Your Questions Answered

What sets Sarah Sloboda apart?

Sarah’s photos contain joy, humor, honesty, optimism and a hint of the unexpected. Like a good French film, her best photos are little bit surreal. Sarah has traveled the globe on assignment, shooting documentary style, and making human psychology her visual study. Her acclaimed portraits have appeared in Citibabes and Disney’s Wondertime magazines, amongst others. Her series “Happiest Day in a Girl’s Life” was runner-up for the prestigious Prix de la Photographie, Paris. Her best asset for photographing kids is her personality. She takes delight in them, and as the brilliant beings they are, they take notice.

Every, single shoot is unique.  From one day to the next, moods shift, people mature, the sun moves, the clouds move; literally nothing is exactly the same as the day before.  Sarah works in tandem with the natural rhythms of life, so you can expect that your photos will be unique to the circumstances of your shoot day.  She’ll take advantage of the best natural lighting options available, and work with the background as best is possible.  No matter the moods of the day, Sarah will be alert to moments of authentic expression.  When you see your proofs, you will see unique images that could have only been created at that exact point in your life — truly, something to cherish!

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When is the best time to schedule a sitting?

Consider a Sarah Sloboda portrait session any time you wish to commemorate your joys, milestones and successes as a family:

  • Pregnancy
  • Newborns
  • 9 months (a sweet age for a baby portrait!)
  • Starting to crawl, walk, and other baby milestones
  • 1st Birthday
  • Moving to a new home
  • Starting a new school
  • Graduation
  • Holidays
  • Parties
  • Performances
  • Competitions / Sports

How long is a shoot?

“Longer than the dentist, but shorter than the psychoanalyst.” –Henri Cartier-Bresson

Shoot duration varies depending on the scope of the package. Package options can be viewed here. Sarah recommends allowing yourself an hour before and after the shoot, so that you can be fully present for the shoot itself.

What should I expect during the proofing process?

You will have 10 days to proof your images, inclusive in your sitting fee.  Should you wish to extend the time, you may do so at $20/10-day-period.  Sarah recommends scheduling a phone call to go over any questions you may have before placing your order.  You may certainly forgo the call if you are decisive about the photos and don’t have any additional questions.  In that case, you’ll just send an email with image numbers, sizes and quantities to rsvp@sarahsloboda.com for immediate processing.

If your session includes a $50 order credit, the credit expires after the initial 10-day proofing period, as per the terms of your purchase.  You may reinstate your gallery for a 10-day period for $20, within the calendar year of your shoot. 

Each January, all sessions from the year prior are archived offline.  Once this happens, the fee to reinstate your gallery increases to $50.  First time orders placed more than a year from the time of session are subject to additional un-archiving fees. To reinstate a gallery from a previous calendar year, please email rsvp@sarahsloboda.com.

While great care is taken to archive all images permanently, there is no guarantee you will be able to gain access to your photos after the initial proofing period.

How much does a session cost?

Sarah Sloboda package options can be obtained by sending an email to rsvp@sarahsloboda.com.

Sarah will help you custom-tailor a special package to tell your family’s story fully in a way that’s convenient and fun for you.

Will my photos be perfect?

Absolutely not.  Sarah loathes perfection.  Families and individuals are flawed, free-spirited, and utterly unique by nature.  What Sarah’s work encapsulates is the essence of a family or individual’s energy, even if this means hair is out of place or clothes are slightly disheveled.  To her, squinting eyes mean genuine smile; a wrinkled nose means laughing with joy.  The spirit captured in her work is of paramount importance, over all other details.

As a trained photojournalist-style photographer, she embraces the fact that moments spontaneously unfold, sometimes faster than the camera or the photographer can make adjustments.  This is spontaneity is part of the beauty of life.  Because of it, you may see a few images in your collection that have flaws in focus, clarity, and/or contrast.  If such images are not your cup of tea, simply ignore these artistic ones, and select other options.  But know that many of Sarah’s clients seek out this special ability to tune in to the moment, and welcome any technical “flaws” in capturing what otherwise wouldn’t have been captured at all.  So, there might be something special in there, even if it causes you to stretch your aesthetic sense to find it.

Will Sarah come to us?

Yes! Sarah’s appointments regularly take place in the areas of New York City and Cleveland, OH.  She has traveled for group mini-sessions to many cities including Seattle, Chicago, Austin, Houston, San Diego, and Los Angeles.  If you own a children’s boutique, or know one that should host a mini-session event with Sarah in your area, please email rsvp@sarahsloboda.com to discuss adding your city to her family photo tour.

How do we schedule a session?

Mornings are often the best time for a child mood-wise. Luckily, they also provide excellent  light.  Your child’s schedule is the first factor we’ll use to determine the time.  Ideally, we want them to be fresh from a good night’s sleep or nap, fed, and ready to go! Seasonal evening shoots are available to take advantage of “magic hour,” the filmmaking term for when the sun is going down.  The lighting effects are simply spectacular. To schedule, send an email to rsvp@sarahsloboda.com. Please include preferred dates and timing.

How do you pronounce SLOBODA?

It’s pronounced Sluh-BO-duh.  Some people remember this by singing, “Slow Boat to China.”