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Meet Loreen Sarkis of Sarkis Studios in West Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Loreen Sarkis.

Sarkis Studios began under the name Sam Sarkis Photography in the Metro Detroit Area nearly 30 years ago. Sam has always taken a vision and brought it to reality with a unique and artistic style. Over the years Sam has won numerous amount of awards for his work, along with receiving his Master of Photography from Professional Photographers of America. His daughter has always admired and looked up to him as a legend in the industry.

When she was about 14 years old, she started helping her father at weddings and photo shoots as his assistant just carrying his bags, whenever there was downtime, she’d pick up the camera snapping what she could. She slowly began realizing that this may something she may pursue. Under Sam’s guidance, she began working with him full time, becoming his second shooter at every wedding, designing albums at the studio and learning the business aspects from both sides of the lens, from her father and at a collegiate setting.

Most recently Loreen moved out to Los Angeles to expand their brand under Sarkis Studios. They have become known as the father-daughter photographers. With a fashion-forward style, brides love to call them “The Dream Team”. “There is just something that happens when you put the both of us together. They love that their clients allow them to show their story through beautiful lasting photographs. They get so close to their clients that they become long lasting friends!” said Loreen.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Absolutely not. Every business throws something at you that sometimes you never expect. When I moved out to Los Angeles, I came expanding our brand with our name everyone knew us by in Metro Detroit. But a few months after building our name out here we totally rebranded our company name to Sarkis Studios and made sure that we had our story built into it so that it could help us stand out and be different than every other photographer out there. We also wanted to sound more international, as our goal is to be photographing weddings not only in California and Michigan but all over the world.

I don’t think I have heard of any daughter and father team out there, so I knew that it was important that people knew that it was a brand that was unique and special, that everything we do comes from the heart and soul. The struggle that was hard to adjust to was managing two different offices in two different states, both in very different markets. We have managed to each be in one place, I myself being primarily in Los Angeles, and Sam being in Metro Detroit.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Sarkis Studios – what should we know?
Sarkis Studios is a photography company specializing in weddings, but also covering events, corporate and portraits. I would say our style is fashion forward, yet still timeless, elegant and romantic.

What sets us apart from others is our customer service and how we care for our clients as if they were family, and our products we deliver. We offer luxury high-end wedding albums made in Italy, along with high-quality wall art prints.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
We believe that the most important characteristic to any success but especially in our industry communication, patience, and most importantly passion. I always say if you don’t love what you do, why are you doing it.

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1 Comment

  1. Marlette

    August 7, 2018 at 18:57

    Congratulations Loreen and Sam. I remember Loreen when she was a baby, happy to see her grow into a beautiful, smart and talented woman.

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