Raising the Barrs Photography | About

Heyyy! Thanks for stopping by. I'm Sarah. I am a wife, and mama to three little girls. I've grown up in the Pacific Northwest, and currently live in Puyallup, Washington. 


People often ask how long I've been doing photography. In all honesty, for as long as I can remember. I was given a camera when I was a young child and wasted countless amounts of film taking pretend glamour shots of my younger sisters. At the age of 16, when other kids dreamed of their first car, my parents bought me my first SLR. I was able to develop actual photos I took in the dark room at my high school. Photography has always been a major part of my life. My business began when friends & family started asking me to take photos for them. And after having my first baby, I decided this was what I was going to do. Being a mom gave me a whole new appreciation for photos. I knew I had to capture these moments for others.




My Style: My main goal in each session is to capture what is real. Genuine smiles. Little expressions in children that you will one day look back and laugh at. The love between a couple. Or a family. Most of my sessions are spent chatting and laughing and if we aren't already, by the end of it we will be great friends. I LOVE outdoor sessions. The colors that our state has to offer just speaks to my soul. For studio sessions, I love to incorporate earthy colors and wood backdrops.

Location: I shoot on location or in my Downtown Puyallup studio. I have several favorite outdoor locations around town that I love. I am happy to give you suggestions based on what your preferences are.

Time of shoot: I am very intentional with the time of day I schedule my sessions. Light is everything. So almost all outdoor sessions will take place in the evening. This is not just to capture the gorgeous sun setting, but also to ensure that we don't have harsh lighting on faces, shadows, and squinting eyes. Studio sessions may take place at anytime during the day. 

Weather: Have you noticed how much it rains here!? haha. I can handle it, and don't mind a session with a little bit of sprinkle. But when it comes to kiddos, they don't do so well. Reschedules are sometimes necessary, and I make every effort to be flexible and accommodating.

Wardrobe: I have created a Pinterest board for inspiration - it can be found below. You’re welcome to text or call me while you’re clothes shopping for my opinion if you’d like. I try to be as available as possible. Wardrobe should also mesh with location! Some outfits look out of place in an urban setting, some look out of place in an outdoorsy setting, so keep that in mind.

Follow Sarah Barr's board What should we wear!? on Pinterest.


Tips and tricks: Allow me to work with your children. Don’t feel stressed out trying to get your babies to smile, behave, listen, etc. Remember, I have two toddlers! I understand the stress that comes along with pictures, so please let me do all the work for you.

Turn around time: The time in which it takes me to finish processing a gallery varies. But on average, I deliver a portrait session around 2-3 weeks after the shoot. Weddings can take up to 3 months. I make every effort to get photos to my clients sooner than that, but I refuse to rush the creative process - and it is appreciated once you see your photos :)