In choosing a photographer for our wedding, we spent countless hours looking at wedding photographer portfolios online. Sam’s portfolio easily stood out from the rest. His ability to capture a candid moment, incorporate beautiful landscapes, and relay the vibe from the day is amazing. Sam was a pleasure to have at our wedding. By the end of the day, we felt like he was our long time buddy. We were so happy with our engagement photo session and couldn’t be happier with our wedding photos. We had a big wedding party with lots of flower girls and just one photographer, Sam. We have amazing photos that are magazine quality and little moments were somehow captured in all the chaos. Our proofs were available for viewing while we were on our honeymoon. Overall, we feel very lucky to have our day photographed by such an amazingly talented photographer. We can’t recommend him enough! – Megan
If you are looking for the best wedding photographer out there – you found him! Basically, the only thing that you have to worry about is if he’s still available! 🙂
The short version: Sam is fantastic. I strongly recommend that you read the long version! 🙂
The long version: I recommend him with no reservations. He is personable, accommodating, artistic, non-intrusive and absolutely talented at capturing precious moments and emotions. His creative eye can transform your ceremony and/or reception venue into an amazing backdrop.
Sam was very candid (no pun intended!) with my husband and I right from our first informational meeting with him. He did not put any pressure on us to make a decision or sign a contract.
The engagement session: For our engagement session photo shoot, Sam met us at the actual location where we got engaged. Not only was the location special, but I think that he really captured “us.” Some pictures were more formal, while others were casual and some were just plain fun! The pictures are awesome and made a really unique guest book on our wedding day. Also, this time together gave us all the opportunity to get to know each other a little better and become more comfortable so that on the wedding day we already kind of knew what to expect.
The Wedding Day: Sam was completely non-intruisive, yet somehow he was everywhere we needed and wanted him to be. He was very receptive to requests from us and our families.
The experience: My husband and I have really enjoyed working with Sam. We are very happy with the quality of service and product. It is evident that he loves what he does and he definitely has a very special talent for it.
Out of our BIG wedding vendors (DJ, Videographer, Photographer, Flowers and the management at the reception venue) Sam was by far the most accommodating and my favorite to work with. His pictures and work literally make it seem as though the moments captured were a fairytale of sorts. The pictures always looked better than anything I remembered from the wedding and our engagement session. His artistic ability is unlike any I’ve ever seen. He is a vendor that truly loves what he does and is willing to work with clients to come up with a package that works for that specific couples needs. He’s fun to be around and I just know that I can trust him 100% with anything I ask of him. I would recommend Sam to anyone, which I already have. Sam is also photographing both of my brother’s weddings this year and it’s because of our experience with him from our wedding. I can’t say enough good things about Sam as a person or his work. Top notch. I dare anyone out there to find a better photographer that falls into the price range that Sam is charging for his services. THEY DON’T EXIST!!!!
I knew when I got married, my pictures were going to be one of the most important pieces of the whole experience. I came across Sam Chinigo’s studio while visiting a possible reception venue, and fell in love with his work. He has a brilliant technique and amazing eye. I loved how his images were not just standard poses. While he will certainly do those (he will shoot whatever you want), his photos are so much more. All emotions are captured throughout the day, hope, love, excitement, laughter, tears…his photos actually bring you back to what you were seeing and more importantly, how you felt on the best day of your life!
He has a great attitude and makes you feel instantly comfortable. He can make anyone smile and feel at ease. He is stealthy at staying unnoticed and out of the way, yet he is able to capture every important moment. I always recommend Sam to anyone I come across looking for a photographer. His images of your special day will be the best decision you can make, at least until you say, I do!
One of the most impressive things Sam did was after our big day. I was concerned we didn’t do enough shots of just me in my gown, so he offered to do an additional bridal shoot. So there we were, a couple weeks AFTER the wedding, taking more pictures. He wanted to make sure I was supremely satisfied with my whole wedding experience, it really means a lot to him to please his brides.
P.S. I booked Sam before I booked any other part of the wedding, even the date itself!
If breath-taking photography and reliable service is what you are after then Sam is your photographer. He is a genuine artist in every sense of the word, but he is also friendly, personable and comes through with everything he promises to. He also is very accessible, responding to emails with an hour or less on some occasions! – Paula
My husband and I hired Sam for our engagement photos as well as our wedding photos. We really enjoyed working with him. He was professional, fun and very flexible. The quality of his work is amazing, and ultimately what drew us to him (the fact that he was a nice guy didn’t hurt either). I am a graphic designer and am very picky when it comes to aesthetics. He did not disappoint! He has an eye for finding certain angles in moments that most people don’t see. He treats his photos as works of art and really takes the entire image into consideration. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for high-quality photography! – Rebecca
From the moment we started searching for all our wedding vendors, the photography component was our most important one. After the event has come and gone, one is left with photos that allow you to relive a feeling, a moment in time. How does one decide who to trust ? I needed the right person to capture this significant life event. Sam was brought to my attention through a recommendation from a friend. After reviewing his website and mission, I immediately hired him. In a time with an over abundance of wedding photographers, choosing someone can be quite overwhelming. Sam is not your run of the mill artist. Photography is his life, his PASSION. His creative vision is like no other I’ve encountered previously. This is clearly shown through his work. Besides the beautiful final items he delivered, Sam is so easy to work with. His fun spirit, witty nature, communication skills, and eagerness to please, made us so grateful we found him. Not to mention, his prices are reasonable and affordable, not outrageous like most. I realize these are all words from a stranger. So here are only a few examples of why he’s amazing…. -He arrived early and stayed late. No one asked him to. He did that on his own. -My guests LOVED his warm, friendly nature -He made me feel very comfortable and at ease -I sent him examples of photos I wanted to try and capture… he nailed them all! Bottom line… we couldn’t be happier. Hire this man. You won’t be disappointed. Thank you Sam.- Amy
From the start of my wedding planning, photography was one area that was extremely important to me. I wasn’t looking for the average wedding photographer, I was looking for someone who had a creative eye in photography and show stopping abilities. Once coming across Sam’s work I knew I had found my match! From my first conversation with Sam, my mind was put at ease, he is extremely friendly and personable, very witty, relaxed and was open and flexible to all of my requests. He was very responsive to all of our communication up until our wedding day. He arrived early and stayed later than expected, trying to catch every perfect moment. Sam doesn’t only capture moments, he captures emotions. Sam’s work is artistic, unique and complete perfection! Sam is the best and I would recommend him to anyone! Thanks Sam!
