“Natural” portrait photography is what I have an eye for. Even in a studio environment, I’ll bring the natural out of you and your kids. No fake smiles and awkward poses.
3 words to describe my style: Natural, Elegant, Artistic. (and always playful)
I mostly shoot on-location in San Jose, Cupertino, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, and Morgan Hill. And I’m always in a hunt for interesting places I can offer to my clients.
To secure your spot I require a $250 session fee (as a non-refundable deposit).
For newborn and cake smash sessions the deposit is $300.
I am not a fan of sessions with props, therefore I normally don’t provide them. If my clients want to use props they are more then welcome to bring their own and as many as they want.
A session fee is required to secure your date and to provide you with the best service and guidance before the session even starts. Plus the session fee will give you access to an online gallery and a mobile app with all the images you decide to purchase after the session. While the online gallery is only available for 2 weeks (and you use it to make your additional purchases – please see the link with “online catalog for full prices), the mobile app is for you to keep forever.
My clients can always add a video option for their session for an additional $450. Scroll down to see examples of videos I offer.
PLEASE HEAD OVER TO THE ONLINE CATALOG TO SEE MY FULL PRICING!
Pick from a variety of sessions and let’s create the most wonderful portraits of you and your family!
"At the end of my pregnancy, I started looking for a photographer who could capture my last "blessed weeks". Luckily, I found Ewa!!! She responded, promptly, to my e-mail, and answered all of my questions. That really mattered to me. As a working Mom, I understand the importance of being efficient and reliable. I was so pleased by her suggestions about everything; from the photo-session location, to the wardrobe. From the first meeting, we connected. I felt as if I had known Ewa for a very long time! She was able to capture very sweet moments of my family; not easy, with our two and one-half year old son, who can't stay still. After the successful maternity-photo session, I knew that I would like to work, again, with Ewa on a newborn-photo session. So we did! I was amazed at how much patience she had with my little angel Emilka. She was able to calm her down, and take amazing pictures of her with her big brother. I couldn't be more thankful to her, and if I could I would give her 10 stars!!! We look forward to working with Ewa in the future!"
Agnieszka, San Francisco, CA
"Ewa is amazing! I was laughing and crying and smiling while looking over our photo gallery. We had a tough time in the beginning of the shoot with getting our little one to relax and smile, and not only was Ewa patient with us and gave my little one the time she needed to "open up" and have fun, but she also captured some amazing shots of the baby before she was ready to have fun. All of Ewa's photos are simply magical! The colors are stunning and her ability to capture our authentic selves is unbelievable. Just breathtaking! I can't wait to sit and pick which ones will be ours and then to share those with our loved ones! And beyond that, I can't wait to do another photo shoot with Ewa!!"
Emma, San Jose, CA
"I have worked with Ewa twice now. She is such a wonderful professional and a pleasure to work with. She made me feel secure and wonderful as well and making friends with my baby to get some smiles while taking nursing portraits.Beyond the session she does great and quick post production. Overall a wonderful photographer with fantastic customer service!"
Jennifer, San Jose, CA
"Ewa is beyond talented. My girlfriend and I had our family portraits taken by her, and we couldn't be happier with the results. Her work with natural light is amazing, and she is clearly talented with post production. We will definitely be hiring Ewa for more portraits in the future, and will continue to rave about her work. If you're looking for an ultra talented photographer who is easy to work with and has a warm, sincere attitude - Ewa Samples Photography is the way to go."
Andrew & Chrissy, San Jose, CA
"Best decision ever! Not only does she take amazing pictures, but she is lovely to interact with. always prompt with her responses. She was very willing to work with us. She was really great with my son and was extremely patient. She also covered his birthday party and I was really impressed with her attention to details. She covered EVERYTHING! Captured all the moments, all my guests have tones of pictures and I absolutely love every picture she took. I couldn't have been happier and will definitely be asking her to take pictures of my family in the future!"
Preeti, Milpitas, CA
"Ewa is an amazing photographer and I highly recommend her! This is the 2nd time we asked Ewa to take our family pictures and she delivered way above our expectations. She's able to capture every emotion, every moment with a single snapshot. Her work is beautiful. The pictures are very artistic but at the same time very natural (not posy). She made our session a very pleasant moment for our entire family!"
Caroline, Los Altos, CA
"We got our Maternity pics taken by Ewa and are incredibly pleased with the results! She did an excellent job and was very professional. I love that there was no time limit to our session. She is very patient and thorough and made sure to include everything we asked and even much more. I highly recommend her! We could not have asked for a better photographer! I am in love with every single picture!We are looking forward to more photo sessions in the future!"
