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We are approaching the most FAVORITE season of the year for engagement shoots. It’s a great time to post a few things you may not think of or realize when we reschedule engagement shoots.

Fall is OUR FAVORITE time to shoot! And when we have great weather IT IS THE BEST! Because we live in Michigan, we can receive some pretty challenging conditions. It’s important to know we KNOW how much you want your shoot done, and how much time/effort go into planning. We know you need Save The Dates and REALLY want to get them in before the holidays. But, we want it to be PERFECT. Wedding days we can’t control but we CAN control your engagement shoot! It’s important for us to deliver a jaw dropping gorgeous gallery!

Trust us that it’s important when the day comes and the weathers not ideal that we reschedule. With 20+ mph winds, rain, below 30 temps, and pure yuck TRUST ME, it’s not good for anyone. Your hair is all over the place and even on your lips with the cute gloss you have on as you’re trying to pull the strands off.! Everyone has snotty noses (totally being serious here) and you’re downright uncomfortable. And, so are WE! It effects the outcome of your photos which we don’t want.

Wedding days we can’t control which is why winter weddings are generally documented indoors (unless we get an awesome day and we can sneak outside braving the chilly air for a few moments!)

Here are basics we use when rescheduling….

We use the weather channel to keep our eye on conditions. We will make the call 48 hours in advance. If we see anything with more then a 50% chance we’ll make the call. We do not wait until the day of or an hour before your shoot to make this call. This is to be respectful to everyone involved in making this happen (your makeup artist, hair stylist, us and even babysitters!)

We stop shooting portraits November 1st (unless it’s a winter themed one!). November is the beginning phase of winter coming. The temps dip, the colors become pretty dull and we are experiencing crazy winds because of the season changes. It’s important that if you are eager to have a fall engagement session to schedule that ASAP.

We schedule engagements Monday – Thursday evenings because of our weekend weddings!

We do not schedule to photograph inside for a whole shoot during bad weather. Photographing inside somewhere requires permission. Additionally we are natural light wedding photographers, because of that we want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your engagement session!  We love using an indoor space for some of your session but it is not recommended for the entire session.

I considered posting major weather fail photos from engagements but I’ll leave it to your imagination!

I hope this is a helpful tool for couples planning their shoot!

 

xoxoxo,

The SKP Team

 

 

 

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Hello and Happy “almost” 2017!

I mean lets be honest, saying 2017 sounds a little crazy doesn’t it?! I’ll be the first to say I’m actually really excited about next season for our team. 2016 has been so incredibly good to us. We had THE most amazing clients, and I mean THE MOST amazing clients. Luckily, we also managed to have insanely amazing 2017 clients as well! This year in addition to Amanda & I we added Nicole and Lindsey to our team as full time photographers. YAY Team!

What does this mean?

We are HIRING!!

We are in need of assistants, second shooters, and lead shooters.

So what are the requirements?

LEAD SHOOTERS – A competitive lead hourly rate based on experience and creativity (Not Currently Available)

*Have a minimum of two professional full frame camera bodies (Can be Nikon or Canon) and MUST have DUAL CARD SLOTS

*Shoot in RAW and be able to shoot in 100% Manual

*Have at LEAST a 24-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8, macro and primes

*Have at least 3 speed lights and be comfortable using them

*AT LEAST 2 years experience

*All images will be shot on our cards and must be returned after each wedding.

*Be available to meet clients for consultations at our studio located in Rochester Hills

*Be comfortable leading a wedding day and executing any challenges that arise

*Be available to stay longer on a wedding day should additional time be requested

SECOND SHOOTERS – Competitive rate based on experience (Not currently available)

Must shoot on ALL professional grade equipment.

Must have a minimum of two professional full frame camera bodies (Can be Nikon or Canon) and must have dual card slots

Must shoot in RAW and in 100% Manual

Must have at LEAST a 24-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8, macro and primes

MUST have at least 3 speed lights and be comfortable using them

AT LEAST 2 years experience preferred

All images will be shot on cards we provide and will be handed over at the end of the night.

**Must be comfortable in the event the lead photographer cannot photograph a wedding our seconds become lead shooters and will be provided with all information. (Pay will be increased to a lead should the unthinkable arise.)**

ASSISTANTS – $10/hour 

Works directly with the main shooter.

