All Occasion Photography

Syracuse, NY

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

My style is a beautiful mixture of both photojournalism and traditional styles of photography that centers around my love for storytelling, only using photographs instead of words. You’ll find a mixture of candids, portraits, details and emotions in my galleries, because I love to capture the emotion in your eye, the happiness in your smile and the love you feel, at the exact moment I snap your photo. My goal is to create a relaxed, pressure-free environment for you and your family, capturing you in a natural and spontaneous way and making your experience fun and comfortable.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

There is something about the moment just after a couple kiss or how a child's eyes light up, holding their mama or papa's hand that just gets to me, each and every time. I love capturing real emotions and freezing moments in time to last forever. I especially love all the details, big and small, and I love to make people smile and laugh and feel comfortable in their skin.

Location

Syracuse, NY 13212

Background check

Complete

Years in business

6

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

16

Reviews

17 Reviews
  • Amy V. Sep 17, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    I hadn't met Sam in person before officially booking her. I could tell by her photo of herself on her website and her responsiveness to emails that she was it. Sam was 1000% wonderful at putting my mind at ease and helping to keep things flowing for our wedding timeline. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer for any event. She gave us a sneak peek of one picture from our night and I cannot wait to see the rest of our wedding photos!
    Samantha C. Sep 17, 2017

    Amy, I had such a blast with you and Tyrone and all your friends and family! Thank you so much for your sweet words. It was such an honor and my pleasure to be there with you both on your big day!!! I hope to see you both again and wish you the most blessed marriage and wonderful life <3

  • Kathy D. Jul 20, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Samantha and Olivia were fantastic, got a lot of pictures both casual and formal. They showed up on time (even though things were running late) and were more than accommodating. Haven't seen all photos yet but can't wait. Highly recommended, communication all through pre wedding planning, couldn't be happier!
    Samantha C. Aug 1, 2017

    Kathy, Thanks so much for your review! Olivia and I had a great time at your daughter's wedding! Shannon and Bill are very lucky! I hope to work with you all again!!

  • Tami S. Apr 7, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Good work, great price!
    Samantha is very friendly and personable. She was open to suggestions as to poses for our family and had her own unique ideas as well. The weather was very windy that day so unfortunately some of the photos just didn't turn out the way we would have liked, through no fault of Samantha's.
    Samantha C. Aug 1, 2017

    Thank you very much for the review!

  • Papanyan A. Apr 6, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Perfect pictures
    Samantha was amazing at taking the wedding pictures. My wife and I still looking forward for any occasion that will be needed to take pictures we will call her. She's excellent and does a wonderful job.
    Samantha C. Aug 1, 2017

    Thank you for the review Papanyan! I hope to see you both real soon!

  • Josh G. Aug 21, 2016
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Samantha was awesome, start to finish. She was easily accessible over email and phone and provided outstanding memories for us for the rest of our lives! HIGHLY recommend!
    Samantha C. Aug 1, 2017

    Thanks Josh!

  • Jillian K. Aug 17, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Samantha and her assistant Danielle were amazing. They worked with us throughout the entire process. The pictures came out beautifully. They are amazing at what they do.
    Samantha C. Aug 1, 2017

    Jill, Thank you so much! My #1 GOAL is to make the entire process easy! Danielle and I were so blessed to be a part of your special day!

  • Jessica C. Jul 6, 2016
    Samantha and her assistant did a great job! They traveled two hours to photograph my wedding on a very hot day. They took several posed shots but captured many candid ones as well. Her prices are also very reasonable and she is willing to work with whatever you want. I would recommend to anyone and hope to work with her again in the future.
    Samantha C. Aug 1, 2017

    Thanks Jessica! I hope to work with you again!!

  • Lisa F. Jul 6, 2016
    Samantha was a very professional photographer. Everything in our contract was spelled out. The pictures she did were amazing!! I would highly recommend All Occasion Photography!
    Samantha C. Aug 1, 2017

    Thank you so much for your review! We hope to work with you again!

  • Amber C. Jan 5, 2016
    Samantha C. Aug 1, 2017

    Thank you so much for your review!

  • Christina B. Nov 10, 2015
    Samantha C. Aug 1, 2017

    Thank you so much for your review!

