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Get outstanding Fall family pictures this year || Family Photographer, Morgan Hill, CA

It’s that time of the year, can you feel it!? I can! It’s time to get your Fall family pictures done!!! Oh, yes!!! I’m so excited for this Fall.

The season is in full blast, and I’m almost completely booked in October. That makes my heart sing because it means that so many families trusted me with their family portraits again! I just want to put exclamation marks at the end of almost every single sentence in this post because I’m just that excited!!! And honestly, I don’t get excited that easily.

Fall MINI SESSIONS November 9th Limited spots!!! $399 All images (1)

The location for this mini session is absolutely gorgeous. There is variety of beautiful backgrounds. All my clients who have had sessions with me there were always very happy with the images we created there.

If you’re interested in Fall mini sessions with me please follow this link and choose November 9th as your session date. After you pick your date and your time slot I’ll contact you personally to go over the details of your session.

You’re going to receive recommendations on how to prepare for your session, what to wear and simply what to expect when working with me.


If you’d like me to create for you outstanding Fall family portraits let’s connect!!! 

Even better, sign up for the membership to Ewa Samples Photography, so you won’t have to miss on any photo opportunities throughout the entire year. 


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1st birthday cake smash plus a sweet video. {San Jose Photographer}

HOW this session STARTED

1st birthday cake smash, Almaden, San Jose

I’m happy to say that this mama booked me because I was one of the very few photographers in the Bay Area who was offering video along with the photography from my sessions. I have to admit, it’s not easy to do both, but the love for making those videos is stronger than the difficulties.

So here we go…


The rest of the story

A few weeks ago, when the grass was still green here in the Bay Area, I had this oh-so-gorgeous 1st birthday cake smash session. This mama ordered a custom made dresses for both her and her baby girl from India just for the purpose of celebrating her little baby girl first year. While having a few phone consultations over the phone, I was able to convinced her to bring those dresses to the shoot. I am so glad she did!!!

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During this session I could not stop talking about how impressed I am with this baby girl for not taking her headband off. Haha. I know little babies, and I know the most tricky part of dressing them for a photo shoot is to make them wear a headband or a hat. She did not mind it at all. Through the entire session it was like she didn’t have anything on her head. Her mom mentioned that this is not her normal behavior and normally she takes off anything they put on her within a few seconds. So, it looks like we got super lucky for this photo shoot.

Well, I think we got double lucky, because once rescheduled this session was done two days after we had quite a lot of rain falling from the sky… For days…

So, cheers to double luck, and amazing 1st birthday celebration!!!


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Portrait Playdate with San Jose Family Portrait Photographer – Event

You are invited to join Portrait Playdate with San Jose Family Portrait | Maternity | Breastfeeding | Headshot photographer, Ewa Samples. The even is happening in Saratoga, California in a very quiet park. The park has playground structures, a creek and a meadow. Plenty of room for relaxed socializing and pictures taking. 🙂

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Stop by Wildwood Park in Saratoga on Thursday, September 8th and enjoy mommy and me time in great company. During this playdate moms will have a chance to socialize. Kids will play and entertain themselves (and us). We will tire them out, so they will be definitely ready for a long and well deserved nap.

What’s most important, we will CREATE WONDERFUL MEMORIES for all the participants to cherish forever. 

 portrait playdate with San Jose Family Portrait Photographer

In very relaxed and laid back atmosphere moms won’t even realize they are having a professional session done.

Portrait Playdate with Ewa Samples Photography is a perfect way to socialize, relax, make new friends, and maybe business connections while having a professional portraits done.

To join the playdate, please RSVP to the Facebook event, so I know how many people are coming. While you there, sign up for Ewa Samples Events to be notified about upcoming playdates and other fun events. To get the feel about the portrait playdate watch a sneak-peek from our last event.







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When Cupid strikes {Lifestyle Newborn Photographer, San Jose, CA}

I met my husband thorough an online community.
They met online, as well.
Both Andrew and I share a common passion for capturing moments on film.
Watch this awesome movie he made to document their journey of becoming parents. I think, it’s awesome!


During our session there was a lot video making going on. On both sides.









