Are you looking for provocative, beautiful images to capture the essence of what you are trying to communicate, promote, share with others?          

Fine Art Prints & Commercial installations:

if you would like to purchase archival quality prints of my photographs, or need images for your business environment please contact me. 

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Photo Shoots:

The prices below are merely a overview, each client's needs are different, and I'm happy to put together a package that works for your budget. *Travel may be additional.

Commercial and Editorial:  

Contact me for discounted full day rates.

Rates generally run $400 - $600 per shooting hour, This includes a very basic usage license. You can expect 3-5 hours of  pre/post production work within this rate.  

You may want to consider inquiring about full-day rates, as this can be more economical if you are needing a more involved shoot.


Non-Commercial Portrait Sessions of individuals or groups up to 4 individuals:

 $200 includes:

up to one hour session on location within Santa Rosa

Minimal Photo retouches and post-production work as needed

Minimum 25 medium resolution photos for web use and 4x6 prints. Larger prints can be made available for individual purchase through my client portal. 


 $500 includes:

Up to 2 shooting hours at a location of your choice.

3-5 hours of post-production work enhancing the images per shooting hour.

High resolution digital files of the final images (usually 100-200). 






photo credit: Oshen Morphy

photo credit: Oshen Morphy


I finally got my first camera at the age of 20 after the torture of backpacking Europe solo for 6 months without one. A Minolta X370 with 2 lenses. It's been 20 (ahem) something years hence, and I still get a buzz from capturing the authentic feeling of the moment.

There's nothing quite so rewarding for me.

I enjoy a photojournalistic style of photography most, and I focus on Architectural and slightly abstract photography, but as you can tell from my body of work, I'm equally as comfortable setting up a staged photo, or in a studio setting. I can't wait to collaborate with you to capture your next meaningful moment.

With visual artist parents, my work tends to reflect painterly and abstract forms. Much of my photographic work has been in portraiture and architecture. Currently, my focus is designing and executing 2 and 3 dimensional photographic image installations for both residential and commercial applications. My full-time artistic career began very recently. I spent the majority of my former work life in the music, event planning, manufacturing, design, and architectural, fields.

Love Notes:

"I have long been a fan of your photography, which beyond being technically superior and simply beautiful, captures the essence of special moments.  When it came to photographing my baby girl, my husband and I knew immediately that we needed your magic. While there are many photographers out there who can adequately execute fine, though somewhat forced, portraits of children, Your photos go far beyond that. Your photos explored my daughter's personality, capturing moments of curious discovery, giddy family love, and belly laughs. Her true self.  Further, the experience was fun, as my daughter immediately felt comfortable with your good nature.  When I look back in time, I want to remember the joy we had together taking these pictures - as well as remembering who my daughter is at this time in her life. Thank you Sara!!!!"       -M. Slane


"I had such a fun photoshoot with you! Your personable nature and professionalism put me at ease. I loved watching you work your magic while choosing backgrounds and angles, and I'm really happy with the shots that we got. your work is truly imaginative and unique, and I can't recommend you highly enough!"

              -Jennifer Paulino, Classical Vocalist 

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Sara has a multitude of talents; the one in particular that I can endorse here is her talent for photography. Sara has a passion for photography that I feel translates directly into the photographs she captures. She pays an artist’s attention to details and nuances that I just wouldn’t pick up on myself. I recommend Sara.
— Shannon Sobeck, Landscape Architect

"Sara Downing’s work is a compelling balance of light, wit, and landscape. When she photographs you, her warm presence draws out your best and she captures powerful images." -Chi Wright, Executive Coach

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We had such an incredible time with you! Thank you so much for doing such an amazing job on scouting locations and keeping us in wonderful spirits. You’re an absolute dream! We’ll hold on to the wonderful memories we have of our time with you, and the fantastic spots we visited together…. AHHHH!!!! (The Photos are) so great!!!!! They really are so so beautiful! Thank you so much!! We want everyone to know you’re FANTASTIC! xoxoxo

-Jolle G. Professional Musician

Getting Married?

I’m a boutique wedding photographer. Really, that just translates to the fact that I photograph very few select weddings. In 2019 I will be photographing a limited number of weddings. If you are interested, please contact me directly.

(There are a few wedding photos under the  HUMANITY tab)


Process/What to expect:

Indicative offer

I will send you a free quote based on your geographic location, and duration of your shoot.

Free soft-hold

From there, you can ask for a 72-hour soft-hold service on your shoot date free of charge, to have some time for the decision.

Final reservation

Your photo-shoot date is fully reserved after signing the agreement and paying 50% of the chosen package. Sara Downing Photography shall reserve the date and time agreed upon, and not make any other reservations or accept any other clients for said date and time. For this reason, in the event that you cancel the contract for any reason, all monies paid shall be retained by Sara Downing Photography in order to offset loss of business.