Photography has been a life long hobby of mine, but I first started shooting professionally back in 2007.
At that time pregnancy photoshoots were becoming popular in the US but were still relatively unknown in the UK, so when a family member became pregnant and struggled to find a local photographer I stepped in to help out. Of course, that inevitably led me to try my hand at newborn photography and before long other friends and family were requesting that I help capture memories of their new arrivals too.
As word spread, I was soon taking paid commissions for pregnancy and newborn work.
Like many small businesses, I started on a mobile basis - visiting clients in their own homes and taking bookings at evenings and weekends to fit around work. All profits from the business were reinvested into training, upgrading equipment and purchasing new props to hone my photography skills.
By 2013 Sarah Lee Photography had grown to such a size that it was unmanageable alongside a full time job and I found myself having to decline bookings because I simply couldn't fit everyone in . . . so early in 2014 I made the first life changing decision. I dropped down to part time hours in my job as a Chartered Accountant and had a home studio constructed. I finally had my very own space to work from! It completely transformed my photography work and the range of sets, props and services that I could offer my clients.
The business continued to flourish and within the space of 3 years it was outgrowing my small home studio too. Then two very exciting things happened at the same time. I noticed that a perfect commercial space had become available on the old Avana Bakery site in Rogerstone and I had the opportunity to take voluntary redundancy from my previous employment. This marked the next step in Sarah Lee Photography's story. In February 2018, the small business became a full time boutique studio, with clients traveling from Cardiff, Bristol and the surrounding areas for their photoshoots - and even some coming from overseas.
I can't wait to see what the next few years will bring and I owe a big thank you to all the lovely clients who have brought me this far . . . from those who welcomed me into their homes for mobile sessions to those who now visit the bespoke studio.
Please stop for a while and have a browse through the site to see what I do. I hope you'll decide to become a part of the story too.
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