I've been a professional photographer for 10+ years & full time in business for around 7! I am completely self taught, and while that was cool it sure was lonely and very frustrating at times!

I always wished I knew someone when I started to help me, which is why I'm so passionate about helping others grow now!  

My background...

if your like me, or probably most photographers you learn by doing. I can read things a million times but nothing sticks for me until I'm actively doing!  Let me hold your hand, figuratively ...
( or not I mean it's totally up to you! )

Hands on education

morning routine

my fav gear


Love Notes

" If you’re in need of an amazing Photography Mentor; Sam is fantastic! Sam’s patience and genuine personality make it not only comfortable, but fun to learn from her. In our first meeting, she sat with me and answered all of my questions and gave me tips and tricks I wouldn’t have even thought to ask about. Working with her has helped me to gain so much confidence in my ability as a Photographer. Sam is so encouraging and inspiring as a mentor and I am so grateful for the impact she has had on me as a Photographer! I have been on both sides of Sam’s lens and I can genuinely say; she is so much fun to work with as both your photographer and mentor! As a subject of one of her sessions; she made me feel empowered and special. And as her student, shooting along side of her during a session I felt empowered, engaged and enlightened. I left excited to apply all of the tools she taught me to my own shoots. Sam is a caring, passionate and encouraging mentor. I highly recommend a mentorship with Sam for any Photographer looking to gain knowledge and experience from one of the best! " - Erica P

" I had the pleasure of participating in a 1:1 mentoring session with Samantha for a beach maternity session. The experience was truly remarkable, allowing me to witness the magic behind the scenes, learn about setting up the perfect shots, see how she interacted with her families, style the mother, and capture the beauty of a maternity session on the beach.

Samantha's expertise and passion for her craft were evident from the moment we began. She graciously shared her extensive knowledge and patiently guided me through the intricacies of setting up the perfect maternity session. Her attention to detail and creative vision were truly inspiring.

During the mentoring session, i watched her scout the location, considering lighting conditions, and explain her thought process.

Samantha expertly utilized the natural beauty of the surroundings, incorporating elements like trees, driftwood and a Wade pool to enhance the ethereal ambiance.

I left the mentoring session feeling not only inspired but also equipped with valuable insights and practical techniques. I love that you don’t just leave the mentioning session without future help. She continues her support in a group or just having the ability to ask questions makes Samantha's mentoring different from other ones I’ve done. Her dedication to nurturing talent is truly commendable.

I wholeheartedly recommend Samantha's mentoring sessions to anyone eager to delve into the realm of maternity photography. Thank you, Samantha, for an unforgettable experience that has elevated my skills and ignited my creative spirit. Samantha Hayn: Aweeeeeee thank you so much for this!!! " Lauren B