Originally from upstate New York, I was raised with an appreciation for the outdoors, family time, and printed photographs. My mother was our family photographer and made sure that our childhood was well documented. She kept several albums with sleeves full of prints, and displayed framed photos throughout the house. When digital photography came about she again emphasized the importance of continuing to print photos.
Naturally, taking photos of my little one became an important part of my life when I became a mother. Those first few weeks passed by in a blink, and then each little stage thereafter seamed to dissolve into the next. Photography became very important to me. When I realized that I wasn’t capturing these moments with my little one with the skill that I’d hoped to, I pushed to be better and found classes to fine tune my craft.
For those first few years, photography was my hobby. Something I did when I wasn’t teaching or playing with my own little boy. I taught third and first graders for six years in Virginia. I loved it so much, but I desperately wished for more time with my own child. I knew we planned to have another baby when we moved across the country to Alaska, and I was ready for a change. Sarah Beth Chamberlain Photography was born. I opened up my studio in 2014, operating out of a tiny entry room in our home on Fort Elmendorf-Richardson. In 2015 we purchased our first home in Eagle River, Alaska, and my amazingly supportive husband agreed that we needed a great work space for my business and passion.
I now have a professional home studio set up specifically for newborn, maternity, and family photography. My love of printed photographs is still a guiding factor in how I create portrait art. My goal is to create something timeless and artistic to proudly display on the walls of your home. Pictures aren’t meant to stay locked away in a drawer. How you’d like your photographs to be displayed is an important part of my process from consultation to finished work of art. At your ordering appointment, we’ll view a slide show of your proofs, decide which images you just can’t live without, and select printed products from heirloom albums, reclaimed wood frames, and rustic wood prints. I’ve created a collection of rustic, well-crafted products that compliment and showcase my earthy style of fine art photography. It is my absolute joy to create these heirlooms.