Ramya, Fremont, CA
"Ewa is simply amazing! I am very picky with pictures, as I love to photograph myself, but Ewa has the right eye for creating wonderful pictures and capturing the moment. Ever since we had her for the first time she became our family photographer and we use her for every occasion: Newborn shoots, family shoots, portraits etc. She is wonderful in dealing with kids, very patient and kind.She is super creative, finding the right setting and captures and edits the pictures so they become everlasting memories. I can highly recommend her and I am looking forward to many more shoots to come :-) "
Isabell, Los Gatos, CA
Ewa gives directions but is open to suggestions, she is not intrusive – this is great because she captures very tender and real moments that are not rehearsed. My favorite aspect about her work is precisely that candidness of the pictures. Things just flow naturally… I really enjoyed the experience! Ewa was very relaxed, super friendly and creative. She works with natural light and has a great eye for details…she captured some very precious moments that we will cherish forever. She also made a video for us that is beyond adorable! We highly recommend Ewa’s studio and will most definitely use her services again as our boys grow!
Alexandra, Santa Cruz
I am completely in love with these photos! Thank you so very much for taking such gorgeous shots of me and my girls! You are an incredibly generous soul; you give so much of yourself during these sessions and you can see that beauty in the shots you take. not every photographer can see the fragility, strength, beauty and essence of the moment, but you can; just amazing!!
Olga, San Jose
Ewa did a wonderful job in capturing our family! We love her photos and everyone who sees them is asking who the photographer is! She took photos when our baby boy was only 4 days old and again for a cake smash for his 1st birthday. We would highly recommend her and are looking forward to more photo sessions in the future!
Simone, San Jose
BOUTIQUE EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
Step 1: This is the most important part of any commission for me. Whether it’s headshots, family portraits, or maternity portraits, I begin each project by meeting in a casual environment, often over coffee or tea. After the session is booked and the date of your session is secured, I try to get to know you and your family, which helps me to plan how to capture the essence of you or your family during the actual session. You are able to learn about me, my photographic point-of-view, and the end products that I will deliver following the session. We’ll discuss the goals and location of the photo shoot. If the meeting is in your home, we can talk about where the final art product will be hung or placed. Knowing that helps me to match the shots taken during our session to the mood of your home’s interior design.
If we can’t meet in person, you will have a questionnaire to fill out before out session, that will help me to get to know you and your family a little better. I’m also always available to chat about your needs and expectations over the phone or via Skype.
Step 2: The portrait photography session occurs. This will not feel like a professional photoshoot. We have fun during the session. Most family photography sessions require about an hour. You’ll be able to take as many breaks as you want. This is helpful if your kids need a snack or bathroom break!
Step 3: This is the most exciting part! Within a week, we meet again. In lieu of digital proofs, I provide a 5 x 7 heirloom–quality album containing high-quality prints of the best photos from the session. We will go over all of the possibilities to display your favorite photos throughout your home. You will be able to choose from or customize any of the collections I offer. All of my collections are a mix of custom wall art / albums and high-resolution digital files.
Step 4: I deliver the artwork in person if you are local. Otherwise, any purchased artwork or albums are safely mailed to you.
The portrait photography process, from start to finish, is approximately 6 weeks.
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Keepsakes Worth Displaying
You and your time are worth more than a disc full of files, forgotten and rarely looked at as time passes.
While good as a back-up archive, digital files are not tangible; printed images are. As a full-service professional photographer, I am proud to provide a choice of product options/collections for your portraits, including museum-quality wall art displays and custom designed photo albums produced in the best photography lab in the U.S.
Ewa’s Portrait Photography Framed Art Prints, Photograph Displays, and Album Options
- Museum Quality Fine Art Prints. Choose from a variety of frames. Prints are delivered framed and behind a plexiglass, ready to hang.
- Wood Mount. A natural, unique option with a vintage look. Your photograph is printed directly onto the wood, which results in unique changes to the colors of the print. Made from maple multiplex with a satin finish.
- Pop-Up Metal. A modern twist to your wonderful portraits. Images are printed on metal with a special “pop-up” feature that gives the print a 3-dimensional look. They come ready to hang.
- Gallery Blocks. A lightweight and low maintenance option that looks similar to canvas. Images are printed on wood base, and are meant to be displayed without a frame.
- 100% Bamboo Mount. A premium alternative to framed prints. Eco-friendly, stylish, and modern. Available in 3⁄4” depth and two gorgeous colors.
- Traditional Canvas. They can be hung as they are, or with a floating frame to maximize the “WOW” factor!
Of course, a traditional photo album is always available. I offer a 10×10 lay-flat photo album with your choice of up to 20 photographs or all photographs from the session.
Thank you so much for your interest in my portrait photography sessions. If you got to this page, that means a lot to me.
Now lets talk about your needs and expectations. Don’t be shy. Ask me anything you want to know. Even better, lets meet for a coffee.
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