Cape Cod Portrait Photographer

”You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” – Desmond Tutu

Here are some things I love:

My daughter, my husband, my ridiculously loopy black lab Lucy, stargazing, walking along the beach in the winter, (or summer, or fall, or spring), the sound of the waves against the shore, old cameras, standing stones and stone circles, traveling, rug-braiding, encaustics, creating, quotes, happy people, splashing in puddles, exploring, kayaking, skiing, crocheting, reading, getting mail, sending mail, making things for people, tea, donkeys, being on safari, bird watching, walking the dog, sunsets, the light after a storm, Polaroid image transfers, collecting rocks, bird’s nests…

I always wanted to be a photographer. I was 10 when I realized it’s what I wanted to do. I always thought I’d be traveling the world with a camera and little else. But instead I found myself washed ashore on this peninsula, with an entirely different life. But my passion is just as strong as it was in the beginning. I remember being accepted to photography school and thinking that I was on my way. Who knew it’d be to here? But on my way I was. Photographing families and children is really a magical experience. It’s so hard to explain, but it’s as if I become part of your family for a while. I’m that eccentric, silly aunt everyone can’t wait to visit. Portrait sessions are so much fun. For all of us. It’s a good gig I’ve got.

I love being a Cape Cod photographer. How lucky am I that I get to spend all summer photographing families and portraits on our beautiful beaches here on the Cape? I consider myself so blessed that I am able to create images that capture those great memories which tell the story of our lives… Living on the Cape is such a fabulous place to be, what better place to take magical photographs of childhood, family portraits that are both relaxed and timeless, and senior photos which are fun and creative…. How great to be a professional photographer on Cape Cod, my studio is the beach, my light is the sun…

I call myself a photographer of life, because I photograph all of those moments which when all put together make up our lives. As John Lennon said, “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Life is what we need to celebrate the here and now.

We’re in our fourteenth year photographing portraits on beautiful Cape Cod, we’ve learned the best spots, the best light, the best poses, everything to make your portrait everything you could ever hope for!

An award winning photographer, Sarah loves to create, has always felt photography is an extension of who she is and uses the camera as a means of self-expression. Sarah was born in London, England, has lived on the Cape since 1986, where she shares her love and home with her husband, Ray, lovely daughter, Adriana and a crazy black lab named Lucy. She purchased her first camera when she was 10, and a lifetime love was born. She was formally trained at the Hallmark Institute of Photography and is always continuing her education through workshops, seminars, and through courses at the New England Institute for Professional Photography (NEIPP). Currently she is working on both her Certification in Photography degree and her Masters degree through Professional Photographers of America.

Sarah is on the board of the Professional Photographers of Cape Cod, and is also a past President. She is also a past director on the board of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. Other affiliations include PPA (Professional Photographers of America), as well as the Hyannis Chamber of Commerce and the Hyannis Business Improvement District. On a personal level, she volunteers for her local Girl Scout service unit as Treasurer, and was a leader of her daughter’s Troop, journeying from Daisies through Cadettes.


 “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Cape Cod photographer, Sarah Jane Thornington, photographer of life… photographer for the community…

The Studio by the Sea is photography of life, relaxed portraiture, celebrating moments in your life, photography that is fun and creative.

Being a professional photographer on Cape Cod is such a privilege, we get to share such wonderful times with our clients, photographing families as they enjoy being together on the beaches of the Cape, seeing the interaction between siblings, friends, families… These moments are precious. These moments are life.

Documenting today, celebrating your family by having a portrait made of this moment in your history. Your children are young, your children are grown, your children have their own children… Every time is the right time for a family portrait… Especially a family beach portrait on the Cape!

Graduation portraits, as you take that step, your future awaits, it’s such an exciting time to capture… Fun, relaxed senior portraits on the beach, at a garden, or even here in the studio, the Cape is the perfect setting for that memorable portrait! Barnstable High School grads know the beach is the place to go for that perfect senior portrait that captures who you are!

Babies and children change so quickly, each moment is a new adventure. Having the first portrait of your new baby before they’ve made their arrival, beautiful portraits of you while you’re waiting… baby portraits here in the studio, toddler portraits on the beach, children’s portraiture on location… so many moments to be captured… Letting children be themselves is key to beautiful, timeless portraits…

Being there for your baby portraits, your family reunions & your family vacations, your senior portraits, photography on the Cape and beyond, celebrating with you, celebrating life.

Beautiful Cape Cod portraits.

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