Samia did such a wonderful job photographing our Covid Elopement in May 2020 and we received so many compliments from family and friends on the elopement photos that 1.5 years later (thanks Covid) we again hired Samia’s Studio’s for our Formal ...
Wedding and Reception in December 2021 at the Elkridge Furnace Inn. We were so excited to work with Samia again because we knew how well her style and personality matched with ours.
The connection and ease we felt with Samia showed through in our wedding photos. The images - particularly from our first look and intimate “Bride and Groom” photos before our wedding and our wedding party photos which included our children - made us both cry when we viewed them. The light in these photos and the love she captured between my husband and my self and our family and friends enchanted everyone who has seen these images – they are full of warmth, humor and genuine romance.
Samia also was particularly sensitive about photographing my husband’s daughter who is autistic and quite camera shy. Samia took many lovely photos of her at our wedding celebration, in many she is actually smiling, which was previously unheard of – Samia really took the time to make her comfortable with her and the camera. I can’t wait to see them printed in our wedding album and to frame some for Father’s day. Her ability to make the entire wedding party comfortable, while also staying organized and helping to keep us all on track shows through in her entire finished product. The pictures taken as a whole are stunning, capturing glowy flattering light at just the right times, for just the right pictures.
On a practical note, Samia was consistently communicative using her online system, emails and phone & text. She checked in with us regularly and frankly was a blessing to work with when other members of our Wedding team were often not as solidly professional. Her eye for detail was astounding. She navigated complex family dynamics and moved swiftly though portraits knowing when to blend in, and when to check in with us about certain photos we had requested to keep things moving in a timely way.
I loved that many family members asked later if Samia was a friend because of how easily her personality blended with our group. She and her videographer Megan are both lovely people anyone would be pleased to have attend their wedding. The Video they shot and edited was wonderful and we will treasure it forever. My husband and I watch it on repeat. - I’m so incredibly grateful we decided to add that option to our package. I’m looking forward to framing some of her beautiful photos for our new home and I can’t wait to see our Fine Art Album that Samia is in the process of preparing (It took me forever to choose my “favorite” photos for the album because I literally had hundreds!).
If you’re looking for a cheap photographer, I don’t think Samia is the one for you. Nor should she be for all that she offers. But if you value photography and want someone who is a master of their craft and a true professional all-round, plus real value for your money look no further.
Plus, she offers something that not all photographers can, real flexibility. Our wedding was postponed due to COVID 3 times and Samia did not miss a beat, even thoughtfully sending us many updated schedules and checking in with us frequently to keep our spirits up during lockdown!
We will treasure these photos forever. Thank you, Samia’s Studios!