Work days can be anywhere from 6-12 hours

Carries and stays with equipment at all times

Changes lenses when needed

Makes sure every and all pieces of equipment are placed in bags

Sets up light stands

Helps when needed with minor things throughout the wedding day.

MUST be reliable. This is not a job where you can call in.

Must have a valid driver’s license

All jobs are on Fridays, Saturdays and/or Sundays

If you are interested in lead shooting, second shooting, or assisting please contact me at sarah@sarahkossuch.com with a link to your current website/portfolio and equipment list. I will select second shooters based on style and the best fit for my clients. Please understand that if we do not contact you we may just be full for the year or we may contact you in the near future.

Thank you SOOOO much guys!

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We are a team of wedding photographers who love documenting couples in love. We are real people, with real lives, we each differ from one another and that’s what makes us such a great diverse team.

The team at Sarah Kossuch consists of Sarah, Amanda, Nicole, & Lindsey.

Amanda has been with Sarah Kossuch for three years and she begins her fourth season in 2017. YAY Amanda! Amanda has her Bachelors degree from Oakland University and luckily for us she majored in design. Amanda started documenting weddings in her second year with us and hit the ground running and she continues to wow us with her photojournalistic approach!

Nicole has been with Sarah Kossuch for two years, and she begins her third season in 2017. Nicole came to us with a photography background and has accomplished loads of studio work. Nicole came in assisting us at weddings and it didn’t take long for her to pick up a camera to document. When she did I knew instantly this was for HER! Nicole graduated from Oakland University as well with a teaching degree and a minor in photography.

Lindsey may be in her first year with Sarah Kossuch but not to the world of photography. Lindsey has been photographing portraits and weddings for 6 years on her own. When we met and discussed the idea of a team she loved it and that’s exactly why we connect SO WELL. Currently Lindsey is our office manager as well as an executive photographer taking on weddings for the 2017 season and beyond.

So what does it mean when you select a photographer from our team?

Amanda, Nicole, and Lindsey are all trained by me in the style I portray to my clients. While styles cannot not be exact copies, we each have our own taste that is very similar. When a potential client contacts us, the photographers sample gallery and pricing will be attached for them to view.

We are REAL people so when it comes to meeting before booking you will be meeting with the photographer you are interested in. This is SO IMPORTANT to not only you but to us as well. Our “job” is very personal and it’s so important that we jive together. It’s important for us to know your story and your personality so that we can do our best documenting it on your engagement shoot and your BIG day.

When selecting Amanda, Nicole or Lindsey they will be with you every step of the way. When it comes to editing, I do all of the editing! While our stylistic approach my be slightly different, the final images will have the same esthetic.

Our Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest pages the images will be labeled (PC) meaning photo credit. That will give you an idea of who took that capture!

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What happens as a wedding photographer and you wake up deathly ill with the stomach flu the day of your clients wedding? Well guess what, it happened to me this year and it SUCKS.

I wrap up my 5th year as a wedding photographer this year and everyone can tell you this IS my BIGGEST FEAR, I’m not kidding. I have anxiety over this because it is so important to me to be at EVERY single wedding. Every single client I have has a close place in my heart and I literally cannot wait to document their day.

June 20, 2015 is a day I will never forget for the rest of my life. Ever. As a wedding photographer we CAN’T BE SICK. WE just CAN’T. Most weddings require us to direct the entire day. There’s very rarely any sitting, ever. But life happens, it hit me and it hit me hard. I have never experienced the amount of upset I had on that morning. Never. The thoughts of “oh my god, what is the bride going to say? What can I do? PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME.” All of those things were going through my head.

I woke up that morning bit hard by the stomach flu and just a mess. Standing on my feet took every ounce of energy I had. I stood in my bathroom looking in the mirror thinking how in the hell am I going to rock a 10 hour wedding?

I had a second photographer lined up as well as an assistant (thankfully) but I NEEDED someone else. I contact my second photographer Nick Wisda with sheer panic. Nick immediately said I got this I can lead the day don’t worry. I knew with Nick I was confident. Nick comes from Southern California with a portfolio that is pretty damn stellar. Now I need a second photographer. I contact my close wedding photographer friends and they went in our social media private groups blasting out a post in need of a second shooter. Chris, who is incredibly rock steady with the camera raised his hand and immediately left to be to the wedding on time. An angel you guys. That moment mentally made me feel “better” but now I need to contact the bride.