And the only way to finish this post is with a sweet movie of those love birds. Good luck to the three of you! To many more wonderful stories captured through your camera lenses!


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12 Instagram communities for parents (and not only)

Today I am going to showcase 12 Instagram communities for parents (and not only).

If you started your Instagram account but it seems like nobody sees your pictures, nobody is liking them or commenting on them it’s probably because you’re not “hanging out” in the right places and because you’re not involved too much into liking and commenting yourself.

Also stop using very general hashtags like: #kids #food #children #fun #beautiful #family #etc 🙂 There are so many pictures under those hashtags that yours if not standing out with something super original then will be lost within seconds after posting it.

Find few communities and stick to them. Use their hashtags for relevant pictures you post and stay active in those communities. Don’t just post and go away. If you want to get more likes, start conversation under your picture you have to make the first move. Comment on photos of other people, spend some time going through the hashtags and like other people photos.

The communities I’m listing in this post are fun and family friendly accounts that focus on photographs of parenthood, children, food, fun and creative photographs of your everyday life.

Sometimes if your photo is interesting enough you might get your picture featured on their grid. That’s pretty great if you want to get more exposure to your account or if you want to gain more followers. At the same time following those accounts and using their hashtags will give you access to a great number of moms and dads who serve as great inspiration.

Some of the accounts have weekly or daily “challenges” / “themes” that you have to follow in order to get featured on their grid. But some have general hashtag that you can use every single time you post something on your Instagram account but it’s not related to the daily(weekly) theme.

The accounts I will mention here today are not only children related. They vary from food and life/home style to flowers and bugs and more.

Here we go:

1. Moms with cameras (

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2. Hiyapapayaphotoaday (

_______________________________________________ Today is a main tag day and anything goes as we highlight your images tagged to #hiyapapayaphotoaday. Please help us congratulate the following photographers on their great features: @ewasamples @rr_desh @minimalistchick @its_alwaysautumn ______________________________________________ Tag your photos with #hiyapapayaphotoaday for a chance to be featured! ______________________________________________ RULES : ?You may tag up to eight (8) old or new photos for each theme. ?Only tag photos that have NEVER been featured on @hiyapapayaphotoaday. Browse the hashtag to get ideas and inspiration and to support and encourage other artists! ______________________________________________ { Mod: @hiyapapayamom } ______________________________________________

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    3. Sunny picture challenge (  


4. Shutter Sisters (

    5. The children of the world (


6. Snap-ish (

    7. Our everyday moments    (

8. jj_nosquares (

with this account is a part of @jjcommunity which you should follow as well and some of their other accounts:

  1. @jj_its_kids
  2. @jj_mobilephotography
  3. @jj_fromwhereistand
  4. @jj_blackwhite


9. All the differences (

10. Mom_Hub (

  11. Nothingisordinary_ (

Repost from @nio_mod_riceandbeans, Hello NIO friends!! Today it’s another beautiful NIO day! As always, many possibilities , and many beautiful images are being showcasing on our main gallery today! Keep on tagging all your non themed shots to our main tag #nothingisordinary & #nothingisordinary_ for a chance to be featured ! Please say hello to our featured artists by visiting their galleries : —————————————— ——– TL @mecminun BL @formligen TR @hiyapapayaphotography BR @ewasamples ————————————————– – New and old pictures are allowed – Please tag your OWN photos that have NOT been previously featured -No more than 7 photos on our themed tags Collage by @nio_mod_riceandbeans aka @MsBrasil2000 ————————————————– A photo posted by Join us! Tag#nothingisordinary (@nothingisordinary_) on


12. My_365 (

Last but not least. This community is where I started my adventure with Instagram and got to know most of my followers and the people I follow.


Instagram can be a fun way to connect with people, even make friends. For example a year ago I got to hang out with very talented and super creative @dodovo while visiting Orange County. I had never met her prior this trip. We only knew each other from Instagram and through our pictures. 


Anyway, if you are on Instagram don’t forget to follow me (@ewasamples) and say “Hi”.

Also, don’t forget to edit your photos before you post them anywhere. Here is my video with in which I show you how I edit my iPhone photo before I post it on Instagram:

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Life-Style Family Photo Session that will make you smile.

