Hi, I'm Sara montour lewis and this is my portrait studio, hello buffalo!

To read more about the transition from Sara Montour Photography to Hello Buffalo jump over to this blog post!


I have eight brothers + sisters, nieces + nephew are multiplying by the minute and I've been photographing families for nearly 15 years. Being asked to document family legacies is an incredible honor and I know that as much as these images mean to you right now, their importance just grows over time and they will be priceless to you later in life, and later in your children's lives, as they're handed down from generation to generation. I try to approach every session with that in mind and I urge you to take a couple seconds to think of that in the middle of frantically trying to schedule a session for this year's holiday photo, or to check a box for a milestone in your kid's life.

I can't wait to tell your family's story. 

A little about my story: I grew up in central Minnesota, surrounded by lakes + woods in every direction, then went to school in Duluth, jumped around London + Dublin for a couple years, moved out to Seattle for a couple more and now call Minnesota home again with my husband and our giant dogs (a Newfoundland named Wyatt + a Saint Bernard named Cricket!). 

I have the loudest laugh in the room 99% of the time (I try to tone it down for the kiddos :) ). 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 paddle to head upstream in my kayak, or a wrench to fix our sailboat that we still haven't successfully sailed (yet!) or I grab my camera again to create photos for the best companies around. 


Video by the amazing Maribeth Romslo during the Senn & Sons Cozy Campers photo shoot. 

Interviews + Features + speaking engagements

Design Sponge — '10 Socially Conscious Brands to Support'

Beyond The Wanderlust - 'Madeline Island Friend Getaway'

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'

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

Grey Likes Baby - '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'