I’m Sara Turbyfill
My name is Sara Turbyfill. I’m a graphic designer and photographer based in Denver, Colorado. Although I enjoy graphic design and photography in my free time, I started Sara Turbyfill Photography & Design to showcase my portfolio and offer services to others.
I have more than 5 years of experience in graphic design. Over the years, I have designed marketing materials for small businesses, created digital illustrations, and helped owners brand their businesses. My certifications for graphic design are listed below.
Although I’m confident in my skills and abilities as a designer, I find it’s important to learn something new every day. As a result, I continue to take courses and read books on graphic design to stay up to date with current design trends. I specialize in branding, digital design, logo creation, and print design.
Graphic design and photo editing go hand in hand; you can’t have one without the other. Even though the two are similarly related, I approach photo editing with a photographer’s background. I have over 10 years of experience in photography, but I still take pictures that are less than perfect. This is where photo editing comes into play.
Photo editing requires the use of third-party software to enhance images and remove imperfections. I specialize in all areas of photo editing, including photo retouching and removing the background from an image.
As mentioned earlier, I have a solid background in photography. When I got my first camera in high school, I started out by taking pictures of things around the house. Over the years, I’ve improved my photography skills and take pictures nearly everywhere I go. My photography certifications are listed below.
Although I focus primarily on travel photography and wildlife photography, I have experience in portrait photography as well. I now provide my photography services for engagements, graduations, portraits, special events, weddings, and more.
Saving the Manatees
When I was a child, I went on a shopping trip with my mom. We visited a department store, where she bought a stuffed seal for me. As we walked through the parking lot on our way out, I proudly held my new stuffed animal in my arms. Being the clumsy person that I am, I dropped my toy halfway to the car. I shouted, “Ugh, naughty. Don’t jump away from me.” I frantically picked up my stuffed animal and brushed off the dirt. On the car ride home, I decided to name my new stuffed animal Naughty.
Once home, I asked my mom what kind of seal Naughty was. She grabbed the tag to read what it said. Naughty wasn’t a seal at all; in fact, he was a West Indian manatee. Growing up in Texas, I had never heard of a manatee before. My mom did a search online and found several articles on manatees. We quickly learned that the West Indian manatee lived in Florida and was critically endangered.
From this point on, I became obsessed with manatees. I wanted to become a marine biologist and save them. During my youth, I spent much of my time reading about manatees and other sea creatures. Whenever possible, I featured manatees in my school projects. In junior high, I even wrote a poem about these gentle giants. Like I said, I was obsessed.
My Passion for Wildlife Never Faded
Although I never pursued my dream of becoming a marine biologist and saving the manatees, my love for wildlife never faded. I still enjoy spending time outside and photographing wildlife. In recent years, I’ve even discovered a passion for birdwatching. I have my mom to thank for that as well. As a kid, I remember her having several bird books lying around the house. Anytime a new species would sit at the bird feeder, she’d grab a book and quickly identify it.
Until I got older, I never knew how exciting birdwatching and wildlife photography could be. With the help of the internet, I’ve connected with birdwatchers and wildlife photographers from around the world. I love using this platform to share photographs, learn about places for wildlife watching, and discover new travel destinations. To view my recent wildlife photographs, click the button below.