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I'm Samantha….

A full time legacy maker, memory keeper, time traveler, & craftswomen of love stories. I specialize in wedding photography & I am so lucky to call this my passion. This has never been a job for me, it has always been more of a calling. 

Your story is real one….IT IS YOURS! It is you! Your life & your love is worth celebrating. It is most defiantly worth documenting.

I would be honored to learn more about you. If you ever have any questions please call me or email me. 

Here's to artistry, romance & legacy. 

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5 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ME


1. I AM A DRIVER SEAT DANCER. BUT, I STOP AT STOPLIGHTS. 

2. I AM A TOTAL COFFEE SNOB.

3. MY DOG'S NAME IS POET. I WRITE POETRY TOO!

4. I BELIEVE IN MAGIC. IF YOU REALLY WANT IT, DOWN DEEP....IT WILL HAPPEN!

5. I HAVE AN ALTER EGO NAMED TOWANDA, WHOM I SHARE WITH MY GRANDMOTHER! SHOUT OUT TO MY FRIED GREEN TOMATOES FANS.


WHAT IS MY STYLE


I am a fine art, lifestyle photographer. Yes, I specialize in weddings. However, that is not my style. My style is candid in nature but I don't just let things happen like a photojournalist. While I would never disturb a special moment to correct you I do try to control the settings before those moments happen. I will try to tell you where to stand in the best light, tell you to hold your arm a certain way, play with your veil, or choose the perfect spot for family portraits. I find the right light & put you in that light to make the moments happen. 

 So is it natural? Yes. Is it curated…a little. A wedding day in all honesty is a little bit staged. I just take the time to set that stage to the best of my ability. Guiding you in preparation & on the day of. Set the stage my dear!

While my style is more modern, I still have a special place in my heart for legacy portraits. The portraits that you will pass down to your family. I don't focus much on look at the camera portraits, but I do value them as an important part of your wedding day. There is a mixture that I personally love. That is what I try to achieve. 

My lighting style is very natural. Golden light, pretty light, not harsh. I want all your images to have life to them & a timeless feeling as well.


MY LIGHTING STYLE


FROM SUNSHINE UNTIL PARTY TIME

 When choosing a wedding photographer it is good to identify the type of lighting you like & what you want for your wedding day. You can also tell if a photographer is experienced or not this way. A well versed photographer will understand how to use natural light & artificial light to their advantage. The sun will eventually set on your wedding day & I understand how to light a reception space. I use different lighting setups for table shots, portraits, dance shots, speeches, & the grand entrance. 

 


ENGAGEMENT SESSION


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FINE ART ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS

I am a fine art, lifestyle photographer. That means I am creating art for you. So your story is told, but I am approaching your session/wedding like an artist. Choosing the right time of the day, the right background to accent your outfits, the perfect amount of golden light streaming in to give your images that dreamy look. It's combining the location, the posing direction, the light, the outfits, and bringing out the emotion. It is a balance between story and art. The goal being a stunning session that tells your story, has a fine art feel to the images, and above all makes you feel amazing. 

 

ENGAGEMENT SESSION BREAK DOWN

 

Your engagement session can be scheduled anytime before your wedding day. I suggest booking your session 12-9 months in advance. 

We will schedule the session 2 hours before sunset so that we can take advantage of that beautiful golden hour light. Shooting during this time of day will add that golden light touch to your images. This is my preferred lighting for portraits & I love the color that it renders. We will shoot through the sun dipping into past the horizon so we can use that pretty light play to our advantage.

Your engagements are like a complimentary story to your wedding photography. We don't want a large disconnect between them (as your wedding attire will be so formal). The formal outfit helps close this gap and gives a more cohesive feeling to the imagery and overall story.

 

ENGAGEMENT LIST

 

- Shooting 1 hour before sunset

- At least 2 outfit changes. One casual, one fancy. And I mean fancy!

- Style your shoot! Old chair, flower crown, guitar, lanterns, plaid blanket, Aztec blanket, candles…I will help you!

- 2 week editing time

- Get your hair & makeup done as a trial run. You get a chance to see how your makeup photographs. 

- Bring water, snacks, & mints!

- Bring some wine if you want & you think it will help you relax, I don't mind:)

- Bring makeup for touchups: makeup wipes in case your mascara runs, foundation/powder, your lipgloss or lipstick, hair spray

- DO YOU WANT YOUR SESSION SUBMITTED TO BLOGS? THEN LET ME KNOW SO I CAN GUIDE YOU IN PREPARATION FOR THAT. 


