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. When she's not snapping photos or chasing kids (all 3 of them!) she enjoys designing & building home projects with her husband. After renovating a 1926 Historic Birmingham home for 5 years they have since moved to a 15 acre farm where they are building their dream farmhouse.
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 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 being close to downtown and watching the revitalization first-hand. Food wise: El Barrio (especially brunch), Saw's Soul Kitchen (Pork & Green, every time), Avondale Common House, and Big Spoon Creamery. We love a good concert at places like WorkPlay, the Alabama Theatre & Iron City. Pepper Place Market is buzzing with excitement on Saturday mornings & our kids love a Baron's baseball game.