Sarah Best

Some crazy kids inspire you to work harder and be better. Sarah Best inspires us to do work in a whole new way, to focus on people and processes more than results. Her journey is one of boldness, intentionality, and grace. Today she peels back the layers and lets us in as we discuss her journey and the grace that motivates and drives her. 

Heirloom: What was it like to skip collage and dive head first into what you love? Walk us through that experience. 

Sarah: It was really natural for me since I had been doing photography already throughout high school. I knew that's what I wanted to do, and didn't feel like I had to get a degree to do it. So I decided to pursue education in other ways and it's been quite a journey, and I wouldn't trade it! I feel like I've gotten to take my time to build my business and craft in a unique way without school being "in the way". I worked other part-time jobs up until about a year and a half ago, and that helped balance my income since I was slowly figuring everything out with photography. I also feel like the last 5 years have been so great for me personally in just figuring out what I love to create and why. 

Heirloom: How do you incorporate intentionality into your work? 

Sarah: I thrive off of intentionality. When I'm running around (even just mentally) like a maniac, I never feel full of life at the end of my work day. With that said, I'm not the best at actually walking this out... I'm still learning a lot about this! But here are a couple ways I pursue intentionality that come to mind. 

1. I try to be very intentional to communicate well with my clients in order to manage expectations so they feel well taken care of. 

2. I am pretty intentional to organize and conduct my wedding schedules in such a way so that there's peace instead of hurry and anxiety. 

3. If you were to watch me edit, I am pretty meticulous about every photo... this can be a bad thing when I waste too much time, but it's out of a heart of wanting to take good care of my clients and give them the best product I can. 

Heirloom: What has being married taught you about yourself? 

Sarah: It's shown me that I naturally stay mad way too long after a disagreement. It's taught me to manage my expectations for others better. It's taught me a lot about grace and how much I need a savior. Thank you Jesus! It's shown me that I thrive under structure and healthy boundary lines in life. It's shown me how my heart comes alive when I'm fully known by someone that loves me fully! 

Heirloom: How have you celebrated small things lately? Can you share a recent victory with us? 

Sarah: Absolutely! Just yesterday I finished a huge chunk of work for the week and I celebrated by taking off work a little early to go run some errands with a friend for her wedding coming up in Aug! It was sweet detaching from work early and feeling free to do so. 

Heirloom: In our last interview you mentioned your walk with Christ. How does your daily walk with Jesus influence your work with clients? 

Sarah: It influences everything because I would not be who I am without having a relationship with Jesus. He influences me to be kind, loving, generous, thoughtful, servant hearted, encouraging, genuine and much more. I’m definitely not these things 100% of the time, but without the Lord I’d be a serious mess and wouldn’t be able to do my job well. 

Sarah Best Photography

Kindred spirits inspire and encourage you to keep pushing forward. We feel we may have found one in Sarah Best. From carrying her camera everywhere she goes to her love for New York City to her entrepreneurial spirt we not only relate to Sarah we are inspired. Sarah is a fine art and lifestyle photographer based in Collage Station, TX with beautiful style. Enjoy learning where she draws her inspiration, what she loves most about photography as well as why she loves married life.  

Heirloom: Tell us about what has shaped you as an artist. Your story into becoming a photographer.

Sarah: I've always valued documenting memories from a very young age. I was the girl that took my camera with me to every social event. Going to Walmart to get my pictures developed was something that I looked forward to, and it would seem that nothing has changed (except the Walmart part). Sending in, waiting for and receiving my film scans is still such a exhilarating experience! I started pursuing photography as a business sometime in high-school but it wasn't until last summer when I rebranded my business and started photographing full time do I feel like I've really gotten to run with it and see it grow.  Getting to explore and find inspiration that truly makes my heart come alive has been such a great blessing! I started to incorporate film photography into my business last fall and I haven't looked back! It's been such a catalyst for creative exploration! My journey as an artist has been shaped by the desire to create something meaningful and intentional. 

Heirloom: What are you inspired by? 

Sarah: From the beginning of my journey to the present, my heart is stirred when I get to bless and serve others by using my gifts and resources the Lord has provided me! That is what truly makes my heart come alive and what gets me pumped to pursue excellence in my craft. 

Heirloom: Have you always lived in College Station?

Sarah: I am a Bryan/College Station local. Because I already knew that photography was what I wanted to do when I graduated high school, I simply skipped college and pursued other ways of growth and education for my business. I wouldn't trade any of my experiences! 

Heirloom: Tell us about one of your favorite events you’ve gotten to photograph. What made it your favorite?

Sarah: Oh man, that's a hard question! This past spring I got to take one of my best friend's engagement photos in NYC and that was such a neat experience for me- I really treasure those few days and getting to capture them as a couple! 

Heirloom: Tell us about married life! :) How do you balance work & family? And what’s your favorite thing about being married? 

Sarah:  Married life is THE BEST. Seriously, I am the biggest fan! It's by far been the best years of my life. Living life with Samuel is so great and such a joyful experience! I simply love that you get to create a meaningful life with someone that you're crazy about and that loves you and all your mess. Someone that you can be 100% yourself with and that you don't have to say "goodbye" to every night. Someone to partner with you in all of life's adventures. Someone that will stir you on to live intentionally with Jesus each day and to celebrate the small things! 

This past year has been a huge breakthrough and refining year of implementing healthy boundaries with work and home life. I feel like I've still got so far to go, but I've learned so much! It's definitely difficult. You MUST be intentional, or it won't get any better or healthier for you or your family. One thing that helps me keep things balanced is having office hours. Let's be honest, I don't always keep them perfectly, but that is the exception, not the norm.