"It's not what you look at that matters,
it's what you see."
-Henry David Thoreau
My name is Sam.
I've been doing this photography thing for a little bit now but I've been a quirky, creative soul since the time I was five and would force my mom to draw me pictures of "mer-dalmations" (think dalmation body + a mermaid tail) over and over again so I could color those magical creatures. Since then, I've earned a BA in painting/drawing, an MA in art therapy counseling, co-founded Photo Native, and host FILM WITH SAM workshops every year.
Basically, I don't feel like a whole, alive human if I'm not creating, teaching, and/or connecting with others. Over time, I've worked my bum off to find a unique and distinct voice in my photography work- a voice that strives to tell meaningful and personal stories of my clients' lives in creative ways. Now, I could sit here and tell you all about things like why I shoot 100% film, what a session with me is like, and the kinds of recurrent themes and narratives in my work but, instead, why don't you take a look around this website and if you feel at all intrigued, a little gut-punched (in a good way), or you begin to notice your eyes are taking the shape of big, red hearts... then please email me and let's get started. Of course, we'll talk about all the nitty gritty details of your session but, most importantly, we'll talk about how we can make this flavor of magic together.