Welcome to my little world, I'm Sarah Gardner
I have many roles, firstly I'm a mother and a carer.
Life here at home is a juggle! I home-school two teenagers, both of whom are on the Autism spectrum. We learn together and share passions for creativity and photography. I work from home and have a small studio space in my garden.
My garden in summer is my haven and I grow many of my own flowers, just as my grandmothers did and my mother still does. The sight and smell of many English garden flowers take me back to the lazy days of my care-free childhood and serve to reconnect me with cherished memories.
I've certainly done a lot since starting out in 2018. I've run photography workshops, written a book, undertaken commercial commissions, run a Home Educational youth photography group, overseen work experience and mentored Yr1 photography students through their final GCSE term. It's all been a lot of fun, especially teaching and seeing young people develop their own skills and grow in confidence.
For more information on Autism visit the National Autistic Society
MY CAREER JOURNEY
Many years ago I studied Art and Photography at college and went on to graduate in 1994 from the Nottingham Trent University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art.
My early career started in sales and marketing where I was fortunate enough to work with some of the UK's leading creative agencies, such as Ogilvy One and Abbort Meads Vickers AMV.
In 2003 my daughter was born, and everything changed and I decided to swap my corporate career for motherhood. In 2006 my son was born, but it wasn't until 2007 that I started to get back into photography and started seriously re-skilling. I swapped a darkroom for my desktop, and film for pixels. By the summer of 2008 I shot my first solo Wedding and soon set up my own Wedding and Portrait photography business. Working digitally also allowed me to experiment with new processing ideas, as well as layering images and digital textures together. Drawing on my skills, and training, as a Fine Artist I soon became interested in crafting my own unique digital Textures. In 2010 I launched ART BEYOND THE LENS with my first set of Digital textures soon after which my work caught the eye of American publishers Focal Press. Who commissioned me to write a photography 'how-to' book about my background influences, photographic practices and processing insights. Since the release of my book, my work has continued to grow in popularity. By the end of 2012 I launched my first Photoshop Action collection to enable other photographers to process their photography using the same methods and techniques I did.
Today, much of my floral work is under license with Sundance Graphics who represent my work at commercial. See below a list of Brands, Companies and Magazines I've worked with. If you wish to work with me on a commercial project or are interested in licencing opportunities please see contact details below.