Scared. Nervous. Anxiety. all of those overwhelming negative feelings went through me and it was exhausting.

The one thing I needed to have happen prior to calling was to have a plan.

I called Laura…..

No answer, so I left a voicemail nervous she wouldn’t have time to call me back. I tried my hardest to hold myself together to let her know what was going on and that she shouldn’t panic but to call me asap.

She calls me right away…

How on EARTH have I been blessed with the most humble clients?? HOW?!

(Oh man, I have goosebumps just typing this.) Laura immediately had this tone like a mother consoling her child and I lost it. You guys I lost it. I couldn’t help it. The amount of stress, anxiety, feeling of defeat and not to mention this darn bug just had me a mess. I don’t think I could apologize enough but was VERY confident in the team I had for her. She is an angel honest to god because I know a wedding day as a bride can be crazy stressful and she didn’t let this effect her. She was just happy to hear I had photographers coming and the ONLY thing she cared about was her and Steve. Literally she just wanted beautiful images of the two of them. And that my friends is exactly what she is going to receive.

My heart is thankful to all of my friends and family who stepped in to help me that day but most importantly to my clients who understood and made my wreck like mind eased.

So why am I posting this? Because I learned a valuable lesson in this and it’s that life HAPPENS. I know that every one of my wedding photographer friends do so much to make sure they are healthy for everyones day. Unfortunately some things are out of our control. I do bring this up at every consultation now because it IS important. What happens if I get sick? Well by having a second photographer REALLY helps with unforeseen things. I hire seconds that can run a wedding, in fact they ARE wedding photographers so I would feel 100% confident in YOUR wedding. And at the very least SOMEONE will be there. Like Laura + Steve’s wedding with only 2 hours I do seek out a second no matter how sick I am and luckily we found one. Which sometimes CAN be hard. But understand that we DO everything in our power to ensure a gorgeous documented day for you.

And with that I thought I’d share a few images from Laura + Steve’s day and a HUGE THANK YOU to Nick + Chris for documenting their wedding EXACTLY the way it should be which is perfectly.

xoxo,

Sarah

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Macomb Michigan Wedding Photographer

Macomb Michigan Wedding Photographer

Macomb Michigan Wedding Photographer

Macomb Michigan Wedding Photographer

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Heading to Charleston, South Carolina was hands down one of the most exciting experience I had in 2014. The experience, the opportunity, the friends, even my close friend. It was a well rounded memory that I’ll never forget.

One evening right after Christmas 2013 a super close wedding photographer friend Mishelle Lamarand asked me if I would want to go to a retreat focusing on film, the Bliss & Bokeh Retreat! No no no, not film as in movies. Film as in rolls of film! I was thrilled! I had been toying with the idea of shooting film for awhile but I just haven’t made that leap yet. I know it may sound a little crazy because we are “moving forward” with technology by having digital cameras but there’s something about film that is hanging on, strongly. And you know, you’d be surprised at how many people think video when we refer to film! Which I totally understand why they would think that way because we are in essence “moving forward” in technology. So discussing rolls of film is out of the ordinary anymore.

There’s a lot to be said about film, and I mean A LOT.

Last year Clickin’ Moms published my journey on their blog and I touched a little bit on my experience with film. It’s not REALLY how I started of course but as far as a manual camera goes, it was my very first one. But trust me I was no where near being a professional photographer!

Film IS different then digital in that you have to slow down. My favorite part. Did you hear that? You have to slow down. For digital you can shoot 12fps (frames per second) and get use to that. Then when you are use to it you shoot shoot shoot. When do we ever take a breather slow down and really articulate a meaningful pose? Film is very expensive. so shooting at 12fps can be ok for digital camera’s it’s not for film. I mean you could shoot a pose over and over and over but the rolls of film and developing? Oy Vey!

So while I really enjoy it, I mean I really L O V E D it I am strongly considering adding it into my collections.

I did take the time to use my digital camera and will most certainly be posting those in another blog but today, today is all about the film side of things. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! I really felt this retreat as well as using a Contax 645 that Contax Rental graciously let us use, spoke leaps and bounds too me and the thought of using film in my future events has so much excitement going through my mind.

xoxo

All images shot on a Contax 645 with Kodak + Fuji Porta 400 film

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Film Photographer

A BIG Thank You to KT Merry for taking a few headshots of us during our time there. =) *Disclaimer* I’m not looking my finest but who cares I was in Charleston!

