Weddings by Samantha

Hello soon to be bride and groom! Congratulations on your engagement, how exciting!!! I’m sure you are overwhelmed with the amount of research and work you have to do so I’ll keep it short and simple. First of all, the way I see it, my job is to sit back in the shadows and capture those little moments that you want to remember forever (but if I need to step up and be assertive with a group of 25 in the bridal party, don’t worry, I will). Secondly and most importantly, I want you to feel completely relaxed so I can capture you and your fiance’s true personality. Explore the weddings and engagement sessions below along with a few of my brides and grooms words to help you get a feel of my work and their experience with me. Thank you for taking your time to consider me and I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Samantha is truly the best ever. I consider photography to be one of the most important parts of the day- your photos are forever. Samantha captures every single moment and emotion so beautifully. She has obvious, true talent but what sets her apart is her authenticity! It feels great to spend the day with someone who’s happy to be there!”

~Meagan + Zach Wedding

“Photography was probably the most important item for me, and Samantha knocked it out of the park. From our initial consultation to the day of, she was attentive, organized, and incredibly comfortable to be around. She was assertive, but not pushy, collaborated with our videographer and other vendors, and super creative with her shots. In less than a week from the wedding we already have a sneak peek of 140 photographs; all gorgeous! I want to make her our official family photographer is how much I love her work and energy. Any clients would be lucky to have her capture their special moments.”

~Nickol + Luke Wedding

“Samantha made our wedding experience everything we hoped for, and we felt completely comfortable trusting her to capture the day! Our pictures are as joyful and vibrant as the day itself, and they match the values that were really important to us on our wedding day: a focus on our family and our community without unnecessary formalities. Samantha came to the hotel where I stayed in the morning, and captured me greeting friends and family casually. Even in a tiny hotel room, she remained unobtrusive yet kind, witty, and funny. My parents and I, all skittish about being photographed, felt completely at ease as she snapped pictures of us opening gifts and getting ready. After talking with us prior to the weekend, Samantha internalized everything and never asked or suggested we do things we didn’t want. It was important to me to avoid some traditional shots that I was uncomfortable with, and also to never feel like we needed to stop and pose or slow down the action to capture a shot. During the ceremony, we didn’t even notice Samantha or her second photographer! After the ceremony, she managed to get all of our large group shots, involving over 100 individuals (more than half of our guests) in just over half an hour: truly, a miracle. As you can see from her portfolio, where she thrives is candid and active shots: as we look at the pictures from the ceremony and the reception, we have no idea how she wrangled herself into the crowd to compose such stunning images of a hyperactive bunch of people. I can’t tell you how many guests commented on how hard she and her colleague worked all day, and how kind she was to everyone she met. The thing that really speaks to who Samantha is was our experience with her between the ceremony and reception, when we escaped to have a beer on our own. We asked her to get our “couple shots” during that time, and she miraculously did while giving us plenty of time to enjoy our beer, each other, and Washington Park. At the end of the night, she drove back to the hotel in our car and was as upbeat and delighted as ever, despite working a nearly fourteen-hour day the day before her birthday! It felt like having a good friend who attended the wedding with us, not a stranger taking pictures. After seeing Samantha’s work at other weddings, including my husband’s brothers, we knew she would make us look amazing. We had no idea how wonderful she would make us FEEL. So much of what we built and the kind of celebration we wanted is reflected in her work; our images are more than just visual documentation of the day, rather they viscerally capture the joy that was made more abundant by her presence and her commitment to her work.”

