Sarah Arrington - Co-Founder
Bachelor of Fine Art Photography, University of North Texas - College of Art & Design Minors in Advertising & Political Science (Yes, Political Science)
Texas born & raised, Sarah moved to Birmingham, Alabama in 2007 after accepting a job as an editorial photographer for a large publishing company. Over the years she has photographed hundreds of stories across the country & met some of the amazing people behind them. She made the decision to go full-time freelance in 2014. Spark & Arrow has been a long-term dream of hers to be able to share her talents, creativity & life with others and making it happen with her best friend Kamin. She loves sprucing up her 1926 Historic Birmingham home, picking through a good thrift store & spending time with her husband, 2 kids & Golden Retriever Zoe.
Why & when did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
My grandmother was a magazine hoarder. She would pass off issues to me as a young girl when she was done reading them. Page after page of beautiful homes & adventurous destinations led me to a love of photography. I got my hands on my first SLR in high school (a Canon AE-1) and shot anything I could. After high school I thought I wanted to pursue political science (cause working for the government sounds cool, right?). Political Science wasn't as fun as I thought it would be so, I transferred to one of Texas' best Fine Art schools & began to pour myself into learning the art of making a beautiful photograph. I believe passion fuels success and if you work hard at what you're passionate about you can't go wrong. I followed my passion & never looked back.
What else are you passionate about?
Several years ago I was going through one of the toughest times of my life. My faith was one of the biggest things that got me through it. That, and giving my life to something bigger than my circumstance. I started volunteering at a local homeless shelter teaching children's Bible study & fell in love with bringing the hope of Jesus & joy to people's lives. My hurt had a purpose; to help others who were hurting. I couldn't get enough of it. So, some friends & I started a local outreach ministry in a neighborhood plagued by drugs, violence & prostitution. We're going on 5 years of ministry there & have seen some amazing things happen through our faithfulness & God's provision. Wanting to dig deeper we also started a non-profit called Open Eyes which provides experiences, resources & spiritual guidance for at-risk students to better equip them to become successful & purposeful adults.
What are some of your favorite things to do in Birmingham?
Oh wow, there are so many! Birmingham is making a huge comeback & we love living downtown and watching the revitalization first-hand. Food wise: El Barrio (especially brunch), Saw's Soul Kitchen (Pork & Green, every time) & any local food truck. We love summer movies at Avondale Park & enjoying the music that Birmingham brings into places like WorkPlay, the Alabama Theatre & Iron City. Pepper Place Market is buzzing with excitement on Saturday mornings & our daughter loves a Baron's baseball game. The best thing about Birmingham though is the people & their love for this city as well.