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Meet Sari Makki-Phillips of Sari Makki Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sari Makki-Phillips.

Sari, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I fell in love with Photography back in High School. I used to photograph my friends, then, all the time. I took a Beginning BW Photography in College and just knew exactly what I wanted to do in my life. I went and graduated with a Photography Major from Art Center College of Design back in 1992. Started my business right after. I started working in the Editorial Fields for Magazines. Photographing Weddings back then was a side job. As I got more interest, I dove into it full-time. My work has included many areas in the field: editorial, advertising, stage performances, events, etc. I’m a very visual person and I feel truly blessed with the vocation I’ve chosen in life.

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?
Any freelancers can tell you how hard it can be to always promoting yourself, making sure you have enough work for the coming months, etc. I think the biggest struggle is to make sure that you are always ‘visible’ in the field that you’re a part of. Marketing yourself endlessly. Social Media has helped a lot with that.

Sari Makki Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
It’s hard to claim myself as a ‘company’. I am just one person. I provide Photography, and some Graphic Design, services. These days, most of what I focus in is Wedding and Events Photography. I also actively photograph Stage Performances. What I’m most proud of is my work and my clients. I like to think that my work speaks for itself. I’m blessed that I have many clients who keep calling me back again and again for different projects that they are working on. Repeat customers are the biggest form of flattery in this business.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
At the end of the day, when my clients call me and tell me how much they love the photos that I’ve done for them. Seeing your work in the Media/Magazines is always a proud moment for me, too.


  • For Wedding Photography, my pricing starts at $2,750

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