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Interview with Sarah Bowman

Please introduce yourself

I am a fashion, fine art, and lifestyle photographer, specializing in people and portraits with a style consisting of surreal, ethereal and whimsical imagery. I believe that creativity often is the result of team effort and values working closely with my clients. Based on Vancouver Island, I strive to bring intrigue and exultation to my clients and the people I work with. It isn’t just a job, it’s an experience. It’s very fortunate that I have been able to work with many professional photographers and learn what they had to offer. Recently, I have gained more attention through my conceptual and surreal photography and I intend to get more involved with local models, make-up artists, hairdressers and businesses.

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How did you get interested in photography?

It really wasn’t until I was 19 that I started to take photography more seriously and was given my first DSLR. I found that it was people and portraits that kept my interest, and I was inspired by whimsical and surreal imagery. It was only last year, at age 24, that I began collaborating with models and really started to thrive in my craft! I am influenced and intrigued by a few different styles including whimsical, ethereal, and surreal creations.


Which artist/photographer inspired your art?

I adore the work of Brooke Shade, Emily Soto, Lara Jade, Amanda Diaz and Bella Kotak and Lara Zankoul. I am also influenced by CG artists and enjoy other works of art such as paintings and music. I have no formal training but took full advantage of the vast amount of information you can get from the internet. If you spend enough time watching tutorials and attempting to perfect your craft then you will only improve.

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How much preparation do you put into taking a photograph?

The preparation that I take for each photograph varies. For some shoots it will be a couple months of planning and then for others It will be a spur of the moment idea! The image that I took of my sister in law playing the guitar while levitating was done in one day (and then a lunch break!). Her living with me certainly helps! Whereas another photograph will take many more hours and the compositing might be more difficult. For a lot to my more conceptual, surreal fine art pieces I typically don’t use as much for equipment as I would for a fashion shoot. I am not as worried about having perfect lighting and taking many images for a full set. I typically only use my tripod, Canon 5DMark II and sometimes my remote for my fine art work. For something like making the dress look much longer then it is will involve taking multiple pictures of the same dress on different spots on the ground thus I need my camera/tripod to stay in the same spot.

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Could you please tell us something about your technique and creating process?

I mostly use Photoshop. In terms of printing I love wrapped canvases. I like how the image is stretched around the canvas.

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What do you do in your life besides photography?

For my day job I am actually a licensed Optician! Though it may not be my passion, it is a good job to have. My husband is a musician and also helps me with my artistic endeavours.

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What future plans do you have? What projects would you like to accomplish?

My plans are to get more involved with local designers, makeup artists and creatives. I want to network with other photographers as well and I am planning a fantastic surreal shoot with another great local photographer. I’m hoping to have my presence be more apparent on the internet and teach others what I have learned along the way. I have already started creating video tutorials and showing before and afters of my images on my Patreon account!



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