We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Kirkendall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am from the East Coast. I am a proud Air Force brat and I spent my childhood moving up and down the coast. Most military children will tell you that it forced them to be extroverted and easily making friends wherever you landed. That is not me. I am introverted by nature. I have to force myself to do the hard work of getting to know new people. However the mobile lifestyle of my youth caused me to settle down the moment I found home. Colorado is my happy place from the beautiful mountains to the amazing people … I couldn’t feel more at home and peace.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have always felt like I was born with a camera in my hand. I remember taking pictures as a child and waiting what seemed like weeks to get my negatives and prints back in the mail. As I grew I took every photography class available in the multiple schools I attended through high school. I fell in love with the dark room and black & white film. All of the intricate steps required to process film and then develop prints was my jam. It required time, patience and a deep knowledge of the process. In college I continued my photography journey, then I stepped into a photography studio and I never looked back. I loved working with kids to capture adorable portraits. The props, being able to control light and DIGITAL cameras. I started to build a client list and watching my subjects grow from year to year was so inspiring. I left the corporate world in 2010 and started Memory Concepts Photography. I was able to keep a handful of clients while I developed my personal style and photography experience. Last year I began to remodel my brand and working towards everything from a new website, to an updated studio and refined experience. Now I specialize in newborn, child and family photography with almost 20 years of experience.
What makes me different than most is that my goal is to be your family photographer. I meet a lot of my clients when they have their first baby. And through the years I get the privilege of watching their family grow. Last year I photographed a young man’s senior portraits and I had done his newborn portraits 17 years before. I have watched him grow from a handful of a child to an incredibly smart and talented young man. This is my goal. To be there through the journey, helping my families capture those precious moments along the way.
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 are so many beautiful places to visit in Colorado. I love taking family and friends to downtown Golden to walk the Clear Creek path. Shopping on Pearl Street Mall in Boulder. Denver Art Museum, Nature and Science Museum and the Denver Zoo are always family favorites. And I take every visitor to my favorite pizza joint, Hops and Pies on Tennyson St.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Jennifer Buchanan is an amazing entrepreneur, successful photographer & mentor. With her advice and continued support I was able to move my business from struggling to successful. She has inspired me to put in the hard work, make strategic decisions and trust in my ability to provide an exceptional experience.
Other: email : firstname.lastname@example.org call or text : 303.350.7125
All photos taken by Sara Kirkendall, owner and photographer Memory Concepts Photography & Life in Portraits