We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara “Bish” Bishop and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara “Bish”, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Amelia Earhart explains it best, I think. She said, “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” I am 34 years old, a single dog-mom to the most hilarious Boston Terrier, and have the most supportive friends I could ask for. And I’ve been a photographer for over 15 years – my dream job!
Over the years, I’ve learned that risk is inevitable for growth. So much can be learned in the process of taking a risk and following through. The paths I chose and the risks I took allowed me to cultivate a brand that I’m proud to represent and businesses in a career that I love. I started my business in 2004 at 18 years old as a portrait and wedding photographer. I had no idea what I was doing! I was a freshman in college, with only a few years experience with a camera. I had no business experience, no marketing experience, no clients, and no money. The only thing I had was a camera and the drive to create portraits. Fast forward to 2016. I had just turned 30. I realized I was in an abusive relationship that I needed to remove myself from.
I moved out on my own and was working 90 hour weeks between my now two businesses and my day job at a portrait studio. So only three months after taking one huge risk, I took another. I quit my day job and made the leap to go full time with my two photography businesses. For the first time in a very long time, felt like I was in control. “The process is its own reward,” Amelia says. The process that came after taking those risks is what helped me grow. I now have a better understanding of myself and clarity about my company’s brand. It took a long time, but I got there! I believe in making choices for ourselves that feel true and authentic.
I value inclusivity, body positivity and women fiercely supporting other women! This year I’ve integrated giving into my business model, donating a portion of my profits to organizations that help abused women. My company’s core values have been shaped by the risks I took. Because of that, it is my mission to create an experience for my clients where they feel welcomed, accepted and celebrated for everything they are!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My name is Sara Bishop, but you can call me Bish! As an artist and business owner I value inclusivity, body positivity, and women fiercely supporting women, and it is my mission to create an experience for my clients where they feel welcomed, accepted, seen and celebrated for everything they are.
This is the mission for both of my companies, as I am a wedding and portrait photographer and private photo editor. I’ve been a wedding photographer for over 15 years, and an editor for almost 10 years. When I am photographing weddings or families my clients choose me for my expertise and my ability to make everything feel like a party! I bring out the best parts of everyone I photograph and we have a blast. Getting portraits taken can feel like an event in itself, so to capture the most genuine feelings and reactions I use prompts based on movement. My clients forget that they are in front of a camera and just let loose and have fun celebrating life, themselves, their families or their love.
As a private photo editor, my experience as a photographer plays a role. I know what stress my clients are under to deliver beautiful imagery to their clients. I am able to efficiently edit their images, as if they’d edited the gallery themselves, giving them more time to spend on anything else they want. Consistent looking images from different lighting scenarios is not easy to achieve, so I take that burden for them, while celebrating their specific shooting and editing styles that make their company truly theirs. 15 years of experience is a long time! I’m constantly learning and growing and striving to be better for myself and for my clients. I am incredibly grateful that I am able to support my clients and celebrate them! #CelebrateWithBish
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There’s so many amazing things to do in the Phoenix Valley. My top picks would be a few iconic parks, museums, markets, gluten free restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques. Maybe even a tattoo! Japanese Friendship Garden, Papago Park, Scottsdale Museum of Modern Art, Phoenix Art Museum, Uptown Phoenix Market, Gilbert Farmers Market, First Fridays Art Walk, Pita Jungle, Picazzo’s, Spinato’s, Postino, Tryst, Liberty Market, Diego Pops, Lola Coffee, Teaspressa, Frances, Urbana, Redemption Market at The Mercantile Scottsdale, Clay Zapien/CZ Tattoos.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My local Tuesdays Together group deserves so much love and credit for helping me along my journey! I am so proud to now co-lead the East Valley chapter with my good friend Suzy Goodrick. She and the Tuesdays Together group have supported me unconditionally! I’m beyond grateful for the love and friendship in this group!
Annalise Marie Photography, Sara Bishop Photo + Cinema