No corny shots. No contrived poses. Just relaxed, natural, elegant portraits that will still look good in 10 years.
No heavy filters. No gloomy edits. Images glow from 100% real light.
There are moments and then there are moments.
Moment - your maid of honor looking at your during the ceremony. Moment - your maid of honor sleeping during the ceremony.
Moment - your mom kissing you. Moment - the look on your face right after your mom kissed you because she just messed up your makeup.
Moment - The groom bawling like a baby. Moment - the whole room bawling like a baby.
Here at Samantha Christensen Photography, our weddings and and portraits don't all look alike. Because none of you are alike. Nobody else will have that shot in their album. Nobody. Because that awesome thing didn't happen at their wedding. Only yours.
Hey, I think I know you.
You're successful but you don't let on about it.
You're smart AND funny.
You help people with big problems. But you also get excited about cupcakes, coffee and a good sale at Banana.
You don't mind a little dirt under your nails. Followed by a mani.
You're fashionable but not vain.
You love being home with your family. And traveling the world.
Your wedding will have style and substance.
You want pretty. But you also want heart.
It's your day but you don't want it to be all about you.
You care about your wedding pictures, so you're not looking for a kid with a camera or the cheapest possible photographer on the planet.
This one day especially, you dream of looking beautiful in a photograph.
Do we know each other?
I like your family. I love your style. I get excited about your shoes and your invitations and your creativity. I understand that you want your wedding to look and be lovely, and your photos to bring magic.
And I want to hear all about him. This guy who somehow captured your heart. He must be something. Because he. Got. You.
I understand that you want images that glow with love and happiness. That will still make you laugh three years from now. That will make you remember the first rush of new love with your very best friend. And, yeah, you know, made you and your man look like smokin' hot royalty.
Generally, wedding photography in New York starts at $2,000-$3,000.
We're not dream crushers here. Full-day coverage starts at a little over $1,000. (Some travel fees may apply.) Partial day coverage is also available, ideal for intimate weddings or those on a budget. So if you are on a budget, don't give up. If you really care about your wedding photography, we really care to make something work out for you.
CONTACT INFO & AVAILABILITY
I only do a limited number of weddings a year, so book early if possible.
I'm currently booked for weddings through autumn 2018. If you need help finding a wedding photographer, please feel free to contact me and I may be able to suggest some other local photographers with a style similar to mine.
Email me at samanthachristensenphotos at gmail.com or DM me on Instagram at samanthachristensenphotos. Call or text to (845) 419-3094. Or fill out the Contact form on this website.
We are not
Traditional, cheesy, corny, stiff, glam, dreary, filtered, over-edited, predictable or boring.
Classic, natural, real, glowing, beautiful, fresh, relaxed and emotional.
Just looking around? You may want to check out the blog. It shows more of my work and includes some helpful resources.
Here are a few to get you started:
- 5 tips for a stress-free getting ready
- A sane person's guide on how much to spend on wedding photography
- What to expect from your photographer before the wedding
- What to expect from your photographer on the wedding day
- What to expect from your photographer after the wedding
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You're an awesome mom.
You really are.
You're smart. You work hard. You're fun to be with. Your kids are clean, polite and nutritionally balanced.
You are the organizer, the social adviser, the one who keeps it all together.
And you'd really like some decent pictures of your kids. Not the school pictures where your little ones look stuffed and mounted. Some real pictures. Some art.
And you know if you don't get this done, nobody will. ('Let's book a family photo session,' said no Dad ever.)
Why haven't you done it yet? Because it's a pain. The kids refuse to smile. Dad cooperates but he has that look on his face; that same look that the family cat has when the children dress it in baby clothes; that limp look of quiet desperation that says 'get me out of here.'
And then the pictures you get back are just kind of okay. Sure, they are better than what you take with a phone. But they aren't all that. You feel like you're getting the Folgers of family photography when what you'd really like is a triple Venti half-sweet non-fat Caramel Macchiato.
Because family photography should be a luscious treat, not an ordeal.
I get it. And here's how we make it better. We're going to dress you up a little. We'll do some flattering posed shots, and we will also let you run wild. The kids will hate it - for five minutes. Your husband will surprise you by turning into a mush muffin. The light will be beautiful. You'll actually have fun. All of you. And you, Lady, you will look as fabulous as you are. Because you are the mom who makes things happen. And when you get your photos, you will. Be. Blown. Away.
Local portrait sessions are $200, which includes a session fee and photo book (or prints as an alternative), saving you the headache of trying to make your own books or prints. Mini sessions with a child are $150 and also include a photo book.
Contact Info & Availability
I'm based in Wallkill, New York, surrounded by historic buildings, mountains, trees, fields and flowers. The only thing missing is you.
Email me at samanthachristensenphotos at gmail.com or DM me on Instagram at samanthachristensenphotos. Call or text (845) 419-3094. Or fill out the Contact form on this website.