Director of Photography
Sarah Whelden hails from Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, where she honed her skills on an old VHS camera and a dual deck VCR. After studying music, film, and photography at Hampshire College, she and her (now) wife Kelly picked up and moved across the country to the little city of Portland, OR where they quickly realized they weren't in Seattle (oops). The move was perfectly timed with the onslaught of the recession, and so she made ends meet as an ice cream maker for a couple years before finding her way back into the film industry.
Today Sarah works primarily as a Director of Photography shooting commercial, narrative, and documentary films. She relaxes by traveling with her wife in their camper van shooting stock footage and landscape photography, or just laying at home with her cat.
"Nothing excites me more than telling stories that make the world a better place to live."
Partners: Nike, Adidas, Laika, Wacom, GoreTex, Hurley, Gerber Gear, Keen, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Weight Watchers, Orchard Supply Hardware, Viewpoint Construction, Courtesy Ford, Cafe Umbria, Sokol Blosser, Biamp, Standard Insurance, and many many more.
Gear: RED Scarlet-W 5K Dragon, Zeiss primes (18mm-85mm), Aladdin LED lights, Letus Helix Sr. Gimbal, a7Rii, a7S + Atomos Shogun. I am proficient with a vast range of camera systems (Arri, Canon, Panasonic, Sony, Blackmagic, etc) and always prefer to find the best tool for the job.
Contact me for my rates and availability!