Sally Carpenter Photography

Woodstock, VT

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I think my work stands out from others because of my fine art and academic photography background. I received my BFA from UCLA and also graduated from The Brooks Institute of Photography. My work is candid and artistic, photo-journalism with a slightly fine art twist and also my enthusiasm for getting, not just a good shot, but the best shot shows through in my work. I have an adventurous spirit, always thinking ahead and asking myself "What if?" I have worked along side some of the most famous wedding photographers in the world, Parker Pfitser, Jerry Ghionis and Cliff Mautner to name a few and have taken so many exciting and creative ideas and techniques home form those sessions. I believe my portfolios speak for themselves in this regard. I'm also very easy going, fun, patient and love what I do so very much! Every single image I take is personally and professionally edit by me, taking them miles farther than a lot of other professional photographers do.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love the ability to express my art in wedding day stories and portraits, from contemporary to pictorial and I also enjoy the people I work with. Children are great, whether they are having a "bad day" or a great day, there is always a "photo" there! Nervous brides? Not a problem, I have been photographing weddings for over 15 years and have all sorts of tricks and relaxation techniques I use to keep everyone relaxed, happy and enjoying their special day.
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Woodstock, VT 05091

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30 Reviews
  • Marianne G. Jun 21, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I have hired Sally for an upcoming shoot!
  • Colleen B. May 2, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    We had Sally as our photographer for our wedding recently at the Mountain Top Inn and Resort. She was so incredibly professional and I wouldn't have wanted anyone else to be apart of our big day. She knew the venue so well which really saved time because she knew the best locations based on lighting. She was extremely knowledgable and was able to direct us to create great pictures. She also made everyone feel super comfortable. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone!
  • Kurt O. Dec 21, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Amazing photographer for a memorable day
    Sally made our wedding a perfect day :) would hire again!
  • Jessica B. Oct 27, 2016
    Portrait Photography (Package Options)
    Verified Review
    Sally is amazing! We did a 2 hour couple's session and the pictures came out *amazing* Getting pictures taken can be a little uncomfortable, but Sally made both of us feel super comfortable. We did a photo session at her beautiful home in Woodstock where there is a mixture of gardens, a woodlandy area, a place that looks like a field in pictures, and a pond. She is very detail oriented and it's clear that she has years of experience. Highly recommended!
  • Danielle M. Sep 11, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    I cannot wait to hire Sally again in the future!
    Sally's work is priceless. She understood exactly what I wanted, and delivered flawlessly. Sally captured so much of the joy in my wedding day; I am still amazed every time I look at the gorgeous photos. I am so grateful to have found Sally! No bride has ever looked back on their wedding day and complained that the photography was too wonderful.
    Sally C. Oct 21, 2016

    Thank you Danielle, it was a wonderful day! I did want to add that Thumbtack did not do a very good job of reproducing the images you sent so here is a link to your wedding on my site:

