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…

It’s a boy! {Newborn Photography, San Jose, CA}


I met this beautiful family when they were still waiting for their baby boy:

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It was a wonderful day when I opened my email and read “Hello Ewa, our baby boy arrived yesterday. We are all fine and happy. When can we schedule new sesssion?” The best email a photographer can receive. Pretty soon after I reveived that message I had the chance to meet Leonardo myself.



San Francisco City Hall Wedding {Bay Area Photography, CA}


When we first met to talk about their wedding they had it planned for 4 people. A few days after that it appeared that the party evolved into something bigger. Considering it was my first wedding session the level of my excitement grew with the number of wedding guests. What we had planned to do in one day had to be stretched for two sessions therefore in few days you will see them again here but in different scenarios.


and for some weird reason I can not embed the slide show into this post… Instead you can click here to watch it.
I am sorry for the inconvenience.

Julian {Newborn/Family Photography, San Jose, CA}


I meet with Julian not once, but twice.

The second time his grandparents were in town and I could not pass the opportunity to capture 3 generations.


Here is more picture from both sessions:

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Self-Portrait of the Photographer {Portrait Photography, San Jose, CA}

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Taking pictures is my passion. It is a passion of every photographer out there, at least this is what I believe in.

We spent hours on end shooting, editing, thinking about locations or location hunting, visualizing sessions with clients, browsing the Internet and organizing our Pinterst boards. Everything for one purpose – to become a better photographer and to serve our clients better. Many of us have mastered and memorized all the techniques of encouraging our models to feel comfortable in front of the camera. We know a lot about posing, how to make people look good, how to use the light and how to use every bit of space as a good spot for a photograph.

We take tremendous amounts of pictures weekly… Don’t we.

But how many pictures of ourselves, with kids, with spouses or without them, do we have?
How many times when somebody said, “hey you’ve been shooting all the time, let me take some pictures of you”, you just packed your stuff and run away or hide? I remember those days too good.

We have all the fancy equipment to capture beautiful moments of people and for people but so few of us use the same equipment and talent for themselves.

In addition there isn’t a better way to practice the knowledge about photography than to practice on ourselves. It’s free and nobody else needs to see it.

At the same time you might be really surprised how many great moments you will capture, especially if there are kids involved!
I cherish all my self-portraits I’ve taken so far, no matter how blurry and not perfect they are.


So, if you’re a photographer, and if you read this, I challenge you to go out there and turn your camera on yourself.
Once for a while, instead of spending an hour in front of the computer looking for inspiration, just go out and face the camera yourself. You might be surprised how many new things you’ll learn, how many new ideas you will get.

I can promise you that!

Here my two tutorials talking about of how to start taking self-portraits:

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Now go out there and shoot yourself! Good luck and don’t forget to have fun!

Waiting for Baby Boy {Maternity Photography, San Jose, CA}

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Two weeks ago I had met a gorgeous expecting mamma and her beautiful family.
Now, I can’t wait so meet this baby boy who is soon to enter this world!

More pictures of this beautiful family in this slideshow.

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Happy As Hugo {Infant Photography, San Jose, CA}


Hugo is 7 months old and his mom told me I just got lucky to meet him on one of his good days, but I think he just loves to be photographed!

In addition he is one lucky guy. His mom who went through a surgery after having a breast inflammation is still breastfeeding him.

No wonder Hugo is so happy. He is well taken care of. What else to want from life? Right 🙂

Ah… and we actually captured his first confrontation with grass… and while not very sure about it at first, after a few minutes he went to his daily routine, push-ups 😉


Happy 1st B-day {Kids Photography, San Jose, CA}

It’s been 1 year since she came to this world.

Oh… what a year it was!

Happy B-day NO.2! 🙂


A typical day in the life of an Au Pair {Portrait Photography, San Jose, CA}

We met with Anna before. We worked on a session with more make-up, and with more chic outfits, but there is nothing more fun than a session where your model wears a tracksuit 🙂 Seriously!

This time we met to document her ordinary day minus the kids she has to take care of.

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With this session I wanted to capture the regular, the normal and the boring side of this cultural exchange program called AU PAIR.

Here are a few words about it from Anna herself:

For most of the European girls being an Au Pair in USA is a part of the American Dream. We watch American movies and tv shows, and dream about the palm trees, the fancy clothes and the life without worries. In those stories babysitters take care of rich, angel-like-looking kids, have super-duper cars for their own use and for most of the day they just sit in the swimming pool or hot-tubs. In the Evenings they party.

So we go to the au pair agencies and say, I want to go to USA! I want my own American Dream!

We often forget about one thing, though. We are here to work, to take care of somebody else’s kids. This work is full-time job, 45 hours. We’re responsible for those little humans, we need to be for them all the time, and we need to do whatever their parents expect us to do.

If you’re hoping for roller-coaster life and martinis in a pool, this is not program for you. The daily routine is booooring: making lunches, cleaning, doing laundry, school’s drop-off/pick-up’s, snacks, homework, bedtime. Everyday. The same thing over, and over again. When we want to run away from all that – we go shopping. Things are way cheaper than in our countries. So we buy like crazy: shoes, clothes, bags. Shopping is every au pair way to relax. Many travel. We want to visit places with those palm trees, fancy stores which we’ve seen in the movies.

Many au pair realize that this program is not just fun, it’s hard work as well, and it’s not quite the American Dream they were expecting. Well, this shouldn’t stop anybody from taking the best of what they have and trying to have as much fun, and see as many places as possible just so they can go back home with heads full of memories of great moments and great places.

This session with Ewa  is going to be one of those memories.

With this session I am launching a new offer, available all year long and exclusive for au pairs only. For more details click here


An Au Pair Extraordinaire {Portrait Photography, San Jose, CA)


Vibrant, natural, happy, brave, energetic with a wonderful sense of humor.

She will make you smile – that’s for sure.

She left Poland to become an Au Pair in cultural exchange program.

She just flew over San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge (for the second time), and because of that she is the happiest person in the world, or because of the handsome flight instructor 😉 .

Her blog is on the 4th place in the 2013 International Exchange Blog Contest.

In a few months her adventure with the U.S comes to an end and asked what’s next, she said, “probably Germany”, but before she leaves  there is a cross country road trip to be crossed out from her bucket list!


The Girls in Yellow Hats {Kids Photography, San Jose, CA}


What a lovely day we had today.
We have managed to finish colorful hats and take them for some shooting – the hats, I mean.
The kids loved the idea of wearing new hats and they definitely didn’t mind to spend some time playing outdoors.


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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