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Fast Food Photo Challenge - Taco Bell - KFC - McDonald's - Muncie, Indiana

Two days ago I got a text from my best photo friend, Reagan Allen, that read, "Do you ever see a very not photogenic place and think man, I could take a cool pic there. Going through the Starbucks drive through and I see the striped wall of KFC and want to take pics in front of it" 

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My reply: "Yes!! I've really wanted to shoot at a Taco Bell because I love tbell so much hahaha" 

Within 45 minutes we had decided on our locations and found someone to model for us the next day at 3 p.m. 

This wasn't a very serious session by any means, but since I'm moving half way across the country in less than three weeks, we decided we needed to just go for it and get some creativity out. 

 

You get a few funny looks when you go inside a fast food restaurant with your "fancy cameras", a model, and start looking for the best window light.

It was worth the stares though. 

Look at these photos from TACO BELL. I should add that I am obsessed with Taco Bell. I don't really eat a lot of fast food anymore, but I still make relatively regular 4th meal runs... I also drink A LOT of Baja Blast (probably an unhealthy amount), so I HAD to include it in some of these. 

(p.s. we did ask for permission before we started taking photos). 

We weren't sure if we really needed to go any place else after how much fun we had here, but we decided to still hit up KFC and possibly McDonald's. 

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KFC's red and white wall did not disappoint. 

 

After living in Indiana my whole life, I've always thought that I could look at things a little differently. We don't have mountains, or an ocean, or desert landscapes. We have a lot of corn, it's really flat (where I'm located), and we have A LOT of overcast days. So you learn to work with what you have in your backyard, or the side of a building. 

 

We finished off this random and hilarious session at the McDonald's in Muncie that still has one of the original signs. We decided to go through the drive-thru and get an order of fries and an ice cream cone to use as props (and eat). 

This McDonald's is on a pretty busy road in town so there was a lot of staring and some honking (which p.s. if you're one of those people that honks at people taking photos or getting their photo taken, we don't like or appreciate it). 

The golden arch and retro font were giving us all the vintage vibes that our 21 and 22 year old hearts love. 

This was such a fun, spontaneous session. I get asked a lot my fellow photographers, old classmates, or just Instagram followers how I practice or make time for fun sessions. I know plenty of other photographers say this, but honestly, just use what you have and make time. Wake up early or stay up late, reach out to people to model for you or to shoot with you, learn about your gear, what YouTube videos, just keep growing. You do not get better over night and you most definitely do not get better staring at other people's work and wondering why yours doesn't look like it. Every time I have a session, whether it's for a client or just for fun, I always look back at all my photos and take notes about what I could have improved on. I have such a long way to go, but having a fun, creative shoot with my best photo friend at fast food restaurants has helped push me just that much closer to where I want to be. Isn't it so cool that this is what I get to do for the rest of my life? 

Any suggestions on what weird place we should have a session at next? Let me know in the comments (seriously, do it)! 

Here's to the next crazy adventure. 

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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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

2017: A Look Back

2017 was A YEAR. Let me tell you. 

There's a line in The Ready Set's song, "Fire in the Sky" that says, "Last year I lost my sense of self, falling apart like someone else." That's really the only way to describe this year in a sentence. 

You hear a lot about people trying to "find themselves" + I never really understood the whole sense of losing yourself until 2017. It was a wild + rough year. 

My biggest gain from this (past) year was how much I grew as a photographer. I completely invested myself into my work + really tried to push my creativity + my business. This was my first year having multiple photo sessions every month. My first year where I was actually starting to take my business to the next level. I got to work with SO MANY amazing people. From clients of all types, models, make-up artists, and fellow photographers. 

It has been crazy to see my photos progress + how I have developed a real style. I am SO excited for 2018. To express my creative eye. Grow to completely new levels. And hopefully see a lot of new places + meet a lot of new people. I am so excited for all the adventures to come. I'm ready for change. I hope you're ready to watch the crazy ride. 

Here is a look back at all of my photo sessions from 2017. 

