Meet the Sarah Keenan Creative Team

Photography inspiration comes in a variety of forms, colorful, black and white, big or small. Our goal is to create images and experiences that inspire you. We want every piece we produce to inspire and evoke emotions in the people who view them.

Our team loves to create beautiful things! From amazing wedding photojournalism on the beach of the Outer Banks to the perfectly designed personalized birth announcement. We capture the essence of every event and every family we meet. Around here we say “Life, Beautiful” and we apply that philosophy to our work each and every day.

Our unique ability to capture the emotion, style and love allows you to enjoy the experience without feeling interrupted or imposed. We pride ourselves on taking a personalized approach with each and every client we serve. Whether it’s an event, celebration, family portrait or expression of love, we bring to life your vision by turning it into a beautiful display that creates a lifetime of memories.

We hope as you click through the pages on our website that you too will find inspiration and an emotional connection in our work.

The story behind sarah keenan creative

A Message From Sarah

Sarah Keenan Sarah Owner, Photographer, Wedding Consultant & Events Coordinator

Professionally trained by the Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants (ACPWC)

Hello, Hello!!! I am so excited that you have taken the time to stop by and check out our work here at Sarah Keenan Creative. I truly could not be more proud of the awesome team of professionals that I have the opportunity work with and share with you. Each individual drives this company with a fun, unique personality and skillset that overflows into incredible events, images, products, and, most importantly, client relationships. Part of what makes this team really rock is that each member was hand selected based on personality, knowledge of their trade, relationships in our community, the level at which they exceed industry standards, and their desire to go above and beyond expectations of our clients. I can say that I could not ask for a better group of professionals to present to you…so, here we are!!

I have always been an artist. I have gravitated toward anything that presented an opportunity to create and inspire. My first dabble into photography began as a young child with my parent’s 100% manual Minolta camera. I remember it being so heavy that I needed help holding it up to take pictures! But, I was determined. Ha! I took basic photography classes in college, but focused my studies in the direction of science, graduating with a BS in Exercise Physiology. My first job out of college was managing a chain of children’s fitness gyms. And while I certainly put to work all of my collegiate study efforts, I continued to find myself drawn to the artistic needs of the facilities. After my first child was born, I left teaching and had the incredible opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom. Like so many proud mommies, I began taking pictures of my children. Then I began taking pictures of my children and my friends’ children…well…and, here we are…what seems like a very short many years later!!!

Today I am blessed with the most amazing husband that has supported and helped grow my business through his patience with my crazy-busy schedule and personal involvement behind the scenes. We are a lucky, blended family; parents (and, grandparents) to 6 incredible children and one adorable granddaughter. I love animals, the outdoors, and campfires. I retired my surfboard last year in trade for less achy joints and sandcastles on the shore. I never start my morning without coffee and don’t let anyone in the house go to bed without kisses. I have an affinity to unique things and am a creator by nature. I do not pretend to understand life, but am amazed, daily, at my life journey and the fulfillment it brings me. I love my work…in fact, most days I don’t even call it a job.
I began what is now Sarah Keenan Creative as a single, one-man-shop with the dream of capturing and creating life moments for my clients. I could never have dreamed that it would grow into such a life changing organization. Through our Life in Focus moments, beautiful weddings, close family groups, newborns, pets, our list goes on…I have been touched. We have been changed. Each year we receive letters and emails from our clients expressing how and why their time with us was important. I am in love with these notes, but want each of our clients to know that I am equally as blessed by the time I spent helping them tell their story. Our Sarah Keenan Creative family grows each year. My dream of capturing and creating life moments is a reality. It is an awesome reality we can’t wait to share with you.

Thank you for stopping by. We have an open door and hope to help you create just what you are looking for.
I look forward to hearing your plans, your vision, your story.

SINCERELY, Sarah

meet-the-team
Mere
MeredithWedding & Portrait Photographer, Wedding & Events Consultant

Hola! It is safe to say that my life would not quite feel like my life without photography. My interest in photography began when I “borrowed” my friends camera while in high school (yes…the good ‘ole film days!) and didn’t return it to her until I had purchased my own!! I began formally studying photography in high school and continued my education in the field at the Universidad Veritas in Costa Rica. Since then, my travels have lead me all over the world to work with and study other photographers. These awesome adventures have included Panama, New Zealand, Mexico, Puerto Rico and much of the Eastern Coast of the USA and Coastal California.

Originally from Virginia, I have settled here in the Outer Banks of North Carolina for many reasons including the unique coast, beautiful sands, active surf, and amazing photography backdrop. My busy children and happy pup keep me hopping and continually motivate my growth both professionally and personally. I love surfing, fishing, cooking, and our low-key life here in the Outer Banks.

I have worked with the Sarah Keenan Creative team going into 6 years. I love this team because we have grown together, have incredible leadership, established vendor relationships, giveback to our community, and are allowed by our profession to provide opportunities to create, inspire, and share with those around us. I love what we do and truly enjoy sharing in the special moments of life. This year I became a certified wedding consultant and am anxious to continue sharing my strengths in that arena as well. I look forward to learning more about your vision.

Carrie
CarrieWedding & Portrait Photographer, Graphic Designer

Hey, hey! Simply said, I have an excitement for life and an extreme passion for photography. I am ever blessed by the 10+ years of brides, grooms, and families that I have had the opportunity to photograph in the beautiful Outer Banks. And, I am extremely honored by the publishing of my work in Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, The Knot North Carolina, and many other regional magazines.

My heart belongs to my three children, who have taught me so much. They are my constant inspiration. I love, love (did I say love?) flowers, growing and eating fresh foods, the outdoors, travel, and having fun. Wedding and portrait photography allows me to experience and share so many of my favorite things! The Outer Banks has been my home for almost 25 years. Its beauty and unique lifestyle continue to take my breath away.

The Sarah Keenan Creative team is a family within itself. We love what we do, we adore one another, and we love sharing our skill-set and relationships with others. I look forward to getting to know more about your story!


Ann Personalized Gifts and Products, Embroidery and Monograms

I am excited to be part of the Sarah Keenan Creative team of professionals. And, I am even more excited to be able to offer my skills and products to you! My job with this team is to design, create, and produce beautifully sewn, personalized products.
As did most girls of my generation, I learned to sew in my high school Home Ec class. Years later, when I became a mother, I wanted to create classic, fun, and unique clothing for my children. So, I pulled-out the old sewing machine and went to work! And, voila!! I had found my passion!

I spent 40 wonderful years as a choral conductor at private and public schools, church, and in our community. I loved every minute of my teaching career. But, with retirement came the opportunity to expand my sewing creativity to monogramming and embroidery. I have been blessed by 2 children, 5 amazing grandchildren, and many friends and family for whom I have been able to design and sew. Over the past several years I have been growing my personal business, Mimi’s Magic Stitches, and am thrilled to have been asked to participate with Sarah Keenan Creative.

I love my family and will be celebrating 40 years of marriage next year! I love gardening, the beach, and the mountains. I love to experience the changes of season and the adventure of travel. But, the majority of my quiet time is spent in my room…my sewing room. For me, there is a huge satisfaction in seeing the creativity of my mind come to life as it flows into the creation of a garment or gift. It is the neatest task to collaborate with a client, combining classic with funky, elegance with frivolous, to create something entirely unique.

I look forward to our conversations and to putting our combined creative genius to work!

Rosslyn
Holly Videographer
Maxine
Maxine Assistant Event Coordinator, Photo Booth Attendant
Rosslyn
Rosslyn Administrative Assistant, Photo Booth Attendant
Jon
JonathanExecutive Media Producer, Videography