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Sam Hurd Photography

Washington , DC
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Washington, DC 20045 US (map)

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434-426-5018

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ABOUT US

Right now, you're probably in the midst of reviewing photographer after photographer... after photographer. You've probably seen more blog posts than you knew existed, and likely feel a... Read more
Right now, you're probably in the midst of reviewing photographer after photographer... after photographer. You've probably seen more blog posts than you knew existed, and likely feel a little overwhelmed with the sheer number of photographers available to you.

Well, thanks for pausing long enough to read my bio.

It's important that you find a photographer whose work connects with you on a personal level; someone who sticks out in your mind even after you've moved on to the rest of your day. Whose images resonate with you for reasons you may not even realize.

After all, this person will spend more time with you on your wedding day than anyone else.

I make my photographs for you. I take the utmost care and thought throughout my entire process to ensure that you are left with an amazing way to remember a most important day in your life. I have years of experience shooting professionally. I started as the staff photographer for the historic National Press Club while continuing to freelance around Washington DC. I quickly realized that weddings and portraiture provide an incredible creative outlet and have focused on them ever since.

I try to keep things as simple as possible. Take a look around, and if you have any questions or interest in meeting up, feel free to click that contact button!

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Matted Prints, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
Yes, I provide anywhere from 60-100 detailed edited photos.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Absolutely. I utilize natural ambient light or artificial light depending on the environment I'm shooting in.
Is your media preference film or digital?
Prefer digital, but can shoot film
How many photographers do you work with?
1 assistant/second shooter
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Absolutely.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Not more than one a day.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes. I have a network of professional photographers that I can reach out to.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
2 pro camera bodies, 8+ pro camera lenses, 3 flashes, a few light stands, and my eyes.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Full day.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I usually try and eat a meal while everyone else is eating. I stay within visual or earshot with my camera ready at my side.
Do you charge for travel?
Depends on the location.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Blog/facebook batch within a week. Full set within 30 days.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Digital online gallery. Ultimately on custom designed DVD disc
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Forever. They are yours with print rights.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
I provide the highest quality jpeg file of every photo
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes
What kind of albums do you offer?
Flushmount leather or linen cover albums created by Kiss Albums
When will the client get the final album?
Within 30 days of client approval of the album's design.

REVIEWS

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Michael
Wedding:
8/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Sam is an amazing photographer. But you can tell that by looking at his work. What you can't tell from his photographs is how easy he is to work with, and how well your wedding will go with his involvement. He completely removes any stress related to photographs - you know they will turn out well, and he'll get the shots you want without being in the way, or pushy. I would very much recommend him for any photography needs you are looking for. Great photographer, and a great person as well.
Sam is an amazing photographer. But you can tell that by looking at his work. What you can't tell from his photographs is Read more...
Sam is an amazing photographer. But you can tell that by looking at his work. What you can't tell from his photographs is how easy he is to work with, and how well your wedding will go with his involvement. He completely removes any stress related to photographs - you know they will turn out well, and he'll get the shots you want without being in the way, or pushy. I would very much recommend him for any photography needs you are looking for. Great photographer, and a great person as well. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Three words to sum up Sam: Innovative. Fun. Brilliant.

I saw Sam's work when he photographed an acquaintance's wedding and it showed up on my FB news feed about three years ago. I've followed his work ever since.
Photography is a personal passion so I probably spent more time researching photogs than anything else for our wedding. Despite trying to find someone a bit more in our budget, we always came back to Sam, and we're so glad we did.

Sam is so incredibly talented and he pushes himself to create new ways to capture people and places, resulting in some of the most amazing photographs. He's a busy man so we made sure to schedule him far in advance for things like engagement session and any questions we needed answers for.

Even with his busy schedule, Sam is so easy to work with. He gets back to you promptly, knows exactly what to do to make you fell comfortable and even had our wedding party cracking up during group portraits. All of them commented on how great Sam is - both to work with and his photographs. He also got us both our engagement and wedding photos within the promised timeframe.

I’m still in awe at how amazing the images from our wedding came out, and of the beautiful art that Sam creates through the lens. Book.him.now. You will not regret it. Your photographs are the ONE thing you’ll have after the day is done.
Three words to sum up Sam: Innovative. Fun. Brilliant.

I saw Sam's work when he photographed an acquaintance's Read more...
Three words to sum up Sam: Innovative. Fun. Brilliant.

