Hi I’m Sarah Collins, I’m a fashion, lifestyle, and brand photographer born and raised in the burgh. I hope to share my passion and my eye with whoever will look at my work to shine a light on the beautiful and fashionable Pittsburgh I see. I am also just a wild girl who loves to travel and photograph light and laughs.
What does personal style mean to you? When you hear the word “fashion” what does it mean to you?
Personal style is what we choose to wear everyday to tell a story. It’s what we wear that represents our personalities, our moods, our feelings, and overall, who we are. Personal style means, every day, I want to dress in a way that makes me feel confident, and outwardly tells the world who I am and what I am here to do.
Fashion is current trends, up to date designers, haute couture & over the top styling for photoshoots. For me, fashion is a necessary evil to produce and influence most people's personal style. We are all pulling from fashion to add to our personal style.
Personal Style: How do you think it is acquired? How did you acquire yours?
This question feels almost phony for me to answer because I have no concrete, black and white answer- no real formula to share. Personal style is something that has always been a part of me. My mom says I was strong willed about what I was going to wear starting at age two when my favorite phrase while getting dressed (or doing anything) was “I do-ed it!” Then ages 4-6 I would only wear girly dresses. At age 12 I got my first sewing machine and was certain I would one day be a fashion designer. I remember watching Zoey 101 on Sunday nights before the school week and being so deeply inspired by the California laid back styles of the teens of that show. I would watch the new episode, take my inspiration and go into my fabric scraps and sew flowers or ribbons onto basic tanks and tees to personalize the garments to wear to middle school on Monday morning reflecting the last episode. I collected Teen Vogue magazine for almost 7 years and had an entire book shelf of every issue I ever got in the mail because I never wanted to part with the images. I studied those images- the clothes the stylists would pair together, I was always fascinated by their color mixing and layering and I would try to emulate it myself. I guess somewhere in all of that my personal style developed into what it is today.
How does your personal life affect your fashion choices?
In college, I always imagined I'd head off to a fashionable office environment so I could wear bold heels with funky blazers and kind of have my own uniform. A uniform of business chic but with an edge. It's how I would describe my favorite style that I wear, but my professional life doesn't exactly look as consistent as what I had imagined. Therefore, fashion to me on the daily honestly means something different every day. When I am shooting, fashion means functional with any possible edgy-Sarah-twist I can give to a functional outfit.
I tend to buy a lot of wild statement pieces because that's how I see my style and how I would dress daily if I had zero limitations. Luckily, when I am not shooting I can wear whatever I want and I am a blend of functional and statements.
As a shorter answer, fashion and style on the daily means being myself, and if that means wearing a functional photography outfit of black bike shorts with pockets and an oversized black top, you better believe I'm also adding a fun accessories to round it out and make it me.
Tell us about the piece of clothing in your wardrobe that makes you feel most confident?
I think the answer to this question ebbs and flows for me. BUT - Probably the most constant is a good pair of shoes because they always fit and can jazz up ANY outfit!
What staple pieces do you believe every woman should own?
A great pair of jeans, a statement shoe, and a jacket for all seasons to tie any look together! (i.e. a leather jacket or a bold blazer!) Oh also a dress you can take day to night that represents you and your personality!
Where can our readers follow and engage with you and your work?
Social Media: @Rosecoloredcreative