(p.s. I know this post is LONG because I included a ton of photos, but I hope you scroll to the end + let me know what your favorite photo was of mine from 2017). 

Here's to the next adventure. 

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SENIORS.

Families, kids, couples, special moments. 

Weddings: My favorite love stories. 

Creative Work: Stylized sessions, models, studio portraits, concerts, film sets, performances, self portraits + anything else in between. 

Onto the next adventure

I'm graduating from college tomorrow. 

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It's a surreal feeling. I've been thinking about it a lot lately, the moment I'll walk across the stage. The thing is, when something's coming to an end, I like to know that it's ending. I really want to feel it. During my last class of my college career today, I tried to take it all in. My last walk to campus as a student, my last final presentation, + I even went to the top of Teacher's College just for one last good look at Ball State's campus (I know, I'm a walking cliché). 

I sometimes get caught up in looking at all the things I missed out on in college. That might be because I expected my last day of school to be like the opening scene of St. Elmo's Fire, walking arm + arm with my big group of friends while we all head on into adulthood together (I know how the rest of the movie goes, I'm just talking about the opening scene). I have come to the sad realization that my life is not a movie though (although listening to music on campus makes it feel like it sometimes). 

Looking at all that I'm taking away from it though, I'm so grateful for all the opportunities I had. All the organizations I joined, working at the Daily News, traveling all over the state of Indiana for the Torch Relay, all the photos I had published, having my first gallery, + all the connections I've made. 

A special shoutout to my professors that have had such a big impact on my life + helped push my photography to the next level (here's looking at you, Martin Smith-Rodden, Chris Flook, Lori Byers, Tom Price, Rene Church, + Ryan Sparrow). 

And if I am looking at the positives, there really isn't much I would change about my college experience. I came in my freshman year completely lost, but ready for something new. People are really important to me. I've had a lot of people leave my life over the years + I was so desperate to create some friendships with people that I knew cared about me as much as I did about them. 

I joined the gymnastics club, despite not actually being allowed to tumble anymore, but I am so thankful I did. Thanks to this club I met four of my best friends. The group of people I was looking for. People that were supportive, watch Disney movies, know everything about Harry Potter, and will dress up for Friendsgiving or put on Christmas sweaters for the holidays. Jorey, Jeremy, Morgan, + Taylor. My college experience would not have been the same without these people. I love you all so much. From exploring the streets of Philly, to saving all year to fly to California, making the best of being in the middle of Ohio, the long car rides, the music festivals, sleeping three deep in tiny beds one too many times, and probably sharing too much personal information about ourselves. Thank you RN's. My slendas. 

 

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I also want to thank Bre. You took me under your wing my freshman year + taught me so much about being a photographer + journalist. You intimated me for the whole first year, but once I got past that you became one of my closest friends. I go for you for advice + critiques on everything + I can always trust you to be brutally honest. Thank you for always getting excited about the littlest things with me. And let's be honest, we've been friends since, "let's listen to Drake." 

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Reagan. I still can't believe we have lived in the same city all this time + we didn't become friends until two years ago. I tell you everything. I complain to you probably a little too much + sometimes think we are actually running our businesses together. We quickly became best friends once we met. You have truly helped me grow so much as a photographer + a person. You've taught me so much + I truly know that wherever life takes us, you'll always be one of my biggest supporters. I hope wherever that is, it's in the same state. All our adventures together + spontaneous trips that turned into some of our best photos (or so we thought... ie. Pokagon). One day we will take our trip abroad (+ if we're really lucky become Insta famous). Thank you for being my other half. My twin. 

 

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Getting down to the end, I have to give a big, extended shoutout to my life-long best friend, Whitney. I truly do not know where I would be without you. We became best friends in kindergarten + I really can't think of a moment since then that you haven't been by my side. Through all our ups + downs, you are the one person in my life that has always been there. Thank you for always being my friend, even when I was a nerd + got made fun of. Even when I couldn't always be there. There's been times throughout our life where we haven't gotten to see each other as much, but no matter what we've always done a good job of being there when we needed to. And now, my last semester of college + we are finally roommates. I'll never be able to thank you enough for being there through all the drama, all the problems, and everything in between. Thank you for always letting me be my complete and utter self. You're truly my person. 

