About Us

Sarah Johnston has been fortunate enough to follow her passion in photography. She started her business in 1987 with a home-based studio. Married with 2 children, this gave her the flexibility to run a business and still be there for her family. Quickly developing a natural style to bring out her subjects personality, she gained a strong client base. Many are still with her today. With a passion for people, she builds clients for life, from the ground up.


Selecting Sarah and Johnston Photography as your portrait professional assures you have chosen someone who cares, and will make every effort to create "Memories The Last A Lifetime."


She has worked very hard in her career achieving her Certification through Professional Photographers of America, as well as the degrees of Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman. She also has earned a (PPANI) Professional Photographers of Northern Illinois  Fellowship. PPANI has awarded Sarah the Northern Achievement Award. It is the highest honor the association awards. In 2006 she was selected for the PPA Photographic Exhibition Committees list of Approved Jurors, and has enjoyed traveling throughout the world teaching and judging.

She has won many awards at local, state and national competitions for images she has created for her clients. One of her images (a father and baby) was selected from hundreds of Loan Images for the entrance to the 2011 Imaging USA Trade Show. Part of an International convention attended by tens of thousands each year.

Sarah loves sharing her passion for photography in every way she can. Schools, seminars, conventions, on line forums, Judging and the Mentor Booth at IUSA, most anywhere photographers gather.