Uniquely You. The perfect name for Sarah Ulrich and her photography business. Her style is truly unique. It’s bright and bold, yet sweet and soft, all at the same time. And when we say business, we mean business! Not only does Sarah know how to rock a camera, her design skills are as awe inspiring as her photographs. From marketing templates to holiday cards and storyboards, her look is modern, clean and down right delicious!
Sarah was kind enough to share some tips and tricks and her favorite prop goodies with a little Q&A session for us here at Prop Insanity!
So here we go… Prop Insanity interview with Sarah Ulrich, creative mind behind Uniquely You Photography:
How long have you been photographing professionally, and what do you “shoot” with (Canon, Nikon, etc)?
I have been in business for 5 years and shoot with the Canon 5D Mark II.
How often do you use props for your photography?
I would say that I tend to use some kind of prop in every session, but not in every shot. My style tends to be fun and colorful so I love the added interest and texture that props can add to an image.
What was the FIRST prop you bought, and do you still use it?
Hmmmm….tough call….I would say maybe the “Target basket”. I love it because it’s heavy and has a broad, flat bottom. I do still use it. I find it particularly useful for babies around that 6 month age when they might not be sitting up independently yet or necessarily like sitting in the grass (which I find to be a lot of them).
Toddlers: My old wash tub…it’s great for sitting babies inside or also flipping it upside-down and having my little clients stand or sit on top of it. Older babies love standing next to it and banging on top of it, that always elicits some great expressions. Coming in a close second would be my red tricycle.
Kids: My lime green chair.
I don’t really use a ton of props for family or senior sessions.
Do you use any post processing, actions?If so, what is your favorite action prop and why? If not, how do you post process your pics (short descrip. of course)?
Both my color and black and white actions are ones that I have put together myself to shorten editing time. Both of them are just slight adjustments via curves and levels. I have purchased actions in the past and love them on other people’s images, but they never look right on my own, so I just stick with what works! 🙂
For a softer muted look I will use the lilyblue “honey” action, but always tweak it per image.
What is your favorite age to photograph, and why?
Wow! This is truly a hard one for me…obviously, I love photographing newborns, there is just something so spectacular about photographing that moment for families. The 6-9 month age is always fun too because they are so curious and full of life, lots of great expressions to capture. And that tricky age 18mo.-3yo is always rewarding (for the most part…heheheee!). Even through fading attention spans there is something so magical about capturing their unique personalities and mannerisms, and interacting with them is effortless as they are still very genuine.
My newborn sessions are always photographed using studio lights! 🙂 I like to be able to control and adjust my lighting if I need to. I have done a few natural light newborn sessions, but definitely prefer my lights so I don’t have to worry about dark homes or gloomy weather. In my opinion, part of mastering newborn sessions is feeling 100% confident and comfortable with what you are doing. I am 100% comfortable my lights, therefore I can devote my time during the session to the baby and family and not have to worry about changing light, etc. With newborns being so unpredictable, the more you have working in your favor, the better. I want photographers to know that it IS possible to make studio light look very natural! 🙂
For other sessions I will chat with the client ahead of time and see what (if any) their preference is…find out what they are wearing…consider the ages of the kids…and go from there. Popular among my clients are my old bucket, red tricycle, green chair, and wagon. For newborns it’s the hats, baskets, white fur, my old red (paint chipped) chair.
–Check out antique shops, second hand shops, flea markets for great props.
–Add a little elbow grease! Most anything can be made beautiful and interesting with a brush, some paint, and some sandpaper.
–Keep safety in mind when buying/using props.
–Think outside the box. 🙂
Now we told you that Sarah is as crafty on the computer as she is behind the camera, and now you can see what we mean. Head over to her online Template Shop. You will fall madly in love at first click.
From holiday cards, to marketing templates, to storyboard layouts and quotes, you can easily fill up your hard drive with these time saving works of art!
Sarah is so kindly extending 25% off your entire purchase when you use the code: GOINSANE at checkout!!
(Sarah does not offer her designs to photographers in the Lincoln/Omaha area)
Thank you Sarah for being a constant inspiration and a creator of all things wonderful!