Sara McAllister Headshot

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

Often attributed to Carl Sagan, the above quote was actually written by Sharon Begley, then a reporter for Newsweek Magazine, in a piece in which she interviewed Sagan, and it’s resonated for me since I first heard it. I’ve long been curious about the world around us and beyond us, whether exploring the white sand of ancient inland beaches while growing up in Sebring, Florida or watching in wonder through binoculars as space shuttles launched.

I graduated with a BFA in Visual Communication Design from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC and I’ve been working as a graphic designer for more than 15 years. In 2014, I started the design agency, 137 North, where I create websites, printed pieces, and shoot commercial photography and real estate photography.

While I enjoy my work, it doesn’t quite scratch my creative itch…queue photography. I enjoy photographing landscapes in the Carolinas where I’ve made my home since 2003 both from the ground using my trusty Canon and from the air using my Mavic 2 Pro drone.

Astrophotography is a more recent passion. I long thought that the incredible images published by NASA were far out of reach for amateur astronomers but technology gains in the last several years have brought incredible views of our cosmos within reach. The quiet of the night, as the constellations wheel overhead is transcendent and a welcome change from a busy and fast-paced life with my rambunctious three boys.

There’s so much beauty all around us and some of it is hard to see from our perspective on this planet. My hope is to share some the natural world that reflects the beauty, truth, and goodness of our Creator.

I hope you enjoy the work presented on this site. If you have any questions or are part of an organization who would like to feature my work, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

(The portrait of me on this page was taken by my friend Lauren Norkum. If you live in the Charlotte area, she’s a wonderful photographer.)