by Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho
For more than a decade, Fresno photographer Sara Deasy has captured life’s myriad moments, celebrating her subjects’ journeys and milestones as the owner of DC Photography Studios. Here she shares her origin story with Kings River Life, starting with the photography class that started it all…
KRL: How did you get your start in photography?
Sara: I’ve been in or around the art community since I was born; my mother is a potter and religious fiber artist. About twelve years ago, I was given a Nikon D200 as a Christmas gift, and I would say that’s when everything started to click (no pun intended).
KRL: Did you always have an interest in photography?
Sara: Well, yes, in a way, I think so. I mean who doesn’t like to look at photos? When I was growing up I’m pretty sure my grandfather always has a disposable film camera in a pocket if not some other type of point-and-shoot.
I never really looked at photography from an artist’s point of view until taking a photography course at Fresno City College; before that cameras were simply tools to capture history, or something journalists used for the newspaper. Of course now, I have an entirely different perspective regarding photography.
KRL: Who is your favorite photographer/artist?
Sara: This is a hard one. Honestly I don’t think I have one, I’m more interested in the theories and lives that fueled the photographers and artists. I’m especially interested in photography from a psychoanalytical standpoint. My favorite art movement would be surrealism.
KRL: Whose work inspires you the most?
Sara: Many surrealists inspire me, to name a few: Man Ray, Max Ernst, René Magritte, and the writing of Giorgio de Chirico, Jacques Lacan, and André Breton.
KRL: What is your favorite subject matter to photograph?
Sara: I really enjoy weddings and being able to craft beautiful moments between a couple. I also love taking pictures of people that are completely unaware of their surroundings, let alone myself, total candid moments that unfold randomly.
KRL: What makes a picture stand out?
Sara: Good compositions that evoke emotion and tell a story.
KRL: How long have you had your photography business?
Sara: I started DC Photography Studios in January 2007, and shot my first wedding that March at the Japanese Gardens in Fresno.
KRL: Do you have any tips for aspiring photographers?
Sara: Find your passion and just jump in with both feet! Shoot A LOT, and always have fun.
KRL: Do you prefer digital, film, or both?
Sara: Digital all the way! Film is fun, but for how I use photography, digital is choice.
KRL: Where have you exhibited your work locally and/or abroad?
Sara: Last August I had my graduate exhibition at Fresno State University, in the Phebe Conley Art Gallery, which was a solo showing. Prior to that, I exhibited a couple of times in the Dean’s Gallery and at ArtHop venues. For my commercial work, I’ve had my work published in bridal magazines (Cal-Weds, Premier Bride), and featured on several wedding blogs and Instagram accounts.
KRL: I really like your aesthetic. What themes and emotions are at play in your work?
Sara: My commercial work or wedding photography really revolves around having fun, keeping things light and in motion. I never want anyone to look stiff or uncomfortable. My personal work is really just a reflection of who I am, kind of quiet, a little strange/unique, with a humorous undertone.
For more information on Sara’s work, please visit www.saradeasy.com and www.dcphotographystudios.com.