REAL IS RARE

Hey there busy lady.

How are you doing?

If you’re a bride, is it a lot of this? You chose the guy and now. So. Many. Choices. Follow.

Which bridesmaids? Which groomsmen? My town or your town? Rustic or modern? Barn, tent, vineyard, intimate B&B or catering hall? Meal or finger foods? DJ or band? Who’s going to marry you? How are we paying for this? The dress. The dress. The dress. The guest list. My family. His family. My friends. His friends. Joy. Meltdown. The dress. The dress. The dress. Flower girl or no? Sparklers or no? Flower girl with sparklers? Definite no.

Whew. And. . . you don’t have a photographer yet.

And there are so many photographers out there. So many. Until you start looking for something specific.

You don't want dark and dreary photos or pictures that are so light they look washed out. And you hate everything that looks posed or staged.

You're finding bunches of pretty pictures. But there's something missing. There's no emotion. No spark. Not a lot of joy. Sometimes the brides and grooms look slightly bored to be at their own wedding. Sometimes the editing makes the day look more like a funeral than a wedding. And that's just not you.

Welcome to Samantha Christensen Photography. Settle in and chill a bit. You need a break. 

I can’t promise you that your mother-in-law will love you (although she will.) Or that the ring bearer won’t pick his nose during the ceremony. (It would be awesome if he did, though.) Or that it won’t rain on your wedding day.

But I can promise you beautiful candid images of you and your loved ones that are filled with joy and light.

Your wedding is going to be lovely. It’s going to fly by. I do. Dance. Eat cake. Done. Everybody will be pretty happy.

And when it comes to your photography, it’s not just going to be OK.

It’s going to be fabulous.

Believe it or not, it’s going to be fun.

I'm a former journalist who appreciates that the unstaged, unscripted moments are the best.

My husband Tom and I lived in Brooklyn Heights in New York City for years and are now based in Wallkill in upstate New York. 

I primarily serve the mid-Hudson Valley, although I occasionally can be dragged out of my cave to shoot elsewhere.

Tom and I on our 25th anniversary trip. We stressed really bad about our wedding but it all turned out fine. As far as we can remember.