Seeking the Creative: Sarah Mosteller, Photographer
How would you describe your art in three words?
Colorful, creative, portraits.
18 year old Sarah Mosteller has the kind of creative vision that ensures endless productivity. The photographer from Columbia, Missouri developed her passion for camera-work back in fifth grade with a Walmart camera her parents bought for her. Since then, Sarah has advanced her craft to unbelievable levels. These days, the young photographer’s inspiration stems from the mundane; she looks at a simple item and brainstorms ways in which she can create a photoshoot to enhance it. Sarah has set up stunning portrait shoots that capture not only the beauty of the model at hand, but also the background in which the model is situated. A few months back, Sarah created her photography business, @mva.portraits, and plans to continue to develop this brand and practice her unquestionable talent.
Where/how do you gather inspiration?
Oftentimes my inspiration for photoshoots comes from the most mundane things. Inspiration could come from the mirror in my dining room, a vintage tiara at an antique store, candles from a friend’s house, fake flowers from Hobby Lobby, or even just seeing a color that I like. I love incorporating simple props or ideas into my portraits in unique ways. Who knows, maybe the inspiration for my next shoot could come from my phone charger.
What do you hope audiences retain from your work?
Hopefully my audience is inspired by how I turn mundane objects into creative concepts. I think it’s a really good for people to exercise their imagination and think about how many uses they could get out of one object. I recognize that not everyone is as privileged as I am and may not have access to the same level of photography equipment, but I still hope my photoshoot ideas seem achievable for others.
Curated and written by Brynn O’Connor. Edited by Sydni Dichter.