Jenna and love at the beach

Jenna is from the San Francisco Bay Area. I first met her at the Yan Fam Way workshop in Salt Lake City last spring. During introductions, when she described herself as a “go big or go home” type of personality, someone who does something 110% once she puts her mind to it, I knew we were made for each other. Jenna is an amazing photographer and, since April, she and I have been each other’s secret film photography cheerleaders- at least that’s how I like to imagine it!

I was beyond excited when Jenna asked me to come out to California and photograph her family. And was I so thrilled that everything could come together to make it happen! The stars had aligned and with not a cloud in the sky, we enjoyed a dreeeeeamy evening at the beach with her family.

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Valerie - Seriously gorgeous!

Jenny - These are so pretty and fun!

not-so-little Lizzie

I am the oldest of five girls and Lizzie is the littlest sister. Only, she’s not so little anymore. This year, Liz will be a high school senior. I can’t believe it.

A few weeks ago, I had just a handful of shots left on a roll of film that I needed to use up. I asked Lizzie to be my model in our parent’s amazing front yard. It was especially fun getting to play around with double exposures! Ahhh film…why are you so amazing?

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the newest member of our family: tiny goldie

A few days after giving birth to our sweet, tiny Goldie girl, Chas and I turned our living room into a little makeshift studio so I could snap a few real photos of Goldie in all her glorious newborn-ness. There are two things that I absolutely love about these images: one is the way Goldie looks on film- especially the beautiful, timeless black and white. And that rich grain? Love it. And the other is the documentation of Hero’s uncertainty about her new little sister. Thumb in her mouth for constant comfort and only sitting as close to Goldie as she can stand, these photos remind me that change can be difficult and confusing and that it’s ok to feel hesitant about it all. With time, however, things will start to feel better, more normal. Eventually, there will be less thumb sucking and more sister cuddles in this new life we’ve found together.  

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stephanie takes her baby bump on an adventure

Stephanie and her husband, Nick, are some of our oldest friends. Not only is Steph an amazingly talented graphic designer and beauty of a human, she is always up for any and all of my crazy ideas. So when I asked her if she’d be willing to do some of her maternity photos in a lake, she was totally on board- even though she apparently has an irrational fear of open bodies of water- which I didn’t find out until she was knee-deep in the lake! Like I said, she’s a trooper. Steph totally rocked this shoot AND patiently put up with my blabbering excitement when we came across the sweetest little pair of ducks and most perfect apricot tree.

I’m so, so excited to see these guys as parents this fall and was honored to be able to document the cutest baby bump ever.

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Ashley - SO beautiful, Sam! Where was this? Is it normally for swimming?

nicole - Gorgeous! Every single shot is lovely!

alexa zurcher - LOVE THESE!! Sam you’re amazing and Steph you are beautiful!

Emma - absolutely stunning!!

Mandi - Sam these are so insanely stunning.

fall travel sessions

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This is kinda super scary for me because I’m not sure if there will be any takers buuuuuut here goes nothing!

This fall, I’m offering some travel sessions! All I need is just three sessions booked in a city and I will come to YOU and take beautiful, unique, and love-filled images for you all on film. So tell me where you’d like me to come!

These special travel sessions are $750 and include the session time, travel, cost of film/processing, and all the edited, full-res image files for you to have for always. (And there’s a special discount available if you let me stay with you for a night or two!)

If you’re interested in having me come to you, leave a comment or email me at samanthakellyphotography@gmail.com