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PHOTOGRAPHER | Samantha Dean

Samantha Dean Photo is a Los Angeles based wedding photographer working primarily on the West Coast, and available worldwide. She uses 35mm and medium format film, as well as digital cameras to create a comprehensive and nostalgic photographic story. Samantha Dean Photo is inspired by editorial structure, organic moments, and natural environments.

Tell us about your business!

I started Samantha Dean Photo officially in 2018, but have been photographing weddings on and off since 2013. I approach weddings as a sentimentalist, considering how images can be made from our most intimate interactions and closest relationships.

Where are you based?

I am based in Los Angeles.

Do you travel for weddings?

I travel for about half of my work domestically and am starting to open my books for select international weddings. I love documenting my couples in environments that they connect with the most.

How would you describe your style?

I use montage to create stories in a documentary style because I love to see how images build off of another to tell a story. However, I also find my images are often structured in an editorial way, in the most organic sense.

What is your most memorable career moment?

Choosing a specific moment feels paradoxical. I find myself in so many places with people that have so many different stories, all of which are very memorable.

What inspires you?

I am continually inspired by organic moments, natural and modern environments, documentary film, a heartfelt meal, natural wine, 60's love songs, climbing, cycling, tradition and new practices.

What motivates you to do what you do?

It may sound ordinary, but seeing people come together in the beautiful covenant of marriage is really beautiful to me. It’s grounding to be able to photograph this monumental moment in my clients lives.

How would you describe your working style?

I’m type A, which makes me quite attuned to detail and organization. However, I am also very relaxed and calm. On wedding days I prefer to act like a friend, who is very interested in your relationships.

Do you shoot digitally, on film or both?

Currently, I shoot hybrid film and digital. Film was my first love though, so I find myself connected to its physicality most.

Where would you love to travel to for work?

I would love to go to Japan for work, there are sites I’ve visited, that I often think of and would be so excited to shoot at.

What is your advice to couples getting married?

Photographs last beyond your wedding day, invest and you won’t regret it!


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