I saw Sam's work when he photographed an acquaintance's wedding and it showed up on my FB news feed about three years ago. I've followed his work ever since.
Photography is a personal passion so I probably spent more time researching photogs than anything else for our wedding. Despite trying to find someone a bit more in our budget, we always came back to Sam, and we're so glad we did.

Sam is so incredibly talented and he pushes himself to create new ways to capture people and places, resulting in some of the most amazing photographs. He's a busy man so we made sure to schedule him far in advance for things like engagement session and any questions we needed answers for.

Even with his busy schedule, Sam is so easy to work with. He gets back to you promptly, knows exactly what to do to make you fell comfortable and even had our wedding party cracking up during group portraits. All of them commented on how great Sam is - both to work with and his photographs. He also got us both our engagement and wedding photos within the promised timeframe.

I’m still in awe at how amazing the images from our wedding came out, and of the beautiful art that Sam creates through the lens. Book.him.now. You will not regret it. Your photographs are the ONE thing you’ll have after the day is done. Read less
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Colleen
Wedding:
1/4/2014
5.0/5.0
We couldn't believe how beautiful and unique Sam's pictures were. He made us look good!
We couldn't believe how beautiful and unique Sam's pictures were. He made us look good!
We couldn't believe how beautiful and unique Sam's pictures were. He made us look good! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING... you will not be disappointed if you book Sam. No other photographer can compare to his creativity, professionalism, and overall awesomeness. I have already told Sam he is our photographer for life. Don't waste your time or your money on anything ordinary.
AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING... you will not be disappointed if you book Sam. No other photographer can compare to his Read more...
AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING... you will not be disappointed if you book Sam. No other photographer can compare to his creativity, professionalism, and overall awesomeness. I have already told Sam he is our photographer for life. Don't waste your time or your money on anything ordinary. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
We knew immediately to invest in a wonderful photographer. It is after all, the one thing you take away after the wedding. But as we looked from one photographer website to another, numbing photo after numbing photo, we realized that the photography market is overly saturated. Nowadays, people think they if they have a handy DSLR with some photoshop skills, they're a wedding photographer.

...and then we stumbled onto Sam's website and we were instantly drawn to his style, which didn't happen a lot in our search. We only met one other photographer at the time because we were picky, however; we knew immediately that Sam was the one after our meeting. He's knowledgeable, easy-going, and creative. He is one of the best decisions we made during the wedding process.

Our photos, engagement and wedding, are a testament to his natural talent. We find ourselves rifling through the pictures and instantly taken back to the great memories made on our wedding day. He provided good direction when taking pictures and he was more than willing to collaborate with our videographer. We personally thought he was quick to send out his final products, as well. We highly recommend Sam and hope to use his services for other events.
We knew immediately to invest in a wonderful photographer. It is after all, the one thing you take away after the wedding. Read more...
We knew immediately to invest in a wonderful photographer. It is after all, the one thing you take away after the wedding. But as we looked from one photographer website to another, numbing photo after numbing photo, we realized that the photography market is overly saturated. Nowadays, people think they if they have a handy DSLR with some photoshop skills, they're a wedding photographer.

...and then we stumbled onto Sam's website and we were instantly drawn to his style, which didn't happen a lot in our search. We only met one other photographer at the time because we were picky, however; we knew immediately that Sam was the one after our meeting. He's knowledgeable, easy-going, and creative. He is one of the best decisions we made during the wedding process.

Our photos, engagement and wedding, are a testament to his natural talent. We find ourselves rifling through the pictures and instantly taken back to the great memories made on our wedding day. He provided good direction when taking pictures and he was more than willing to collaborate with our videographer. We personally thought he was quick to send out his final products, as well. We highly recommend Sam and hope to use his services for other events. Read less
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Peter
Wedding:
9/29/2013
5.0/5.0
My wife saw some of Sam's photographs on a wedding blog and was completely blown away. I sort of assumed "well those are probably the best ones", "ours wouldn't look like that", "we should just use someone local," etc. But, we decided we would go ahead and see if he was available. I don't think we realized how lucky we were that he was! It was one of the best decisions we made. Sam (and his second shooter) were very professional but I completely forgot that they were there (a good thing). Everything I questioned was completely wrong, the photos are fantastic and really capture the day. If you care about composition and having your photos be more like a piece of art (instead of basically having a bunch of iPhone Instagram photos) and you want someone who is easy to work with, professional, experienced, and excited to do his job.... Sam is your guy. My wife is already trying to think of an excuse to hire him again! If it was a good one, I wouldn't say no!
My wife saw some of Sam's photographs on a wedding blog and was completely blown away. I sort of assumed "well those are Read more...
My wife saw some of Sam's photographs on a wedding blog and was completely blown away. I sort of assumed "well those are probably the best ones", "ours wouldn't look like that", "we should just use someone local," etc. But, we decided we would go ahead and see if he was available. I don't think we realized how lucky we were that he was! It was one of the best decisions we made. Sam (and his second shooter) were very professional but I completely forgot that they were there (a good thing). Everything I questioned was completely wrong, the photos are fantastic and really capture the day. If you care about composition and having your photos be more like a piece of art (instead of basically having a bunch of iPhone Instagram photos) and you want someone who is easy to work with, professional, experienced, and excited to do his job.... Sam is your guy. My wife is already trying to think of an excuse to hire him again! If it was a good one, I wouldn't say no! Read less
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michael
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Sam did an amazing job on our pictures and my wife and I absolutely love them. He was also extremely laid back and calm during the wedding (which is awesome, who wants a photographer that's going to add to the stress of the wedding day?).

