Sara Montour Lewis — Seattle Commercial Children's Lifestyle + Wildlife Conservation Photographer


Seattle and Minneapolis-based photographer specializing in combining children's lifestyle commercial imagery with wildlife + environmental conservation for advertising campaigns, tourism boards, nonprofit efforts and more.

 Photo Credit: Eliesa Johnson

Photo Credit: Eliesa Johnson

They say you should never work with kids or animals... 

Instead I've found that more and more over my 15 years and counting as a photographer my favorite stories to tell are the ones that inspire change + hope + preservation for the future so those amazing kiddos + creatures have a beautiful place to call home for generations to come. 



A little bit lighter: I have the loudest laugh in the room 99% of the time (McCarty + Eliesa are the only ones to rival me for that other 1%). When I put down my camera I generally pick up a beer and head to stage right at a concert, or a frisbee and take off into the woods, or a giant cup of coffee and jump in my car, or a leash to take my giant dogs (a Newfoundland named Wyatt + a Saint Bernard named Cricket!) for a walk, or a paddle to head upstream in my kayak, or a wrench to fix our sailboat that we still haven't successfully sailed (yet!). 

There are more details about me and my work below, and as you click around this site, if you want to do a little stalking. I'd prefer to grab a coffee/beer/whiskey and connect in person, though, so feel free to shoot me an email at instead.


—  SELECT commercial + editorial clients

The 4onthefloor, Bash Collective, batteryboy, Beauty Bets, Carmichael Lynch, Carolina Borja, Chris Koza, Communist Daughter Elements Ayurveda, The Ericksons, FAIR, The Farewell Circuit, Farewell Milwaukee, Fathom Lane, Fensepost, Jessy Greene, Kyra Deva, Martha McQuade, Metro Transit, Mila's Zoo, MSP Magazine, The Parlour Suite, PF Changs, The Pioneer Press, Prepare + Prosper, Sarah Krueger, Scarf Shop, The SEIU, Senn & Sons, The Snipe News, The Star Tribune, Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), Visit Cook County


Photos in Use

— Tearsheets, Album Covers, Editorial, Web Applications

Interviews + Features + Speaking Engagements

Design Sponge — '10 Socially Conscious Brands to Support'

Prepare + Prosper — Interview — 'Capturing People's Inner Geek'

Minneapolis Photo Center — Instructor  
Class: How To Take Better Photos of Kids — Dates: 2/2014, 8/2014, 2/2015, 8/2015

Capture Minnesota — Keynote Speaker
Presentation Title: 'Take Better Photos of Kids'

Springboard for the ArtsPanelist
House Show Panel — March 2013

The CurrentInterview — 'The Hottest New Venue in Town? Your Living Room'

The Current — On-Air Interview — 'The Local Show with Gospel Gossip and LIVE LETTERS'

Beyond the Wanderlust — 'Madeline Island Friend Getaway'

City Pages — 'Best Twin Cities Music Photographers 2014: Sara Montour'

Grey Likes — 'Ian + Lisa + Sierra - Maternity Feature'

Laura Holway — '5 With: Sara Montour'

Little Bellows — 'Sara Montour: Why Film'


MPLSzine — 'Labor of Love'

Roxanne Cooke — 'Photographer Interview: Sara Montour'

Snapwire — 'Snapwire Success Stories: Sara Montour'

The Little Umbrella — 'Maternity Session in Tolmie State Park'