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Life & Work with Sara Lleverino

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Lleverino.

Hi Sara, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
I never actually intended to be a wedding photographer. I would say it slowly crept up on me. My dad bought me my first digital camera as a gift. This was back when digital camera technology was somewhat new. I was so excited to have a camera that I could see the results of the image I took immediately. It was a game-changer for me. I could immediately make adjustments and improve my images.

This was back before the days of YouTube or online training courses, so off I went to the bookstore to read up on how to be a better photographer. At first, I was just doing it for fun. Then one day, I decided to make my own Facebook Page with a photography business name I made up on the spot, Sara Lleverino Photography.

I actually didn’t even realize the page was public and all of a sudden, friends, family and even complete strangers were “liking” my page. Because they could see my work, I started getting inquiries. I decided I better start a legitimate business and Sara Lleverino Photography was born.

To be honest, I had no idea how bad my work really was back then. You can’t see it when you don’t know how to properly do it. At this point, I started taking online courses and improved my work dramatically. I did a mixture of all types of photography and found that weddings were the niche that I was really drawn to. That leads me to where I am now.

Alright, 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?
I don’t think running your own business is a smooth road for anyone. There’s been plenty of tears, disappointments, and self-doubt. I’ve had people be disappointed in their photos and ask for a refund. It really makes you doubt yourself.

Fortunately, I have a “business bestie” that helps. We learn and grow together. We also encourage each other which helps immensely. I think it’s important not to give up based on a few bad experiences. I’m constantly learning from every situation and figuring out how to head off trouble before it starts by being proactive and managing expectations.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I specialize in wedding photography, although I do other portrait work as well such as families and seniors. I’m known for my fun personality. I love a good dance party at a wedding. You will always find me out on the dance floor.

I’m most proud of my ability to adapt to any kind of lighting situation whether it be indoors, out in bright sunlight, on a cloudy day, or even rainy. The wind is still my nemesis, though. I believe what sets me apart are my low-light photos. I know how to use flash well and make it look dynamic. My photos have more dimensions because of how I use my off-camera flash.

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
Get involved in a group or organization in your area. I found my “business bestie” at a group meetup. Not only do I find support through these groups, but I’ve also found friends who support me and vice versa. It’s true that a rising tide lifts all ships.

Pricing:

  • My wedding packages start at $2,100.
  • I also have elopement packages that start at $1,300.

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