Sarah, known as, "that fit photographer who gets everyone naked and drinks a lot of green tea," is an LA based photographer who shoots athletic, portrait, fashion, lifestyle, and beauty photographs.
Sarah began as an athlete, who has graced over 30 fitness magazine covers. This was where she fell in love with photography and found a mentor that she studied under for 10 years.
Sarah also worked for Apple computers as a retoucher and retouched over five thousand images for their world wide marketing department. She also founded and is the Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of a fitness fashion magazine called DAKINI magazine. And if that is not enough, Sarah also works as a Creative Director at Swipe Market, where she shoots and creates video content for athletes, and tech companies.
Sarah says when she first became a photographer she was a bit jealous of the other photographers but at some point, she realized that the better everyone else gets, the better she got. This is why Sarah works with so many top professionals and is eager to step outside of her comfort zone to keep expanding her craft. Way to go Sarah! When one succeeds, we all succeed!
Amazing chick right?!
I am so grateful I ran across her on Instagram because her work opened up my mind and heart. From the moment I saw Sarah's photographs I was moved. Seeing all these beautiful woman on her feed awakened something inside of me. Something I did not know I needed awakened. I was drawn to the poses and backgrounds featuring these glorious woman. I loved every picture I saw but, when I read the following post her Instagram page, I really fell in love with Sarah and her work and thus, fell in love with myself in a more passionate and sensual way.
This is what Sarah wrote and based on this beautiful picture of her... "How you see things is just a reflection of your mind not what you are looking at. If you want to clean the world you have to clean your mind first." I was inspired to write this quote after I posted this image some years ago. This was a test shoot I did in a parking garage, to set the lighting for another model who was going to be featured. I didn't really plan for this and it was a last minute thing. As soon as the photo hit Instagram there were so many incredibly mean and body shaming comments, from how I was dressed to my nipples poking out (I retouched them), that I looked like a man and so many projections about what my motivations were behind taking this photo. I had never encountered so many psychics who could read my mind all at one time. I personally did not feel insulted but was so sad to see how many people were ready to bash the human body. I am originally from Europe and was born running around naked on nude beaches and seeing beautiful art in the towns that depicted the human body. The difference over there was that I could walk down the beaches topless as a teenage girl and if I walked by a group of boys, not one would disturb their conversation to look up. Places where people feel ashamed of nudity are where I get reactions from showing a bit of cleavage. This is completely out of proportion. I am really happy that I personally get to photograph so many beautiful nude models. I feel like I have a duty to show the art in a body, not the sexual perversion that so many see..."
Yes Sarah! Yes! Yes! The only way we can understand why a person does what they or creates what they create is if we take the time to listen and understand where they are coming from. Take for instance, a nude photograph of a woman. If we took the time to ask why this woman was choosing to have her photograph taken in this way, then we my come to find out that she is doing it to finally feel empowered in her own body, sexuality and femininity. In listening to her heart, what could have been judgement turns into compassion because we see that, for her, maybe taking this photograph is helping her find freedom from a turbulent and painful past filled with sexual exploitation and disempowerment.
I must admit, I have judged women that posed in Playboy. But who am I to judge? How do I know why they did what they did and how it may have helped them love themselves?
Women's bodies are glorious. We are amazing creatures and something to behold with our curves and crevices. Maybe God is leading us all down a path to celebrate the female figure in a way that we never thought possible?
I also feel the need to say this...
I am NEVER supportive of exploiting a woman against her wishes. I am NEVER supportive of someone, an industry or an institution using women or young girls for selfish profit and selfish reasons. I am NEVER in support of a girl being robbed of her purity and power. In fact, my heart burns with passion to see every woman, young lady, girl and female on the planet realize their self-worth, beauty and glory.
So please, if I have failed to convey my true motivation and intention in this blog, understand that I love every woman on the planet.
I respect you.
I love you and I am with you on this journey to realizing that we are beautiful, powerful and beloved beyond what we could imagine.
Places to Find Sarah on the Net
Business Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/sarahorbanicphotos/?hl=en
Personal Instagram Account: https://www.instagram.com/SarahOrbanic/?hl=en
About the Author
Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Amanda Rita Tardif. I used to blog about really bad ass artists each week but, considering everything I have been experiencing and learning, this blog has changed and is about to get really juicy, delicious and sexy...because I JUST CAN'T HOLD IT ALL IN ANYMORE.