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Meet DTLA Photographer: Sarah Shreves

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Shreves.

Sarah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
After finding myself at the age of 19 photographing former child soldiers in Northern Uganda, I knew that photography had the power to change the world around me. That images moved people, money, and large cultural norms. I knew if I could use photography as a tool to have those types of conversations that moved the world with more compassion, generosity, and health that I needed to keep photographing people, places and products that I believe are a part of that shift.

Has it been a smooth road?
Beautiful things never are. The most powerful creations come when you do what you are actually scared of. You are fearful because you actually care so much. For me, some of my struggles have been integrating my faith into my business plans and work, learning to not compare and trusting that out of a lifestyle of rest (yes, rest, rather than hustling) will move your creativity to higher heights than you thought possible.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up I was quiet, shy. I was that kid that totally told the other kids Santa wasn’t real. I could spend hours by self, drawing, listening to music, creating things, dreaming up how the world could be.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
I remember sneaking out onto my roof every afternoon, after school to take photos of clouds. I know, yes, I photographed clouds. I could see creatures, stories, other forms in them. I probably took 40 rolls of film, just of the sky.

So, what should we be on the lookout for, what’s next in store for you?
After being someone who is never short of ideas, I’ve actually been in a season of surrender. I don’t know what’s next. And there is massive freedom in that. I trust God more than I trust myself right now.

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