Sarah Takako

When I was a teenager, I promised myself to live a unique and authentic life, full of adventure and creativity. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington – I was ready to find out what that promise meant. At 18, I sold everything, bought a ticket and traveled alone through Fiji, New Zealand and Australia for 9 months.

Upon returning, I yearned to be apart of Seattle’s Northwest Actors Conservatory to study acting/directing for theater and film – I had no experience, but they saw something and accepted me into their intensive program. For the next five years I performed in theater and film in Seattle and Los Angeles.

When I decided it was time to go to college I enrolled in the local state school, meanwhile beginning a love affair with my camera; building a photography portfolio in my spare time, while going to night classes in general studies. After one year and itching for bigger horizons, I sent my photography portfolio to American Intercontinental University of London. Months later I got a letter of acceptance to study photography, so I packed my bags and moved to England. I studied hard, created a strong portfolio and transferred to the University of Washington’s Fine Art program in Seattle.

During the next three years, I honed my skills, point-of-view and talent – graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Art. In between those five years of school, I traveled to India, Mexico and Australia photographing the indigenous cultures. The Hope Project , which I created and produced at this time, landed the cover of Seattle Post Intelligencer and the 5 o'clock KOMO 4 NEWS.

Shortly after graduation, I got a rare opportunity to move to Sydney, Australia for a year and intern at the Australian Center of Photography. In 2009 after moving back to Seattle, I found a unique niche in club scène photography. My goal was to document the multiple levels people communicate within an environment that encouraged drugs, sex and music.

This is where my reputation took off. My name got bigger and I was shooting portraits for musicians, dancers, authors, actors and commissioned private clients in Seattle and Los Angeles. My years in theatre/film played a key role in the success of my photo shoots by applying the same principles that I learned onstage with my clients.

Currently, I live in Paris shooting for Fashion Week, Paris Opera, the music scene, and portraits for private clients and artists.

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