Since being a photographer is a given, I’ll skip that part. For now. 😉 First and foremost I am a wife to the best husband ever (I know every wife thinks that, but you’ll just have to trust me on this) and a mother to my two adorable kids, Lilly and Tyler. Lilly is my little tomboy and helper. She loves helping me in the kitchen, with my crafts, setting up my studio before a session, and playing with her brother. Tyler is my affectionate little Hulk-child. He came out of the womb rage-screaming, and while not much has changed in the temper department in his two years of life, he is exactly that much lovable and cuddly. He loves running up to give me hugs and kisses, and I get even more cuddles when he catches me editing. He ADORES seeing all the cute babies I get to photograph, and he loves to smother my screen in kisses while excitedly saying “Baby! Baby!” over and over. Their fun and cute personalities definitely keep life interesting, and I love seeing their little personalities grow and develop (even if their little personalities sometimes cause me to eat half a quart of chocolate icecream in one sitting when they finally go to bed, haha).
I can honestly say that I have loved photographing babies and their families since Day 1. Even though when starting out I dabbled in a bit of everything, my very first session was of a family with their newborn baby girl, and I still remember the feeling I had as I was going through the photos after the session and being absolutely captivated by the pure love and connection I saw and was able to capture. It hit me how important what I had just done was, how soon that baby would lose her “new-ness” and grow more and more, how quintessential this baby and this family was of pure unconditional love.
I. Was. Hooked.
As I’ve gained more experience, I’ve stopped photographing other genres of photography as much so that I could specialize and devote my time and effort to serving my baby clients and honing my craft and passion–newborn photography, which happens to be one of–if not THE–most challenging genres to photograph. Achieving those perfectly curled and sleepy poses takes countless hours of classes and hands-on practice, and photographing newborns requires special training in proper posing, handling, and newborn safety that are absolutely essential to become a niched and specialized newborn photographer.
My goal during our session together is to provide you with an exceptional luxury experience and beautiful, classic images of your baby and family that will be passed down to your loved ones for generations. Everything I do in my business revolves around this core principle. Your children are small for such a short amount of time, especially in the first few weeks after birth, that essentially there’s little room for do-overs in our line of work when it comes to documenting them artistically and naturally. It’s important for me to know how to do my job and do it well, and that’s what I promise to give to you when you choose to hire me. Part of that job is also to make sure that you’ll have photos to pass down to your children and grandchildren. When you choose to hire me, you are choosing to invest in your family’s legacy. In my experience and the experiences of countless other individuals, digitals don’t last. Backups fail, thumb drives get lost, CDs get scratched, data corrupts or accidentally gets deleted, technology becomes outdated at a faster pace, businesses close… The list goes on. To go along with your digital images, I offer a range of the best custom, heirloom quality artwork that is professionally made to stand the test of time so that by the time our work together is finished, you will leave with something you can share with friends and family on social media AND beautiful wall art or albums that are ready to be shared and displayed for decades to come.
I look forward to our time together! Let’s make your precious memories last!
Samantha is the owner of Samantha Rizzo Photography, a boutique-style photography business that is located in the Lakeview North area of Provo, Utah. She is a member of the IPPA (Intermountain Professional Photographers Association) and specializes in custom newborn portraiture.
Photo credit for family photo: 2Point8 Studios