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Family photographer we love: Sarah Sloboda

Traveling kids photographer Sarah Sloboda, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, takes an artisan’s approach to creating images. When we met Sarah a few months ago we fell in love with the process and the results, so we’re thrilled to be able to share some more about Sarah and her work today.

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Sarah Sloboda, Oakland kids photographer

Originally a Twinkie-eating Ohio girl like myself, Sarah has seen the world and now calls the Bay Area home. After graduating from film school, she spent 9.5 years honing her craft in New York, working in old wood-floored darkrooms among past generations of photo masters who served as inspiration and guides. While in New York, she wrote an amazing post about the best photo op places to take stunning photos of your kid’s NYC childhood on our friend’s website, Mommy Poppins.

In 2011, she left New York and began traveling all over the U.S. and Europe capturing family and kids portraits, eventually making California her base.


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She frequently changes perspective to keep her eye stimulated, and bring fresh energy to her shoots. Each photo shoot — even the mini sessions — will feature many angles the images often work well together as a “story,” perfect for a slideshow or printed book.

Sarah Sloboda: Bay Area family photographer

Sarah tried to explain to me why her photos were unique:

Because of my background shooting on film, I have spent the last 10 years perfecting a system of exposure and digital processing that emulates the look of film while making the most of digital’s advantages.

I have studied the masters of reportage photography and portraiture, and always aim to provide gallery-quality work for my clients.

One of her best assets is her speed – Sarah understands that children (and sometimes spouses) lack patience and her approach to making people comfortable quickly makes the shoot move along without a hitch.


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View more of her work online at I especially appreciate her blog with kids’ fashion ideas and artistic inspiration for modern parents. If you’ve ever tried to dress your kids for a photo session only to have one of them insist on the red sweatpants, you will, too.

If you haven’t worked a professional photographer before, Sarah offers mini sessions. It’s a great way to get a bite-sized taste of Sarah’s style, and you can book a mini session with Sarah online! Be sure to tell her 510families sent ya!

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