Going through the pictures after the wedding we felt as if we were reliving the wedding as his pictures really told the story of the day. Initially we thought it was a bit more than we wanted to spend, but ultimately it was completely worth it. My wife and I cannot recommend Sam enough!
Sam did an amazing job on our pictures and my wife and I absolutely love them. He was also extremely laid back and calm Read more...
Sam did an amazing job on our pictures and my wife and I absolutely love them. He was also extremely laid back and calm during the wedding (which is awesome, who wants a photographer that's going to add to the stress of the wedding day?).

Going through the pictures after the wedding we felt as if we were reliving the wedding as his pictures really told the story of the day. Initially we thought it was a bit more than we wanted to spend, but ultimately it was completely worth it. My wife and I cannot recommend Sam enough! Read less
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Alexis
Wedding:
6/15/2013
4.9/5.0
Sam is an amazing photographer who captured the classic pictures we wanted while adding his artistic touch to them. I would recommend him to anyone looking to have amazing and unique wedding photographs.
Sam is an amazing photographer who captured the classic pictures we wanted while adding his artistic touch to them. I Read more...
Sam is an amazing photographer who captured the classic pictures we wanted while adding his artistic touch to them. I would recommend him to anyone looking to have amazing and unique wedding photographs. Read less
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Cory
Wedding:
5/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Sam's photos speak for themselves-- you won't find anyone more talented. As a person and business man, he's equally impressive. From our first communications with Sam, he was laid back, accommodating, and interested in getting to know us as a couple. He was always responsive to our questions, and we never worried about anything. Hiring Sam will be one of the easiest decision you make, so stop reading reviews and hire him already. :)
Sam's photos speak for themselves-- you won't find anyone more talented. As a person and business man, he's equally Read more...
Sam's photos speak for themselves-- you won't find anyone more talented. As a person and business man, he's equally impressive. From our first communications with Sam, he was laid back, accommodating, and interested in getting to know us as a couple. He was always responsive to our questions, and we never worried about anything. Hiring Sam will be one of the easiest decision you make, so stop reading reviews and hire him already. :) Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
1/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Put simply, Sam in the man. His photography is gorgeous. He has an incredible eye and can create the most stunning images in everyday spaces. Your pictures will feel unique and artistic. Plus, he's a great guy to work with -- very laid back and willing to roll with whatever comes up. We negotiated with him to attend one hour of our afterparty following our reception to shoot all of our friends kicking back, doing tequila shots, you name it -- and he was game. He shot our engagement photos and they were exceptional -- we wound up hiring him at the last minute to shoot our rehearsal dinner, too, because we wanted more of his pictures. I highly, highly recommend Sam's work -- you won't be disappointed!
Put simply, Sam in the man. His photography is gorgeous. He has an incredible eye and can create the most stunning images Read more...
Put simply, Sam in the man. His photography is gorgeous. He has an incredible eye and can create the most stunning images in everyday spaces. Your pictures will feel unique and artistic. Plus, he's a great guy to work with -- very laid back and willing to roll with whatever comes up. We negotiated with him to attend one hour of our afterparty following our reception to shoot all of our friends kicking back, doing tequila shots, you name it -- and he was game. He shot our engagement photos and they were exceptional -- we wound up hiring him at the last minute to shoot our rehearsal dinner, too, because we wanted more of his pictures. I highly, highly recommend Sam's work -- you won't be disappointed! Read less
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