Hello there and welcome! I’m Sarah Derr and I am a photographer based in Charlottesville, Virginia. I have been living here most of my life and love a good bagel from Bodo’s any day – especially everything bagels! I am not sure when I started toting around a camera, but I know when I was twelve years old, I took around ten rolls of film on a family trip to Florida. Since then, I have fallen in love with my Canon cameras, one of which is a film camera gifted to me by an uncle and another is a full frame DSLR.

When I was a kid, an exhibit of Rodney Smith’s work came to a museum in Charlottesville. His identifiable style of creating whimsical portraits really captivated my attention. Since then, others have inspired me on my personal journey as a photographer, such as Brandon Stanton (creator of Humans of New York) and Sam Jones (especially his book, The Here and Now). I also enjoy learning from photojournalism periodicals, such as National Geographic and LIFE Magazine, festivals, and gallery shows. I believe photography is an incredible tool in affecting change both in every day life and globally.

My other dreams include travel, putting in more volunteer hours around town, drinking coffee at dawn, having a lush garden, and hiking the grandest mountains.

Thank you for visiting today!

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