 

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Brannon. Love of my life. Best friend. You probably won't actually make it down this far, but if you do I'll try to keep this short. Thank you for everything. For being you + staying by my side through all of my drama + issues. You mean the world to me. I can't imagine what college would have been like without you. And I'll try to keep it at that (we aren't big on any form of public displays of affection). You truly mean the world to me. 

And finally, thank you to my mom + sister + brother (+ the rest of my family, but specifically these three). You all have read countless papers + assignments. From making me the most perfect schedule all 3 1/2 years of college, to helping learn how to write a news story, + to helping me realize that it's okay to not be doing what everyone else is. You all are my biggest support system + I never appreciate you as much as I should. 

 

And to all the other people I've met or interacted with during my time at Ball State, thank you so much. 

It has been a crazy ride + I'm so excited for my next adventure, wherever that may be. 

 

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Haunted Halloween Portraits // Friday the 13th // Son of Scarevania in Muncie, IN

In case you did not know this about me, I LOVE Halloween. It is my favorite holiday. It has been my entire life. I love dressing up, the decorations, black & orange, scary movies, the entire fall season. 

It might help that I was born right in the middle of October (the 15th), and so it has always been a big part of my birthday. I have been fortunate enough to grow up with an amazing mom that hosted THE BEST birthday parties for me. I'm not just saying that, people still talk about my birthday parties from elementary school. 

We used to deck-out our garage in cobwebs, fake spiders, straw bales, and I had a costume party every year. Don't get me wrong, all of the holidays are a big deal in my family, we love decorating for basically any event, but Halloween has just always held a special place in my heart. 

I don't know if it's the ceramic pumpkins and haunted houses that my mom made that filled the shelves at our house, or how my grandma used to sew our costumes for us to make us into anything we wanted. Either way, you get my point, Halloween is just special to me. 

I was so excited when I got asked to take photos at the Son of Scarevania haunted house at Cornerstone Center for the Arts in Downtown Muncie. I will admit, haunted houses do terrify me. If you're a local of Muncie, you'll remember that the Muncie Children's Museum used to have 'The Basement' every year. I tried going through it once, I didn't make it to the end. Yet I'm still obsessed with all things scary.

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I walked through the whole haunted house and photographed all of the characters in their element. I will admit I was scared the entire time, this haunted house is legit. I captured some awesome portraits of them all & wanted to feature them below. 

Son of Scarevania is open every Friday & Saturday night in October. Doors open at 8 p.m. and close at midnight. Tickets are $12 and all proceeds benefit Cornerstone Center for the Arts. 

Happy Haunting & Happy Friday the 13th. 

xx

Samantha Rose

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! 

Senior Rep Program | Class of 2018

Want to become a senior rep for Samantha Rose Photography?

Are you graduating in 2018? Do you love having your photo taken or just want fun senior portraits? Do you love my work & want to help promote it? This is perfect for you! 

What is a senior rep?

Senior reps will receive a total of 4 hours of photo sessions for $200. The 4 hours can be split up and included unlimited outfit changes, 1-4 locations, 75+ photos, help with stylizing your outfits for each session, and other discounts with Samantha Rose Photography through the entire year. 

Reps are just required to post their photos to social media, share my photography pages with friends/family, and help promote my work! 

How do I become a rep?

I will be choosing 5 individuals to represent Samantha Rose Photography this year, just fill out the application linked below! All seniors in the Muncie & surrounding locations are eligible to apply. Application closes August 20th. 

Moving Natural: Primal Pit Paste

I'll be honest, I don't really know how to write blog posts about products... but I'll start with explaining my reasoning for doing this. 

I've recently decided to start moving to natural products. 

It all started when my good friend, Reagan Allen, told me that she was making the switch also. At first I didn't really understand the reasoning, but I thought it was just some type of fad or something different to do. 

