Last month, OpenSpace held our big event showcase to kick off the new OpenSpace event venue. We could not have done it without the help of some of Charlottesville’s finest event professionals, who worked together to transform the Forum into a gorgeous spring fling! We’ll be highlighting those companies here on our blog; check back often to learn more about these fun, talented people!
Sarah Cramer Shields has been in love with photography ever since she was little. She got her very first SLR camera at age eleven, and after graduating from the University of Virginia, she stayed in Charlottesville and opened Cramer Photo in 2005. Cramer Photo moved to the Downtown Mall in 2009; you might have seen her sign on the Mall, above Christian’s Pizza. She specializes in wedding, family, and portrait photography, and talking with her, it is evident that Sarah LOVES her job. For her, it is all about telling stories with her photography. It is a special thing, she says, to be able to photograph people’s biggest moments, which she does with images that are clean and fresh, portraying honest and open day-in-the-life moments.
Sarah also has a great love for Charlottesville and how supportive the city is of its artists and has been happy to stay here and call it home. Her newest project in 2011 captures that love for the city and especially its people, who she says make this town as great as it is. Called the “People of Charlottesville Project,” Sarah is getting to know the people of this town one by one, sharing each individual’s story and personality through fun and expressive photography. She even did one of OpenSpace founder Jeff Gunther that was used in the Cville-Weekly cover story!
Sarah’s “People of Charlottesville Project” will be featured next Friday (June 3rd) at the WVTF and Radio IQ Studio Gallery on Water Street for First Fridays- see Facebook for more event details!