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Wedding Photographer

Metro Detroit Royal Oak Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Wedding Photographer

Venue: The Cottages on Charleston Harbor

Bliss and Bokeh 

Florals: Gathering Events

Gown: Carol Hannah

Groom Attire: Louis Purple

Hair and Makeup: Wedding Hair By Charlotte

Scanned and Develop: Richard Photo Lab

Florals, Design, and Decor Gathering Events

Charleston Weddings

Location William Aiken House

Desserts and Cake FISH Restaurant

Rentals Snyder Events

Cake Stand Polished!

Chairs RS Signature

Gown Gown Boutique of Charleston

Hair and Makeup I Do Makeup

Tux and Tie Charleston Tuxedo

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  1. Hannah says:

    Sarah! These are AMAZING! If you need a wedding next summer to experiment with some more film I am your girl 🙂

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Hello and Happy 2015!

I mean lets be honest, saying 2015 sounds a little crazy doesn’t it?! I’ll be the first to say I’m actually really excited about this year. 2014 was so incredibly good to us. We had THE most amazing clients, and I mean THE MOST amazing clients. Luckily, we also managed to have insanely amazing 2015 clients as well! If you do not know by now I have added an Associate photographer to my team. And actually she’s not really very new to SKP, she happens to be Amanda! Amanda has been my editor for 2 years now and during her time with me she’s had an incredible amount of desire to photograph weddings. So, I trained her! Now, Amanda is booking and shooting her very own weddings.

What does this mean?

We are HIRING!!

Amanda will continue to seasonally edit as usual for now. However we are in need of assistants and second shooters.

So what are the requirements?

ASSISTANTS – $10/hour

Works directly with the main shooter.

Work days can be anywhere from 6-12 hours

Carries and stays with equipment at all times

Changes lenses when needed

Makes sure every and all pieces of equipment are placed in bags

Sets up light stands

Helps when needed with minor things throughout the wedding day.

110% must be reliable. This is not a job where you can call in.

Must have a valid driver’s license

All jobs are on Fridays, Saturdays and/or Sundays

SECOND SHOOTERS – $25 to $50/hr (based on equipment and HEAVILY on experience)

Must shoot on ALL professional grade equipment. PLEASE do not apply if you have a crop sensor and a kit lens. And I’m so sorry but I am not accepting new photographers looking to portfolio build at this time.

Must have a minimum of two professional full frame camera bodies (Can be Nikon or Canon)

Must shoot in RAW and in 100% Manual

Prefer camera bodies with 2 card slots

Must have at LEAST a 24-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8, macro and primes

MUST have your own lighting and be solid using it.

AT LEAST 2 years experience preferred

All images will be shot on cards we provide and will be handed over at the end of the night.

Must be comfortable with in the event myself or my associate cannot photograph a wedding our seconds become main shooters and will be provided with all information. (Pay will be increased should the unthinkable even arise.)

If you are interested in second shooting please contact me at sarah@sarahkossuch.com with a link to your current website/portfolio so I can view your work. I will select second shooters based on style and the best fit for my clients. Please understand that if we do not contact you we may just be full for the year or we may contact you in the near future.

Thank you SOOOO much guys!

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Good morning and Happy March 4!

I’m Hiring! // Michigan Portrait & Wedding Photographer – Sarah Kossuch Photography Blog

Position Available :: Part-Time Studio Production Assistant/Administration – $12/hour (Starting Mid-April)

Job Description :: Helping with all aspects of post production processing, including editing, retouching, design, client communication etc … Training will be provided with my current editing workflow.

Hours :: Monday’s and Wednesdays at my in-home office. (5-6 hours/day) to start.

Requirements :: Must have a current driver’s license, Must be proficient in Photoshop and Lightroom. Must have fantastic file organization, color correcting, exposure, retouching and graphic design (specially marketing material and album designing) skills.

If you are currently in the business, this is not a position for you. I’m looking for someone with a long term commitment for SKP.

To apply for please email me at sarah@sarahkossuch.com. If you have any current images to show me as well as design work you’ve done please provide that within the email. Requirements are not negotiable you must be proficient in all of the programs listed.

Thank you so much!

