I am lucky enough to have had so many incredible clients (turned friends) because of photography.

Read what some of them had to say about working with me!

Couple embracing in the woods at their mount laguna engagement session

"WOW!! Samantha was a breath of fresh air! I have NEVER felt so comfortable being photographed before in my life! My husband and I both had quite a bit of a anxiety/apprehension day of the shoot, but were quickly put at ease by Samantha's attitude and whole energy throughout the experience. She made me feel absolutely beautiful before, during, and after and as someone whose dealt with a lifetime of low self esteem this absolutely meant the world to me. My husband rarely ever smiles in pictures and for the first time in our lives we have picture after picture after picture of him smiling so naturally it's almost hard to believe.
Sam has a way of calming your nerves and effortlessly getting you to open up and have fun while being photographed and it shows through her work. To call her a natural at what she does would be an understatement. You can see how much she truly loves capturing the love two people share through her work. Thanks to her we have the most beautiful pictures capturing a special day we had and I cant be more excited and proud to frame and send some of these to family and friends.
She was such a pleasure to be around throughout the whole thing and we are already booking our next session with Sam
Bottom line is her work is amazing! Her attitude and soothing energy is amazing! We cant wait for next time!"

- Sarah + James

Bride and groom on a lake dock at their Milagro Winery Microwedding

"I have no words. I had my mini ceremony a couple weekends ago, and I never could have expected so many beautiful pictures out of just a couple hours. Sam paid attention to everything we had discussed about pictures beforehand, and then gave me more than I could have dreamed. I literally don't know what to say besides she is everyone's DREAM photographer and anyone looking for a photographer should scoop her up now. Not only is she an amazing photographer, but she is one of the sweetest souls I know and she makes it her goal to see her couples happy. Believe me Sam, you more than did you job on this one, I so cannot wait for the bigger wedding next year to see how much more magic you can do."

- Alexis + Raul

Flower Filled San Diego Couples Session - Samantha Phillips Photography

"Let me start off with never in my life have I been so comfortable in front of a camera before until I met Sam! I've had 2 shoots with her, one was last year that was just myself and the other a couples shoot with my boyfriend this year. Both shoots were great with her behind the camera she made me feel great about myself and made the couples shoot so easy. I'm so in love with the outcome of my solo shoot with her and our couples shoot. She made the delivery of the photos super easy with her online gallery and even sent me some sneak peaks while she was editing them. All in all Sam is truly talented and I've recommended her to anyone who is in need of a photographer because honestly she's become my go to incase of any future events . Thank you Samantha for such a beautiful gallery of photos that I will forever cherish!"

- April + Richie

Grooms kissing at their Valley Center avocado farm wedding

"We absolutely loved our whole experience with Sam! We couldn't have asked for a better photographer. We're a gay couple and felt totally comfortable from start to finish with her. She accommodated to the changes we had to make because of COVID-19. We had great communication with her all throughout the planning and she was easy to get ahold of. During the wedding, we appreciated her being vocal and directive when taking group photos. After the wedding, the turn around for photos was quick and they came out SOOOO GOOOD! We will definitely recommend Sam every chance we get! Shout out to her husband Colton for being an awesome assistant!"

- Sal & Greg

Couple kissing with dog at their Julian, CA engagement session

"Look no further for your dream photographer! Samantha was a total sweetheart. She made us feel super comfortable in front of her lens. (That says a lot because my fiancé hates people taking his picture) We picked a special location for our engagement photos. She was as excited as we where! She even let us bring our dog along which made our photos even more special. I can't even choose a single photo that was my favorite because they all came out so perfect. Thank you Samantha for capturing so many special moments."

- Lisandra + Jason

San Diego Anniversary Couples Session - Samantha Phillips Photography

"About 6 months ago I was in the market for a new photographer since mine moved out of state when I came across Samantha's photo page on Instagram. Just when I thought I'd never find an amazing photographer who could capture the photos I pictured in my mind TO A T, enter Samantha stage left. I've shot 2 sessions with her and both times the photos far exceeded my expectations. She really takes the time to make sure your experience with her is everything you want it to be and more from the seamless booking process to the turnaround time to get photos back. I will be back time and time again, I've found my permanent photographer!"

- Shelby + Jared

Mount Laguna - San Diego - Engagement Session - Samantha Phillips Photography

"Samantha did an AMAZING job at taking Jordan and I's engagement photos this past weekend. I had won an instagram give away where she gave away a free shoot and selected a random winner. She made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera and even drove 45-50 minutes to mount laguna for the most perfect scenery! we even got snow! She gave us advice on poses to do as well as listened to our ideas too, and she was able to get our energetic dog Nya in some great shots with us, and by herself! She's is the cutest most sweetest thing ever and I've already booked her to do our wedding in 2021, love love love how she edited our photos, I didn't not except them to come out as great as they did. I can't wait for her to photograph us in the years to come, heck! she'll probably even do my maternity shoot when the time comes! 5 starts all the way! if you're looking for an outstanding photographer pick Samantha!"