From the moment we met Sam, we knew he would be at our wedding. He is a true professional yet felt like a friend on our wedding day and made both of us feel very comfortable. When we received our photos we were in complete amazement at the true artist Sam really is. He captured our special day so perfectly and we would recommend him to anyone. Thank you Sam for capturing our special day! – Jordan and Aubri
The decision of who you will trust to capture the most important day of your life is not an easy one. When meeting Sam, I felt like we had a great conversation that flowed naturally. He answered as many questions as I had and brought great examples of his work. He was professional and courteous from our first meeting up through our wedding day and even beyond! He is very timely with his responses which was important to me. We loved the photos from our engagement session on Block Island and while it felt like it was one of the hottest days of the summer, Sam just kept going with us! Our wedding photos were simply breathtaking and having to choose the ones for our album was not an easy feat as we loved them all. Sam was also very attentive to things I told him. Making sure to capture specific shots from my parents wedding day or just really cool poses from Pinterest was something he did not forget to do. He is a pleasure to work with and you will not be disappointed with your decision of picking Sam as the guy to capture this moment in your life! We can’t wait to revive our wedding album but we already know it will be GREAT!!
As a former wedding photographer myself, I assure you Sam Chinigo is one of the most genuinely talented photographers you will ever find!
Where do I even begin to put into words how grateful I am that a true artist such as Sam exists? Even 6 months after my wedding, as I look through every image from our big day, I am in awe of his artistry and talent. If you are looking for the real deal, look no further than Sam Chinigo! As a young aspiring wedding photographer in my early 20’s, I followed Sam’s work for inspiration. Back then I knew he was special, as he stood out from the rest with his unparalleled uniqueness in perspective and creativity. At that time, I told myself if the day ever came that I had the opportunity to walk down the aisle, I knew he would be the photographer for the job. When my now husband proposed 14 years later, I immediately knew who to call. Sam is not only great behind the lens, but he has an amazing easy-going personality. His humor and wit will put any nervous bride at ease. I honestly had so much fun with the shoot prior to the ceremony, I almost forgot I was getting married. When it came to the finished product, Sam crushed it! Every emotion was meticulously captured with such thought, allowing us to relive every moment as if it were unfolding right in front of us. The only challenge I have now is that we need a larger house with more wall space because we can’t possibly narrow down all of our favorites from the day. This day and age, it can be difficult to discern who is a truly a capable photographer since photoshop can fix many flaws. Rest assured, Sam has the utmost raw genuine talent in his field and you will not find a more passionate artist.
A m a z i n g
Where do we even begin?! We first found Sam at the beginning of our wedding planning and from day one he was resourceful, helpful and beyond nice. Our wedding was rescheduled multiple times and then ultimately canceled due to the pandemic – yet Sam was understanding throughout the entire chaotic process. We knew we still wanted Sam to capture our special moment, even though it was not going to be how we originally imagined it. It ended up being 10x better than we imagined. Sam recommended having a post wedding photoshoot and WOW!!! The location he found for us was spectacular. Upon meeting Sam we were instantly comfortable, even my husband who usually avoids the camera at all costs, was following Sams lead blindly. His talent is beyond words. This entire experience is one we will cherish for years to come. We spent the entirety of the session, laughing and genuinely enjoying ourselves. We left the session having complete faith that these photos will be what we dreamt of and more. He was able to capture our love in each photo. We are already looking forward to the next event that Sam can capture. We HIGHLY recommend Sam, his talents and his extremely charismatic personality.
Honored to work with the best
Put simply, Sam is the best. From the moment we first met with Sam, he made us feel at ease. He is very friendly and we felt that he was able to make us forget we were even doing a photo shoot as we took our engagement photos. On our wedding day, Sam was very efficient and quick but not in a pushy way that could have made us, our wedding party, or guests feel uncomfortable or in the way. Sam also is very good at balancing the shots he wants to make sure he gets or thinks of while also listening to and executing our thoughts and ideas as well. He captured our whole day beautifully and we have wasted no time decorating our new home in his photos. If you are considering anyone else for your wedding photos, please don’t. Go with Sam. He captures memories in such beautiful ways, and we know we will treasure his images for years to come. I guarantee you will not be disappointed by Sam, and we simply cannot thank him enough for joining us for our day and sharing his talent with the world.