We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Garcia Plett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara, what is the most important factor behind your success?
There are two factors that have driven my success thus far, with the first being education. There is so much free knowledge I have discovered, and I encourage anybody who is starting a business to actively search for this knowledge. It is important to intentionally seek out new ways to grow as a person and as a business. Facebook groups, youtube videos, online blogs, and books that specifically address photography and business have been the most valuable for me when it comes to expanding my business. Other people who have been through the same things I have have so much wisdom to offer, and it’s through these forums that I have been able to access this invaluable knowledge. The second factor is the importance I place on representing diversity. It is important to me that every person, no matter who, feels comfortable reaching out to me for photos. I want each person that views my work to know I have the capability to photograph, edit, and pose anybody. Because I made it a priority to have a diverse portfolio, many kinds of people reach out to me to photograph them. It has helped me to grow my business, and I am very proud of this! However, there are still SO many more kinds of people I hope to get in front of my camera, as there is so much more beauty to be photographed.
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.
I help my clients create a photoshoot that truly reflects them. For example, if my senior loves the cottage core aesthetic, I’m going to help them create that aesthetic whether that be through outfit advice, location scouting, or helping them chose props that will go perfectly with the shoot. I had a couple who loves the color yellow, so we created a yellow monochromatic picnic! I had another couple who were long distance and would often road trip to see each other, so for their shoot we included a road trip theme. I want to show off the unique nature of each of my client’s stories. So you want a shoot that reflects YOU, I am the photographer to work with! I got to where I am today through a mixture of luck and extremely hard work. I am lucky to have a dad who also enjoys photography and let me use his camera for many years before I eventually bought my own. I know many people do not have such a luxury, and it is what gave me so much practice before I became a professional. However, luck could not have taken me all the way, as I have spent countless hours bettering my business through education and practice. I am constantly working to create new photos for my clients and followers to enjoy and relate to. Owning a business is wonderful, but it comes with its challenges. The most prominent challenge in my life has been dealing with mental health issues while working to maintain a successful business. As anyone who struggles with mental health would know, these issues cannot be overcome in one day, but they take time and effort to address. I have found that daily journaling about positive occurrences in my life, therapy, medication, and lots of love from friends and family have done wonders for my mood. One lesson I have learned, and continue to learn, is that my life is more important than my business. I have a bad habit of taking on more than I can handle, and this comes at the price of my well-being. It’s essential for us all to remember that at the end of the day, the most important thing is not how many photoshoots we did or how many sessions we edited, but that we tried our best. Additionally, it is important to remember that we each deserve a peaceful life and to be able to lay our heads to rest each night with no worries. I would like the world to know that I support BLM, LGBTQ, and I have so much love to go around and I would love to photograph you! I will help you to create a shoot that is purely YOU and it will be so, SO much fun 🙂
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.
1. Paint Mines Interpretive Park for SURE! Such a pretty spot and not too far away from Colorado Springs 2. Santana’s Vegan Grill–they have some great vegan food! 3. Taptis grill for some more great vegan food! 4. Garden of the Gods of course 🙂 Such an iconic Colorado Springs location 5. Cork and Cask for drinks! 6. The Broadmoor Hotel is a fun place to walk around 🙂
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family (my parents and my siblings) and my boyfriend, Garrett, have unconditionally supported me and my business. Sometimes the support is through physical gifts, such as the backdrop my family bought me or the camera bag my boyfriend got me, and sometimes it is through emotional support. Running a business is rewarding, but difficult, and I would not have made it this far without the tireless support of those surrounding me. I am incredibly thankful to know such giving people.
Sara Plett Photography