This Is Our Unwind
About Sarah and Alex
Unwind Photography is Alex & Sarah Guiang.
Sarah is from Sydney. She studied Early Childhood Education and went on to graduate with a Master’s of Teaching. After graduating, she taught in Japan through the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme where she met Alex. In Japan, she discovered her love of photography, which is an easy thing to do with all the beautiful mountain vistas, lush forests, flowing rivers, ancient temples, beautiful beaches and rich culture of Japan.
Alex is an American, born and raised in the San Francisco bay area. He is a somewhat self-taught photographer. In high school he took two years of photography. There, he was taught the basics of film photography: manual exposures, different film speeds, film processing and creating prints in the darkroom. Those were different days. He went on to study English Literature and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a California High School teaching credential. He taught high school English in California for a year before going to Japan on the JET program where he met Sarah.
We now live in Sydney and are blessed with two beautiful daughters, Sophie and Zara. Through Unwind, we connect with our creative sides and share our joy of photography with the world.
Our “Secret Sauce”
How Sarah & Alex Unwind Together
“Follow your bliss … If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.” — Joseph Campbell
For us, it’s all about appreciating the joy that we get from photography. Unwind is us following our bliss. Unwind comes from together and creating something out of love and then putting in our time and energy so that it can grow and thrive.
As any small business owner will tell you, no matter how much you love what you do, it’s not all fun and games. Though we love what we do, we have qualities that allow us to sustain Unwind: we communicate well, we trust in each other’s judgment, we divide responsibilities, we’re both easy-going and flexible.
We feel that each of those qualities allows Unwind to be a truly collaborative endeavor, and we feel that it is this collaborative element that allows us to provide excellent results for our clients. With each client we contribute our unique skills, perspectives and preferences. Ultimately, this means that you end up with thoughtful, accessible service and top-tier results that are specifically tailored to you as an individual.
Behind the Creative Lens
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”
Alex and I fell in love with each other whilst teaching English in Japan in 2008. We share a love for teaching and photography, but we are very different people. We are different genders, ages, nationalities, and we have different strengths. We combine our strengths and divide responsibilities and make a strong team because we are both able to focus on different areas of the business whilst still working towards the same professional goal with the same business philosophy. Our different strengths allow us to divide and conquer.
My role as the Creative Director and Second Shooter is equally important to Alex as the Lead Photographer. As the Creative Director, my job is to direct photography towards unique images that are tailored to the unique personalities and situations of each client. While Alex works on the technical aspects of each shot, I work on ensuring truthful and artful depiction of our clients. As the second shooter, my role is to capture people and events from different angles and perspectives. I bring my own flavor to Unwind, allowing us to give our clients a diverse range of beautiful images.
Behind the Technical Lens:
I began photography because I simply enjoyed the aesthetics of taking pictures. I love the swishing clack sound of the camera shutter when you press the shutter button. I love carrying a metal and glass instrument and pointing it at things. I love the magic of manipulating images in Photoshop and Lightroom, reliving the moments captured in the camera frame and bringing those moments to life with subtle movements of my fingers.
I was initially a landscape (and cityscape) photographer. Photography was a way to connect with the world around me and share it with my loved ones.
As I matured as a photographer, I focused on people and capturing truthful images of themselves living and being in the moment.
Now, the gift of photography allows me to get to know new people. I love getting to know my clients and finding ways to accurately capture their personalities. This, along with adjusting for all the other aspects of photography such as lighting, composition, focus, and depth of field, makes photography a challenging art that I absolutely enjoy practicing. With Unwind, I feel fortunate to be able to use my love of photography to capture moments that enrich our clients’ lives.
"I was utterly impressed with Alex's professionalism, creativity and approach. I loved the photos taken of my newborn daughter so much that I engaged UNWIND to photograph my daughter again when she was 4 months old in an heirloom Christening dress. UNWIND captured some precious, candid moments and Alex had great ideas for composition and location."
"Both Sarah and Alex blew me away with their professionalism and skills. They fit right in with my guests of all ages, put them all at ease, my theme ideas were incorporated seamlessly. The photos from the night, both posed and candid are just beautiful and Unwind managed to capture not only the usual moments but those unpredictable and extra special ones.”
"Service was phenomenal. Pictures turned out fantastic. They captured a memorable experience by taking three generations of my family in a single photo shoot. I can't wait till they capture more memories of my family, and I hope you let them take you on a journey to capture yours."
"I can’t even put into words just how absolutely amazing Unwind Photography is. Our Maternity and Christmas photos of our baby girl…well… Sarah and Alex captured it beautifully! I’m extremely happy with how the photos turned out. Unwind Photography is incredibly helpful, flexible and are superb communicators. I can’t wait to work with them again in the future." 5 stars * * * * *
Great photographers. AWESOME people. We were fortunate enough to have Sarah and Alex shoot our maternity photos for our first born...The pictures turned out great and we had a blast taking them. Highly recommended!"
“I worked with Sarah and Alex on photographing my office and staff for our new web site. They are extremely professional and creative. They did a great job and we got many wonderful photographs. A pleasure to work with. And a great value.”
"Thank you to one of our parents Sarah Guiang for visiting us today and holding a camera course with a few of the older children. The children loved it. Thank you to Unwind Photography."
"They rarely take selfies but when they do, it's because they're all together, and celebrating new connections! This week the Booming Team had the joy and pleasure of collaborating with the Gratitude Challenge winners, Sarah and Alex, the beautiful power couple of UNWIND Photography, straight from Sydney, Australia. Thank you for entrusting Booming Creative with your logo and branding."
"Thank you Unwind Photography for the amazing, fun shoot! You guys are awesome!"
“The power couple have captured moments of our friendship, travels, and life events. They photographed our civil wedding, maternity shoots, and newborn sessions of our first and second child. They make photo sessions flow easily and naturally, resulting in great photos. We love them ☺.”
“Alex and Sarah were so wonderful on our wedding day. They captured every moment perfectly and went out of their way to ensure that every photo we hoped for on our special day came true. We found them both so professional and we felt they truly went above and beyond to capture every beautiful moment.”
Create Your Next Memory with Unwind!
We are committed to providing you with unique, high quality images, and a relaxing experience. Whether you are planning a wedding, birthday party, or want some family portraits, we work with you to create outstanding photos that you will treasure forever.