Thank you for visiting my website. I'm Jay Samuel, owner and photographer of Jay Samuel Photography. I moved here to Mesa, Arizona 19 yrs ago. I grew up in Northbrook, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago.
My Philosophy: To bring you back to a visual memory, a "special window" that was part of your journey in life; a journey that you can revisit years from now, to share with family and friends. An image is more that a print on paper. It is an image which should evoke the emotions you enjoyed that day... to feel that love filled moment, the giddiness, excitement and laughter you enjoyed that day.
My Quote: “If the rose at noon has lost the beauty it had shown at dawn, the beauty it had then was real. Nothing in the world is permanent and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last. But surely we’re more foolish not to take delight in it while it lasts”. This quote was sent to me many years ago because my friend felt it defined a part of my philosophy in life and what I capture behind the lens.
My Style: Once you book your session with me we start planning your shoot together. I will spend time with you prior to the shoot where we will get together which helps "break the ice" so the day of your shoot will be fun, comfortable and stress free. I want those captured images, those special moments to be enjoyed for many years to come. I am constantly exploring new techniques and ideas which I can bring to my shoots which make for something unique. Sometimes the best shots are the unexpected ones. I enjoy shooting family portraits as well as individuals, high school and college portraits and engagements. I am also available to shoot sporting events. I had the privilege of shooting the 2008 National Wakeboarding Championships in Kenosha, WI. I've done shoots at many of the local lakes for wakeboarder's. There are additional charges for travel and time - please inquire for more details.
My Style: I work with natural lighting and off camera flashes. I want to create dimensional lighting where balancing light and shadows give your images depth. I want your images to tell a story of your special day. I want to make your day fun, exciting and memorable.
It would be my privilege to capture your special life long memories.