What We Do 

At Through the Lens Images, my goal is to bring you the ultimate blend of exquisite, handcrafted, and uniquely personal art to fill your home, and a customer experience that is, at every step, the height of luxury.

From your first inquiry to the final installation of your portraits on the walls of your home, we will craft and execute an artistic vision custom tailored to perfectly illustrate the latest chapter of your personal story. Using exquisitely crafted props and wardrobe in settings ranging from lush forest scenes, and dramatic windswept beaches and landscapes, to classically modern studio sets, we will create beautiful works of art that truly capture your unique essence, and also integrate seamlessly into the existing design and décor of your home.

I use a concierge-style approach to business, which means that everything is designed to be as convenient as possible for you. All of your consultations will be done in your home. I even come to you for your studio session, setting up a fully functional portrait studio in your home. If you are doing a session on location we will discuss location options that are a good fit based on the type of setting and proximity to you.

About the Photographer, Sarah Chavez-Detka, CPP:

I’ve been interested in photography for as long as I can remember, but my personal journey with it really began when I was 14 years old and my dad gave me a hand-me-down camera: an all-manual, Pentax K-1000, complete with lenses, filters, and camera bag. It was all the equipment he had used for his own photography since he was in high school. I immediately set to work practicing with it and  learning the craft of photography. At that time everything was still film, so there was no checking your image and re-shooting as needed, and post-production took place in a darkroom with enlargers and watching your image appearing before your eyes as the paper sits in developing chemical.

Photography has come a very long way since then, and while I often miss closing myself away in a darkroom for hours, my journey through the world of photography has been as fluid is the industry itself. One of my first jobs in high school was at a department store portrait studio when I was 16. My second was doing film processing and equipment sales at a local camera store. I then studied advertising and fashion photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, right around the time when film was transitioning to digital. The advent of digital photography opened a whole new world of possibilities. Suddenly the impossible was possible, so long as you could master the technical skills required to achieve it.

To me, photography is the perfect fusion of the technical and the artistic. It’s about mastering camera settings, lighting control, post-production editing, etc, but it’s also about color and texture, composition, play of light and dark. And beyond that, like any other art, it’s not just about creating something beautiful. It’s about using all those technical elements to make the viewer FEEL something, if only on a subconscious level.

In portraiture, it’s about getting to really understand a person, who they are and how they experience the world, then capturing that unique essence and infusing it back into the image. It’s about crafting the ever-elusive “impression” and turning it into a work of art worthy of any gallery.