Sarah Marie

African Stories Through African Eyes.



Capturing Nairobi’s Essence through Portraits, with @lafrohemien

To see more of Sarah’s portraits, follow @lafrohemien on Instagram.

“I tend to put my subjects against a backdrop that will not only tell a story about them, but also about the city,” explains Kenya Instagrammer Sarah Waiswa (@lafrohemien). “Nairobi is a diverse landscape and it is important for me to show that in my photos.”

Originally drawn to Instagram as a way to see the world through the lens of others, Sarah now shares her own photographs that reveal her city’s unique juxtapositions. She says, “Nairobi is one of the few places in the world where you can capture wildlife with the city skyline as an unexpected backdrop.”

For Sarah, sharing her city through photos of its inhabitants opens up new avenues for storytelling. She hopes her portraits reflect the nature of Nairobi: “It is alluring and mysterious at the same time.”

So happy to have been featured on instagram! 


She carried herself with such dignity and grace, like she had ruled over kingdoms in another life.
#mombasa #kenya #africa #queen

(via p-achao)

Eid Mubarak! 

Photo taken inside the Gaddafi Mosque, Kampala.

Kampala at dusk and into the night…

Afrodystopia Sessions with Velma Roses

Afrodystopia Sessions with Velma Roses

Love Big G with Velma Roses

Afrodystopia Sessions with Papa Petit

80s inspired shoot with 2 Many Siblings



Sarah Marie (Tao Photography).

This week, the spotlight is on Sarah Marie, whose work can be found on her Tumblr page; Tao Photography.

Get to know more about her, and her work below;

Introduce yourself briefly (Name, Country of origin, Current location and Occupation/profession, Photography blog name, if different from your real name).

Sarah Marie. I was born in Uganda but grew up in Kenya. I currently live in Nairobi. I work in hospitality.

What type(s) of photography do you do?

Street photography and portraits.

What is the inspiration behind your photography?

I am inspired to tell the african story from an african perspective. I try to use my photography to tell peoples stories, by visually highlighting their unique beauty.

For how long have you been shooting?

About a year and a half.

What is it that you want to say with your photographs, and how do you actually get to do that?

With my street photography i try to create a visual poem, how I compose the shot plays a big role. With my portraits I try to get peoples souls to shine through, particularly through their eyes.

What makes a good picture stand out from the average?

A picture that evokes emotion or a feeling, that allows you to go into that space.

Which camera(s) do you shoot with?

Nikon D7100 and my Samsung S4zoom.

If you had to choose one lens, which one would it be, and why?

50mm 1.4 Its great for both street photography and portraits.

Best buy from your photography gear?

Prime lenses.

Is there something in your photography gear that you wish you hadn’t bought?


Who are some of your favourite photographers? You can leave links to their site/blog. (5 Maximum)

Delphine Diallo, Quazi, Samuel Fosso, Seydou Keita.

Caption your 2 photos of choice. Why did you choose them?

The first one is “Mike.” He is a homeless man I met while shooting in Nairobi. There was a depth in his eyes that told of struggle but also of strength. When I asked to take a picture of him he said, “It is because of the way you have spoken to me that i am letting you take a picture of me.” That humbled me, and emphasized a life lesson for me. How you speak to and treat others will determine how far you go in life.

The second one is called “Night Shift.” I took this photo during my first night street photo shoot of a sex worker in Nairobi. I feel as though this photo humanizes her, regardless of the context of the photo. She is trying to find balance in life just like everyone else.

Tumblr | Instagram

The Hustla

Just The Two of Us

Bag Lady

|Eye See You|

This is from yesterday’s WWIM9 instameet that took place in Nairobi yesterday! Check out the hashtag #WWIM9_Nairobi for more photos from the meet.

IG: @lafrohemien