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Meet Your Photographer – Samantha

Hey there, my name is Samantha. I’m a small town southern girl born and raised in beautiful North Carolina. I’m a mom to three very rambunctious dogs (June, Hank and Merle), two very spoiled cats (Mogwai and Waylon), two devastatingly fluffy Chinchillas (Loretta and Conway) and two sweet rats (Dean and Sam). Yes, I have a small zoo. 🙂 I’ve been married to the coolest dude I’ve ever met 2 years on January 1st of 2017, and we’ve been here in the Jacksonville, North Carolina area for right at three years. My heart belongs in the mountains though. Being raised in such a beautiful place I’ve realized I take pieces of it with me wherever I go. My accent is thick and I swear I could eat a pound of cornbread in an hour. You’ll rarely see me without a glass of sweet tea in hand (because you know, caffeine=effective adulting lol). I believe in kindness and love experiencing the world through the eyes of other people. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons Photography has been such a large passion of mine over the years.

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Me and June

You see, a little more than ten years ago I spent my weekdays preparing for long weekends at racetracks all across the country. Camera in hand, I had the privilege of documenting the adventures of some of the coolest folks you’ll ever meet. The Motorsports industry is a field full of truly amazing people and the subject matter in and of itself is pretty darn awesome. I mean, who doesn’t love a good race car? I loved my job. I got to travel and spent the vast majority of my time behind the lens of my camera. However, it was rare back then that I got a chance to focus my passion for photography on things other than Motorsports. Secretly (or maybe not so secretly) I loved the rare chance I got to document the lives of everyday folks who didn’t spend their weekends sweating and sun-burning at the local raceway like me. Race cars are a ton of fun, but photographing people is where my heart’s passion truly rests.

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Me and my handsome husband.

 

Fast forward to now, I’m nearly 300 miles from home and all I can think about is getting back behind my camera. To me, photography isn’t as simple as the click of a shutter button or a simple image printed on paper. It’s a journey. It’s a way to save all the precious time between now and ten years later and the best thing I can think of is to be a part of that process. To save something special so that years later you’ll have more than just a memory. I hope to be able to save your memories and share a little bit of myself with each of you as I believe the best way we can contribute in this world is to create and learn with others.

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My sweet Maggie May.

Maggie and June Photography (aptly named after my favorite departed horse and my faithful service dog) is my way of sharing my passion for capturing memories with all of you. Please feel free to take a look around, shoot me an email, or give me a call and we’ll capture your beautiful memories together, one shutter click at a time. I look forward to getting to know each of you. 🙂

xoxo- Samantha

 

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