~Olivia + Matt Wedding

“Sam photographed our wedding on 9/17/2016 and we consider her to be the best decision we made in our planning process. We originally found Sam’s work through an article that was written about our wedding venue. In fact, me may have fallen in love with the venue mostly due to her gorgeous photos of it. After looking at more of her work online, we were completely sold. She was everything we wanted in a photographer: someone who captures real, candid moments in a way that conveys sincere emotion – and oh yeah, the photos are always STUNNING. When initially meeting with Sam, we really liked and agreed with her philosophy that wedding photos should represent the day like you remember it – not in posed, awkward stills, but with the motion and emotion that made it special. And man, did she deliver. You should know when you book Sam that you are booking a real artist: someone who understands light, color, and composition. Somehow Sam manages to “get the shot” without ever directly posing you or using artificial light. If you have ever seen her at work, then you probably know why. She is all over it! Both my father and another dad I know who used Sam for a wedding said the same exact thing about her, “she works her a$$ off!” On top of all that, Sam is a pleasure to work with and to have around. She spent the entire day with us on our wedding day, and we were so glad to have her. You will not regret booking Sam – we just hope you’re lucky enough to get her!”

~Margi + Michael Deinlein Wedding

“Samantha is amazing. She photographed two of my cousins’ weddings as well, and has become our family’s go-to photographer because she is so fun to have with you on the day of a big event and her finished product is BEAUTIFUL. She was on time and very flexible when we were not. She was also quick! We got to see some of our photos less than a week after the wedding. I would recommend her to anyone!

~Ellie + Will Henry  Wedding

“Samantha was absolutely amazing! Finding the right photographer was so important for my husband and I, and the minute I came across her website I knew she would be perfect. She was so flexible with scheduling and so easy to work with. We got married at a summer camp and we ziplined in the morning, so she came out early to capture the moment even though it made for a really long day for her. She never complained and was excited to be there with our friends. She blended in and was never intrusive and captured of all little details in very authentic way. We love our photos so much and I’m so glad Samantha was there to capture one of the best days of our lives! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding photographer and I already have recommended her to several of my friends. Thank you so much Samantha!

~Jessica +Indi Wedding

“Samantha came HIGHLY recommended by a friend. It was pretty clear from the initial meeting that she was someone who is easy to work with, flexible, professional, and most importantly–talented. As I mentioned from the beginning, I wanted our wedding photos to be something that is natural and spontaneous to capture that fun intimate party mood of our smallish (75 guests) wedding. The pictures we got from Samantha was exactly that. The contrast of colors, the light exposure, and the detail that Samantha was able to portray on film is nothing short of magical. The photos captured the “feel” of the day in a way that I could have never described to any photographer. From the adorable, yet, confused look of the little ring bearer to the tender moment shared few seconds after the ceremony where the bride is simply leaning against the groom, Samantha’s pictures captured the sheer love and joy in every frame with zero pretenses. Words simply cannot describe how happy I am to have our pictures to remind us of the very special day!

Just as my friend did, I would highly recommend Samantha without any hesitation to any of my friends and family. Not only that, I can’t wait to hire her for a future event!”

~Emily +Brian Engagement + Wedding

WOW! I had almost all of my wedding planned before I found a photographer. I just could not find someone that I trusted and truly loved their style. So after months of looking, numerous appointments with other photographers, I came upon Samantha’s page. I immediately fell in love. Her pictures were great, she really captures the feelings of the day. Not only that, I really trusted her. She is so personable and kind, and treats you like a friend, not a client.

We did our engagement pictures with her and absolutely loved them! She found a gorgeous castle in Ohio and we took pictures there during winter. I thought Samantha was going to have a challenge with my husband (he is not so great at expressing his emotions) but when we got back the pictures I was so happy. She caught all these little pictures of my husband that really show his personality.

The day of the wedding we had some issues with our flowers and arrival times, but Samantha just went with the flow, she went from downtown to Mason to downtown again, all before the wedding to get the pictures that we wanted. She kept the boys in line and made us laugh all to get the best pictures possible. On the day of the wedding, she had a second shooter with her, and they really did catch all the best angles and best shots.

All my other vendors could not stop talking about how great my photographer was! My family and friends love all my pictures and I am so happy with them too! We got 5 photobooks with her as well as the pictures. I didn’t even have to design the books, she picked out all the pictures and had me proof the final draft.

