THE GIFT OF A SECRET
“Here is my secret. It’s quite simple: One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”
Your wedding day is not about wedding photos. Your family portraits are not about matching outfits and everyone looking at the camera smiling. They are about people – humans who are flawed and silly and messy and heart-stoppingly beautiful. These photos we make together are about you and your people. The ones who pick up the phone in the middle of the night, laugh with you until you ache, hold you, and comfort you, and love you big – even when it’s hard.
Photos made in the service of you and your people and just how gorgeous your love is are the ones that matter. Who cares about a photo being liked by strangers when we are creating a photo worthy of sitting on your granddaughters mantle? Let’s make something meaningful together.
Allie & John
"Professional. Funny. Creative. And jaw-dropping photos. We cannot say enough about SMP. Sarah was integral in our wedding being the most perfect day. We are convinced that it was divine intervention that brought us together. My husband and I wanted an intimate ceremony under the redwoods and Sarah led us to the perfect spot. She took candids of us getting ready - fantastic. She adjusted for the fog... brilliant! And her choice for wedding location and photo stops were breathtaking. The pictures she took made our wedding look a fairytale. People are constantly gasping at them. We were hoping for pretty and we got stunning. She's your girl. Don't hesitate. These two are the kinds of people you want to be friends with... PLUS talent beyond her years and energy that could make the most anxious bride calm. Forever grateful."
Alison & Andy
"Sarah is simply the best. She photographed our wedding and it was the best decision we made during the entire planning process. Not only are the pictures amazing, but Sarah was wonderful to work with throughout the planning process. She helped us create a package that fit our needs and our extra-long wedding day. We were so nervous about the engagement pictures, but Sarah's disarming, friendly and incredibly funny personality made the session so much fun! Sarah came out to view the venue prior to our wedding day, and then she was wonderful on the actual day. She and her second photographer went to great lengths to get all the great shots - even climbing over a barbed wire fence to capture the reception from a different angle! The pictures were so much better than I could have ever imagined. Sarah Maren Photography was worth ever penny and more and this review will never do justice to how great our experience was. We are counting down the days until we have another excuse to have Sarah and take pictures!"
The Bruce Family
"I was blown away by the gorgeous pictures Sarah took of my family. We hadn't invested in a true family portrait in years and man do I regret not scheduling with Sarah sooner! Thank you Sarah for capturing our family so beautifully."
Kim & Rob
"If you need photography near Sacramento, call her! She is perfect. She is fun, witty, professional, and unbelievably good at taking pictures. My wife and I were both very nervous as we are not good with pictures. The second we met her, we felt at ease. She makes taking pictures a joy and she made our wedding even better with the wonderful pictures she took. We ordered a wedding album also and that is totally worth the extra money.
She takes you on an engagement photo shoot so that you can sort of practice. Those pictures were amazing.
I feel she gets to know you. We did not have a photographer at the wedding, we had a friend. She becomes your friend during the process.
Amazing woman! She is worth every cent.
Thank you Sarah :)"
The Cunliffe Family
"Sarah is a fantastic photographer. She is incredibly talented and her years of experience shine though in her beautiful photography. She knows how to use light and composition to create beautiful images. She is funny and personable, and she is able to make everyone being photographed feel at ease. She recently did our family photos, and she captured awesome images of our family without any tears from our kiddos. Total WIN!"