photos! I create images that are visually interesting and full of emotion and personality.
I want to be there for all the emotions and important moments on a wedding day, no matter what kind of wedding a couple may have. My approach is photojournalistic as much as possible, because real emotions can’t be posed or staged. I love catching little candid moments, from the first time they see each other, to the emotion on the faces of friends and family, to the way little kids react with all the chaos of a wedding around them.
I’ll also be there to help direct as many or few posed photos as a couple prefers, but I try at all cost to avoid posed photos that seem stilted, boring, or cheesy. All my wedding packages, including my small elopement and civil ceremony package, include a newlywed portrait session taken just after the ceremony to get beautiful images of two people in love, fresh after promising their lives to each other.
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
My personal photography, DIY home improvement projects (I have an infinite love of pegboard in all its forms), baking, movie marathons, being outside as much as possible, and spending time with my partner in crime/life and our three cats.
What’s your favorite book?
“The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger
What’s your favorite movie?
“Arsenic and Old Lace” with Carey Grant, followed very closely by “Some Like It Hot,” with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemon.
If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?
Oh my! There are so many options! The winner would probably be “Out Tonight” from the Rent soundtrack, sung in the unintentional Katherine Hepburn impression otherwise known as my singing voice.