Ewa Samples

I’m Ewa (Eva), and I’m San Jose Cupertino Family, Maternity Portrait Photographer and Videographer. In the past I’ve photographed from Concord and San Francisco to Morgan Hill and many places in between. Majority of my sessions are done in San Jose, Cupertino, Palo Alto, Stanford, Sunnyvale, and Los Gatos.As much as I love working with natural light I also can create beautiful images in my portable studio. I love to create, and limiting myself to one source of light or one style of photographing families is not the way to express myself. I don't limit myself to sunset (so called golden hour) sessions. I shot at any given time.4 years ago I pursued a project called 365 Self-Potrait Project in which I took one self-portrait a day for a year. From a project which was supposed to be about me it had turned into something that was about mothers and motherhood. I called it “Portrait of a Mother” which was featured on Bon Bon Break. Since that project I try to embrace every opportunity I get to be on the picture with my family. I know how hard it is for many mothers out there to do the same, and my mission is to change it…

Relaxation Shooting. While waiting for the client.

Do you know the feeling that you get while preparing for a photo session?

I bet many photographers are passed this phase and photo sessions are like a grocery shopping for them.

I am not. I still have butterflies in my stomach and an adrenaline rush starting the day before the session.

Relaxation shooting is the best resolution to that.

Yesterday it happened 30 minutes before the session.

After I finished my coffee I walked around our outdoor location and captured a few creatures that crossed my way!

In no time I was realaxed, calm and ready for the real fun!

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NOT twin Brothers! {Kids Photography, San Jose, CA}

When I got to their house, at 8am, I was welcomed by one sleepy head, his older brother was still asleep, and we got up he wasn’t in the best mood for a photo shoot. We had worked a little bit harder than usual to get a smile out of him. We watched cartoons, ate breakfast and played together. I captured their morning routine.

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Goodbye California, {Family Photography, San Jose, CA}

They were flying, jumping, hula hooping, peek-a-booing and hiding in moving boxes. What a session!!!

I had a pleasure to photograph this fun to work with family right after their baby No.2 was born (pictures from that session HERE).

This time we met for a session that would capture the memories about their neighborhood, their favorite park, their favorite spot at their house (a couch, lol), and a few other things that will remind them about the place they used to live for a long time.

We had so much fun, I couldn’t stop photographing them:

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Fly High – Happy New Year!!!

In this New Year I wish you all the best! May your dream come true (at least one), and if you already haven’t to discover the side of a child in yourself!

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4 days old baby boy {Newborn Photography, San Jose, CA}

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Last week I had a chance to meet this happy and very content baby boy. At the time he was only 4 days old. So tiny. Just during those few hours I’d spent with him he received many, many hugs and kisses. He is a lucky boy to be born in such a loving family!

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Brother and Sister Session {Kids Photography, San Jose, CA}

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The first day we met it was raining cats and dogs, although 30 minutes before the session the weather looked pretty ok for outdoor shooting. We re-scheduled the session for the next day. The second time we got lucky. It wasn’t raining and it wasn’t very cold. Almost the entire session was conducted by the Big Brother. He had all these ideas: where he want to be photographed, what he is going to do while I take his pictures, etc., but at the same time he happily did what he was asked for… like hug his sister:

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While his sister stayed on the more shy side.

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