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NASA Inspired Studio Session - Arizona Based Portrait Photographer

Back in March I had an amazing stylized session with some of my favorite creatives in Indiana. I posted a blog post featuring all the other looks a couple months ago inspired by bold colors and fashion, you can view that blog post here

The other part of that session was truly my all time favorite studio session I have EVER done. If you know me, you know that I love NASA. I have wanted to do a space themed shoot for so long and I finally got to work with an awesome team that made those dreams come true. 

Model:  Cheyanne Cook  | Hair & Makeup:  MUA Hailey  | Outfit:  NASA Bomber Jacket  

Model: Cheyanne Cook | Hair & Makeup: MUA Hailey | Outfit: NASA Bomber Jacket 

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I wanted a look that was ~out of this world~ but really, Hailey did such an amazing job with the makeup. I knew that we needed something bold to drive the photos since we were working with mostly a black backdrop. We then added in metallic props to help give a galaxy theme. 

 

I'm so proud of this session and so happy with how it turned out. I'm spending more time this month dedicated to my creative work and excited for all the adventures. 

Chasing Sunset Dreams - My Life in ArizonA As a Photographer

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Two months ago, my mom and I set out on a trip out West along Route 66. I'll save my details of the trip for another time, but today I'm mostly just talking about emotions. 

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I was so ready to get out of the city (and state) of Muncie, IN. I was born, raised, and grew up in that small city. I went to college there, I met all my closest friends there, and of course my mom is there. I am so grateful for my experiences and everything in between that Muncie gave me, but it was time to leave. 

I think people get comfortable, sometimes too comfortable and we don't like to talk about it. I could have easily stayed in my hometown. I had made a lot of good connections there and my business was taking OFF which was one of the hardest things to think about. I had just graduated college, I was starting to have a steady income from my photography business that I started all on my own, so why would I leave that? 

I was ready for change and to be inspired by something new (and I'm sure some of you are saying, "what a millennial thing to do.") It's true though. People need to see new places, do new things, and like so many people say, get out of their comfort zone. 

So I decided to leave, and move in with my long-time boyfriend, Brannon (who moved out to Arizona six months before for a software development job). 

It's obviously not all rainbows and butterflies though, I want to be honest and realistic. Arizona has been everything I ever dreamed, waking up someplace where I can see mountains out my bedroom window in the distance, palm trees and cacti lining every street you turn down, and there's so much stuff to do everywhere you go. Moving your photography business across the country though? Not so easy. Don't get me wrong, I know what I'm doing with my life. I often joke with my friends or family, or the internet for that matter by saying, "I have no clue what I'm doing with my life." The thing is though, I do know. I'm a portrait, lifestyle, wedding, and anything else in between photographer, and I own my own business, and I want to be successful and have this be my full-time career. 

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It's been a process, and I've only been here for two months and I've already gotten discouraged a number of times. I'm not used to not being busy taking photos, editing, and talking to clients nonstop. For the last year that had been my life, so moving across the country, hardly knowing anyone, I should have been prepared for the halt in business. I wasn't though. Most recently I spend my days reading about marketing and business (I highly suggest John Harrington's book, Best Business Practices for Photographers, Third Edition), connecting with other photographers, learning about advertising, and updating my social media as often as possible to stay relevant.

When you're staying in your apartment during the greater part of the day and only taking photos 2-3 times a week (when that's your career) you tend to feel a little lazy. If I'm being honest, I'm just winging it. I don't have an exact plan, I wish I had a more set direction of how to do what I'm doing and reach my goals (I've done a couple thousand Google searches though and I haven't found a direct map of how to become successful), and there's not.

A real life photo of me chasing sunsets + dreams in Moab, Utah. 

A real life photo of me chasing sunsets + dreams in Moab, Utah. 

So here I am, writing a blog post talking about my feelings and what I'm doing with my life, hoping people will take the time to read it. I don't know exactly where I'm going or where this is going to take me, but for now I'm just riding the adventure wave and doing everything I can to get to the top (was that too cliche?) 

Until next time.

-S

 

 

Now booking ALL Arizona sessions + Indiana sessions for the month of October, click the Contact button below to send me a message. 

Encanto Park in Phoenix, AZ - Arizona Based Portrait Photographer

About the look | In frame: Emily Kidd | Dress:  Gap  | Shoes:  H&M

About the look | In frame: Emily Kidd | Dress: Gap | Shoes: H&M

I had the pleasure of meeting up with Emily Kidd last week in Phoenix. Emily is a Seattle based photographer, but was visiting her boyfriend in Phoenix. I am currently a Tempe/Phoenix, Arizona based photographer (making my way around the state) and was so excited to meet up with another photographer! We met through the creatives group Build & Bloom on Facebook. 

