Location: San Diego, CA (since 2011)
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Favorite Photography Style: Luxe & eccentric
Favorite Gemstone: Tourmaline
Favorite Mineral: Pyrite
Shooting With: Canon
I’m an active member of the Women’s Jewelry Association – San Diego Chapter, Professional Photographers of America, and the GIA Alumni Association.
My background is in both photography and the jewelry/gem industries. I’ve been taking pictures since I was in middle school, when my dad let me use our family SLR. I’d spend all summer in photography camps – going out on photo expeditions around Minneapolis & developing film in dark rooms.
In high school, I began taking jewelry-making classes with a teacher who was kind enough to mentor me, and allow me to spend hours sitting next to her sawing, soldering, hammering, and filing scraps of silver into abstract rings and pendants. I loved the experience of creating a three dimensional object with my hands, and how immersive it felt.
In the years that followed, I went to college for jewelry manufacturing & repair in the Twin Cities, and studied graduate gemology in Carlsbad, CA. I worked with several wholesale & retail jewelry companies in the midwest & Southern California.
I started Sara Rey Photography in 2013, and since then I have been focused on helping small and medium-sized businesses accelerate their growth & communicate their value through professional imagery.
owner // photographer
Outside of being “Sara Rey The Photographer,” I love taking care of plants, playing beach volleyball, reading, journaling, cooking, and finding new music on Spotify.
Running a photography business is one part of what a balanced life means to me, and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to collaborate with other creatives on a daily basis.