Before You Share Your Story...

Let me tell you mine

"B," my oldest, was diagnosed with Autism just shy of three years old. As a parent of a child with special needs, family portraits can be a stressful venture yet we want these moments captured all the same without forced posing or inauthentic connections. After a start in commercial photography (2012), God gave us a different - but beautiful - journey.

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THIS IS US

  • Michael and I were raised right here in Swansboro.
  • Master of Arts from UNC Charlotte
  • Certified Autism Specialist
  • Professional coffee drinker.
  • We call our daughter, Bitty. YES, like a baby chicken.
  • Mom go two neurodivergent kiddos. One with Autism.
  • Loves boating, a good read, and Jesus. Not in that order.
  • Small business supporter and Seaside Arts Council member.
  • Third generation artist and studio in Swansboro.
  • Enneagram 2 (Helper)
  • Active photographer for several local non-profits

THIS IS US

  • Michael and I were raised right here in Swansboro.
  • Master of Arts from UNC Charlotte
  • Certified Autism Specialist
  • Professional coffee drinker.
  • We call our daughter, Bitty. YES, like a baby chicken.
  • Mom go two neurodivergent kiddos. One with Autism.
  • Loves boating, a good read, and Jesus. Not in that order.
  • Small business supporter and Seaside Arts Council member.
  • Third generation artist and studio in Swansboro.
  • Enneagram 2 (Helper)
  • Active photographer for several local non-profits

My purpose is rooted in serving families like yours.


As a parent of a child with special needs, I understand that capturing your precious moments must be a stress-free and enjoyable experience. While our lives are filled with many roles, appointments, and responsibilities, capturing your family's memories should be the least of stressors. If you're looking for someone who gets it, not only from an educational perspective but the day to day caregiving role, you've come to the right place.

While being a full-time, licensed professional photographer with over 10 years experience in working with our Autism and IDD community, I'm also a Mama to an almost thirteen year child with Autism. I am passionate about serving families with a stress free environment that timelessly captures your story whether in my Swansboro studio or outdoors along the Crystal Coast (Emerald Isle - Atlantic Beach.) From my thoughtfully curated questionnaires and guides, to the tools I use and locations we choose, your session is designed with care. Ready to capture quality imagery and enjoyable a memorable experience?

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LOVELAND FAMILY

Samantha is AMAZING!! She does such a wonderful job of capturing personalities and just life happening instead of posing you! The pictures that she took of our family and our boys are simply magical! She captured our family perfectly and we had so much fun taking them!! Samantha has also taken my dance studios photos for the last several years and she always does an amazing job that all the dancers and parents are pleased with! 10/10 recommend Samantha for all your pictures!"

My mama was called home in October of 2021. While being a devastating loss to my family, it further shaped the heart of my work with extended families, parents, and grandparents. My family is at the heart of EVERYTHING that I do, and you might spot either of the kiddos (or Michael) assisting with equipment, filming a 'behind the scenes,' or telling a joke or two. 


With each session, you can count on compassion, conversation, and creativity. I'm confident I can help you fall in love with your story.


Xo,

Sam

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