 

 

We started our adventure at Dark Hall Coffee and talked about all things photography, goals, and The Office. Then we made our way into the 108 degree weather for some portraits around the building. 

 

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About the look | In frame: Emily Kidd | Dress: Target | Shoes: H&M 

Once we were ready for a break from the heat, we hopped in the car and headed towards Encanto Park in Phoenix (with a few detours beforehand). The park had the perfect amount of sunshine and shade. 

 

 

*Shameless Plug* This would also be the PERFECT location for seniors, lifestyle portraits, couples, or a family session if you're in the Phoenix area and want to set up a session! 

 

Even if I was sweating profusely afterwards, it was so much fun getting to shoot in the Arizona sun with another photographer that totally understands the struggles and amazing side of being a photographer. 

I'd love to meet up with other ~creatives~ in the Phoenix, AZ area, send me a message if you're in the area and want to collab! 

Here's to the next photo friend adventure. 

xx 

Stops Along Route 66 | Blue Swallow Motel - Tucumcari, New Mexico

I'm currently sitting in my apartment in Tempe, AZ with the air conditioning blasting. It's 101 outside... and only getting hotter. 

I just got back from a visit in Indiana though and I can officially say I'm a Phoenician because the humid 85 degree weather there is so much worse than the 100 degree dry heat here. 

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This photo was taken at the back of the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico. I've been in the process of editing all of my photos from my mom and I's road trip out west. 

This was one of my favorite stops on our trip. When we decided to stop at all the best Route 66 locations, the Blue Swallow was listed as a must, and I can completely understand why. 

 

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The salmon pink walls, periwinkle doors, and vintage signs made it feel like we were taking a step back in time. The town of Tucumcari has clearly changed a lot since Route 66 was at its peak of popularity, but driving down the road you can still see and visit places that have been there since the beginning. 

 

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On me: Shirt from  Urban Outfitters  | Jeans from  Forever 21  | Sunglasses from  Ray-Ban  

On me: Shirt from Urban Outfitters | Jeans from Forever 21 | Sunglasses from Ray-Ban 

If you're making a trip along Route 66, the Blue Swallow Motel is a must see and if you have time, I would absolutely stay the night there. 

This is my first installment of my Route 66 blog posts, I plan to feature all my favorite locations, photo stops, and unique things along the way. 

Here's to all the adventures coming. 

Bold is the Move - Arizona Based Lifestyle Photographer

Bold is the move. 

And this session was a dream. 

I teamed up with an amazing group of girls for one of my favorite studio sessions to date. We started with the idea of strong colors and bold makeup and it turned into an amazing vision that was everything I could have ever dreamed. 

I'll keep this blog post short and let the photos do the talking. 

 

Models:  Christine Tate  &  Cheyanne Cook    Makeup:  MUA Hailey    Hair:  Kaycee Mae  

Models: Christine Tate & Cheyanne Cook 

Makeup: MUA Hailey 

Hair: Kaycee Mae 

Look 1: Captured in Cellophane 

Look 2: 80s Bold

Look 3: Sunshine Yellow

Look 4: Bold Together

Models: Christine Tate & Cheyanne Cook 

Makeup: MUA Hailey 

Hair: Kaycee Mae 

Look 5: Waves of Blue

This is some of my favorite work I have ever created in the studio. It was so much fun getting to do a creative session with some amazing ladies. There's one other look to this session that I'll be sharing in a separate blog post! For now, let me know in the comments which look is your favorite! Here's to the next round of creativity. 

A Greener Lifestyle with Bamboo Herb Toothbrushes

This last year I've been making transitions to a greener, more natural lifestyle. Bamboo Herb Toothbrushes have been a small step in a greener direction. 

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In the United States alone, there are an estimated 850 million plastic toothbrushes that end up in landfills every single year, many ending up in our Earth's oceans. 

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Bamboo Herb Toothbrushes are 100% recyclable + biodegradable. The toothbrushes come in 100% recyclable packaging as well. Switching to a bamboo toothbrush is honestly one of the easiest changes to make to become more eco-friendly.  

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Not to mention that the way bamboo toothbrushes look is so aesthetically pleasing. The bristles are soft and the bamboo is water resistant. Bamboo Herb sells their toothbrushes in packs of four, each numbered 1-4 so you know which one to switch to every three months. So one package lasts you a whole year. 

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Bamboo Herb Toothbrushes can be purchased on Amazon here. Switching from a plastic toothbrush to bamboo has been one of the easiest + best changes that I've made knowing I'm helping make a small, but important impact on our big Earth. 

