Your Most Important Wedding Investment

When you’re planning your wedding, there are a LOT of things that you’re spending money on. Besides the obvious expenses like the venue, food, and dress, you also have other costs that add up, like lodging for family members and decorations. However, I would argue that if there’s one thing that you can and should splurge on for your wedding day-

it’s photography and/or videography.

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One of my favorite photos <3


Ok, I know what you’re thinking,”Duh you’re going to say that- you’re a WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER!”

Hear me out, people.

There are many things that you pay for on your wedding day that simply will not last. The venue that you choose will only be yours for a few hours. The cake that you picked after so meticulously taste-testing every other cake the baker had will be gone with the stroke of a knife. The decorations will likely be used once, and then either recycled or re-sold for someone else’s special day.

In all, most of the things you pay for on your wedding day only last that long- one day. 

However, the one thing that will last the rest of your married life is your photos. Heck, they will likely be around even after you are gone. Your wedding photos will be the ones that your great-great-grandkids will pull out while they’re floating around the earth on some high-tech space-station going,”Woah, look at this picture! Can you believe how old fashioned they were then!”

Ok, so there may not be a space-station, but you get the point. Your wedding photos may very well outlast you, so don’t you want to make sure they’re amazing?

Another reason why splurging on a photographer (and especially videographer) is important is that (and every bride ever will agree with me on this one)- YOUR WEDDING DAY WILL BE A TOTAL BLUR. 

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He was having trouble getting the rings on! A small memory well-captured in this photo.


You will have been planning for so long that it seem like the actual day should last longer, but honestly it will be a complete and total whirlwind of family, friends, and joy. You will look back and not remember at least half of the details that you so painstakingly planned out. You’ll remember some things that had sentimental value, like that you wore your mother’s veil, but you might not remember how ridiculous Uncle Bob looked trying to do the Macarena, or that totally inappropriate joke that your brother made during the toasts. You might also forget just how much fun everyone had at your exit because you were busy trying to get to the car without ruining your dress (and probably thinking about the honeymoon suite that awaited you). It’s these smaller details that are incredibly special, but that you may not remember because you were too busy being happy about something else.

There is too much going on during your ceremony and reception for you to try and soak it all in and keep it mentally locked away. That’s what photos and video are for.

Again, maybe I’m biased, but I know that if I didn’t have the video footage and photos I’ve got from my wedding day, I would have forgotten all about how my husband was dancing with his groomsmen to “Call Me Maybe”, or just how wonderfully my friends decorated the hall that I was completely inept at coming up with ideas for.


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My friends made this table so beautiful! I didn’t have a chance to really soak it in at the reception, so having these photos to look back on is awesome!


I’ve been a bride, so I KNOW how valuable my photos and video of my wedding day are. However, for someone who is getting married for the first time, they may be thinking about skimping on a photographer and/or videographer. If you’re thinking about doing so, my advice is don’t. I don’t say that as a photographer, but as a fellow human being who wants to make sure another human being has the most awesome wedding day ever- and can remember it too. If you skimp on the photography/videography, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll regret it. However, if you make the investment in your memories, it’s unlikely that you’ll look back and think “Man, I wish I had spent $300 less on those photos.” You can always earn back money that you spend, but you can’t get back the moments that could have been captured (or captured better) on your wedding day.

Thanks for reading 🙂 Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Thacker Maternity Photo Shoot

One of the most awesome things about being a photographer is being there for your clients’ big moments. One family in particular (that I also call my own family), has embraced me as their family photographer and I am SO thankful for that! I’ve photographed two weddings, an engagement, family photos, and now maternity photos for them. Soon, I’ll be taking newborn photos as well! Alyssa and Joey Thacker are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first born, Hudson, any day now. This little guy is SO loved already, and everyone is so excited for him to come! Here are some of my favorites from their maternity session. Enjoy!

Those little shoes are my weakness. So cute!

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I love that royal blue!


Joe is one proud Daddy!


You just know this kid is going to be cute. Look at that beautiful couple!








So happy together! They can’t wait for Hudson to arrive!



Thanks for reading! Maybe the next post will be Hudson’s newborn photos. Only time will tell 🙂

Jon & Lindsay’s Engagement Shoot

Hi all! Can you believe that spring is FINALLY here?! It’s hard to believe that just about a month ago we took these photos and there was still snow on the ground. Spring is my favorite season (besides fall) because I love seeing everything come back to life after being dead all winter long. Despite the snow still being around, we got some great photos of Jon and Lindsay!

Jon is a friend of ours from airsoft, so when he and Lindsay asked me to photograph their wedding, I was thrilled! I always include an engagement shoot in the Sassafras Wedding Experience because I want to get to know my couples, or get to know them better if we’re already friends. The engagement shoot also allows me to teach the couple some poses that will also be used on the wedding day. We become comfortable with each other, which makes for a WAY less stressful wedding day! We took these photos at Silver Creek Metro Park in Barberton. I had no idea this place existed, but it’s gorgeous. I think Adam and I will have to go in the summer and do some hiking! Here are some of my favorites from the shoot. We had so much fun and I can’t wait to see what the wedding day holds!



Isn’t her ring GORGEOUS?

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This might be my favorite. They’re so sweet together!




I had to take time to teach Jon how to dip for this one, but it was so worth it!




Overall it was a super fun shoot! I can only imagine how fun the “big day” is going to be. I know God is going to bless Jon and Lindsay in big ways as they start their new life together.

About Us

First, let me just say that Girl’s Night Out was a blast! I got to meet so many new people, and we gave away a free studio shoot 🙂 Thank you to everyone who came out, you rock!

