Family Photographer for 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, check out my Location Guide 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 have a pandemic tuxedo cat named Ziti. 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. In 2022 I spent two weeks in India, and one hiking along the Appalachian Trail.


Amanda & Ryan

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"We loved our photo session with you! We’re so happy with the pictures from our time together. You captured our family perfectly. We found your style guide very helpful!! ...We really appreciated your professionalism and attention to detail with the permits. During the photo session you put us at ease and even got Grant to relax and smile!! We really enjoyed working with you and can’t wait to schedule our next session with you. Thank you for everything."

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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