three circle photos: Sarah smiling at the camera, Sarah laughing & holding a camera, Sarah and cat Ziti

Serving Northern Virginia and Washington DC

Hi, I'm Sarah!

I love capturing people’s deep love for each other in timeless, cherished photographs.

I think of professional photos as memories to pass down through the family. I shoot for the grandchildren, the great-grandchildren. I think it’s so important to capture images of people loving each other, laughing, enjoying this moment. Of course, hanging those up in the here and now is important, too! Moments, especially with young children, absolutely fly by and so that’s why I love to give clients a snapshot to hold onto: this month, this year, this stage of life we are in. The thing about photo sessions is, I think you get a chance to breathe and be present with each other, which feels a rare gift these days.

Plus, I have a superpower! Ready? I can get all of you to smile. It's true - and my sessions are fun, relaxed, and fabulous. Explore my portfolio and allow me the privilege of doing your next portrait session! Happy to serve ALL kinds of families.

I’ve lived in the DC area for about ten years, and I love it. I like to read, make cocktails, do brunch, and meander museums. I adopted a tuxedo pandemic cat named Ziti, and he's been amazing company these weird, tough years. I'd love to sky dive one day, but bungee jumping freaks me out. When I’m not busy with my other job and working on my photography, you can catch me planning travel to faraway places – some of my favorites have been Tanzania, Peru, Greece, Cambodia, and Ireland. Fingers crossed traveling becomes an option again soon!


Karen S

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"I liked the "natural family moments" and silly photos. You gave great tips and you were helpful when picking out the outfits. It was a very relaxed session. Having two kids at a photo session can be a juggle and we did not feel stressed or nervous. I also liked that you asked if there were any other combinations or photos that we wanted. We didn't leave wishing that we had more photos of something."

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Featured in DC Area Mom Collective "Guide to Local Photographers" 4 years running!

Featured in Woman Around Town, "Photographer Sarah Thayer – Capturing Those Special Family Moments" - June 2021