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Sam Hurd Photography

Washington , DC
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Washington, DC 20045 US (map)

PHONE

434-426-5018
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ABOUT US

I'm not much with words, but here we go!

I live with Nessa (also a photographer), our cat Pickles (talented model), and our puppy Popcorn in my favorite place on planet earth:... Read more
I'm not much with words, but here we go!

I live with Nessa (also a photographer), our cat Pickles (talented model), and our puppy Popcorn in my favorite place on planet earth: our home.

My style is distinct, a result of both my unrelenting commitment to my craft and complete trust from clients who commission me.

You’re not going to read about any awards, badges, or “top 10 lists” because what matters is you’re in love with the work that you see and are ready to trust me entirely to do what I do. This trust drives me to find the perfect balance between creative experimentation and honest documentation.

I mostly showcase portraits; my direction and vision come through strongest in these shots. Of course, weddings are about more than just pictures of yourselves, and I’m happy to share full galleries with you upon inquiry.

My style isn’t for everybody, but for those that feel it is I hope to talk to you soon. Read less
Photography

PHOTOS

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What photography services do you offer?
High-Res, Liability Insurance
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Prints, Proofs, Thank You Cards

REVIEWS

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Chelsea
Wedding:
10/16/2016
5.0/5.0
I genuinely feel bad for anyone who doesn't have Sam as their wedding photographer, for the following reasons:

1. He is such a chill guy, and a very calming presence on your wedding day
2. He is so talented at instructing you how to pose in a way that looks completely natural & showcases your personalities, and he gives you a lot of variety in your poses / locations.
3. If you have a couple of ideas for photos you want to take, he's like "yeah! let's do it!"
4. His photographs are so unique and stunning - each one is truly a work of art. You won't even realize that he's doing something artsy when he's taking the photographs, and then when you see them you'll be amazed!
5. Even the standard family portraits are gorgeous - he's so good at finding the best place at your venue to use as background, and his lighting and editing techniques make everyone look gorgeous.
6. Throughout the reception, he was like a shadow - always there when you needed to grab him for a group shot, but not a noticeable or intrusive presence. And he got so many hilarious dancing action shots!

We are completely obsessed with every single photo. Book him - it will be the best decision you make for your wedding!
I genuinely feel bad for anyone who doesn't have Sam as their wedding photographer, for the following reasons:

1. Read more...
I genuinely feel bad for anyone who doesn't have Sam as their wedding photographer, for the following reasons:

1. He is such a chill guy, and a very calming presence on your wedding day
2. He is so talented at instructing you how to pose in a way that looks completely natural & showcases your personalities, and he gives you a lot of variety in your poses / locations.
3. If you have a couple of ideas for photos you want to take, he's like "yeah! let's do it!"
4. His photographs are so unique and stunning - each one is truly a work of art. You won't even realize that he's doing something artsy when he's taking the photographs, and then when you see them you'll be amazed!
5. Even the standard family portraits are gorgeous - he's so good at finding the best place at your venue to use as background, and his lighting and editing techniques make everyone look gorgeous.
6. Throughout the reception, he was like a shadow - always there when you needed to grab him for a group shot, but not a noticeable or intrusive presence. And he got so many hilarious dancing action shots!

We are completely obsessed with every single photo. Book him - it will be the best decision you make for your wedding! Read less
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caroline
Wedding:
10/14/2016
5.0/5.0
If you want gorgeous and unique wedding photos than you need to check out Sam. His photos are a work of art.
Also so easy to work with.
If you want gorgeous and unique wedding photos than you need to check out Sam. His photos are a work of art.
Also so Read more...
If you want gorgeous and unique wedding photos than you need to check out Sam. His photos are a work of art.
Also so easy to work with. Read less
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Aimee
Wedding:
6/25/2016
5.0/5.0
Sam's work speaks for itself. His images capture the wedding day perfectly, and doing an engagement photo session with him was a great way to get to know him!

When looking for a photographer, my husband and I couldn't find any images that resonated with us - until we saw Sam's work. Sam not only makes sure to capture some gorgeous portrait shots (it's a wedding, after all), but his candids from the dance floor and of the day itself are our favorites. He's fun to shoot with, and as I told him after the wedding, an absolute calming force in the craziness that is the wedding day. He's always on time, quick to email back, great with giving directions for photos, and is just a fantastic person to be around. On your wedding day, it's important to really like your photographer - you'll be spending a lot of time together! Not only is Sam an incredibly talented photographer, but he's got an unbelievable turnaround rate. We had our engagement pictures within two weeks and our wedding pictures within four, which is pretty much unheard of!

If we had to book Sam again, we'd do it in a heartbeat. He's worth every.single.penny.
Sam's work speaks for itself. His images capture the wedding day perfectly, and doing an engagement photo session with him Read more...
Sam's work speaks for itself. His images capture the wedding day perfectly, and doing an engagement photo session with him was a great way to get to know him!

When looking for a photographer, my husband and I couldn't find any images that resonated with us - until we saw Sam's work. Sam not only makes sure to capture some gorgeous portrait shots (it's a wedding, after all), but his candids from the dance floor and of the day itself are our favorites. He's fun to shoot with, and as I told him after the wedding, an absolute calming force in the craziness that is the wedding day. He's always on time, quick to email back, great with giving directions for photos, and is just a fantastic person to be around. On your wedding day, it's important to really like your photographer - you'll be spending a lot of time together! Not only is Sam an incredibly talented photographer, but he's got an unbelievable turnaround rate. We had our engagement pictures within two weeks and our wedding pictures within four, which is pretty much unheard of!

