Sara Black was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. Upon finishing her Communication Arts degree at Ateneo de Manila University, she jumped into her first job working at a photography studio as an assistant. While steadily learning about the craft, she was pulled on to the other side of the lens as a model — a happy accident to which she credits her better understanding of her subjects, a factor so crucial in all kinds of portraiture.
Sara has since photographed countless models and celebrities for the country’s top prestigious magazines such as Mega, Meg, Metro, Chalk, Metro Working Mom, Metro Society, Maven, Star Studio, People Asia, Cosmo, Smart Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, Yes Magazine, Town & Country, Sense & Style, and Philippine Tatler. She has photographed many high profile Filipino celebrities such as Dawn Zulueta, Lucy Torres-Gomez, Kim Chiu, Bea Alonzo, Anne Curtis, Marian Rivera, Heart Evangelista, Lea Salonga, Zsazsa Padilla, Korina Sanchez, Imelda Marcos, Carmina Villaroel, Ruffa Gutierrez, Richard Gutierrez, Gary Valenciano, Jericho Rosales, John Lloyd Cruz, Gerald Anderson, Vice President Noli de Castro. She has also shot for advertising clients such as Avon, Century Properties, Globe Telecom, Jolibee, Pascual, Shangri-la Properties, Splash, Unilab, Unilever.
Her first book was published in 2009. When I Look in the Mirror is a series of extreme close-up portraits of real women with facial imperfections, meant to provoke contemplation in a society growingly obsessed with vanity and perfection. In 2012, Sara published her second book, We, Love. This coffee table book combines compelling narrative, written by the photographer herself, with portraits of pairs in unique selfless bonds, resulting in a work where Sara’s eye for authenticity flourishes.
Sara Black is one of the country’s leading beauty and fashion photographers. In a male dominated industry, Sara’s feminine touch leaves a distinct mark. She is renowned for her fresh and arresting portraits of women.