Who is Sage Studios?


Steven Vinces, lookin’ like he’s about to capture the shot of the day. Or… he’s really bad at smiling for the camera. Granted, considerably better photographer than he is subject.

Steven Vinces, lookin’ like he’s about to capture the shot of the day. Or… he’s really bad at smiling for the camera. Granted, considerably better photographer than he is subject.

Before ever exploring a camera viewfinder, my notebooks all seemed to fall apart, spilling with doodles and questions of introspection.  In college, that same self-reflection led me to philosophy, but philo never satiated my desire to create. Falling into photography, a few years later, wasn't intentional, but shooting gave me purpose.

I'm really grateful for all the people who encouraged me to pursue a career in art.  Early on, I thought that would mean abandoning my philosophy roots.  As my technical ability began to approach proficiency, I seemed to like my images less and less.  Around this time I realized that improving as a photographer, beyond f-stops, ISO's, and shutter speeds, meant being able to better communicate emotions and memories, things that aren't so easily transcribed into photographs. 

I believe in telling stories.  Anyone can pose a stunning couple in front of a manicured background and get a glamorous image.  We'll take those shots too.  We'll knock them out of the park.  But I live to capture quick-glanced micro-expressions and visual whispers: things that might give insight into a moment that is already a fleeting memory.  That's the reason I do this whole thing.  Photojournalism is a beautiful art; it's where I found the intersection of photography and philosophy.