of a beautiful life



I’m Sara Coffin, a Raleigh-based wedding and lifestyle photographer.
I approach every wedding with eyes wide open, eager to see how your love dictates your day. My wedding photography is inspired by a refined version of reality, taking what is and adding subtle stylistic input to create polished, authentic images. In my life and style photography, I believe in sessions that reflect real life – your life. I want these images to be tangible reminders of the moment, how you felt, the scent of her hair, the softness of his touch.
I want to make memories of your memories.


“It is not necessarily at home that we best encounter our true selves. The furniture insists that we cannot change because it does not; the domestic setting keeps us tethered to the person we are in ordinary life, who may not be who we essentially are.” - Alain de Botton, “The Art of Travel”⠀ ⠀ //⠀ ⠀ I never finished this book. It was one of those you pick up when you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, a time for me - ten years ago this year - when I was struggling to find my voice when I’d for too long allowed others’ to speak and think for me. A time when I felt caged by the constraints of working a 9-5, when my naivete got me involved with the absolute wrong guy, a time when I found myself unemployed, unsure, unable to trust anyone, especially myself.⠀ ⠀ // ⠀ ⠀ After reading this line I couldn’t read any more; I felt stuck in every crevice of my own life, in a town that never felt like home despite living there for almost ten years. I didn’t need any more proof that I wasn’t living out, as Botton writes, who I essentially was. ⠀ ⠀ //⠀ ⠀ It’s been a long ten years, full of tears and fights and failures and more lows than I can count or anyone would ever know. But the love of a man, who is far from perfect but who is so good, some hard f*ing work, and grace saved me. And while I still agree with Botton - ‘that it is not necessarily at home where we best encounter our true selves’ - I’m finding the line about how ‘the furniture insists we cannot change because it does not…’ isn’t so applicable anymore. After all, furniture can move and you can always, always redecorate. #saracoffinphoto #saracoffinwrites