Hey there, I’m Sarah-Jane Edis a photographer in Sydney. I started out studying and working in graphic design for 10 years before becoming a photographer.
Photography has always been that thing I have lost all sense of time while doing it.
I grew up on a farm in rural NSW where I would entertain myself for hours by making my three siblings and babysitters model for me.
My passion has always been photographing people. I love the art of getting people to relax and be themselves in front of you. Connection is a central part of my work.
I like to keep my kit small. Just like film gave you a moment to connect when changing the roll of film, I find changing the lens does the same thing; it gives me time to take a minute to talk with the person in front of me – even kids.
I seem to walk away with a budding photographer every time I shoot a family. I’m not precious about them touching my camera and often get them to help. I love how curious children are.
I use the Canon 5D MKIII as my camera. My favourite lens is Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 to get up nice and close and get beautiful portraits. It is great for shooting indoors too.
I also love the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 because of its versatility.
I have a couple of Speedlite 600EX-RT for my documentary work and a Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter with a couple of umbrellas and stands for my portraits. I love the flexibility Speedlites allow me but don’t use them much for family.
Lastly, I just wanted to say how much I love this site. It really helped me find the best equipment – before that I only had a film camera. I love looking through and seeing other people’s work.