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Rising Stars: Meet Sam Hurd

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Hurd.

Sam, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started like most other photographers… was gifted my first camera in high school and fell in love taking photos while hiking (where I grew up) in central VA. I continued photography as a passion through college but ended up majoring in information and computer science. Once I began to look for a professional job, I came across a listing for a photography at an organization called the National Press Club. I was hired as their staff photographer assigned to shoot press conferences, luncheons, newsmakers, and other DC events almost daily around the club. It was a wonderful opportunity and the learning experience was fantastic. A few years into working there a co-worker of mine got engaged and asked me to photograph her wedding since she knew me so well. I have never photographed a wedding (I think I had only ever attended 1 in my life!) but decided to try my best and fell in love with it. Ever since that first wedding, it’s the only “genre” of photography I’ve actively tried to continue shooting. I’ve been full-time with my own business for eight years now and photograph about 40-50 weddings per year.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have a stable and fulfilling path toward success, but there have been some obstacles along the way. Mostly, getting a solid budget for taxes and future savings. Hiring an accountant was the best thing I ever did for my life and business.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I specialize in wedding photography and portraits. I am known for creating a few (now) popularized techniques such as:

Prisming – using an acrylic glass triangle to create reflections and distortions for in camera effects.

Ring of Fire – shooting through a 1″ piece of tube/pipe to create in camera flare.

Lens Chimping – using an unmounted double convex lens for both creative artifacts, and macro photography

Color Spreading – using three separate colored glass filters (red, green, and blue) to isolate color channels for a creative look.

I’m most proud of somehow continuing to find ways of staying inspired for my clients! I’ve never tired of doing what I do, and I’m so grateful for that!

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
I love these: Podcasts – Exponent, Dithering, The Talk Show w/ John Gruber

Books – I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Pricing:

  • Wedding Coverage starts at $4,500
  • Engagement Sessions start at $950
  • Portrait Sessions start at $600

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