On top of all of this, Samantha was so reasonably priced. The other photographers I met with were around 4000-5000 starting. We got our engagement photos, a WHOLE day of wedding pictures with a second shooter, and 5 photobooks for around 4000. I am so happy with how everything turned out.

I know we will definitely be using Samantha in the future for our anniversaries and kids pictures (whenever that happens). She is so versatile and has such a great vision for all of her pictures.

Overall, if you are in the Cincinnati area and don’t have a photographer, using Samantha will be the best decision you could make!”

~Kaila + Brendan Engagement + Wedding

Samantha absolutely amazed me with her professionalism, adventurous personality, and photography! She showed up well on time and started to do her thing right away. My husband and I didn’t feel rushed or controlled when we were having our photos taken at our outdoor wedding. I especially appreciated Samantha for trucking through so much mud, since it had poured down rain for a while that day! She was determined to make sure I was happy and helped brighten up the situation. It was a long day but she exceeded my expectations as a photographer and I couldn’t be happier with how our photos turned out!”

~Kim +Mick  Wedding

We used Samantha for our Engagement and Wedding Photography. She was fantastic! She has a great love for what she does and it’s very evident in the photos that she creates. She did an amazing job dealing with lack of time, missing people, sick flower girls, etc. Her prices are great, she’s great, and we couldn’t be happier with our choice. We loved everything about our experience with Samantha and will be using her again in the future!”

~Samantha + Dustin Engagement + Wedding

“Samantha shot our June 15th outdoor wedding and I can’t say enough about how wonderful she has been throughout the entire process. From the very beginning, she has been professional, BEYOND organized and friendly. Samantha was great about returning calls/emails promptly and being able to work with everyone’s schedules in setting appointments. Samantha put both of us at ease on our wedding day and we couldn’t be happier with the photos. I would highly recommend Samantha if you are looking for someone who is not only incredibly talented at what she does, but also extremely professional and easy to work with. Thank you so much for being a part of our big day – we couldn’t be happier to have had you as our photographer!!!”

~Amelia + David  Wedding

I booked Samantha about 6 weeks before my wedding after an ugly break-up with my original photographer. I reached out to her [frantic] after viewing her beautiful pictures online. She got back to me within 10 minutes & was able to meet with me the same week. The second we arrived at her studio, we knew she was the one! She is professional but still personable. This is someone that is with you on the most emotional, stressful, exciting, happy, etc etc days of your life. There is no one better! She made EVERYONE feel comfortable [I had multiple people tell me that after the fact], she is funny, she let us just be, & came-up with absolutely awesome locations. I just picked-up my over 900 pictures on Monday and they are a.m.a.z.i.n.g! I literally love every single one – not a bad problem to have :) Everyone that has seen them is in absolute awe. She captured the day perfectly. We had a wonderful wedding weekend extravaganza & everything was perfect but she is by FAR the BEST decision we made! B O O K HER!!!!!

 ~Colleen + Matt  Wedding

 “Thank you for the beautiful engagement photos! You did such an amazing job! We love you and your work! You are so talented! Thank you so much! We can’

t wait for you to photograph our wedding in 3 months!”

~ Kim + Brady Engagement

Samantha’s Studios first caught our eye because of her unique photographic style – it was exactly what we were looking for and the prices seemed fair. Once we met Samantha we knew we were a perfect match! She is friendly, approachable, and gets the shot! Her prices are very comparable to what’s out there and the overall product is worth 10x what you pay. I will keep Samantha’s Studios in mind for anything else I ever want captured. She truly did an amazing job and we couldn’t be happier.

