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CALIFORNIA BAY AREA

SAN FRANCISCO FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

From the first inquiry until your final gallery and products are delivered, I aim to provide you with a luxury experience where you feel taken care of and at ease. After you book with me you’ll receive a questionnaire which helps me to get to know your family better and prepare for our time together. I also help with wardrobe styling, recommend the best makeup artists and suggest the most beautiful locations. I shoot with film because it captures all of that beauty in a timeless and romantic way so that you’ll be excited to hang your photos, invest in an album and share them with friends and family.

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MY WHY

As a kid I loved flipping through the photo albums that filled my grandmothers house. Seeing not only my parents when they were younger but also myself was fascinating to me. I believe that it’s important to kids to be able to look back on a time they don’t even remember and see how tiny and loved they were. I also know that as a mom, the monotony of daily life can be tiring and sometimes you forget the magic that surrounds you in the form of little humans. I find joy in creating something that helps you to take a step back and see how beautiful you and your life are. So if you’re ready, let’s make some magic together, create art for your walls, photo albums for your bookshelves and document the legacy you are creating right now. I know that you, your children and eventually your grandchildren will love looking back on what we make for years to come.

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SAN FRANCISCO FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS:

– Up to an hour of shooting in San Francisco

– Includes family, newborn, motherhood and maternity sessions

– Shot on film

– Outfit styling and guidance

 

PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR PRICING

FAQS

WHY FILM

I shoot my sessions on medium format film. I always bring my digital camera because occasionally there will be a setting with difficult lighting that requires me to use it for a few shots but I typically shoot 100% film. Although it’s more expensive for me, I believe it’s worth the cost. The look and tones that film creates are so beautiful and I am most proud of my film images. It is incredibly flattering to all skin tones and types and helps keep my coloring more true to life and avoid digital editing trends that go in and out of style. 

WHERE SHOULD WE SHOOT

I have a list of preferred locations in the San Francisco Bay Area that I’ve chosen based on their lighting and beauty. We are lucky to be close to so many unique backdrops so whether you want to shoot at the beach, in the redwoods, downtown, an iconic San Francisco viewpoint or a beautiful garden, I will recommend the perfect spot for you.

WHAT TIME SHOULD WE SHOOT

We can shoot in the morning or evening. For the most flattering light we will want to shoot 1-2 hours after sunrise or before sunset. Depending on the location you choose and the time of year, I will send specific morning and evening times for you to choose from.

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR

Clothes make a huge difference on how your photos turn out so I take an active role in helping you choose clothes that will photograph well. After you book I’ll send you a welcome guide that includes information about what type of clothes and colors to choose.

CAN YOU HANDLE MY KIDS

I worked as a nanny for 10 years and am very comfortable working with kids. If you read through my reviews you’ll find that my ability to work with kids is one of the things that my clients are really impressed by. One of the ways I do that is by allowing kids to be themselves and encouraging parents do to the same. I pride myself on capturing genuine smiles and moments and will direct you in a way that allows those moments to unfold. 

WHEN DO WE GET TO SEE OUR PICTURES

It will take me between 3-5 weeks to get your session done depending on how many other shoots I’m working on at the time and how busy the lab is. Once your images are ready I will contact you to schedule your ordering appointment where you’ll be able to see all your images.

DO YOU TRAVEL FOR SESSIONS

Absolutely! If you are located outside of San Francisco, reach out and I will give you a quote for travel.

DO YOU HAVE REVIEWS

Yes! Please check out my Facebook page or Google Business page to read all my glowing reviews from past clients. 

KIND WORDS

"Just superb! Samantha was beyond easy to work with and has a very talented eye for catching simple moments of grace and chemistry between loved ones. She was helpful in preparation of our shoot (which made life easy on our end) and working with her during the shoot was a breeze. Bonus: she's fabulous with kids! Her talent shooting with real film is refreshing in a world of digital, photoshopped images. We love her natural, light, crisp style. Our family will cherish our photographs from our session for years to come. Thank you for your beautiful work Samantha!"

Gabby

KIND WORDS

"Just superb! Samantha was beyond easy to work with and has a very talented eye for catching simple moments of grace and chemistry between loved ones. She was helpful in preparation of our shoot (which made life easy on our end) and working with her during the shoot was a breeze. Bonus: she's fabulous with kids! Her talent shooting with real film is refreshing in a world of digital, photoshopped images. We love her natural, light, crisp style. Our family will cherish our photographs from our session for years to come. Thank you for your beautiful work Samantha!"

Gabby

KIND WORDS

"Samantha was THE consummate professional photographer! From initial contact through final photo delivery she helped guide us through each step with helpful explanations and advice, making the entire experience extremely enjoyable. The intimacy of her film photos are remarkable, and she was also great with our saluki! I've never seen him take to someone as quickly as he did her; she was great with him and the photos speak for themselves. I HIGHLY recommend asking Samantha to help you with your photoshoot!"

Joe + Akiko

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!“

Megan + Ryan

KIND WORDS

"A great eye and a beautiful personality makes for one heck of a photographer! Samantha, I can't thank you enough for the gorgeous family photos. Your talents is obvious and I'm so happy to have crossed paths with you for our first family session in Japan. It certainly will not be our last!"

Kate

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!“

Marcus + Laura

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!!“

Clarissa + Shoghi

KIND WORDS

"I LOVE these! It's just what I had envisioned and you made it a reality :) Thank you SO much! These are a perfect representation of our family and the past 7 months of Motherhood!"

Allie

KIND WORDS

"Samantha, I just want to say the gallery is wonderful. I left praying we weren't a total disaster and you definitely worked your magic. The black and white photos are just gorgeous (we love them all but can't stop looking at these!) We are so thrilled you got out that film for us. Thank you again!!

Arielle

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HOW TO BOOK

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about what I offer. I know what a huge investment quality family photos are and it’s important that you find someone who is a good fit. Please reach out if you would like more information including pricing. You can send an email to hello@samanthalook.com or fill out the form on my contact page and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

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