WHAT'S MY APPROACH?

I’m there to document genuine moments as they naturally happen. For the majority of the day, I stay very hands off, focusing 100% on the story. You won’t find me asking your friends to recreate moments, but you will find me ready to capture those moments before they even happen.
During portraits, it’s a little different. I give plenty of direction, working to bring creative ideas and new photography techniques to make images that are unique. Though I do direct during portraits my intentions are to capture candid moments to give you honest, natural photos.
My goal at every wedding is to develop new photographic ideas no one has ever before seen. If that’s something that excites you, we’ll be a perfect fit.

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WHAT ARE THE DELIVERABLES?

You get all the edited files in high-resolution JPEG format. Easily downloadable with no watermarks via an online gallery. Take a look at the full sample galleries below to get an idea about what those look like.

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DO I NEED A SHOT LIST?

Nope! I’ve photographed over 100 south asian weddings of every region and mix of cultures. 1.5 months before the wedding you’ll receive a questionnaire with everything I need to know about your wedding plans. Included in that is the only shot list I ask for – the groupings for family photos. There are recommendations about what people normally do and an area to fill in what’s unique to your family.

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COSTS FOR TRAVEL?

Travel costs only apply with locations that require a flight or that are over 4 hours away from DC, Baltimore, NYC. Destination weddings will be customized depending on the specifics of your location, however it’s generally 2 nights hotel and round trip flight out of BWI airport.

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<strong>PACKAGE 1 | 5500</strong>

PACKAGE 1 | 5500

  • All day wedding day photo coverage
  • Online Gallery Hosting and Zip File
  • 700+ Edited High Resolution Digital Files
  • Print Release

This package is ideal for weddings where everything is in one location. If you want to keep things as simple as possible – this is the way to go!

<strong>PACKAGE 2 | 7500</strong>

PACKAGE 2 | 7500

  • 6 hours (available across Mehndi, Sangeet, Haldi, or Pooja)
  • All day wedding photo coverage
  • Online Gallery Hosting and Zip File
  • 1200+ Edited High Resolution Digital Files
  • Print Release

This is my most popular package as it includes both all day wedding coverage, and additional hours that can be used during any mix of Mehndi, Sangeet, Haldi, or Pooja ceremonies.

<strong>PACKAGE 3 | 8500</strong>

PACKAGE 3 | 8500

  • Second Photographer
  • 8 hours (available across Mehndi, Sangeet, Haldi, or Pooja)
  • All day wedding day photo coverage
  • Online Gallery Hosting and Zip File
  • 1200+ Edited High Resolution Digital Files
  • Print Release

This includes nearly everything I offer. The 2nd photographer is a great option for weddings with 200+ guests, and I only work with professionals that I trust. Their images are given to me for safekeeping, and edited along with my own.

WHAT'S THE DEPOSIT?

$1000 non refundable payment to own the date. I have a policy of booking with whoever first submits their contract and pays the retainer for an inquired date.

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HOW DO WE BOOK?

After we’ve talked about which package works best for your wedding I’ll send along a formal proposal with the contract and payment information in a custom online portal.

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WHAT ARE YOUR PHYSICAL WEDDING ALBUMS LIKE?

There’s some information HERE about them!

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Add-Ons

Engagement Session - 1200

Engagement Session - 1200

Engagement sessions are incredibly helpful to prepare for the wedding day. It’s a chance to unlearn how you’ve previously had your picture taken and get a full sense of what to expect from me and my approach so it’s not even a thought come wedding day. Review my session guide for more information!

  • 1.5 Hour Session
  • Edited High Resolution Files in Online Gallery
Session Guide
2nd Photographer - 950

2nd Photographer - 950

Let me start by saying that I photograph most weddings by myself, however sometimes it just makes logistical sense to have a second photographer. I can’t be in two places at the same time and if you want photos of getting ready in two totally different locations, or you want lots of detail photos during cocktail hour while we’re out taking photos – a second photographer is the best way to go about it.

  • I only use professionals that I trust and whose style and approach is similar to my own.
  • All images are given to me for safekeeping and edited for delivery right along with my own.
Video - 2900

Video - 2900

I’ve partnered with Nathan Mitchell to offer videography coverage of the ceremony, and any toasts/speeches during the reception. When Nathan isn’t covering video/audio capture for those two events – he’s second shooting images along side me.

Albums

Albums

Often, the experience of seeing your photos actually printed in a physical/tangible form can be forgotten about. It’s an important factor to consider when you’re thinking about what you truly want out of your wedding photos. Sometimes it’s just a totally different feeling to pull out a wedding album than it is to boot up your computer. To look at ink instead of pixels. To hold the memories of your day in your hands… without any need for an outlet.

  • Album layouts are self-designed using your online gallery interface. Design by Sam Hurd is available for an additional $500.
  • Various sizes and cover colors are available, along with a more affordable linen cover.
Gifyyy Booth - 500

Gifyyy Booth - 500

Photobooths are all doing the same thing these days – I wanted to offer something simple, new and fun for wedding guests. GIFYYY creates super-fun, fast-paced animated gif files that are sent instantly via text message.  Your guests can save them to their phones and share via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Check this video for a demo of how it works!

  • Gifyyy can be set up anywhere and requires no outlet. Live GIF uploads when cell reception is available.

Kind Words

Brenna + Joey
Brenna + Joey
I had a bit of an unconventional location for the wedding...

I am so thankful we found Sam to photograph both our engagement in DC and wedding pics in VA. I spent weeks sorting through the same cookie cutter washed out wedding photographers until I stumbled upon Sam. He takes the time to get to know couples and makes sure to photograph them in a way that is true to their personalities and relationship.

Eve + Nick
Eve + Nick
His work speaks for itself, and he's a lovely person to boot.

We cannot overstate how highly we recommend Sam! He told the story of our wedding day in Baltimore in a way we couldn’t have imagined. He has a gift for finding the little moments, and captures them so creatively and beautifully.

Jenn + Paul
Jenn + Paul
We must have looked at 100 portfolios...

but then I saw Sam’s work in DC. We wanted an artist who uses photography as their medium, not a photographer…Sam is it. He has an eye that can filter out anything “ugly”, and he can turn the most mundane shots into pure art.

The Mbimbas
The Mbimbas
We were so nervous, but his calm presence made us so comfortable and we were laughing the whole time.

Throughout this wedding procession he has quickly and calmly answered all of my questions without getting frustrated. He truly is a gem! If you are looking for colorful, unique photos and a chill, but extremely talented photographer, this is your guy!

Elena + Paul
Elena + Paul
He is truly "the photographer's photographer!"

His work is unique and uncommon in the NYC area, but I was fortunate that he was easily able to come to New York. He was the first vendor I booked, since it’s the photos that remain after the day flies by. My only regret was not getting a photo with him at the end of the evening. He is a true gem!