 

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Having trouble finding your style // Michigan Photography

I am a Metro Detroit based self taught Portrait and Wedding photographer. I am in my third year and I absolutely love it! Prior to finishing a Bachelor’s in Human Resource Management I dove into the world of photography and left the business world – it was the hardest yet best decision of my life. I have a huge aspiration for making people look and feel good about themselves by creating images good for the soul. THAT is what makes me happy. So this has been my experience when finding your style.

Alright guys, have no fear! You’re inside the rut; you just need a little help finding yourself. Most importantly I will say, it’s totally NORMAL, 110% normal (I added the extra 10% because I feel THAT strongly about it).

Okay, you have your camera, you love what you do and you’ve decided to go into the business. (Rock on!) But … your mind is going all over the place with what you want to do, what you want to shoot, editing?! How do I EDIT?! Sound familiar? Do not worry, it’s okay. Most photographers have been in your shoes and you know what it takes a long time for even some of the most amazing photographers in the world to find out just who they really are.

Here are 3 tips I think will help you on the right path to find out just who you really are.

Tip 1. Shoot. Shoot. Shoot. Here’s the thing – are you a newborn photographer? Are you a family photographer? Do you love photographing children? Or, maybe you’re a wedding photographer and you don’t know it! My advice is to get out there and photograph everything. Ask your sister if you can photograph her kids. Email local photographers and see if you can be their assistant during a wedding. And the same goes for newborns, contact local photographers and see if you can shadow them during a shoot! Seriously, it helps and it works! The reason I say this is it will help you understand, see and recognize just what your style really is.

I’m a mother of four children and starting out I wanted to be a child photographer. In fact, everyone I surrounded myself with was a newborn and child photographer. I made a small “studio” space (and I use that term loosely – lets just say it was rough around the edges – but none the less I was diggin’ my DYI in-home studio-ha!). Friends and family were more then happy to oblige when I asked to take photos of their children. After months and months of shooting children, I decided to take a leap of faith and …. * GASP * shoot my very first wedding! I decided to second shoot for another photographer friend who had been a beginner as well. I heard a lot of “oh you don’t want to get into weddings.” “Weddings are a nightmare!” I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was SCARED TO DEATH. You know what, I arrived and started to shoot and guess what … I. Loved. Every. Second. It was then I knew, I wanted to venture into weddings.

Just for fun, here’s an image of my work in 2010 (in my super fabulous in-home studio – BOO-YA!) This was right in the beginning of trying to find MY style.

Michigan's Modern Wedding Photographer

And for fun, here’s a couple recent wedding images. Do you notice the evolving change in style?

Michigan's Modern Portrait & Wedding Photographer

Tip 2. The old “you’re copying me” fear. Listen, there’s nothing wrong with browsing through photographers’ work to gain inspiration – nothing at all. It’s a HUGE compliment to that photographer because clearly they are doing something right by inspiring others. Plus, lets face it you need direction, right? I looked at hundreds of photographers starting out to gain inspiration. Do you have a photographer you admire and just LOVE their style? Email them! Ask them if they could give you advice as to how they found their style. Everyone – even the most sought after photographers gain inspiration from SOMEWHERE. Take everything that inspires you and concoct your own version of it. BOOM! You have your own style!

I had a HUGE struggle with finding myself. I knew what I wanted, but achieving it was super hard. I consistently changed my editing style, I had no clue! I have my favorite photographers and I would look at their brand/editing styles thinking “That’s PERFECT” but each photographer had a totally different style than the other. I’m thinking to myself “how could I make it my own?” Days turned into weeks, which turned into months and now to years of finding me. Who am I? It finally hit one day – like BAM. I AM different then everyone. I love fabulous photos and I also LOVE outtakes, that’s what makes my brand, me. Hence, my recent branding change – ha! When it came to my style, I was able to create ways of being different but being true to myself. You can do it too, like I said before – take your favorite inspirations and concoct a YOU.

After spending hundreds of dollars on branding then really finding the real me I actually created my recent brand from scratch … by myself. WHAT?!? Yes, by myself. I created my own logo, some of my marketing material (the others I use templates), my own website based off a simple template etc…. I wanted that extra hard work in creating my brand so that I could gain a better understanding of myself. Why? Because I’m really the only person that can understand me.

Michigan's Modern Portrait & Wedding Photographer

Okay okay I am one who seriously digs outtakes!