  • Danielle G. Nov 10, 2015
    I guess the best way to describe my experience with this photographer was "you get what you pay for". Samantha was very friendly, but I found her and her assistant to be extremely unorganized. As requested, I provided a list of shots I definitely wanted, but she did not bother to take the list and put it in a logical order, so when we were doing group shots, there were people in and out of photos and it made the whole thing extremely confusing. She also didn't do much directing, so I think many good photo opportunities were lost. After looking through my photos, I wasn't 100% happy with them, and neither was my husband. We both wished that she had taken the extra moment to do things like, fix a jacket or straighten out my dress or ask him to step out a little while we were cutting our cake so we would get a shot where you could clearly see both of us (I am so bummed we didn't). Again, while Samantha was extremely pleasant, I felt like the overall result was amateur.
    Samantha C. Nov 10, 2015

    Danielle, I apologize that you and your family were not given more direction during your formals and that you were not 100% happy with your photographs. My normal second shooter that assists me during formals was not available for your wedding, thus I worked with someone new that day. However, I take all criticism very seriously, and in the future, will make sure that if my second shooter is unavailable, that my assistant is properly coached before hand to make the shoot go more smoothly. Thank you very much for the feedback! Samantha Crawford Owner of All Occasion Photography

  • Lindsay Y. Oct 14, 2015
    Awesome pictures, great and friendly personality, and flexible! Love her!
    Samantha C. Nov 9, 2015

    Thank you Lindsay! Loved taking pictures of you and your son!

  • Amanda Q. Oct 13, 2015
    I did a pregnancy layout with All Occasion Photography. She made me feel so comfortable and relaxed throughout the session. I would definitely recommend this business to anyone!
    Samantha C. Oct 13, 2015

    Thanks Amanda!

  • Kristen V. Feb 24, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    Samantha was my bridal shower and our wedding photographer. She is professional, easy to work with and it was a pleasure having her as our photographer. Pictures were delivered so quickly and we were very happy with them, she definitely captured the day for us. I look forward to working with Samantha for other events in the future.
    Samantha C. Feb 24, 2013

    Thanks for the review Kristen! It was my pleasure working with you and I hope to do it again soon!

  • Priscilla C. Dec 28, 2012
    I have been using Samantha to photograph many of my events from Weddings ,anniversary parties , adult Parties and sweet 16 parties. She has always did an outstanding job with every event I have booked her for. I highly recommend her you would not be disappointed.
    Samantha C. Dec 28, 2012

    Thanks Priscilla, I enjoy working for you and look forward to more to come!

  • Shannon M. Sep 24, 2012
    I had my kids Christmas pictures done by Samantha and they came out beautiful and my kids loved working with her as well. this was also a last minute picture thing because Christmas was right around the corner and we got them back very quick. very professional and great pricing and service :-) would Def go to her w any occasion :-)
    Samantha C. Oct 11, 2012

    Thank you!

  • Jessica N. Sep 24, 2012
    Samantha took great photos of my wedding, she left us with great memories of that day :) she has also taken photos of my kids and also did a great job. We will be going back to her for all the photos we need done, can't wait for you to take more great memories of my family :)
    Samantha C. Sep 24, 2012

    Thank you! I look forward to working with you in the future!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Pricing is very standard with an hourly rate and includes Final Edited, High Resolution JPEG Images Via Zip file and/or Data Disc/USB, an Online Secured Viewing Gallery and Photo Gift Store via SmugMug, a Signed Copyright for All Images to Print At Store of Your Choosing, Lifetime archival in 3 separate locations and 10 Miles from All Occasion Photography Included. 2nd/3rd Photographer, Framed Portraits and Albums additional.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
For weddings, I start with a questionnaire to see what services and options you are interested in. Once we discuss all your options and you make your selections, I will send you a proposal. Once you approve that, I will send over our agreement and an invoice for your 50% Retainer that can easily be paid online via paypal or you can mail a check if you prefer. Both are required to book the date in my calendar exclusively for you! Same for portraits, just no questionnaire or separate​ proposal.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Photography Certification that I received in 2011, and I have taken many Photography courses and workshops. I constantly am involved in community groups and workshops, learning more and always improving.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
It was a gradual transition for me. I took my first portrait when I was eight. Years of shooting both portraits and scenic images led me to weddings, special events, and casual portraits which led me down a natural path to where I am today.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I mainly photograph Weddings, Families and Children/Newborns and I have worked with people from birth up to 87 years of age. I have captured memories at over 100 weddings and portrait sessions throughout CNY and Surrounding Areas.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
One recent project I am very fond of included an engagement session, bridal shower, rehearsal, wedding day with first looks and a family portrait one year later. It was over a 2 and a half year time span between all the events. I also have one coming up for a maternity, newborn and family portrait session over a year time span :) So excited!!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Find a style of photography that you like, then find the photographer that turns your dreams into a reality. Ask many questions too, this helps to get to know your chosen photographer and build a relationship based on trust and communication. This can really help during your session because you and your photographer will work together more naturally.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
For weddings, I recommend having your venue and ceremony date booked before searching for a wedding photographer, dj, florist etc.