Something that I realized though as people moved through our little studio, was that there isn’t a lot out there about who we are, or what we look like. So, here’s a little introduction to Sassafras Studios.

My name is Sally Ladrach, and I’m the photographer/voice of this blog. I grew up in Southern California in a little town (of 35,000 people) called Claremont. It’s a college town, also known as the “City of Trees and PhDs”. One of the things I miss most when I’m in Ohio is seeing palm trees everywhere.


After high school, I decided to attend the College of Wooster, where I majored in German Studies. People ask me all the time, “Why the HECK would you move to Ohio from California!!!???” Well, my best friend recommended the College of Wooster to me. At first I told her she was crazy if she thought I would ever move to the midwest. However, after receiving a healthy scholarship and falling in love with the town, I decided to venture off into the unknown. I have learned so much from making my way in a new place. Even though I miss my sunshine and palm trees, I wouldn’t change my decision for anything.


During my senior year of college, I met the love of my life (now husband) Adam. At my last football game as a band student he proposed to me under the bleachers, and we were married shortly after I graduated. Adam grew up in Apple Creek, and his family lives in Millersburg now, so we chose to start our life together here in Holmes County with our two adorable kitties. We’re very happy here, and I feel so incredibly blessed to be living out my “happily ever after”!


Once we settled down, I decided that I wanted to start building a business that would one day help support our family. So, I started Sassafras Studios, LLC. I have always loved cameras and taking photos. I always had a camera with me in high school, whether we were at a band competition, or I was in the pool at Dive Team practice. In college, I got my first DSLR and started taking photos for friends to make some extra cash on the side. I have been practicing my craft, and continuing to hone my skills ever since. Last year we got the official business license and we rented out a studio. It’s not large, but it’s home, and works great for photos like this one.


One of the things I love the most about this business is working with my husband. Our skills balance each other out so well it’s almost uncanny. Adam is very technically inclined, and has a knack for bringing my creative vision to life. If I can imagine it, he can manipulate technology to make it happen. I love talking to people, and he helps me with the administrative and legal end of running a business. There are so many personality traits and skill sets where we balance each other out that working as a team is easy (most of the time :P). Together, I think we will be unstoppable!

Anyway, that’s just a little peek into our life, who we are, and why the heck we started this business in the first place. I am so excited to see what the future holds, and I can’t wait to share it all with you through this blog!



Feeling the Love!

Hi all! It’s February, and that means it’s the month of love. I understand that a lot of people aren’t very fond of Valentine’s Day because of the over-emphasis on buying people things, and then commercializing of our affections for other people. I don’t like those things as much as the next person, but I like this month because it’s an extra reminder to me to love others as much as I possibly can. It doesn’t have to be all about your spouse (real or imaginary), and it doesn’t have to be about ragging on “Singles’ Awareness Day”. How about showing some love to our co-workers, and friends? How about we take this month and do something nice for people we don’t even know? Lord knows there isn’t enough love in the world, so let’s make it happen people!

In the photography world, this is typically a “slow” time of year. However, I’m here to tell you that we have not one, but TWO really cool things going on this month!

First, we have our monthly specialFor the month of February, I’m offering an in-studio special that you won’t want to miss, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve had photos done with your sweetheart. On top of the already good price, I’m going to give every couple 1% off for every year they have been married. That’s right, if you have been married for 10 years, you get 10% off, 15 gets 15% off, and so on. I love seeing couples who have stayed dedicated to each other for a long time, so if you know someone, send them my way and they’ll thank you for the discount!

The second exciting thing we’ve got going on is Downtown Millersburg’s “Girls Night Out”Every year vendors flock to Downtown Millersburg to entertain and give TONS of free samples to ladies who want to experience a night on the town. I’ll have the studio open with plenty of little food samples (probably cheese, cause who doesn’t like cheese, amirite?). There will also be samples of our work, and a FREE PHOTO BOOTH! That’s right. You bring your friends, and I’ll take your silly photos (or serious ones if you want) for free! All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter, and I’ll email you a link access to your photos in an online gallery! It’s all happening February 21st from 4-9pm! We may not stay until 9, but if we’re open, we’ll have a sign outside. We can’t wait to see you there!




Thanks for stopping by! This blog is where I share the adventures my clients and I have together, my thoughts on photography, and the occasional tutorial or guide to help you better capture or create your own memories. My goal is for this blog to help my potential clients get to know me, and for the general enjoyment of anyone who likes looking at photos of beautiful people in their most beautiful moments.

My name is Sally, and I’m the photographer here at Sassafras Studios. I’m California-born, and moved to Ohio when I started going to the College of Wooster where I graduated with a B.A. in German Studies. From the time I was in high school, I took photos of everything around me- my friends, my family, birds, flowers, sculptures and art- everything. As I moved through college taking photos for friends and family to make money here and there on the side, I got more practice and eventually upgraded my equipment. In 2013 I decided to turn my passion into a living, and bring quality photography to Holmes County. In the past year we’ve been pleasing customers and gaining momentum. I’m so excited to see what 2015 holds!

My husband, Adam, is my tech consultant, web developer, videographer extraordinaire. Born and raised Holmes County, Ohio, he knows the community and great locations to film in the area. He has been doing video production for more than 10 years, and has produced everything from weddings, to conference videos, to promotional videos for businesses.

If you want to get to know our work a bit, here are some of our favorite photos of 2014. We hope you enjoy them, and we can’t wait to work with you in the future!

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