Pictures with personality | Kingston Girl | November

I know that I did an article a few months back on another photographer, but this talent is to good not to write about I have to get the word out.

See Sarah Schoenberg’s work and you will see for yourself that her talent isn’t ever going to take the back seat to anyone.

Schoenberg’s North Kitsap connections run deep. Her uncle and aunt are the owners of the Coffee Exchange, a major staple for the Kingston community. Schoenberg grew up with my husband Chris on Bainbridge Island and their moms, too, are longtime friends and grew up together on the island. I met Schoenberg through another Kingston business, the Hood Canal Brewery, where Schoenberg is the girl behind the bar pouring beers. She also works at CB’s Nuts. Being a local, working at local places and living off what the local area has to offer a way of showing love for our town. 

When Schoenberg was 4 and a half, her father, a chimney sweeper, decided that they would move from her grandparent’s home on Bainbridge to an old school turned-farm house back behind Wolfle Elementary.

When I asked Schoenberg what she would like to see happen in the next few years in Kingston her answers were similar to what many locals would like to see happen in the community. She would like “The ability to get from Kingston to Seattle via car or walk-on ferry come and stay. I’d also love to see a food co-op open in Kingston sooner than later.

“A year-round farmer’s market in the community center would be another great place to start. Trying to remind people that they should support local businesses all year long is important.”

 I love the fact that Schoenberg plans on starting a photography program in which a portion of each session goes to an organization of the client’s choice. Schoenberg is always thinking of ways to donate and pay it forward. Giving to the local schools including Gordon Elementary, and Kingston High School, and the co-op preschool. Always trying to give as much as she can is just how Schoenberg is. A free spirit and an old soul is how I would explain Schoenberg to someone who hasn’t met her yet. Schoenberg has the old Hollywood charm.

It is fun to be around Schoenberg and it is more fun to do a photo shoot with her. I felt so care free and so relaxed. I felt beautiful because that is what she does, she has a natural ability to make you feel comfortable and for that block of time I felt like I was a model because Schoenberg makes you feel that special.

With more than 13 years under her belt as a photographer she is able to find her motivation from the response her clients have after viewing their photos. In all the pictures that Schoenberg takes her personality shows but doesn’t over shadow. Having that balance that some people never get is a natural gift that Schoenberg has.

In the future she is hopeful to have a studio in her home, with the outside equally capable of being a “backdrop” with gardens and creative spaces. With her website up and running she has received an overwhelming response. Make sure you take the time to check out her website to get a taste of what your pictures will look like.

 Schoenberg is excited to be doing senior photos and holiday pictures. She has many specials to offer for my readers right now, so make sure you check out the Kingstongirl blog to see details. There are many things that make her connect to her younger clients, including her age and playfulness. Her personality makes kids little more comfortable, which leads to outstanding pictures and all the while encouraging her subjects to climb trees, dance, play, and even jump into the water.

When she is done you get a disc of all the photos, something some photographers won’t do. Her concept is to always remember that when time has passed, all you have are memories and great pictures!

Stacey Goodrich is hosting a Kingstongirl vendor, food and gift fair event with more than 40 vendors from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Nov. 6 at the Poulsbo Parks and Rec center. Bring a can of food for the Kingston Food Bank.