Sara Gettys Photography


I’m passionate about telling stories, whether it’s though a single moment captured in a still photograph or through the dynamic motion and audio of a video. I believe that stories connect us to each other, and through that connection, move us to action and empathy.


Below, you’ll find several samples of my work, in three sections: video, stills, and a campus publication.


First, I’ve included a sampling of my video work. Each piece was created with a  different audience and purpose in mind, from recruiting students to South Puget Sound Community College, a piece created to recruit student athletes, to stories that highlight the experiences and special events on campus, to finally, a piece created to spread holiday cheer and laughter with our fellow community college administrators across the state. For each piece, I scripted, coordinated, filmed, and did all post-production, working with stakeholders (such as the women’s basketball coach) to make sure the project fit their communication goals. For most of them (Xavier, Father/Son, Advanced Manufacturing, Holiday Card) I came up with the overall concept as well.



Next you’ll find a slideshow of my still work, primarily from my work at the Yakima Herald-Republic, including singles from a variety of situations and a multiple photo story.

Ferris reacts to their win over Davis after two overtime periods and a shootout at their 4A Boys Soccer Championships first round game on Tuesday, May 18, 2010.Favian Sanchez, 12, goes for a dunk shot as he plays basketball at J. Francis Pool in Selah on Monday, June 22, 2009.Harper Hightower from the University of Idaho makes a climb during the Ropeless Rodeo Bouldering Competition, held at Central Washington University on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Climbers, who competed in two heats, picked paths up the climbing wall that were scored according to difficulty level. Climbers were divided into four divisions: beginner, intermediate, advanced and open, and while each climber could attempt as many climbs as they could fit in each heat, the top scoring five climbs determined a climber's score. This is the forth year CWU has hosted the competition, but the first year that the competition has been part of the Northwest College Climbing Competition, which is a series of six competitions held at northwest schools.The congregation of Englewood Christian Church prays on the 50th anniversary of the founding of their church on Sunday, June 29, 2008. The celebration also included a pot-luck lunch and dedication of a quilt honoring the church's history.Teammates line up to congratulate Yakima Pepsi Pak's Tyler Gallaway after a run in the 3rd inning of their game against Sumner Legion Post 222 at Carlon Park in Selah on Saturday, July 24, 2010.Vanessa Deluna, upper left, watches the parade with her daughters, Genesis Yates, 4, lower left, and Jessica Janshen, 2, center, and friend Kathy Horn, right. The sights and occasionally loud sounds kept the girls enthralled as army vehicles, local bands, decorated cars and local veterans groups passed by. Photographed on Saturday, May 24, 2008.Steve Weiland, left, and Brandi Stockton, right give first aid to Leona Calvert while the truck she was riding in burns in the background. The truck, which was driving in the opposite lane to pass eastbound traffic on Highway 12 near mile marker 188 near Naches, collided with an SUV, also traveling east, that was turning left on Thursday, May 24, 2007. Calvert was a passenger in the truck and the truck's driver fled the scene.Faye Gregg, left, and Candace Eyle, both of Yakama Tribal School, listen to some AC/DC as they get ready for Candace's throw in the girls javelin competition. Friday, May 16, 2008.Highland's Alex Laughery  "His motor never stops."Naches Valley's Carson Kass  "He's all business."East Valley's Joey Sparks and Conor Palomarez  "They're pillars of the team."Wapato's James Shumate  "He has elevated his game."LaSalle's Dan Brusic.  "He's a student of the game."Zillah's Kyle Kluever, 50, Nathaniel Deardorff, 75, and Ty Purdy, 70.   "The game is won in the trenches."Bambi Miller harvests greens to put in her CSA boxes on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. Running the farm is more than a full-time job, it is a lifestyle. Miller works long hours every day, year round, planting and harvesting produce, raising and butchering meat animals, raising and milking goats as well as running the business of the farm. It's not a job she can put down for a weekend or stop doing after 8 hours a day. Rather, it's a constant challenge and joy, the work that sustains her and that helps sustain her customers.Bambi Miller harvests radishes on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. Her connection with her food, and helping create that connection for her customers, is one of the passions that drives her on the farm.Bambi Miller measures and weighs various types of produce as she puts together CSA boxes on her porch on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. While she delivers some boxes to the Selah farmer's market and others to the Ellensburg farmers market, some customers pick up their produce at her Kittitas home.Bambi Miller pets one of her goats on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. The milking goats are the most prized animals on her farm.Jensyn Lins, 7, center, looks at greens as Bambi Miller adds them to her family's CSA box on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. This was the family's first trip to Miller's farm, and their first time buying a box of produce. Miller says one thing she enjoys about the farm is having young people come out and realize their where their food comes from.Bambi Miller milks her goats while the barn cats wait for a taste of fresh milk on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011. While she hopes to one day have a commercial kitchen to be able to make and sell goat cheese, right now she and her husband use much of the milk that her herd produces. In addition to drinking the milk, they make their own cheese and yogurt. For Miller, milking is a relaxing exercise.Bambi Miller hunts for ripe yellow squash and zucchini as she picks produce for her CSA boxes on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.Bambi Miller carries milk to her house after milking her goats on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011.SPSCC singles slideGuest artist Kevin Snipes.FallCampaignSlide


Lastly, I’m including a link to our college’s first viewbook, which we produced in fall 2017. This was a joint project between the Outreach (student recruitment) team and the Public Relations team. We worked closely to identify the information we wanted to include, and then I worked with the graphic designer to shoot and edit images that both told the story of our campus and worked seamlessly with the design she wanted to create. I created most of the photos, and then also helped edit photos from our freelance photographers to best tell the story of our school.