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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Emma - absolutely 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 

wild flower girls

With just a few weeks until baby girl #2 makes her big arrival into our family, I’ve been feeling a little apprehensive about adding another babe into the mix and still being able to successfully juggle everything in my life. But then I spent a golden evening with these three. Little London and Lucy were darling, emotional, and silly. And, most importantly, they loved their mama and each other. And that’s when I caught a small glimpse of the possibilities for my own future with two little girly girls. The anxiety and fear was replaced with peace and excitement.

Their lovely mama, Brecca, is an amazing mother. I loved getting to watch how she both played with them and took the little emotional meltdowns in stride. At one point, while consoling a sobbing London, she comforted her by lovingly assuring her that she could just get all her sad feelings out right then and there. Brecca won huge mama respect points from me with that one and, sure enough, the tears passed and the fun continued. (I always assure parents that meltdowns during photo sessions are totally fine!- and sometimes make for some great photos!)

From flower crowns and flowy dresses to swim suits, popsicles, and blowing bubbles, these wild flower girls are the perfect mix of sweet and sassy. I hope my own little family of girls will be just like them someday.

 

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probably the coolest family in provo

I used to go by “Sami,” but that was nearly 10 years ago. Amy and Justin Hackworth still call me “Sami.”

Justin is an amazing wedding and portrait photographer- you’ve probably heard of him or seen his work. I was lucky enough to have him photograph my first wedding- back when he wasn’t even doing photography full-time. I feel kinda cool that I knew about Justin before he was JUSTIN HACKWORTH. Like loving a song long before it gets huge and is on the radio all the time. My in-laws are also good friends of the Hackworths and so is my family. I’m glad that I’m connected to these guys in so many ways because they are the best of the best. And I haven’t even mentioned Amy.

If there was one word I could use to describe Amy, it would be “beloved.” Amy is one of the kindest, most beautiful souls you’ll ever meet. And you don’t have to take my word for it. Anyone who knows her would easily say the same. Amy is adored and loved by all. A wonderful person to have in your life. So wonderful, in fact, that she agreed to be the editor for my book last year. I couldn’t have finished such a huge undertaking without her gentle, wise guidance and expertise. I will forever be grateful to her for her help.

I chatted with Justin and Amy for at least a good 30 minutes before and after the session. That’s the kind of people they are. They make you feel important and loved. I was so honored to be able to try and capture just a snippet of their family’s light and life together in their home.

 

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Traci - Gorgeous images. I want to shoot film again but for some reason I’m so nervous about it. You make me feel inspired.

ellen patton - There’s a lot of love in these photos.

outnumbered 3 to 1 and loving it

I don’t think I’ve ever had a family shoot experience that felt so, so relaxed. I met beautiful Ginger and her boys on a gorgeous evening. The weather was dreamy and the golden light streaming through the spring green leafy trees was amazing. Ginger and her husband, Jon, were…perfect. Not a single ounce of stress exuded from either of them the entire time. Just playfulness, love, and patience. And that  big boy Jonah and baby Riggins? Kill me. Two of the sweetest, happiest little guys I’ve ever met.

I found myself wondering if Ginger realized how incredibly beautiful she is. I’m not sure she does. And that’s the best kind of beauty- the kind that’s humble and giving. The kind that makes you want to be a better mama yourself after just watching the effortless, calm, and cute way she interacted with her children- especially Jonah. The kind of beauty who texts me precisely as I’m writing this post simply to thank me for the session and calls me “an angel on earth.” Meeting and working with families like Ginger’s reminds me how much true goodness there is in the world because  these guys are just full to the brim with it and throwing it back out to all who cross their path.

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Sarah - Oh my goodness. This is all just so amazing. I can see why she refers to you as an angel on this earth. You have captured this family and their moments so wonderfully! Truly a gift!

Amanda - holy moly, these are wonderful! and that mom, she makes me want to go blonde! so much fun!

jackie - gorgeous!

Heather - I love these! The colors are just amazing in these photos!

Amie - Just beautiful! Can I ask where you shot these pictures- the location is stunning!

Ginger Parrish - Samantha. I hope you know how much these pictures mean to us!! I cannot stop staring at them + want you to come see them blown up on my wall! You’re such a joy to work with + we will definitely be back for more. Thanks a million times over! Xx