As well as being a full-time photographer, I am a busy mum of two rapidly growing, keep-me-on-my-toes boys. I adore and admire their pure spirit and innocent nature and I strive to capture that in my photographs.
I love photography as I get to capture those perfect moments for eternity, especially the ones that would otherwise be lost forever. As they grow I continually look back and relive those moments through the eyes of a proud Mum.
Previously, as a Nursery nurse, I always loved working with children. So when I went into photography this genre was a natural progression and I still love it. I always had an interest in photography, but it wasn’t until I had my 2nd child in 2008 I found a real passion for it. I then responded to my true calling and in 2010 – Sarah Wilkes Photography was born.
I have learned a lot about photography, I spent 2 years building my portfolio before going into business, I have since progressed my craft with the Fine Art Child.
In 2012, I was runner-up for Newborn Photographer of the Year with the International Professional Photographers.
In 2014, I was runner-up for Newborn & Baby Photographer of the Year with The Guild of Photographers. I also gained the unique distinction of The Photographers Bar and the International Top 10 Photographers Award.
Continuing with this success, in 2015 and 2017 I won Newborn Baby Photographer of the Year and again achieving The Photographers Bar. Only this time getting it for not one but two categories – Newborn and Child! Thereby winning one category and gaining the International Top 10 Awards in both. And both years i won image of the year also.
Not content in stopping there, in 2015 I also became the Overall Photographer of the Year with the International Professional Photographers. Gaining their Inspirational Member Award that same year, along with 3 highly commended awards.
Pushing myself and work further in 2016, I achieved the title of Portrait Photographer of the Year.
In 2017 I won Creative Photographer Of The Tear with the Master Photographers Association
In 2018 at the Master Photographers Association regional awards I won 8 merits, 2 Highly Commended, Gold Portrait- Fine Art,Gold Portrait – Newborn ,Gold portrait-Children ,Over all winner of the Portrait Category AND Photographer of the year!!
In 2018 at The Master Photography Main Awards I won 15 Merits, 5 Awards Of Excellence, Newborn Photographer of The Year Winner and Maternity Photographer of The Year Winner
At my boutique studio, based in Nottingham, I train professional photographers from all over the world in the ‘Art’ of Newborn photography and safe baby posing.
Not busy enough, I am also the co-founder of The Newborn Photography Show. Which is the first photography show of its kind in Europe to specialise in maternity, newborn and child photography. It is a trade show that provides master classes for the newborn specialist photographer. Bringing the very best suppliers and trainers in the industry together has meant, the event has grown in success every year.
Over the past year, I have branched out even further with my photography. I have been developing Fine Art Child Portraits which have become my new love.
I am passionate about my work. Nothing is more rewarding than knowing you entrusted me to capture you, your family, your life! I feel so proud that by creating stunning pieces of wall-art of my clients, they will be with them for generations to come.
I have recently been named as “one of the leading specialists in Newborn Art photographers within the UK” – What an accolade!