ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

Best of ASMP 2020 First Place Winner’s Profile – Sara Rubinstein

Minneapolis, Minnesota
https://rubinsteinphoto.com/
Video © Sara Rubinstein

“Alone Together”

First Place – Video

ASMP: What was your inspiration for taking this photo/video?

Sara Rubinstein: I was inspired by the quiet moments with my daughter during the first Covid lockdowns in March and April of 2020. It was important to me to visually contextualize the experience of being home, together, during what turned out to be only the beginning of the pandemic.

ASMP: What type of setting do you prefer?

SR: I love to work everywhere. My favorite places to shoot are remote.

ASMP: Is there anything unique about your style or approach?

SR: My focus is always on the emotional content of any given photograph or motion piece.

ASMP: What type of lighting did you use for this image, series or video?

SR: For this piece, I used natural light.

ASMP: How long have you been shooting this type of photography/videography?

SR: I have been a commercial photographer and director for over 20 years. I spent the first 15 years of my career largely focused on stills before moving into motion.

ASMP: What other photographers’ or artists’ work inspires you?

SR: Currently I draw most of my inspiration from the film world – I love directors who weave emotional stories together.

ASMP: When did you join ASMP and what do you find most valuable about your membership?

SR: I have been a member of ASMP since around 2007. I maintain my membership for multiple reasons- advocacy on the national level, community building on a more local level, and also for access to legal resources at times.

ASMP: What is the more important relationship you’ve formed through your ASMP membership?

SR: My ASMP membership has helped me connect with others in the Minneapolis photographic community.

ASMP: What kind of gear do you use?

SR: I shoot a mix of Leica and Canon systems.

ASMP: What do you know now that you wish you had known when you first started your career as a photographer?

SR: I wish I had known that it is appropriate to do things your own way. I also wish I had known more about the intersection of commerce and art.

ASMP: Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself and/or your work? Go ahead, surprise us with something unique and unusual.

SR: I’m not fun to travel with unless you like to get up before sunrise.

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