  • Alexandra P. Sep 9, 2016
    Portrait Photography (for children)
    Verified Review
    Wonderful experience
    We hired Sally to take family portraits with our 10-month-old. She far exceeded our expectations and gave us so many beautiful photographs. Sally was wonderful to work with and responded in a timely manner to all of my messages. I would highly recommend her!
  • Jessica F. Jan 9, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Sally was absolutely fantastic. She photographed a holiday party event featuring Santa & Mrs. Claus. I was not the party host and booked her from afar because of her great portfolio. As it turned out the event itself was not particularly structured like I was expecting (OK, it wasn't structured at ALL). Sally rolled with all of this with a smile, and still managed to capture hundreds of gorgeous images of the kids, families, and the essence of the event. She blended right in and did her job without us even noticing. Her framing and edits are gorgeous, and her turnaround time was quick. Her price point for this event was outstanding. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for an event photographer.
  • Joani V. Nov 15, 2015
    Family Portrait Photography
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  • William L. Nov 1, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Kristen M. Oct 31, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Sally was so much fun to work with!! She has so much talent and we couldn't be happier with our pictures!!!!! So glad we didn't go with anyone else!!!!!
  • Lisa B. Oct 10, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Starting the process of finding the right person to take my daughter's senior photos was nerve racking. Once I started talking to Sally regarding this she put me at ease! I had hired Sally a month before the photo session was to take place and in that time she kept in contact with me. She is very easy to talk to and a true professional. During the session she made my nervous daughter calm. We would hire her and plan on hiring her again for our family photos! The photo's are amazing and experience exceeded our expectations! We highly recommend Sally!!
  • Robin B. Feb 6, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Sally went above and beyond to make our family photo successful and downright INCREDIBLY beautiful. Our toddler wasn't cooperating and Sally not only was able to get a few successful AHOTS, but she scheduled a second sitting so we could try to get our toddler in a better mood. This was a large family and she was able to engage with everyone and get some REALLY OUTSTANDING IMAGES. Her technical skill is only matched by her ability to really connect with our family which culminated in her catching the very essence of US, all in some incredible portraits. We will DEFINITELY use Sally Carpenter again and cannot recommend her enough!
  • Darcie L. Sep 11, 2014
    Sally was great to work with!!! She's not pushy and she kinda lets you do whatever and have fun. She knows how to make you smile and laugh and carry on great conversations and make you feel comfortable, and plus... Her photos are fantastic!
  • Wanda L. Sep 9, 2014
    Wow! What more can I say than AWESOME! Sally made the photo shoot with my daughters so much fun! They were expecting to hear, "stand here, smile, turn like this..." but they had so much fun with Sally! The quality of the pictures is outstanding. Sally's creativity is second to none! Looking forward to working with her again for a family session. Keep up the wonderful work Sally!
  • Stacey Ryan D. Apr 2, 2014
    (Sorry this is long but definitely worth reading!) Sally was beyond wonderful! She was a breeze to work with from beginning to end. I could not be happier with the process and her communication. With me being from Missouri and having our shoot on the beach in California I thought the process would be stressful and almost impossible; however, Sally never gave up on my millions of questions and endless emails. She replied quickly and professionally. My shoot with her happened to be a cold, windy day and the pictures still turned out fabulous! I definitely recommend her to anyone interested in nothing but a fun day that will end in great photographs. Sally and her assistant were both genuinely nice people; someone you will want to keep a friendship with even after the secession ends. Sally didn't rush the shoot at all. I think we had close to a 4 hour secession with her even though we were all cold and ready to call it a day. Her price for everything she offers, including her knowledge of locations, willingness to help work everything out, her friendliness, and quality of photographs you will receive are a bargain to say the least. I am very happy I went with Sally Carpenter for my engagement shoot.
  • Heather W. Mar 23, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Such an amazing experience with Sally. She totally made everything I wanted happen. Would recommend her to ANYONE!
  • Terri S. Feb 1, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Sheila B. Jan 12, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Nicole V. Jan 4, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sally went above and beyond our expectations for a wedding photographer. My husband and I couldn't be more happy with her work. The images were beautiful, modern, and the touch ups were fabulous. We would definitely recommend her!
  • Sandra S. Dec 31, 2013
    Verified Review
    Sally photographed our small at home wedding and captured the intimate feeling perfectly. She was a pleasure to work with and most importantly her photos were wonderful. We especially love the photos of the kids ( so that's what they were up to while we were busy drinking wine). Photos of my flower girl were magnificent! She will be so thrilled when she sees them . The candids of our guests really captured the feel of the whole night. And she managed to capture everyone without us really noticing. We highly recommend Sally. She is a true artist.
  • Janelle R. Dec 13, 2013
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Sally was great to work with! She was professional, patient, and suggested a beautiful location to have our pictures taken. We would definitely work with her again and would highly recommend her for anyone's family pictures and/or event.
  • Heidi G. Dec 2, 2013
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Sally took pictures of my family for our parents 57th wedding anniversary. She suggested the area for the pictures and it was perfect and memorable. Sally is very professional and had great shot ideas and poses. We love the final outcome of our pictures and highly recommend Sally to be your photographer.
  • Sue T. Nov 17, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sally is very experienced and professional. She captured all the special moments of our wedding, I would recommend her and use her again without hesitation.
  • Pat M. Oct 25, 2013
    Sally photographed our wedding and engagement pictures and they were gorgeous! The engagement pictures were done out at Joshua Tree just before sunset and they looked like they were from a movie set. We loved them! Sally is a real trouper and worked until she was happy we had some beautiful portraits. For the wedding we could not have asked for anyone better or easier to get along with. The pictures from the church were almost enchanted and she caught the Palm Springs reception and party atmosphere perfectly. I especially like her black and white pictures while my parents loved her more traditional ones. I have recommended her to all my friends! She is amazing!
  • Janet W. Oct 22, 2013
    I had the pleasure of attending a wedding in Palm Springs recently and had to express the quality of the entire event. I had no idea how beautiful a wedding could be, then my friends showed me the photos. What an exceptional photographer! I remember her being professional and making everyone, not just the bride and groom, but everyone feel like they were a part of the wedding. Beautiful, beautiful photos! Big thumbs up!!!!
  • Frank G. Sep 6, 2013
    Sally is such a wonderful photographic artist. Her work is so much more than just photography it is a perfect blend of photography and Photoshop. She creates masterworks. The work she has done for me change my view on photographers. Do not hire an amateur for price. HIRE SALLY for the best. She is also affordable. Treat yourself contact Sally ! Frank.
  • Fawnda H. Aug 23, 2013
    Sally has photographed our family on numerous occasions , the experiences on the days of the shoots were as special as the pictures themselves ! She captured the personalities of each one of us in every photo perfectly ! Sally made the experience so comfortable and fun . She truly is an artist , her photos are stunning and her love for life , people, children and photography is so apparent ! I also had Sally photograph my boudoir shoot , it was a fantastic experience . Sally was very professional and she made me look beautiful , the pictures were amazing , I couldn't even believe they were me !
  • Kim J. Aug 14, 2013
    Sally's work as a photographer and her expertise in both the technical and computer work make her one of the most outstanding photographers of this day! Her stuff is original and AMAZING and she captures the true beauty of her subjects in elegance and flair! You won't be disappointed! She's AMAZING and VERY easy to work with!
  • Molly L. Aug 1, 2013
    Working with Sally was a fun filled experience, she is a very patient photographer. Very specific as well to get her things right in the pictures. She's very creative, which makes her pictures unique.
  • Yvette M. Jul 23, 2013
    Sally did a 5 hr shoot with me and a friend at 2 different locations, with costumes + + ...It was a fun time. I am completely satisfied. She was patient when directing us to pose and open to suggestion. I was impressed by her ability to be a professional yet remain able to have a laugh and make the the experience a lot of fun. I received the photos quickly and she was there to answer any question I had about them. As a fiber artist I wish she also photographed art. I know I will work with her again. Thank you Sally


Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently shot the spring collection for NY City based, Cockpit USA. This was a great shoot with animated models, lots of laughs and beautiful scenery in the hills near Woodstock, Vermont.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
The most important thing is to look at the photographer's portfolio of a single wedding as well as their main body of work and make sure they are willing to work with you to capture the type of image you are looking for. Personality is also a factor, you need to feel comfortable around your photographer.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
With the ease of digital photography and photo programs everyone seems to think they are a photographer. Images are much easier to control and editing is a cinch, but there is so much more to professional portraits, wedding and event photography than simply taking the picture and editing it in a photo program. I attended Yosemite workshops under the guidance of the great Ansel Adams to understand exposure, light and texture, and also attended the Brooks Institute of Photography and was awarded a degree in master Photography from the Newport School of Photography. I was also awarded a distinction by The Royal Photographic Society for my contemporary portraits. I attend many workshops, seminars, webcasts and keep up on the latest digital and Photoshop advances and with my fine art background, I have an eye for color, composition and what gives an images "emotion". My equipment consists of three high end Nikon and Canon professional cameras including the the D 750, and 5D MKIII and an infra-red converted digital EOS camera as well, thousands of dollars in lenses and lighting equipment and the latest Photoshop CS and retouching software available. I ask all prospective clients to view my blog, webpage and/or ask for a complimentary DVD of my work. When one views a professional image next to an amateurs, the difference is amazing.