I am Sally Strollo Lumpkin and I am proud to be a local to Carteret County, having grown up in the Promise Land section of Morehead City. I’m excited to say that in October of 2019 I opened my own photography studio, located on Arendell St./Hwy 70 in Morehead! This is an amazing new chapter for me as I continue this career path of professional photographer.
As a young girl, I loved taking pictures and preserving those snapshots in albums. I guess you could consider me an early “scrapbooker”, spending time cutting out little pieces of paper so that I could write the “who, where, when and what” and insert those into my albums along with my photos.
During my career in the mortgage lending business, the industry of scrapbooking exploded and I jumped into it headfirst. As my desire for better page layouts grew, so did my quest for better images, so I bought an SLR camera and a couple of lenses and began my journey of truly learning the art of photography. While living in the suburbs of Washington D.C. I found many of my friends beginning to ask me to come to shoot their kids, their parents’ anniversary parties, and even weddings, so I delved into the newly emerging world of digital photography and created a part-time business for myself.
After retiring from my career in late 2005 I returned to my beloved Morehead City, with several cameras, lenses, lighting, and other photography equipment in tow. Since my “soul place” is Bogue Sound and the Promise Land, I changed the name of my business to Promise Land Photography. I now specialize in portraits of families, high school/college seniors, and tweens; business headshots; real estate interiors and exteriors; local landscapes; and weddings, engagements, and events.
I have been blessed to have won several awards for my images at both the Arts Council of Carteret County’s Art From The Heart art show and Carolina Artist Gallery. One of my images was selected as the 2016 NC Seafood Festival Storefront poster as well as the cover image for the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce annual directory. I have also been awarded for images entered in regional, state and national competitions all affiliated with Professional Photographers of America. In August 2019, I placed second in the state of NC for Photojournalism through Professional Photographers of NC.
In 2018 I received the coveted designation of Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). I earned this designation after completing an intensive program that measures artistic and technical competence. PPA currently recognizes fewer than 2,500 CPPs internationally, which is less than 3% of all people who work as a professional photographer. I am now part of an elite group of only 69 CPPs in the state of NC and the ONLY one in all of Carteret County.
I serve on the Executive Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Carteret County. Until mid-2018 I had served in the office of Treasurer for 11 ½ years. I am also an active member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Professional Photographers of NC (PPNC), and Professional Imaging Group of Eastern NC (PIGOENC).
I live in Morehead with my photographer husband Lee Lumpkin and my adorable beagles, Pritchard and Lady Tucker.