Checking in with the Locals: Sarah Cramer Shields

Posted on May 20, 2014 by


Charlottesville is a city filled with local-loving people, and a spirit of community and collaboration unlike anywhere else. Every week, Cville Niche will celebrate that spirit by featuring a local’s top picks. Check out previous local check-ins!


Photo Credit: Jen Fariello

Sarah Cramer Shields

From the Charlottesville wedding scene to the Charlottesville food scene, this local lady is not just an expert, she’s a creator. Get your hands on the first Our Local Commons, and keep an eye out for Volume 2 this fall!

Describe what you do in town.

I have the best job on the planet. I am the owner of Cramer Photo and Co-owner of Our Local Commons.

I focus my photography on the art of documentation. I’m always on the lookout for what’s real — the cowlick that won’t lie flat, a shared smile over an inside joke, the wellies keeping a bride’s feet dry on a rainy day. I love to capture the in-between moments, when a bit of your inner self is revealed. Your images will be a perfectly honest reflection of you, the people you love, and the moment you’re in.

Describe yourself in 5 words or less.

Passionate, energetic, joyful, honest + creative

Top Picks

A favorite dish in town.

Yikes! Can’t pick just one, I have so many!

Bocadillo at Mas, Tom Yum noodle bowl from Pad Thai, or bucatini from Tavola.

A favorite drink in town.

Prima (glass of red vino) from Mas or a delicious marg from Mono [Loco].

A favorite weekly or monthly food special.

Love the specials at Tavola. Whatever is on that chalk board is always delicious.