As you may have noticed my name is Sarah Lindsay Allen. I am 27 years old and was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. I am in my third year of a Bachelor of Communications in Journalism and have an intense passion for all things visual.
I began my adult life working in cosmetic retailing and as a freelance makeup artist following my graduation from Artists Within Makeup Academy. I have worked for Estee Lauder companies, Sephora, and am currently a Sales Specialist with Makeup Forever Canada as well as Lancome. My passion for photography is actually what led me to makeup school, truly because I thought being a photographer would be too expensive. (You can’t hear the hysteric laughter echoing through my head as I say this.. if you don’t know, makeup is ridiculously expensive, and oh yeah, it expires).
As I learned in great detail how to apply makeup to a variety of skin types, tones, ages, and genders, all with the intention of making a person look their best on film, my desire to play a different role in the industry grew. Not only that, but I learned little bits about the eye of a photographer along the way. I became an expert in my field, but I still had that nagging feeling that photography was something I needed to pursue.
I had the opportunity to work on set with some of Calgary’s most skilled and talented photographers while fulfilling internships with I Model Management and Artist Group. These people produced work, in fashion mostly, that pushed boundaries and was absolutely immaculately executed. I simply had to learn more.
So here I am today, working away at my degree and taking additional courses to expand on my knowledge of photography specifically. I have taken additional courses in portrait photography and am planning to expand this base continually. Throughout my time so far at Mount Royal University I have discovered that my passion does not end at photography. Now video and audio projects are emerging as key points of interest to explore further. I am looking forward to building my portfolio now as a journalist, photographer, and videographer.
Up to this point I have had both written works and visual projects published on the Calgary Journal’s online platform as well as a profile piece published within its print edition. A great deal of my work has been focused on dance arts, and more specifically Calgary’s dance community. However, more recently I have worked on pieces of a larger variety including economics, infrastructure, and small business.