5 With: Sara Montour

January 22, 2014

I admire Sara Montour's great eye for catching moments (like these), and the energy and drive she puts behind her passion projects-- like Live Letters, a series of music shows held in small spaces. Sara is offering a series of mini photo sessions aimed at kiddos on February 9-- 10 minutes, with 10 edited photos for $100. Check it out!

Sara Montour | Photographer & music lover

What do you make or do?
I'm a lifestyle photographer here in Minneapolis, focusing mostly on children and musicians. 

What's been hard in your creative journey?
Creative jobs don't follow a linear path. (If we're being honest, does anything?) The easiest path is if we're able to lay perfect blocks as single steps upwards, like a staircase, constantly getting bigger + better. The reality, though, is that there are giant steps backwards and giant pushes forward that can come at any time. Learning to ride those waves has probably been the most challenging and exhausting; but also the most exciting. 

What advice do you have with regards to making a living and finding satisfaction as a creative person? 
Work hard. If you're not where you want to be, look internally before pointing fingers externally; usually we're the ones standing in our own way. Also, surround yourself with inspiring and incredible people that will lift you up when you need it and will call you out when you need that. 

What are you most excited about with regards to your creative work?
I'm a lover of nostalgia; it's why I'm a photographer. I think I feel most excited when I can capture a moment that I know people will look back on as a time capsule of what they were feeling at that exact point in time. 

How do you make it happen (financially/energetically/practically)?
I have no idea. Ha. Creative jobs are such a pursuit of passion that they defy all logic and you just do them because something internally tells you that you have to, and life feels off-balance if you don't.

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