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HI, I’M SAMANTHA

It took me about a decade from the time I got my first camera to the day I started my business and a lot of things happened in that time. I went to college for Art History, moved to Seattle (twice), got married, moved to Texas, back to California and finally to Japan.

I quit an amazing job in San Francisco to live with my husband in Texas and struggled through trying to find my calling and purpose there. Then I found photography (or maybe it found me) and once we moved to Japan I made it my full-time job. It’s been almost 2 years since I started my business and it’s truly the best job I’ve ever had.

SOME THINGS I LOVE:

GET TO KNOW ME

If I wasn’t a photographer I would be a chef. Or a judge. Or a writer.

I love to travel but I also love to be at home. I always feel a little sad on the morning of a trip but as soon as I get out of the house I get excited.

I can’t sleep in and wake up before the sun 95% of the time regardless of when I go to bed. I’m always down for a sunrise shoot!

I’m an INTJ, Enneagram type 5 and a Leo. I also love chatting about personality types so tell me yours if you’re into that!

My favorite movie of all time is What About Bob and my favorite TV show is The Office.

Next up on my dream travel bucket list: Switzerland and Greece.

KIND WORDS

“Samantha was a joy to work with! My fiancé and I discovered Samantha on Instagram while we were searching for photographers in Japan. We had a wonderful experience from meeting over email to receiving our final images. Samantha happily answered all our questions and took the time to get to know us (even though we live in different parts of the world). We love the images she captured of us and can't wait to share them at our wedding. Thanks Samantha!“

COUPLE

MEGAN & RYAN

LOCATION

KYOTO, JAPAN

KIND WORDS

“One of the absolute highlights of our trip to Japan was our photoshoot with the incredibly talented Samantha. Marcus and I have always wanted to have photos taken of us on an international adventure since traveling is one of our favorite things to do together - this opportunity to have Samantha capture us in our element was a dream! I can't even begin to pick my top 5 favorites. Thank you Samantha for making the best travel souvenir possible!“

COUPLE

MARCUS & LAURA

LOCATION

KYOTO, JAPAN

KIND WORDS

“ SAMANTHA!!! The pictures are AMAZING! We can't even choose which ones are our favorite because the more we scroll the more we fall in love!! Thank you so much for capturing such beautiful, precious moments!!“

COUPLE

CLARISSA & SHOGHI

LOCATION

SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA

THE EXPERIENCE

WEDDINGS

My husband and I prioritized photography in our wedding budget and I’m so grateful we did. The pictures are what solidifies the day in your memory – it goes by so fast and anxiety is high. When you get your pictures back you have a chance to sit and reminisce on all that happened, and truly see the love and joy that was present. It's so important to hire the best person for the job. The person who notices the details- who catches every glance, tear and look of love present on that day. If you think I might be that person for you, I would love to hear from you. Tell me what’s important, what you hope for and how you want your day to feel.

COUPLES

Relationships are the most important part of our lives. They keep us alive, motivated and moving forward. Many couples take wedding photos and then wait years to take pictures again but I want to change that. Each year you are adding layers to your relationship and becoming more yourself in the process. Whether you are dating, engaged, or married, documenting the stage you’re in is so important. I know you will love looking back on your pictures for years to come. Let's plan an amazing couples session that captures your love.

MY WHY

Photos matter. Seeing ourselves through someone else’s eyes matter. Seeing how we really are and the energy that exists inside of us matters. The thing that makes you, you, is what I want to capture. Regardless of how you look or how you feel, when you are unapologetically your deepest and truest self, you are beautiful and light shines through you. Whether it’s a wedding, family session or a couples shoot, I put a lot into my work and into getting to know you so I can provide you with the best pictures you’ve ever had and an experience you will always remember.

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