Welcome To Samantha Weddings
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'm a fine art wedding & lifestyle photographer who specializes in weddings. My style is romantic & dreamy.
I would be honored to learn more about you! If you ever have any questions please call me or email me. I'm here to serve you to the best of my ability!
Heres to artistry, romance & legacy.
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.
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.
- 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.
TIPS FOR THE BRIDE
Decide in advance what you want your hair color to be. Then work towards that color, espcially if it is adarker base or high lights. Or if you are going several shades darker or lighter.
Have a trial run with the hair & makeup.
Long hair? Think twice about long curls, they can go flat in this Nebraska weather quickly. Creating a glaring differnce 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 prodcut. 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. Most important, lip gloss & concealer.
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 are an incredible benefit to the modern couple's wedding day. A first look is when the couple see each other during a pre arranged time, before the ceremony. After you are both ready we will conduct the first look, where you see each other alone for the first time.
The first look allows you to reach out and hold each other. To take it in together, to talk, dance, hug, kiss. To cry in each other's arms, on your wedding day. You might be thinking that this is supposed to be bad luck. However, I believe this to be an old superstitious thought. If your ceremony isn't until 4 o'clock and you don't see each other until then you will have spent half of your wedding day apart. What is the point of this?
If you choose as a couple to go with the first look one of the biggest benefits is the timeline. By having a first look you will be able to complete the formal photography before the ceremony. Meaning afterwards you won't have to have a 4 hour break between ceremony and reception. We could move right into bride and groom creatives. A dedicated part of the day to just the two of you. Where you take the time to take pictures somewhere fun, where you get to have a blast, where you get to take control of your wedding day. A fist look is truly the way to go if you want to best maximize your wedding day to be together and keep things moving smoothly.
ASKING YOUR GUESTS TO TURN OFF THE TECHNOLOGY, ASKING THEM TO BE IN THE PRESENT
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.
More over, 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 alter to get a closer shot. All 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
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. I own a studio in Minden, Nebraska & even have a devision of my business that is dedicated to bridal beauty. My sister & I are both all weddings, all the time. My entire career is based on weddings & my couples reap the rewards for that.
Q. HOW DOES THE ALBUM PROCESS WORK?
A. I design the first draft of the album. I then send you the design for approval. You can make swaps or design calls from there. I allow 3 revisions. After that each additional revision is $50.
Q. HOW LONG UNTIL WE SEE OUR IMAGES?
A. Weddings take 6-8 weeks. Engagements take 2-3 weeks. Time depends on the season & general work flow. I edit in order of events/sessions photographed.
Q. TRAVEL FEES FOR WEDDINGS?
A. YES. It depends on how far the wedding is & if it requires an overnight stay.
Q. DO YOU USE A SECOND SHOOTER?
A. YES. You can add a second shooter to your custom collection.
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.