If we had to book Sam again, we'd do it in a heartbeat. He's worth every.single.penny. Read less
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Elena
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
He is truly "the photographer's photographer"! His work is unique and uncommon in the NYC area, but I was fortunate that he was easily able to come to New York. He was the first vendor I booked, since it's the photos that remain after the day flies by. I had been a fan of Sam's work for many years and have never seen a photograph that I did not like. He is known for his use of natural light, prisms, and lenses to create art from candid moments of love and laughter. We were able to easily schedule our engagement shoot during one of his visits to NYC and got to spend time getting to know him. Sam is incredibly laid back and easy going...we felt like he was an old friend we were catching up with. My husband and I were able to relax during our engagement shoot and let him do his magic. I had a special yoga pose that I wanted to do which he was more than happy to shoot. As the wedding day approached, Sam was able to give me advice and reassurance regarding wedding planing and it was such a relief to see him on the wedding day. Amidst the craziness of the wedding, he was a calming spirit that I was grateful to have around. We received both our engagement and wedding photos within a month and received over 1000 wedding photos. We had difficulty choosing which ones to use for our album, since there were so many awesome photos. My only regret was not getting a photo with him at the end of the evening. He is a true gem!
He is truly "the photographer's photographer"! His work is unique and uncommon in the NYC area, but I was fortunate that Read more...
He is truly "the photographer's photographer"! His work is unique and uncommon in the NYC area, but I was fortunate that he was easily able to come to New York. He was the first vendor I booked, since it's the photos that remain after the day flies by. I had been a fan of Sam's work for many years and have never seen a photograph that I did not like. He is known for his use of natural light, prisms, and lenses to create art from candid moments of love and laughter. We were able to easily schedule our engagement shoot during one of his visits to NYC and got to spend time getting to know him. Sam is incredibly laid back and easy going...we felt like he was an old friend we were catching up with. My husband and I were able to relax during our engagement shoot and let him do his magic. I had a special yoga pose that I wanted to do which he was more than happy to shoot. As the wedding day approached, Sam was able to give me advice and reassurance regarding wedding planing and it was such a relief to see him on the wedding day. Amidst the craziness of the wedding, he was a calming spirit that I was grateful to have around. We received both our engagement and wedding photos within a month and received over 1000 wedding photos. We had difficulty choosing which ones to use for our album, since there were so many awesome photos. My only regret was not getting a photo with him at the end of the evening. He is a true gem! Read less
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Raven
Wedding:
5/2/2016
4.8/5.0
I am so so so happy we booked Sam Hurd to be the photographer for our Disney World destination wedding. The photos he took are magical! He has such an eye for detail and perfectly captured the "essence" of our wedding day. He captured the perfect candid moments and reactions, as well as the most beautiful posed shots. I am not a very sentimental person, but I get teary eyed every time I look at the images Sam took, as do many of our friends and family members, some of whom weren't even there!
I was a little worried before our wedding because we didn't book a second shooter, but as soon as Sam came in to take our getting ready photos, I was not worried anymore. You could really tell he knew what he was doing. He was literally like a wedding photo ninja: All dressed in black, moving around quickly, appearing to be in multiple locations at the same time, and not even breaking a sweat in 100-degree weather; all the while being barely noticeable and not all up in our business. We did not need a second shooter; Sam did enough work for two photographers or more. All of our guests were raving about how friendly, funny and professional he was. We are very grateful for the beautiful photos he provided us with.
If you are like us, and you aren't sure if you can afford high-end photography, please just do yourself a favor and save money on decorations and other stupid wedding stuff (like bouquets for all the bridesmaids... get wrist corsages instead). That's what we did, and we are so happy we made that decision! I think that Sam could make even a landfill look like the most beautiful and romantic place on earth. We highly recommend Sam Hurd Photography!
I am so so so happy we booked Sam Hurd to be the photographer for our Disney World destination wedding. The photos he took Read more...
I am so so so happy we booked Sam Hurd to be the photographer for our Disney World destination wedding. The photos he took are magical! He has such an eye for detail and perfectly captured the "essence" of our wedding day. He captured the perfect candid moments and reactions, as well as the most beautiful posed shots. I am not a very sentimental person, but I get teary eyed every time I look at the images Sam took, as do many of our friends and family members, some of whom weren't even there!
I was a little worried before our wedding because we didn't book a second shooter, but as soon as Sam came in to take our getting ready photos, I was not worried anymore. You could really tell he knew what he was doing. He was literally like a wedding photo ninja: All dressed in black, moving around quickly, appearing to be in multiple locations at the same time, and not even breaking a sweat in 100-degree weather; all the while being barely noticeable and not all up in our business. We did not need a second shooter; Sam did enough work for two photographers or more. All of our guests were raving about how friendly, funny and professional he was. We are very grateful for the beautiful photos he provided us with.
If you are like us, and you aren't sure if you can afford high-end photography, please just do yourself a favor and save money on decorations and other stupid wedding stuff (like bouquets for all the bridesmaids... get wrist corsages instead). That's what we did, and we are so happy we made that decision! I think that Sam could make even a landfill look like the most beautiful and romantic place on earth. We highly recommend Sam Hurd Photography! Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
4/4/2015
5.0/5.0
The best there is. Period. Worth every penny and more! Words cannot express how blown away we were when receiving our wedding photos. How beautifully this talented artist captures a moment. He has such a unique vision and creates interesting, gorgeous works of art that will hang in our home for years to come.
The best there is. Period. Worth every penny and more! Words cannot express how blown away we were when receiving our Read more...
The best there is. Period. Worth every penny and more! Words cannot express how blown away we were when receiving our wedding photos. How beautifully this talented artist captures a moment. He has such a unique vision and creates interesting, gorgeous works of art that will hang in our home for years to come. Read less
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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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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
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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