Sandra Small is a native of San Diego graduating with a BA degree in Fine Arts from San Diego State University. She has since turned her love of photography into a career spanning over 40 years. Working first at a photolab followed a job with the Museum of Photographic Arts and as a volunteer docent. She left the Museum to open her first studio. As a freelance photographer she serves clientele that includes large corporations, nonprofit entities and individuals with a wide variety of photographic needs. In addition she has taught classes at local community colleges, high school and private institutions.
In addition to her commercial work Sandra continues to develop photographic projects. She spent 3 years documenting life in City Heights through ride along's with the San Diego Police Department. The images taken with black and white film show the gritty reality of life in a troubled neighborhood. Her images have been used in books, articles and gallery showings. The collection, containing thousands of images, was donated to the San Diego Police Museum for which she received the Jose A. Cota Award for Law Enforcement.
Other projects have included images from Kokopelli Vineyards in Paso Robles, California and a collection of images taken in the Anza Borrego Desert over the last thirty years.
Sandra continues to photograph commercially while maintaining her artistic vision with new projects. She continues to share her knowledge and love of photography though guest lectures and private classes. She hopes you enjoy the small sampling of work found within this website.