Photography & Design

Welcome to Blue Ivy Photography

Your passion is capturing great moments. So is mine.

I believe strongly that photographs represent life, mess, love, hope and the hearts of my clients; life changes quickly, children change, family members die, life hurts and we forget the memories- but the photograph will always remember!

My purpose in this business, above all, is to demonstrate love- to use my God-given gift to show a person how beautiful they are through God’s eyes; to give hope and walk alongside them in whatever life brings them. 

I’m so very excited to have you here on this journey with me. My hope is that this page encourages you to love your life as we laugh and maybe cry a little together. Either way you are welcome here- to be uniquely you.

Maternity & Newborns

A moment in a life to treasure forever. They will never be quite this tiny again! Newborn sessions happen in home or on location.


Read more about Newborn Sessions…

Family & Individual Portraits

For those special family members whose time with us is so short, book a photographer to record their life for ever.


Read more about Family Sessions…


Natural posing and a full session that showcases your unique personality. Check out all the info on senior sessions. I can’t wait to create something special with you!


Read more about Senior Sessions…

Meet Sarah

I am Sarah- the owner and creative behind Blue Ivy Photography and all the art represented on this site. I have 13 years experience in my own business as well as in a high-volume studio, formal education, and exceptional technical skills.

In addition to photography:

  • I am a operations manager for a local business
  • I do contract video work for a local business
  • I create and sell my artwork whenever I can
  • I lead worship at my church
  • I am currently pursuing my MBA

Check out the about section for more!

Mom "J"

“I can’t get over these photos! Sarah is not only an amazing photographer that you need to book ASAP but she is also a baby whisperer, as [baby] was having a pretty fussy day when these were taken. Thank you, Sarah! We will cherish these forever.”

Bride "C"

“Sarah is amazing and so fun to work with! She is so talented and helped make our wedding day stress free. We would highly highly recommend her for any occasion!”


“Sarah is BEYOND talented. Her pictures are GORGEOUS; her creativity otherworldly. Not only will you walk away with incredible pictures, she actually makes photo shoots fun for the whole family. Sarah manages to combine her laid back attitude with stellar professionalism and technical expertise that our entire family was just blown away with the experience and final products. She’s a dream to work with. I wouldn’t go anywhere else, and neither should you!”


“We had our third session with Sarah today, and it was such a joy working with her again. Her creativity, professionalism and sense of fun make photo sessions a breeze- and that’s with four kids!! Cannot wait to see our next series of photos come through to add to our collection.”


“Sarah has taken portraits for us on a couple of occasions. I find her demeanor with our young children to be remarkable. She is a mom, too, and I think that helps her “get” kids in a very specific way. Our boys were ages 2 to 4 when she took our portraits. She was patient, understanding, and creative in getting the shots we wanted.”

Senior Dad- "M"

“You gave us so much more than photographs. The experience was indescribable!”

The Journey Begins

  I remember clearly the night I heard my father (a psychologist) tell me he thought my son had a developmental disorder.  I had called to vent about the day’s frustrations with my 18 month old who was completely non-verbal and uninterested in bonding with me or anyone else- but it never occurred to me that he could have autism.  I directed...

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Dear Hurting One

Dear hurting one, This is a letter to you.  A letter to all the sweet ones out there who can't manage to get out of bed today, who feel overwhelmed, insufficient, and broken. To the moms who feel the weight of raising children, who may be hiding in the bathroom just to get a moment alone.  To the moms who just lost their cool and are hiding in...

A call from the principal…

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What My Soul Knows

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