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Thank you for everything!

Effective August 2021 SMP will be on an indefinite sabbatical and will no longer be accepting inquiries or commissions for photography.

Like much of the world, the last 2 years did a number on me and my family.  Both of my husbands parents got Covid and are having long term effects, my mom was diagnosed with dementia and has to be moved to long term care, my kids suffered with depression and anxiety in a heartbreaking way, I went back to school to get a whole new degree (I’m studying psychology now and I LOVE IT!), and my husband’s business became the focus of our entrepreneurial efforts because he’s an essential  business (have bugs? Reach out to WHITE LINE PEST MANAGEMENT).

With so much on my plate, I have decided to step back from the business I’ve had for over 20 years.  I am sad to be closing this chapter for now, but am so grateful for all the folks who trusted me to make beautiful photos with them.  It was an honor photographing your lives.  Thank you for letting me be a part of your most special moments. It has meant the world to me.  I am excited about what the future holds for me and my family and the new adventures to be had.


Love Notes

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!"
- Alison


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."

- Nora


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!"