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BRIDAL BEAUTY


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TIPS FOR THE BRIDE

 

  • Decide in advance what you want your hair color to be. Then work towards that color, especially if it is a darker base or several shades lighter.
     
  • Have a trial run with the hair & makeup. 
  • Long hair? Think twice about long curls, they can go flat in any form of extreme weather quickly. Creating a glaring difference between your photography during the earlier parts of the day compared to the later parts. 

  • Drink more water in the 3 months leading up to the wedding than you have in your entire life. Water can reduce bloating, give your skin a glow, help with bags under the eyes, bring shine to your hair, and the list goes on!

  • Be sure to get a fabulous skin routine down at least 6 months before the wedding. YES 6 WHOLE MONTHS!!! It could take a couple tries to find the right product. Even after you find the right routine it will take at least 8 weeks of a daily routine to see true results.

  • Pack a makeup bag for the day of. Create a small kit that can fit in your purse or your bridesmaids purse. 


For the Bride


GETTING READY + PREP

 

After I photograph the details, will hopefully be finishing up with your hair and makeup. Remember to always always always schedule more time than you think you need for that portion of the day. I would say that this is one of the main reasons why a wedding will run late. Even if you've done a trial run at least add a half hour to the time. I've seen hair and makeup artist run over an hour late too many times... and would much rather have you sipping champagne with your girls and relaxing. Rather than starting to feel stressed because you're far behind schedule! Make sure you're always hiring hair and makeup artist with great reviews and recommendations and always have a timed trial run.

Typically, I won't photograph you until your hair and makeup is almost done unless you request otherwise. I will, however get some touch-up shots to help tell the story.

If you and your girls are wearing cute robes are apparel, I'll make sure to photograph you in those after hair makeup is complete! So always remind your bridesmaids and anyone who'll be getting ready with you that they need to have their faces on and ready for photographs. A quick note to avoid big fuzzy robes, although they are super comfortable, they add unnecessary bulk.

You can find bridesmaid robes on Amazon, Etsy, and Plum Pretty Sugar.

BRIDAL PREPEARTION

Next, I will have you and your girls change into your dresses. Anyone that will be assisting you into your dress should also be completely ready at this time (mom, grandma, bridesmaids). Again, make sure to schedule their makeup and hair with plenty of time to spare! With all of the ladies are ready, you'll slip in your dress and I'll start photographing you once it's pulled up on covering most of you. Make sure to use the restroom before you put your dress on! 

 


WEDDING TIMELINES


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HOW A TIMELINE CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR DAY

 Timelines are incredibly important. It can literally make or break your day. Wedding days fly by & before you know it the sun is setting & dinner is served. That is why it is so important to create a timeline that actually covers all the aspects of the day. If hair & makeup runs late then your entire day will suffer. If you are not prepared you will inevitably miss an important piece of the wedding day puzzle.
Here are some big things to think about when it comes to the timeline. 

 

  • Where & when will hair/makeup be?
  • Where will you be getting ready? 
  • What are driving times between the locations/venues
  • What time is the ceremony?
  • Are you dining a receiving line?
  • What about a first look?
  • What do you want the atmosphere to be like during the ceremony? Is it a sunset ceremony? Afternoon?

 

And that is just scratching the surface…I work closely with my couples to create a timeline that takes many aspects into consideration. A benefit of working with a wedding specialist is that I understand the ebb & flow. I know how different points of the day effect the timeline, the photographs, & the general look/feel/atmosphere of the day.


FIRST LOOKS


FRIST LOOK + WHY IT'S WORTH IT

 

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MORE TIME
You're investing a lot to your wedding photography. With the first look, you'll receive 40% more portraits on the day of the two of you... And those are the images you will decorate your first home with. With the first look, you make the most out of this large investment and get the most for your money.

ENJOY THE MOMENT FREELY
You actually get to have intimate time on your wedding day with your significant other. Most brides don't realize that when you come down the aisle and totally shock him with your gorgeousness... He can't even tell you how amazing you look. He can't touch you, embrace you, or reach out and hug you. He can't even speak to you. You have to wait until 30 minutes later when the ceremony is over for him to react and tell you how amazing you look. And after that 30 minutes of the ceremony, the reaction isn't the same as the initial first glance.