~ Rebekah + Dominic Wedding

I could not be happier with my choice to have Samantha at Samantha’s Studio as my wedding photographer. Samantha is an amazing photographer and has a very artistic eye. She is sweet, funny and truly loves what she does. Samantha not only did my wedding photography but also our engagement photos and a boudoir session (which was very tasteful and the photos turned out absolutely beautiful). I can’t stop looking at our wedding photos, they are absolutely gorgeous, soft and Samantha really knows how to work with natural light. I have received so many compliments about our photos as well as inquires about who did them! I would highly recommend all of Samantha’s photographer services. I know in a couple years I will be contacting her again for maternity and newborn/family pictures. I can’t imagine having anyone else do photos for me. Thank you Samantha for capturing our big day in such a perfect way! :)

~ Megan + Zach Wedding

Sam shot our engagement photos, and we could not be happier with the experience. From the beginning she put us at ease. She is very friendly and professional, and she was able to make my fiancé and I feel comfortable during the session, which really shows in the photos. Her natural style and approach is exactly what we were looking for, and the photos turned out more beautifully than we could have imagined. Thanks Sam! We can’t wait for you to shoot our wedding.

~ Ali + Ryan Engagement

“Thank you for truly beautiful photos of our wedding day – and for coming through for us, even in the face of challenging weather conditions. I would recommend you to anyone; you are a spectacular talent, with such a confident, creative eye! Thank you for capturing memories that will last a lifetime!”

~ Clint + Beth Wedding

My fiance and I recently had Sam take our engagement photos. From the very first picture, she instantly put us at ease. Sam is relaxed, talented and responsive to your thoughts about what you want out of your photos. She is exactly what you want a professional to be…to take your ideas and make them better! The positive comments we have gotten on our photos has just added to the excitement of our wedding journey and I can’t wait to have her capture it! Thanks Sam!!”

~ Molly + Lou Engagement

Looking for a wedding photographer? Look no further. I can promise you that your answer is right here: Samantha’s Studio! Samantha did an INCREDIBLE job. She kept us completely relaxed leading up to, and throughout, our wedding celebration. We had a traditional, Muslim wedding so it was a two-day event and Samantha captured it perfectly. She catches every moment, every smile you want to remember, every look… I mean she literally captures it ALL. She has a creative eye and was able to find the BEST spots at our last minute “plan B” location for our wedding portraits (it was pouring outside the day of… but she kept us calm!) and they came out breathtakingly beautiful. I knew she was going to a great job but she beyond exceeded my expectations! She was always timely and professional and had our pictures ready for us much sooner than any bride would have expected. She truly is passionate about what she does and is AMAZING at it. I couldn’t be happier!

~ Sameen + Fazal Wedding

We love LOVE our engagement pictures and can NOT wait to see the memories Samantha is going to capture on our wedding day! Thank you for our beautiful photos & for making our session fun and painless (that part is from Dominic)!

~ Rebekah + Dominic Engagement

I originally found Samantha’s Studio on the Knot, checked out her website, and fell in love with her portfolio. Her pictures capture so much emotion; each wedding album tells a beautiful story. My wedding pictures were no exception. We received over 1100 photos and they were ready just 4 weeks after our wedding. They are all gorgeous- it has been hard to narrow down which ones we want to print. She made us look so good! Samantha was fun and easy to work with- we received compliments about her personality from our wedding party and multiple guests. She gave direction when needed to help us get the best lighting and angles and whatnot, but didn’t get in the way when capturing candid moments. We were very happy with our mix of portraits and candid shots. I feel lucky to have had Samantha capture my wedding day and will definitely want to work with her again when we have kids to photograph!

~ Jessica + Brendan Wedding

Samantha was absolutely wonderful to work with and we could not be happier with our wedding photos!! As with any wedding, there were so many random things that came up unexpectedly the day of, but Samantha did a great job of staying organized, getting all the photos we asked her to (which there were quite a few, especially with the family photos and what not), and capturing all of those precious moments that just came up naturally throughout the day. She is definitely more of a natural shooter which is exactly what we wanted – she put us in rooms with natural lighting and beautiful accents of light that made for such gorgeous photos, we are just so excited to get prints! She is also terribly reasonably priced its insane considering how wonderful she is, which just adds to the overall experience because you really feel connected and like she truly loves what she does and cares about how your photos turn out. I would and have been recommending Sam to all of our family and friends!

~ Rachel + Mike Wedding

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