Sam Stenson Photography

Portland, OR

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

At some point, we all need a beautiful image. My job is not only to take stunning photos that you will treasure forever but also to make the process as enjoyable as possible. My background is primarily in fashion and product photography, and have worked as a brand strategist for several companies. I am flexible with my work flow and promise to deliver you images you love. I can take beautiful images on a classic white backdrop in my studio or I can mix it up and put your product into an atmosphere that evokes the sense of a story. Aside from lifestyle and product work I have shot weddings and events. My strength in these areas is my ability to catch authentically candid moments that embody the emotion of the event: Two friends laughing, a sneaky kiss, the cute things children do when they think no one is watching- those are the memories that last, the ones that you will want to return to. I am extremely easy going as well and I promise our time working together will be fun and comfortable and will result in beautiful, professional grade images. My price included editing and all images (with the exception of weddings, which take a bit longer) will be returned to your hands in digital forms within 2-3 weeks.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Photos are our most intuitive and easily translatable way to tell a story, and I want to help you share yours, whether it is your love story, behind the scenes of how your clothing line is created, your child growing up, your best friend's birthday party, or the opening of your new cafe. Let me help you capture the most valuable moments so you never have to miss one.
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Portland, OR 97202

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3 Reviews
  • Deb W. Feb 3, 2016
    Sam has worked with my boutique on a variety of projects. She coordinated and shot seasonal lookbooks for web and social media content. She has helped build our brand through various social media platforms including Instagram & Pinterest.
  • Susy S. Jan 29, 2016
    Sam's eye is magic behind the lens. She is my go to photographer for anything artistic. Sam specializing in using light and film, to create a unique and creative aesthetic. Sam's spirit will also empower you-- it certainly has changed me.
  • Bridget B. Jan 25, 2016
    Sam has an imaginative eye that doesn't come with schooling, it's something more than that. From just a quick look it's easy to tell she's comfortable telling viewers a story with her image. She's a well traveled young woman who will graciously help you tell your story if you let her.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Generally all of my product, brand and event work starts from $60/hour and moves up from there depending on the time involved. If it is necessary for you to have a ceiling, but our shoot requires more hours than is in your budget- I am willing to work with you. All images will be in your hands via digital resource within 2-3 weeks and images will be available for download by everyone on your team. Weddings begin at $1,000. Since weddings take a little longer to edit, the images will be back to you within a month of the special day.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to begin by getting to know my client- this could be over the phone, Skype or preferably, over a cup of tea. The reason this orientation is so crucial is it gives me a feel for who they are, while simultaneously allowing me to discuss in detail what their vision is for their project. Communication is key to guarantee satisfaction with the final product.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I studied photography in College and graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in Photography.
What types of customers have you worked with?
High end fashion boutiques, European jewelry importers and artisans, local vintage thrifters, various clubs, weddings parties, mama's to be, models seeking head shots.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I am currently working with a new client (a local clay shop and art studio) to revamp their website and social media. The project includes taking images of their inventory as well as lifestyle photos to reflect the vibe of the store to their online audience.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Know what you want, that will help both you and the contractor give you exactly what you are looking for.