William Sawalich is an assignment photographer in St. Louis specializing in portraiture for discerning advertising, editorial and corporate clients.


William Sawalich trained at the world-renowned Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California where he learned a valuable lesson: not all talented photographers make great professionals. Along with a devotion to professionalism and customer service, he brings a tireless work ethic and hard-won expertise to every assignment—whether it’s shooting corporate photography for a Fortune 500 company in his St. Louis studio or on location for an editorial portrait miles from anywhere. He is unwavering in his efforts to ensure subjects, clients and crew enjoy themselves even in the face of long days and longer shot lists. His customers are happy to trust him with the creation of the images that tell their stories and refine their brands.

Sawalich made his first darkroom print at age 10, sparking a lifelong passion that is evident in every assignment, as well as in his work as a photographic educator and writer. He teaches portrait photography at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and is a contributing editor for several national photography magazines, including Outdoor Photographer and Digital Photo Pro. He runs the photography department at Barlow Productions in St. Louis.



St. Louis
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In my studio it’s kind of a dance.
From the moment someone walks in, I’m trying to figure out what they’re thinking, what they’re feeling, what they’re interested in, trying to find something we both have in common.
— Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, from William Sawalich's Digital Photo Pro profile

William Sawalich has been writing about photography since 1998. He has published hundreds of reviews, technical articles and interviews in magazines such as The British Journal of Photography, Digital Photo Pro, Outdoor Photographer, Petersen’s Photographic and PC Photo. The following is a small selection of his interviews with world-class photographers.

I think it’s important not to draw attention to one’s technique and let the picture speak for itself. Let the viewer get absorbed in the emotion, or the story that you’re trying to tell.
— Steve McCurry, from William Sawalich's Outdoor Photographer profile

A creative writer and amateur filmmaker, Sawalich co-created the short films “A. Anonymous” and “Roy.” His short stories have been published in “McSweeney’s” and “Yankee Pot Roast,” and he co-wrote the cult classic web series “Inside the Actor’s Studio Apartment.” Sawalich spent a full year buying only American-made products and writing about it on his “Bye, American” blog. He also writes recurring columns for Digital Photo and AlphaUniverse on photographic technique and the business of professional photography.

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