Sarah Barthlow Photography

Brian and Karen, Married.July 11, 2017

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Sarah and Martin. Engaged.March 1, 2017

I’m proud that I am now a punctual person, with work that is. I used to be late for everything, and if it’s something going on in my personal life, I’m still going to be late, but I have never been late to a session, event or wedding, until this past November.

On the way to Sarah and Martin’s engagement session, I found myself tangled in traffic caused by some classic Michigan road construction. When I finally arrived to the park, I was greeted by the slowest driver I have ever had the displeasure of following behind. I ran to our designated meeting spot and I was a frantic mess and dug thru my purse for a few quarters to buy seeds for the birds, I figured we could spend a few minutes doing this while I composed myself from my stressful drive. I never expected that the birds would set the tone for the session.

It’s hard not to smile when a chickadee lands on your hand and hangs out for a bit, this made for some wonderfully genuine moments, when there’s something to focus on while being photographed,¬†everyone is relaxed because no one is aware of the camera. The soft, warm light of the late afternoon diffused through the trees and the pops of burnt orange leaves made for some unexpected beauty. Sarah even had the opportunity to charm a cardinal to eat from her hand, it was magic.

After editing this collection of photos and uploading them to their gallery, I proudly flipped through them one more time before sending them to Sarah and Martin. Sending a gallery of photos to a client can be a daunting task, I go through a wave of feelings. Sometimes, I look at the photos and I get that zap of emotion, knowing that I took what was in my head¬†and brought it to life, but once I hit send, I go from excitement to anxiety, until I hear back that’s where I remain.

47 minutes after I sent Sarah the gallery link, she emailed me back, telling me that she was so happy with the photos because “they looked like us”. For me, there are no better words to read.

Congratulations to Sarah and Martin, I can’t wait to work with you again at your wedding in the Fall.

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Adella + Nikita. Married.January 31, 2017

I consider what I do to be a privilege. My clients hire me to capture some of the most precious and important moments of their lives. I witness their vows and commitments to one another, I witness the births of their children, I capture milestones of their families and it all centers around love. Essentially, I document love.


Adella and Nikita’s wedding was a wonderful example of what defines love. It is strength. It is partnership. It is community. It is friendship. It is passion.

And we need to celebrate it every chance we get. Congratulations ladies, I wish you all the happiness in the world.

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Mackenzie. Detroit Senior Portrait Session.January 10, 2017

Years ago, the first photography session I ever booked was a senior session. In the time since I only booked a senior here and there, my focus was on family and wedding photography. A good friend recently inquired about booking a senior session for her niece, Mackenzie, I excitedly took the booking but then began to worry about how the session would unfold since I have little experience with them and didn’t even know what to charge. I’m happy to report that this session was a total success and a ton of fun, thanks mainly to Mackenzie and her aunt who kept the smiles and laughs rolling for the entire shoot. Laughter and movement are the most important tools in my opinion and the results are natural and relaxed, I couldn’t be happier with this set of images.

I’m currently working on senior portrait session packages for 2017, updates coming soon!

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Karen and Brian. Engaged.December 13, 2016

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