Then I really started reading into more and it is crazy some of the stuff and chemicals that come in products we buy that we use everyday. 

Aluminum, which is linked to causing breast cancer in women and an increased risk of Alzheimer's Disease (https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/myths/antiperspirants-fact-sheet), is in most deodorant's that people use, specifically the kinds I had been using. 

So I decided to give the whole natural thing try. I'm still in the process of switching some of my products over, but I want to document the things that I come across that I like, or maybe don't like along the way. 

Primal Pit Paste. I was a little weary of this at first because I hate the word pit. Pit. Pits. Armpits. The word moist doesn't bother me, but pits makes me a little squirmy. I still gave it a try though because you know don't judge a book by its cover, or its name I guess. 

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The weirdest part is probably that you have to rub it on with your fingers and it doesn't work as a cover up. It will take your body a little time to get used to it because it naturalizes your smell. 

I've been most drawn to the Unscented Primal Pit Paste, but it comes in a lot of different scents. I got the six-pack sampler (mini sizes) which comes in Lavender, Coconut Lime, Jacked-Up Jasmine, Royal & Rogue, Thyme & Lemon Grass, and Orange Creamsicle. This gives you a chance to find what smell you like the most, but you don't have to waste money on an entire jar. These are scented with essential oils so if you have sensitive skin, it can make your skin a little irritated. 

You only have to apply a pea size under each arm, but so far it's been working great for me. On days where I am more active I will apply it two times throughout the day, but that's just because I sweat a lot and I'm always afraid of smelling bad. (I haven't had any complaints from my friends or family yet though). 

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Overall I just want to start treating my body better whether it's what I put in it or on it. I know it seems like everything can cause some sort of disease in today's society, but what's the harm in trying to be as kind to your body as possible. 

Look good, feel good (and smell good). 

This is just the start of this journey and hopefully I'll get better at writing about it along the way. 

I hope you stick around to see where it takes me and maybe make a few changes yourself (or just think I'm crazy, either one is fine). 

xoxo

Email: samantharosephotography1@gmail.com 

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Brannon Muncey - Ball State Graduate // April 2017

My best friend is graduating from college next weekend. 

It's been a pretty crazy ride these last six years, and it's almost impossible to put it all into words. I'm so thankful to have had someone by my side all these years that means so much to me. Someone who has kept me grounded, calls me out when I need to be, and makes me realize that stressing out about life just makes things worse. 

I'll never be able to express how insanely proud I am of you and all that you've done during your four years at Ball State. I can't wait to see all that you do (outside of Muncie, IN). 

Here's to all the years in the future & all the more photos I'll be taking of you. 

xoxo

For more information about senior portrait sessions for high school & college seniors, send me an email at samantharosephotography1@gmail.com or visit my website samanthabrammerphotography.com 

Life is what you make it

While driving to our first wedding of the year today (Reagan's first ever wedding, I was her second shooter), we were talking about self-love and happiness and what we want to do with our lives. 

A lot has changed this last year.

My perspective on life and things and people has changed dramatically. The number one thing that I have learned within this last year is that life is what you make it and you get out of something what you put into it. 

At the beginning of the school year I was the photo editor at my university's student-run newspaper and I had plans to get an internship at a small newspaper somewhere. At the same time I was on an immersive learning project that took me all over Indiana and introduced me to all sorts of new people and personalities. This was when my mindset really began to change. Long story short, I've learned that you should only surround yourself with people that make you feel like the work you do is actually important and that inspire you to do exactly what you want to do in life. 

I wasn't getting that at my job. I felt really discouraged and that my work wasn't actually important, but more of a filler. And in both my job and my classes, I felt that I was being taught to settle. I may sound stubborn here, but what I want to do with my life is take photos. I want to do nothing more than take photos. I don't want to get an internship or job somewhere that I'm writing more than taking photos, or where people don't care about art. 

I believe that everyone has a specific job they are born to do in life. I was born to take *beautiful* photos. Other people were born to do the writing, or the video, or all the other important stuff. I don't think any job is more important than another. Whether you are going to school to be a doctor or to document people's lives, someone has to do it and it's all equally important. 

