Sara McIntyre was born in Wellington and worked there as a neonatal intensive care nurse for several years. In 2010 she moved to Kakahi in the King Country, where she had been coming to since her family arrived there for a fishing trip in 1960. While working as a district nurse, based at Taumarunui Hospital, she had the opportunity to further explore the area as a photographer. This led to her first solo exhibition at the Anna Miles Gallery in 2016. The Serjeant Gallery, Whanganui, will exhibit her work on May 2020.