Vendor Spotlight |South Central PA + Maryland Wedding Photographer | Samantha Jean Photography
What can I possibly say about this gorgeous human being that doesn’t already pour out of her soul. I met Samantha ( I call her Sam) in a Facebook photography group + instantly became a huge fan of her work. Samantha’s work is clean, vibrant + it just speaks to you. You can see the joy in her clients eyes and it shines through in every image she captures. I had the opportunity to meet her last year as her second shooter. In person, she’s just as sweet + humble. Samantha is also a determined driven person who likes to have fun, so when I asked to showcase her awesomeness, I was grateful she was up to it. Check out Samantha’s responses in her vendor spotlight interview.
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Oooof I hate describing myself! Iâ€™m Samantha, and Iâ€™m a wedding and portrait photographer based out of New Oxford, PA. I love bright, vibrant, and colorful images. I love genuine emotion and my goal as a wedding photographer is to capture your day in a way that will allow you to relive the memories for years to come. When Iâ€™m not photographing weddings you can usually find me playing roller derby, reading, or hanging out with my dog.
2. What was tour dream career growing up?
I was very into space as a kid and really wanted to be an astronaut. But I also loved animals so my plan was to pull double duty and be an astronaut AND a veterinarian! Turns out I did not go either of those directions but I think I ended up exactly where I was mean to.
3. Three words that describe your brand? Genuine, Vibrant, Meaningful.
4. How did you break into the photography industry?
I always loved taking photos, and was that friend in high school and college who was always documenting things but it never occurred to me then to make it a profession. I went to college for graphic design and found myself struggling to find stock images that were what I wanted, so I set out to take my own. I found a lot more enjoyment in the photo taking than I did the graphic design, and the rest is history!
5. What sets you apart from others in your industry?
I like to think that my organizational skills really set me apart. Iâ€™m very hands on with my wedding clients and offer a lot of planning/coordination help along with wedding photography. I also view myself as your right hand (wo)man on a wedding day. Yes, Iâ€™m there to document your day, but Iâ€™ll also be there to hold your dress, fix your veil, get you a drink if you need one, etc.
6. What does a typical session or wedding day look like?
Typical wedding day is that I show up 45 minutes early because I have a PROBLEM and I have a meltdown if Iâ€™m not obnoxiously early. I usually unload my equipment, walk around and scope out the venue, and maybe take some insta stories if I remember. (SO bad at BTS!) Then itâ€™s wedding details, getting ready, first look (if applicable,) bridal party portraits, ceremony, family/additional portraits, then reception time! In between thereâ€™s usually lots of being goofy and having fun with my 2nd shooter and my couples!
7. What do you love most about the wedding day?
I love that every wedding is different! But, usually anything daddy/daughter related hits me hard in the feels and youâ€™ll definitely find me tearing up behind the lens. I also really enjoy that just married walk back down the aisle once your ceremony is over. Thatâ€™s usually when you capture the most genuine joy on a wedding day!
8. If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would it be?
TARGET. (JK, JK.) If weâ€™re talking travel wise, definitely Germany! Itâ€™s next on our travel bucket list and something weâ€™re working on planning.
Optional | What has Quarantine/Isolation taught you?
Quarantine/Isolation has taught me that Iâ€™m much more social than I thought I was. If you asked me before all of this started, Iâ€™d have definitely described myself as a homebody who doesnâ€™t love going out. But Iâ€™m really missing being anywhere but my house right now! It also taught me that patience is a virtue, and as much as I want to be out there shooting weddings and doing what I love, I also want to keep everyone safe and healthy.