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Meet Sarah Winchester of Sarah Winchester Studios in Chestnut Hill

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

Sarah, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I studied art and art history at Villanova University and then went on to received my Masters in Art from the Art Institute of Chicago.   I thought I was going to go the curatorial route and work in a museum but after graduate school I decided to give the corporate world a try. I spent 8 years as a brand manager, creative director and in-house photographer for a company in Atlanta.

When I moved to Boston in 2009, I decide to open up my own studio. At first, I did it all, graphic design, lots of studio photography and I continued to consult with my former company…anything to pay the bills. After a few years on my own and pregnant with my second child, I decide to rebrand and focus my commercial photography solely on interiors and architecture. I had worked with designers before and my corporate background was in the building supply business. I loved the collaborative atmosphere and nature of an interiors/architecture shoot. There are so many people, designers, craftsmen, architects, artists, builders, etc. that go into making a beautiful space, and when the angle is perfect and the light is just right, it is truly magical.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Life wouldn’t be life without obstacles or challengers but I feel they make you who you are. I’ve forced myself to embrace the obstacles and let them help me grow, both professionally and personally. Whether it be the decision to have children, which totally changed my outlook on the world and life, or the critique of a client, which has helped change or solidify my approach to my business and work.

Sarah Winchester Studios – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a commercial and fine art photographer. My commercial photography specializes in interiors and architecture.

My fine art photography stems from a passion of art and travel. I enjoy creating beautiful images to live with and love.

I am most proud when a photograph comes together and really takes you into a space. Creating a beautiful 2D photographic image that tells the story of a 3D space and creates the perfect mood.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
My definition of success is a feeling of pride and contentment and then the desire to take the next step and set the next goal. Of course, I have goals I set for myself and my business each year, but I also have larger, more abstract goals. What do I want my daily life to look like? What do I want my future to look like? Personally, creatively, professional and financially.

When you run your own business, especially if it is a business stemming from a passion, your personal and professional life are very much intertwined. Not just because I am friends with my design clients, fellow photographers and industry professionals, but I also find myself constantly thinking about my business, my art. I call it the “shower hours.” Those off moments when some of the most creative ideas pop up.

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