photo + video
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Get to know me…

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About me

I’m a Brooklyn-based photographer/videographer who specializes in lifestyle content. Whether you’re looking for portraits of your family to hang over the mantle, a video feature for your new rising venture, or drool-worthy content of your breakfast to boost your Instagram following, I’m the girl for you! My specialties are family and pets, travel, food, and wellness.

Before going freelance, I was the set photographer at the TODAY show where I was lucky enough to travel across the country alongside the anchors, photographing assignments in the White House, Paisley Park and even in the anchors’ own homes. After a few years I decided to shift roles and helped to launch the lifestyle digital video team. I had the privilege of working with many high-profile brands and celebrities, producing, shooting, and editing award-winning content for digital, broadcast and across OTT platforms. My work has been featured on prominent media outlets including Buzzfeed, People, and Huffington Post.

 

My approach

My background in documentary journalism has shaped my approach to storytelling into the relaxed, easygoing style that it is today. If working at the TODAY show taught me one thing, it’s that you have to be able to find calm in total chaos. I prefer to let life play out in front of me while I capture the subtle, beautiful, real moments. I want to witness the unplanned laughter, the subtle loving glances, the candid moments of togetherness; I want to capture the flickers of life that are most authentically you – whether that’s filmed in motion or snapped in a moment frozen forever – I’m here to tell your story in a visually creative and beautiful way.

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My favorite part of my job is getting to know my subjects; I want to know what makes you tick, what lights you up, and I want to see you come alive firsthand. I want to get to know you, be inspired by you, so I can photograph your story the way that it feels to you. These relationships, and ultimately the images and video they provide, are so very valuable to me (and if you feel the same then you've come to the right place!)

I read the room, I observe, I participate, and I have a knack for making even the most camera-shy comfortable enough to get those sweet, simple, authentic moments captured for a lifetime. I am experienced, reliable, versatile, and more than anything, I love what I do.

If you think this sounds like something you can get behind, send me a message and let’s talk! I can’t wait to meet you.

– Sam

 

— Awards —

Shorty Awards 2019

The Hearst Foundation

The Society for Features Journalism

Society for Professional Journalists

Syracuse Press Club

— Client List —

NBC Universal

People

Buzzfeed

Tribeca Film Festival

Estee Lauder Company

Billboard Magazine

Huffington Post

— Education —

BA in Photojournalism

Syracuse University

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Travel Schedule - 2019

Although I consider Brooklyn to be my home base, I was born in Japan, raised in California, and reside in New York - traveling is in my blood and I’m always looking for a new adventure! This schedule is based on current bookings as well as personal trips. I’ll continue to update it as new adventures arise, so check back often.

January 1-13 San Francisco, CA
February 22-24 Catskills, NY
March 28-31 Savannah, GA
July 7-21 France / Italy / Croatia
August 3-10 Maui, HI
August 11-15 San Francisco, CA
August 22-26 Costa Rica
December 21-31 San Francisco, CA

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A little more about me…

I laugh loudly, love fiercely, and as my dad says “I always swing the bat.” I will always say yes to a good road trip. I’m crazy about dogs – I’ve fostered over 40! And I may be small, but my personality is mighty. My creativity, positive energy and appetite for adventure are what get me through each day (that and a good cold brew!)

I’ve traveled to 18 countries (and counting!)

I’ve traveled to 18 countries (and counting!)

I have fostered over 41 dogs.

I have fostered over 41 dogs.

The key to my heart is fried chicken.

The key to my heart is fried chicken.