I’m Sarah, the gal behind the lens. I try my best to show up here on my corner of the internet, but if you don’t know what I look like—hi that’s me, Sarah
I moved out to California in 2014 to pursue Interpersonal and Rhetorical Communication at Biola University and absolutely no intention of becoming a photographer. Throughout college, I worked in different marketing departments and fell in love with the idea of storytelling.
In the spring of 2018, I picked up my old DSLR to take a few of my friends' graduation pictures and long story short—I’ve been telling stories through photography ever since.
And honestly, I am so excited to capture your love and tell your story. Every year, a handful of couples ask me to document one of their most important days of their lives, and it’s truly an honor.
If you're ready to have a great time and receive stunning photographs, it's time to book.
Nice to meet you! I'm Sarah Yates. I'm a full-time wedding photographer and photography educator based in Southern California.
I moved out to California from Minnesota, trading cold winters for endless summer. I truly believe that I have the best job in the world—to make moments last lifetimes.
My biggest passion in life is listening to the human experience and being able to capture it and tell stories through photographs. I could never figure out how I wanted to pursue this passion until I picked up a camera.
The center of my life? Jesus. I truly believe that I have been called to document and share meaningful stories and share the love of Christ with others.
Here I am, years later, doing the thing I love the most—meeting new people, capturing their true emotion, and telling their stories.
1. I absolutely love spicy food
2. I've broken 7 bones
3. My favorite food is fish
4. I am fluent in 2 languages
5. My favorite two animals are cats and manatees
6. I majored in Photography in college
7. I love playing volleyball
8. I was born in Minnesota
While I am a wedding photographer, I have also been a bride. Back in 2019, I married my sweet husband, Jeffrey, and let me tell you—my perspective on weddings changed.
As we started to plan our wedding, I realized something—it's better (and easier) to plan a wedding that's true to YOU than a wedding that is trendy and in-style. I also gained a new understanding of how important it is to pick wedding vendors you LOVE.
Since you're most-likely diving into wedding planning, let me give you one piece of advice—stay true to you and your love. Your love story is unique and meaningful, let it be told with integrity and authenticity. Learn more about how I approach wedding photography below.