Thank you for stopping by to see what I'm all about! I believe in God, Family, and Country. First and foremost, I'm a Christian, and my number one goal is to do my best to love God and live like I mean it. What that means for my clients is that I strive to do my very best work, demonstrate integrity, and treat people with the love and grace of Christ.

I love my family, and I love our veterans and first responders. I come from a family with both military and medical connections. (more about that in my blog)

I specialize in lighting and am skilled at using both natural or available light and flash. I'm especially known for the creative  "end of night" shots I do at weddings. 

People who choose to work with are looking to invest in custom-designed photographic art for their homes. I'm a full-service studio offering heirloom quality albums, fine art enlargements for the wall,  and matted print collections.

i'm Sarah

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Especially my Sheltie boys!

Dogs

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With Roger!

bike riding

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One of my most recent adventures was an 18-day trip to Iceland and Ireland.

Travel

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God's artwork is the most breathtaking! I'm also partial to the beaches and lighthouses.

Sunsets

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I'm not super aggressive or mechanical, but similar to biking, it's a great way to enjoy the outdoors with my hubby!

4-Wheeling

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Interesting lines and architecture...This is one of my international award-winners.

Symmetry and design

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It's practically the only thing I listen to.

Worship Music

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Blue skies, puffy white clouds, green grass...That's me photographing sheep in Ireland!

blue

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I lived there for 10 years, and I miss the sun, sand, Spanish, and the bright colors!

Puerto Rico

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It's astounding that God knows all the stars by name, and yet also knows the number of hairs on my head.

The night sky

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things I'm crazy about
(Afer God, family and country of course!)

My Top Ten

I joined the Indianapolis Professional Photographers Guild and Professional Photographers of America to pursue my photography education. In 2016 I earned my professional certification (CPP). By God's grace, I hope to earn my Master Photographer degree in 2021.

It all started in 4-H

My love for photography began when my dad took me to my 4H meetings as a kid. We both enjoyed learning together. As I grew older, my folks encouraged me to pursue a "marketable" degree in college. I studied education and Christian counseling. Then I went off to teach at a Christian school overseas for the next 10 years. When Roger and I got married, I was able to quit teaching and revisit my first love of photography.

One of my core values is giving back. Generosity has been a family trait of both the Crail and Motter side of my family, and I believe that some of the most fulfilling things we can do is to be generous with others. For that reason, I give a portion of the earnings on every job to charity or Christian missions in my client's honor each time I book a job.

In gratitude for those who have mentored me along the way, I enjoy giving back by teaching photography workshops and serving in the Indianapolis PPA association where I currently serve as president. 

Giving Back

My Story

My Experience

It's been a journey

2016

I earned my CPP designation
(Certified Professional Photographer)
from Professional Photographers of America. 

2014

Photographed my first wedding

2013

Started my own photography business

2011

Began working part-time at JCPenny portrait studio

2008

Got my first DSLR...a hand-me-down from a friend.

2000

Got my first SLR camera (film) for my Grad School Graduation

1992

Took photography class in high school where I printed our black and white pictures in the darkroom

1983

Took my first photography class in 4H

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country

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Family

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Devotional reflections on God, art, and photography (coming soon)

God

Favorite Personal Blogs

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This West Bridge Church (Danville, IN) wedding was especially sweet as it was held at my home church, and bride Kara is a young aspiring photographer who I enjoy mentoring. 

Kara & Mitch

A church wedding was important to this couple, and the beautiful Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis with its stained glass windows made the perfect setting for Stephanie and Richards wedding vows!

Stephanie & Richard

The Fowler House in Lafayette was the venue of choice for Jessica and Nick's outdoor wedding in August. The bride arrived in her uncle's blue vintage car and the I do's were exchanged below the grand staircase. 

Jessica & Nick

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