Here's to all the green adventures. 

xx

Samantha

I'm Moving

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If you're close with me or you frequently read my Instagram posts, it's probably been pretty obvious what my news is. I wouldn't be me if I didn't write a blog post to announce it though. 

I'm moving. To Arizona. On April 6th. 

To make a long story short and putting sentiment aside, my long-time boyfriend, Brannon Muncey, moved out to Tempe, Arizona in October. In case you haven't heard me talk about him enough, he's an extremely smart and talented individual who works as a software developer for State Farm. Needless to say, I've decided to move out there with him. 

I graduated from Ball State University in December with a degree in photojournalism and a minor in sociology. I have wanted to move out West for as long as I can remember. I've lived in Muncie my entire life and I lived at home for my first three years of college. I don't think it needs to be said that I've been planning to leave this city for quite some time now. 

And I could not be more excited. If you're wondering what it is I will be doing, I will be moving my business, Samantha Rose Photography, out there and focusing on it full time. I'm planning to also get into some freelance and working any part time photo job that I can find. It will be a process and one heck of an adventure. 

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My mom and I will be leaving Muncie on April 6 to travel to Fort Wayne. I had originally thought I would leave at the end of March, but my favorite band, All Time Low, will be performing in Fort Wayne that night. So we took that as a sign that we should wait to leave until the first week of April. From there we will travel across most of Route 66, stopping at every touristy destination and stop along the route. We'll also be taking a small detour to go to the Four Corners and the Grand Canyon. My mom and I have always wanted to go on cross-country road trip. We say we are the best travel companions because we love all of the cliché stuff and pretty scenery, but tend to go pretty fast when it comes to the history stuff. The last three years we have gone on three amazing trips for spring break. Chicago. California. New York City. So what better last trip to take than to drive me across the country. 

In regards to my photo business, I will be booking sessions through April 4th. I'm trying to get in as many sessions as possible before I leave with anyone that has wanted to have their photos taken by me. I will also be coming back October 5th-13th to photograph a wedding and fit in as many photo sessions as possible while I'm back. (p.s. if you're interested in booking an October session, I'm offering $25 off any session booked with the retainer by April 4th so hit me up). 

I can't even begin to express how lucky and happy I am that I get to do what I do. Photographing people and places and things and being able to do so anywhere. 

I'll have more updates soon. 

I can't wait to see what is ahead and where this adventure takes me. I hope you're ready for the ride too. 

xx

"If we’re really honest with ourselves, most of our plans don’t work out as we’d hoped. So instead of asking our young people, ‘What are your plans? What do you plan to do with your life?’, maybe we should tell them this: Plan… to be surprised.” - Dan in Real Life

  

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Happy Valentine's Day - Photos of Love - Indiana Lifestyle Photographer

I had so much fun the first two weeks of February planning these sessions. I teamed up with Reagan Lynn Photography and we planned three photoshoots with different models. 

I've always thought Valentine's Day was a cute holiday, I admit that parts of it can be cheesy, but embracing the love in the air and all the cliches can be pretty fun. 

Whether you're celebrating with a lover, friends, family, or yourself, you can't deny all the flowers, balloons, and candy (especially when it's 50% off the next day), make you smile a little. Alright maybe they don't, but I hope these photos do. 

 

Our first session was with the beautiful Christine Tate. We picked up some tulips and carnations, embraced the cold weather, and then finished sipping warm drinks inside The Caffeinery in Downtown Muncie. 

 

Our second session was with the amazing Makindsay Carper and let me tell you this day was FREEZING. We took photos on top of one of the parking garages at Ball State University and the wind chill made it feel like it was in the negatives. It was worth it though. We bought a dozen heart shaped, helium filled balloons from Party City and took as many photos as we could as fast as we could (with a 10 minute warm-up in the middle). 

Our final session was one of my all-time favorite's (which I tend to say about every new session). We bought candy hearts, tons of balloons, heart decorations, face tattoos, and all the other stuff you find in the holiday craft section at Target. We worked with the beautiful Demi Vaugn. I'd say more, but I'll just let the photos do the talking. 

I hope you all have an amazing, love-filled day. 

xoxo

Samantha

Dreaming with my eyes open

Last night, I danced under the most perfect Indiana sky, surrounded by fog, camera in-hand, in one of my favorite outfits, with one of my best friends. 

I truly felt like I was dreaming with my eyes open. 

