June 9, 2021
The Photographer Interviews: Sarah Epstein
Angie: When I was 14 years old, I would take photos of my sister and friends with disposable cameras using bedroom lamps to create nice lighting. A few years later, I decided to take my passion for photography to the next level by purchasing my first DSLR (Digital Single-Lense Reflex) camera and asking strangers to pose for my photos. I always enjoyed being behind the camera and am intrigued with how photography can transform a moment.
Marko: Photography drew me in because I am a traditional artist who draws, paints, writes, and creates music and I needed to find an art form that would give me instant gratification. So I stumbled upon photography and with just a click of a button I was able to create an art piece. I have always been drawn to street photography because I like to capture candid and unplanned moments that truly express people's vulnerabilities when they don't know they are being photographed.
Angie: I am inspired by everything that surrounds me it can be as simple as crack on a wall, a bird or a person. I have created photos that were even inspired by wrapping paper. I find inspiration everywhere.
Marko: I am inspired by moments. I like to watch as a moment unfolds and capture it at its peak.
Angie: I currently use Canon 6D with a variety of prime lenses: 35mm 1.4L, 100mm 2.8L, 200mm 2.8L, and 85mm 1.8.
My favorite lens is the 200mm 2.8L which I think is highly underrated.
Marko: I use a variety of cameras including film and digital. I use a Canon Digital SLR for work and a film camera for pleasure. I have a huge collection of film cameras from medium format, 35mm SLRs and even point and shoots. I especially love collecting old cameras because I feel all cameras have a story to tell.
Angie: I am the most proud of a portrait I styled and photographed of a young African-American woman. I was fortunate to win many awards and competitions with a photo that brings me joy every time I look at it.
Marko: I am really proud of half underwater/over the water shot I took. It was a viral hit and was noticed by a lot of big photography leaders.
Angie: I have had the opportunity to have printed my work to showcase in a gallery and there is no better feeling than to see your work in a tangible form and not just on a computer screen.
Marko: I really enjoy developing and scanning the film myself and then sending my negatives to print at a lab. I like seeing my photos in physical form because in the future maybe someone will find the images buried somewhere unlike a digital image that will just be pixel dust an actual print is something to leave behind as proof of our existence.
For both of us our biggest challenge has been to maintain a steady flow of clients. A full time photography career is really unpredictable and you must put in a lot of time and make many sacrifices to make it work.
In our opinion, there is no overnight success but many years of hard work. It has been an evolution for us, we have been photographers for 12 years, but our photography specialties have changed throughout the years.
Expect to fail a lot is part of the process in molding you as a photographer. Understand that you will never stop learning and will forever be a student because photography evolves and so should you. Success is a process, not a moment, so just keep on going and don’t give up.