Michigan's Modern Portrait & Wedding Photographer

Tip 3. Be yourself! Seriously, be your happiest of happy self. You won’t believe what a difference positivity makes in your work, your brand, your clients and most importantly to you as a person. When you are on social media sites like Facebook throw a little spunk in your posts that reveals your personality to your audience. The best way to get through to anyone is to be you. Your work will most certainly reflect that as well.

Michigan's Modern Portrait & Wedding Photographer

After only posting “Upcoming Events”, “Sneak Peeks”, or just posting a recent image to share, I realized I needed to really engage with my audience. Now, even if it’s a small “Good Morning.” Post – I will always throw a little fun in it like “Good morning, it’s Friday – HOLLA!” because that is ME. Give everyone happy, it’s the most valuable part of what you do.

Michigan's Modern Portrait & Wedding Photographer

Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts and experiences when finding me. I hope this shed some light on people who are in the same boat or have been in the same boat as me.

Much Love,

Sarah

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  1. Erica says:

    Thanks so much for posting this! I’ve been in an “uninspired slump” lately and have felt like giving up in the photography world all together. So thankful to have read this and to have been inspired. Do you have any suggestions, however, when it comes to asking photographers for advice and getting the cold shoulder instead?

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      Erica, thank you for taking the time to read this I truly hope it was inspiring for you. Being uninspired is like living under a cloud and it just flat out stinks. The most encouraging words I have ever heard and read were … keep pushing through it. Seriously, in the end you will look back thinking how much you fought through the battle of being in a slump.

      It can be difficult when speaking to photographers. I had a difficult time with it as well in the beginning and even today. I attempting emailing photographers in 2010/2011 to intern or be an assistant and received a lot of rejection. And you know what, sometimes that rejection is a huge motivator to do even better and to show it proudly. My advice is try not to let those photographers push you down, go to the next one. There are insanely talented, helpful and overall amazing photographers out there. You will find them and they will help you.

      I have been fortunate enough to meet quite a few photographers who have not only fueled my inspiration but have been such an incredible impact on my learning it’s amazing!

      They are out there and I have no doubt that you will find them. <3

  2. Melissa Kate says:

    Love this post! 🙂

  3. Sarah Brown says:

    Sarah,

    I started following you through Michelle Lemarand when she did a shoot with you and your family. Beautiful family by the way! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this post. It has truly hit home to me. I recently moved to Mississippi where I am starting over.. from scratch. Its so hard and discouraging! At the same time I am pushing myself like no other. I have always had a hard time finding my editing style. I feel that is my biggest weakness. Thank you for encouraging me to keep pushing myself. Because one day I know it will be worth it!

Well GOOD MORNING!

So are approaching a pretty amazing 2013. With that, I am entering my third year of business – oh MY!  I not only have absolutely GORGEOUS weddings for 2013, I also have the most amazing clients I could ever ask for. I am not kidding!

So … I’m in need of second shooters for 2013. I LOVE to second shoot, absolutely LOVE IT! I spent the past two years working very hard at giving my clients the absolute best, not too mention meeting amazingly talented photographers along the way. From working with Mishelle Lamarand, Rachel Smaller, Lorree Smith, Derek Cookson, Dustin Francis, and the beautiful Meg Darket – I enjoyed every single moment. And I now have amazing talented photographers whom I call dear friends.

Throughout 2012 I had such an awesome experience and my creativity as a second shooter boomed!

Here are just a couple of my images in 2012 as a second shooter.

This was taken with the wonderful Lorree at Lorree Smith Photography


And here are a few I took shooting with Rachel with Rachel Smaller Photography

You know I can’t post a blog without a few behind the scene shots, right? Love these!

So how does this second shooting thing work anyways? Well two ways. Second shooting is done absolutely for free. Free? Yes. By shooting for free you will be able to use your images in your portfolio to build the wedding gallery you’ve been waiting for! If that isn’t something you are interested in I will pay for your time and take the images at the end of the night.

If you are interested in second shooting please contact me at sarah@sarahkossuch.com with a link to your current website/portfolio so I can view your work. I will select second shooters based on style and the best fit for my clients.

I look forward to meeting you!

Much love,

Sarah

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  1. Meg says:

    Awe, lady you are beautiful! Love working with you! You better add me to your list of second shooters… I’m dying to second for YOU! :o) <3

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