Photo by: Reagan Lynn Photography

Photo by: Reagan Lynn Photography

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Reagan and I had made a trip to downtown Indianapolis for a photographer meet-up hosted by one of our favorite photogs (@zacharyraber). We decided to make the trip a few weeks ago and wanted to make a day out of it. We arrived early to eat brunch at Cafe Patachou. 

We were a little pessimistic at first... it had been pouring down rain all morning, it was cold, and although we enjoyed our food, afterwards we couldn't get the parking meter to work. We looked at each other, with our camera gear around our necks and both in matching rain coats and said, "This better be worth it." 

Once we finally got parked and to the meet-up location at the Indiana State Museum, we couldn't find the group and had no clue where to go. It felt a little disorganized and we were still questioning if this trip was worth our precious gas money. 

After finding a group of people that were also lost, but also looking for the meet-up, we finally got to where we were supposed to be. There was a lot of disorganization and no one really knew what was going on (a model pointed out that a woman was clearly not in charge of this meet-up, haha). 

The day was filled with a couple hours of shooting along the canal, drizzling rain, a lot of squatting in bushes and bumping elbows with other photographers (oh and free hats!). Surrounded by 20 other creatives, it was an awesome day. A group of us went to a cute coffee shop afterwards called the Thirsty Scholar. We were all obsessing over the perfect lighting and marble tables the entire time. 

After an hour of talking, laughing, Instagram photos, and hand-modeling, it was time to get on the road home (making a quick stop in front of an ivy-wall in the parking lot). 

Reagan and I started the walk back to the car, talking about all of the wall art, abandoned buildings, and what a day it had been. We were satisfied. 

We had been on the road for about 10 minutes when we noticed how the fog was hanging low by the river. Before either of us commented on how breathtaking it looked, we both knew we had to stop. 

As Reagan drove forward, the sun was setting faster and we were getting discouraged that there would be no place to pull off on the side of the road. She took the first possible right that we approached and our hearts sunk a little when we saw that the river just didn't look quite as magical from that side. 

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Until we saw the bridge ahead, with the perfect pull-off location. The sun was the perfect hues of pink, blue, and orange and the fog was rolling in. We both jumped out of the car, screaming to each other with excitement. 

As we were running around, switching outfits, dancing around, freaking out about how this was the most perfect photo location and moment in the entire world, I felt so alive and inspired. 

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love what I do. Although, I sometimes have doubt about my career choice. My passion. My hobby. My whole life revolves around photography, and I have questioned if that was the right decision. Will I make enough money? Will I get enough business? Will I keep improving? Will I get burnt out? 

Let me tell you that tonight confirmed that I'm doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing. You see, photographers see the world differently and unless you are one, I can't really describe how it looks. Abandoned buildings, a row of matching trash cans, rusted down vehicles, a laundromat, raggedy clothes, parking garages, and crumbling walls all look magical to us. The perfect backdrop. So when you give us a PERFECT SUNSET and add fog to it, that's just something I can't put into words. 

I may not have it all figured out, but I would not give up the way I see the world and the way I photograph it for anything. 

So here's to the nights we feel alive and so in the moment that nothing else matters. I say that I felt like I was dreaming with my eyes open last night, but if we are being honest I get to dream with my eyes open every time I'm behind my camera. Oh how lucky I am. 

Here's to the next adventure. 

For bookings visit: http://www.samanthabrammerphotography.com/contact

Stylized Water Session // Indiana Adventure Photographer // Muncie, Indiana

This was by far my favorite session I have ever had. 

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Do you ever get an image in your head of how you want something to look and it doesn't come out quite like you pictured? This was NOT one of those times. I sent out a model call a couple months ago and Indianapolis based model Christine Tate (@christinelouistate) reached out to me. I knew she was perfect for the water session I had been thinking up in my head. She also put me into contact with the amazing Indianapolis based makeup artist, Evian Does Makeup (@eviandoesmakeup). 

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I have wanted to do a collab session for so long, and this was such a dream session for my first one! 

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Christine's metallic nails and smokey makeup fit perfect with the water and mix of warm and cool tones. 

Contact Evian at eviandoesmakeup@gmail.com for more information about her work!

This right here is my all time favorite photo, I am so proud of this piece of work and it will be featured in my gallery at Cornerstone Center for the Arts that opens Sept. 7, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. and will be open throughout the whole month of September. 

This right here is my all time favorite photo, I am so proud of this piece of work and it will be featured in my gallery at Cornerstone Center for the Arts that opens Sept. 7, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. and will be open throughout the whole month of September. 

Click through the photos below to check out more of my top picks from this session:

*Interested in booking a water session or just a normal portrait session? Check out my contact page or send me an email at samantharosephotography1@gmail.com 

I'd love to set up an adventure with you!