This life-style family photo session was a part of Mother’s Day Campaign in which we raised almost $600 for

Those 60 minutes were full of laughter, kisses, and “that’s sooooo embarrassing” phrases. For the entire time I was editing this session I had a big smile on my face. I love every single photo from this session.

I simply adore this age when kids (well I hope their won’t read this post as I think, they would’t like the fact I called them “kids”), are still kids, but they starting to act like they are not. Hugs and kisses from mom or dad in public are, oh, so embarrassing…

When they first hugged and I heard the “oh, it’s so embarrassing” and “ewwww”, I immediately though of ways to make it even more embarrassing. Just for the fun of it. So I asked them to kiss.

And that’s how the kissing marathon began. At the end I was told it felt like it was their wedding day again 🙂

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Also, there is a contest to win a photo session going on my Facebook page. Read more about it here!


If you’d like to chat about your session with me, please email to ewasamples(at) 
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Hope to hear from you soon, 
Ewa, your Family Photographer



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5 reasons why you should join Mother’s Day Mini Session with Ewa Samples Photography, Bay Area Family Photographer (Reason no.2)

Reason no. 2 why you should join Mother’s Day Mini Session:

Preserve your memories in the best quality there is.

But before reading any further simply “support” this cause first!!!

No matter if you’re considering going with me or with another Bay Area photographer. You should simply do it. Just do it. No matter how many cell phone photos of you and your family you have, going with a professional session is really the way to preserve your memories.

For the purpose of this post I had contacted some of the moms I had photographed in the past and asked them for a permission to scrutinize their cell phone photos. And you know what? They all said, GO FOR IT! So, lets get to it. 😉 (I didn’t really ask them for a permission to criticize their photos, I would never do it. I simply asked them to use their photos for education purpose)

This post is not about how bad anybody looks in cell phone photos or photos taken by not professional. I am not here to criticize or point mistakes, bad light or composition, or whatever you might think of. Cell phone photos are wonderful. They allow us preserve memories fast and on the run, memories otherwise would be lost if not cell phones. I even wrote a blog post about how to improve your phone photos. Great read for those who want to get better and more creative with their phone photography.

But agree with me or not, the cell phone photos are more likely to disappear somewhere is the chaos of your uncategorized computer files, and unexpected phone and hard drive crashes.

For example which of these photos, do you think, will end up on a wall or in a photo book? Mother’s Day Mini Session in San Jose

Mother's Day Mini Session, Ewa Samples Photography

I know that most of people wait till the end of the year to get their family pictures done. This is an opportunity to have your mother and daughter, mother and son, mother and kids pictures done without the whole stress of running out of time before Christmas, or having to squeeze into your photographer’s busy schedule. If you want, bring your hubby along. If you don’t (or if he doesn’t want to), then don’t worry about it. This is the beauty of Mother’s Day Special – husbands are optional! 

Mother Daughter Photography, Ewa Samples Photography

Not every photographer can see the fragility, strength, beauty and essence of the moment, but you can; just amazing!!” – Olga


The whole process will take you about an hour. Not longer. I encourage you to pamper yourself for this year Mother’s Day. Let your hubby know about this special and let him book it for you! Because why no? This is once in a year opportunity.

This Mother’s Day lets create portraits of a mother you were always wanting to have. Feminine, beautiful, delicate and artistic. I can help you with that. For those who’ll express the need, I will be able to provide a professional make up artist, as well; To pamper you even more!

Mother's Day Mini Session, Ewa Samples Photography, San Jose

Mother's Day Mini Session, San Jose and Cupertino

In addition, if you haven’t read my post about Reason no.1 why you should join this Mother’s Day Special with our studio, then I’ll tell you, it is even more important then preserving your own memories. You will be helping in saving lives with, an organization with a mission to make birth safer in Laos, where maternal and infant mortality rates are among the highest in the world. They provide birthing supplies, training for nurses and funding for nurses to train CleanBirth Village Volunteers. Only $5 can save a mother and a child! We will be giving them much more. 40% of my entire profit will be donated to this organization. 


I’ve created 3 packages for everybody to find something suitable. They start from $210, and each of them includes a tangible gift for all the participants to cherish!

Download your offer today!

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