EXTEND YOUR TIME TOGETHER
First looks allow you to extend your wedding day. Normally you would only photograph what images you could before the ceremony, if you were not going to do a first look. Then you would rush to portrait so that you're not late for the introductions and then it's reception time. With the first look, your wedding day is extended by almost 3 hours! Instead of being rushed for your bridal portraits... You actually get to enjoy them and have fun hanging out with your best friends on your wedding day. The whole first half of the wedding day is filled with time together. And it's those images that will create a full album.

YOUR ONLY TIME ALONE
First looks allow you to be together and alone on your wedding day. When you see each other, not only is it intimate, it's usually your only time to be alone the whole day! You'll cry and laugh and cry some more... And that puts you in the perfect mood for your romantic portraits. If you don't have a first look, portraits are a little rushed after the family formals and it can be hard to really get back into that loving mood… Especially with family around! 

DIMINISHING NERVES
A first look can help you get rid of your nerves! I'd say, literally half of my couple to decide to do a first look, the couples are not fans of it at first. However, because they have never experienced their wedding day before, they didn't know how nerve-wracking it can be. Many couples who initially weren't into the idea of the first looks afterwards admitted, to being so much more relaxed and ready for the ceremony!

FINAL THOUGHTS
Take control of your wedding day. A first look opens up the timeline, ensures you spend plenty of time together on your wedding day, and guarantees two small portrait sessions on your wedding day. The first look is an incredible benefit to the modern day couples timeline!
 


GOING UNPLUGGED


ASKING YOUR GUESTS TO TURN OFF THE TECHNOLOGY, ASKING THEM TO BE IN THE PRESENT 


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 It is a growing trend in the industry to create an "unplugged wedding". Many couples are asking their guests to put away cameras & cell phones during the ceremony. There are many, many benefits to this theory. First of all, it forces your guests to put down the technology & simply being present for the wedding. People are overly addicted to their cell phones and tech devices (guilty here too!). Weddings are a sacred event & require respect to protect that sanctity. When your guests are more worried about capturing a picture for Facebook then they are about the actual event, it shows. In your photograph instead of smiling faces as you walk down the aisle or exchange your vows you will have pictures of people with cell phones, even iPads in front of their faces. Devices that will date your wedding images, let alone take away from the moments by blocking their expressions. 

Moreover, as weddings change & the rules change, they become more relaxed. It seems that less people have the respect that they used to as a guest. Especially during the ceremony, the most important part of the day. Guests will step into the aisle to photograph the bride, getting in the way of the photographer. They will even walk up the aisle to get a closer shot. All of that for a Facebook post? Going unplugged could be one of the best decisions you make for your ceremony. Wouldn't you like everyone to be fully present during your marriage? I know I would! 


FREQUENTLY ASKED Q's


SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BOOKING PROCESS

 

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Q. WHAT DOES IT COST TO BOOK YOU?
A. I require a 50% retainer fee to hold a date for your wedding. The retainer fee insures that you are serious about my services & is described in detail in the contract. 

Q: DO YOU HAVE PAYMENT OPTIONS? 
A. YES. I can work with you on the retainer or payment options if you need me to.

Q. DO YOU USE A CONTRACT?
A. Yes, I do use a contract that is due with the retainer fee to book the date. The contract is designed to keep you & I both safe from a bad business deal. It protects both your investment & my time/value.

Q. WHAT IS YOUR STYLE?
A. My style is dreamy, romantic, and natural.

Q. ARE YOU A FULL TIME PHOTOGRAPHER?
A. Yes, I am a full time wedding photographer. My entire career is based on weddings & my couples reap the rewards for that. 

Q. HOW DOES THE ALBUM PROCESS WORK?
A. No products here. I have to charge sales tax on your entire collection if you purchase products. I can point you in the direction of some very stunning options for you! I have some great places that even have designers who can put your album together & the fee will be less.

Q. HOW LONG UNTIL WE SEE OUR IMAGES?
A. Weddings take 4 weeks. Engagements take 2 weeks. Time depends on the season & general work flow. I edit in order of events/sessions photographed.

Q. TRAVEL FEES FOR WEDDINGS?
A. Possibly a hotel fee depending on distance. 

Q. DO YOU USE A SECOND SHOOTER?
A. YES. You can add a second shooter to your custom collection for an additional charge.

Q. DO YOU HAVE BACKUP GEAR?
A. Yes. I own two camera bodies that are digital, two that are film, & a polaroid. I have multiple lenses & memory cards. Three flashes & much more. I come very prepared for any situation at a wedding.