- Maddy + Jordan

Calumet Park Wedding - La Jolla - Samantha Phillips Photography

"Samantha has done photos for my daughter and her family. I reached out to her asking her to do my wedding pictures. From the first email I sent her to the day of our ceremony, everything was on point! She was in constant communication of what was needed as well as making sure what I wanted and expected from our photos  was accomplished.  Weeks prior to our wedding she went to the location of our event and found multiple areas for pictures after the ceremony. Samantha sent me pictures of the areas as well as the distance from our event. The day of our event Samantha and Colton ensured all of the photos that needed to be done with family were completed . The gallery of photos we received by far exceeded my expectations. She and Colton were amazing in capturing  our special moments naturally. I have been given a lifetime of memories of our special day."

- Sophie + Danny

"My husband and I have been together for 13 years, and this was our first time getting professional photos together so it was very special for us. We were both a bit nervous that the experience would be awkward, but it was far from it. Samantha is so calming and laidback, but also very professional and you can tell that it's important to her that the entire experience is comfortable and fun for her clients. Our pup was part of the shoot and even when he was being a little bit of a diva, Samantha didn't skip a beat and we found creative ways to use his energy to get great shots! After a few days, we received our photos in a super easy to access online gallery. My husband and I were blown away by how gorgeous the pictures turned out thanks to Samantha's eye for lighting, angles, and natural looking poses. Thanks to Samantha for a wonderful experience and the beautiful photos!"

- Jackie + Nick

Mission Trails Photoshoot - Samantha Phillips Photography

"I reached out to Samantha to help me take updated photos of my fur babies and I and she was absolutely amazing from start to finish. She was responsive and curious about my vision but was not afraid to add her expertise in there as well! I was extremely nervous as my two huskies are not the easiest to get to sit still but Sam was so patient and prepared for our shoot. She had scouted locations previously and made me and my pups feel so comfortable! She even helped me walk them from spot to spot! She directed me so that we could get the best photos but she also snuck in some candids (which are my favorite!) The pictures came out so good and I'll cherish them forever. She really captured the bond I have with my dogs and their little personalities. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer. Her style, talent, and personality make it a worthwhile experience. Not to mention she returned the photos so quickly and even gave me a handwritten thank you card! She is the sweetest and her work speaks for itself! Thank you again Sam!"

- Tessa

San Diego Fall Maternity Shoot - Samantha Phillips Photography

"Sam is the best choice for photos ! I am beyond obsessed my maternity photos for baby girl. Sam made me feel so comfortable in the middle of a hiking trail w/ three outfit changes. Not only did i want maternity photos, i also wanted family photos with my wild man almost 2 year old. He did not still and would have rather played in the dirt than take pictures, but Sam did not disappoint.Even through the pure chaos of him & trying to take the photos i wanted, she was sweet and comforting and didn’t let me 2 year old’s craziness phase her. She delivered the best photos (better than i had imagined) in the quickest time period. I cried a little when I saw them. She captured the pure craziness of my family & son in the most beautiful way. We will definitely be using her again. If you’re thinking about using her, do it ! You won’t regret it."

- Sarah + Trevor

"Samantha and her husband did an amazing job capturing our special moments in both our engagement and wedding shoots. She made us feel comfortable in front of the camera, so comfortable that my husband had a few silly shots and even some smiles with teeth (which he never does). From our first shoot together I could see just how much she truly loves capturing those moments. It is because of her passion that my husband and I have beautiful pictures of our engagement and wedding day. I am beyond excited to frame these and share them with my family and friends. I can truly say that from all of the people and vendors that I contacted for my wedding Sam is the one I had the pleasure to work with from start to finish. She is genuine and that is something that is hard to come by. You will not be disappointed!"

- Abby + Ryan

Grooms embracing at their Sacred Mountain wedding venue in Julian, CA

"I cannot express how thankful I am to have found Samantha. I could seriously go on endlessly about how amazing she is. From the get go she made both me and my now-husband feel like family. Wedding planning can be such a stressful time, especially if your vendors aren't on their A-game. Well let me tell you, with Samantha, I had all my questions and concerns answered before I could even come up with them. She made the 3 hour round trip to our wedding venue in the mountains the weekend before the wedding to scope out all the sights and backdrops. She worked with us to discuss the best spots based on all possible conditions of lighting/weather and helped us put a timeline together. She was just as informed, if not, more than our day-of-coordinators on where we were supposed to be and when. Her and her team were able to capture every second of happiness and love throughout the whole day; from getting ready to dancing the night away. They were flexible with schedule changes and worked with us through the poor weather. Best thing is that she kept me calm! Finally, I will wrap it all up by saying that her photography and editing skills absolutely speak for themselves. She turned around pictures with incredible timing. Most of my married friends had to wait MONTHS to get anything out of their photographers, which is a testament to her hard work. I plan to use her again in the future and I recommend her to anyone who wants a stress free day resulting in priceless memories that will last a life time!"

- Nick + Lee

CONTACT ME