So after some long talks with my mother (who I always have reassure me that I'm not crazy) and my closest friend, I realized I wanted to make a change. So I left my job, and have made the commitment that I'm going be successful in what I do, whatever that ends up being (hopefully that's running my own photography business and living close to the west coast). 

I'm talking about this now because during our drive, I still get caught up on the littlest things. I get frustrated, and feel like I'll never improve, and I get sad because I sometimes feel I didn't get everything out of college as I hoped. A quote that has always stuck with me since the first time I read the Perks of Being a Wallflower is, "Things change. And friends leave. And life doesn't stop for anybody." There is nothing more true than all of this. Things change everyday, with family and school and our careers and the world. And friends leave, friends most definitely leave. Which is something I've struggled with a lot this last year. But I've realized we can't get so caught up on things that we can't change because honestly it does no good. 

If you're not happy with something, you just have to change it. Complaining about it and making excuses is not going to do anything. So to summarize a long post, here is what I've learned this last year:

Only surround yourself with people that make you feel like you can do anything you set your heart on. And don't waste your time on people that make you feel like your role is less important than any other's. 

If you want to go somewhere, just buy the plane ticket. 

No matter what anyone tells you, at all, being happy with what you are doing is far more important than anything else. It may take a lot of work, but if you're doing what you actually love then trust me, you'll find a way to make it work. 

Life is what you make it, so make the best of it. 

At least that's the mindset I have. 

xoxo

Reagan & I taking a quick break from the wedding we were photographing to document how cool we felt with our camera gear.    

Reagan & I taking a quick break from the wedding we were photographing to document how cool we felt with our camera gear. 

 

Emily Ayers & Josie Raiser - Cardinal Greenway // March 18, 2017

It's been awhile since I got a blog post up. I've honestly been in sort of a 'photo slump.' Not that I haven't been proud of my work or editing, but the time between winter break and spring break is always so gloomy in the midwest and it can make it hard to stay motivated.

Leading up to this session, I really wasn't feeling very creative and was honestly hoping to put it off, but after having another session that morning, I was ready to take some photos outside. It was freezing this day and extremely windy. Emily & Josie teamed up with Reagan Lynn Photography and I for this stylized shoot. 

The girls looked gorgeous in velvet and silk dresses and did an amazing job pretending they weren't freezing the whole time. We took these photos on the Cardinal Greenway. Sometimes taking photos in Muncie every week can get a little repetitive, but Reagan and I loved finding just a couple random buildings and stops along the way for creative backgrounds. 

Our session was only about 45 minutes, but it was just enough time for me to be so excited to start editing these photos. I'm so excited with how these turned out. I say that every time after I edit a session and I always say it's my new favorite session, but it really is true. I've loved growing so much with my editing and though process of taking photos these past couple of months. Let me know what you think of this set. 

Here's to staying creative. xoxo // Samantha Rose Photography

Email me at samantharosephotography1@gmail.com to set up a collaboration or session. 

"Enjoy the little things." 

 

Ruthie Hughes - Abandoned // January 9, 2017

I've always been fascinated by abandoned buildings, especially when the inside has barely been touched since people last inhibited it. On January 9 I drove to Alexandria, IN with Reagan Lynn Photography & our model, Ruthie Hughes. We explored an abandoned nursing home that looks to have closed around 2003. There were still bed frames in different rooms and paintings on the walls. Lots of items had been moved into one large room, leaving old patient rooms empty with broken windows and chipping paint. Some areas of the building had few windows, so lighting was scarce and inside the building was about 20°. Ruthie did an amazing job and let us photograph her even in the creepiest (& dirtiest) rooms. I'm really proud of this shoot & how I focused on natural lighting and using unique locations/areas. Here's to exploring all kinds of places in 2017.

Interested in collaborating or having a session of your own? Email me at samanthabrammerphotography@gmail.com for inquiry! I love getting into new projects.