Free portrait sessions in exchange for community support

Award-winning photographer Sasha Owens offers free sessions as part of her community engagement programs

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Lexington-based photographer wants to bring more beauty to the world by making people feel good about themselves while doing something to help others.

” I do not work. I wake up every day excited about what I’m going to do,” says award-winning photographer Sasha “Fierce” Owens.

Owens lives his life guided by one word, “fierce.” His mission in life? To make the world and its inhabitants feel a little better.

“I like photographing everyone, I want to photograph everyone. I want you to know what it’s like to feel good behind the camera because so many people don’t feel that way,” says Owens. “The goal is just to have documented evidence and images of your life so you can come back to it one day.”

Sasha “Fierce” says she met many people who couldn’t afford a nice portrait session and wanted to find a way to make quality photos accessible to everyone. About 12 years ago, she started her first community program, the garage sale program, to encourage people to give in exchange for a photo shoot. Now she has 2 more ways for people to get involved and on camera.

Her pollution collection simply asks you to pick up trash with her for 30-60 minutes. The second program is to donate books, puzzles, coloring books and magazines to fill all the free libraries in Lexington.

“These are just fun programs, it’s not about the money,” says Owens. “It’s about making people realize that you deserve to have your portrait, you’re beautiful, you’re fierce, you deserve it. Why not?”

Owens says she knows this business practice may seem backward to many, but she says she’s always done things a bit backwards.

“I’ve been looked down upon by many industry professionals for this because they feel like I devalue service,” says Owens. “They just don’t understand the inside parts of it, like yes you get a free session, but there’s a bit more to it. I’m just waiving the set up fee and just trying to make it a little easier for you financially so you can have this fierce and amazing experience.

To learn more about these programs and chat with Sasha, message her on Instagram at the link HERE.


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