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The 505 - Sabra LaVaun

RoybalWhere did you grow up and how did you come to live in New Mexico?

I was born and raised in Santa Fe. For a period of time I lived in Santa Barbara, California where I was able to expand and discover who I am, not only as an individual, but also as a photographer.  Eventually, I was drawn back to the Land of Enchantment and re-discovered the beauty and magic that exists in the place that I call home. 
What lessons has photography taught you? 
Three words come to mind: patience, perseverance, and passion. In my experience, photography can often be a series of challenges, rejection, and disappointment. Each assignment I photograph walks me through these life lessons and in the end, the struggle is always worth the reward of a stunning image and a happy client.  
What person has most influenced you, or your photography? Can you tell me about him or her?
I can't choose just one person. I have a very large support system made up of a variety of friends and family who I hold very close to my heart. Each person in my life has encouraged and ignited my passion for photography. Whether they are a part of the creative industry, collaborating and executing new ideas and creative projects, or their profession is completely unrelated, they each provide me with inspiration, support,  and the variety of perspective which I often bring into my work. 

Do you have any passions or talents outside of your work?
I am a very adventurous person, so my interests tend to be varied and unique. I often look for activities that are physically and mentally challenging, such as running, backpacking, camping, and hiking. I am very open to new and innovative ideas and experiences. 

If you could photograph anyone or anything living now or at any point in history, who would it be and why? What camera would you want to use?
I would like to photograph Anne Frank. As a society we have plenty of famous images of her and her life before she went into hiding.  We have a vision of what her life was like in the attic through her prose, but to actually capture her life in a visual format would be a very emotionally revealing experience. I would use a Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi Medium Format DSLR Camera.