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Now Booking: Motherhood Specials

One of my favorite things to photograph is motherhood, after all that’s where my photography journey began.  I picked up the camera shortly after having our oldest daughter and haven’t put it down since.  While I’ve preserved so many memories of my children over the years, I find that I’m only in a handful of […]


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Jessica & Daniel – Married!

Syracuse, New York The 2019 wedding season has officially begun!  Jessica and Daniel got married almost two weeks ago and we were honored to be a part of their big day!  Jess and Dan incorporated so many wonderfully unique elements into their day that I hardly know where to begin! Caleb and I arrived at […]


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Jillian & Ross – Maternity Session

Fayetteville, New York One of my favorite parts of this job is that I get to meet so many new people!  It’s amazing to me, especially as an introverted person, that I can start a session having never met my clients and leave feeling like I’ve made a friend.  This was definitely the case with […]

Maternity Session, Photography

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Hayden – Lifestyle Newborn Session

Syracuse, New York Today I’m sharing the sweetest newborn session welcoming baby Hayden!  This session features sisters, baby cuddles, and the tiniest baby toes.  Basically, it’s going to be adorable! Ashley and Chris welcomed baby Hayden at the end of February.  Now, when I go to do a lifestyle newborn session I’m never sure what […]

Family Session, Lifestyle Newborn Session

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Aderohunmu Family Session

Syracuse, New York Despite the cold and snowy weather we’ve been having, I’m really feeling like spring is in the air!  Part of that is probably due to the fact that photography season has finally begun for me!  I kicked off this season with the Aderohunmu family this weekend doing family photos and celebrating their […]

Family Session

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What is Golden Hour?

When I first got started doing photography, I thought there was only one type of light.  There was light and there was dark and that was it.  I couldn’t have been more wrong!  Over the years, I’ve had the chance to work with and study the effects of different types of light in my images […]

Photography Tips and Tricks

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What if it Rains on My Wedding Day?

  No matter how much you prepare for your wedding, there’s one thing that you just can’t control: the weather!  Sure, your venue probably has a backup location in case it rains, but what about your portraits?  You didn’t choose that gorgeous farm with the stunning views just so that you could have all your […]

For Brides

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Why I Love My Gallery System

  As the owner of Samantha Ludlow Photography, I want my clients to have a great experience from the time they book to when they download their final images.  That is one of the reasons I include an online gallery of images in every package I offer!  Today I’m talking about the gallery system that […]


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Abbie Joy – 4 Months Old

Today I thought I would take a break from my bridal series, to bring you a personal blog.  Our sweet Abigail turned 4 months old last week and it’s about time we shared some more photos and an update! Everyone has asked me how it was going from one baby to two and, four months […]


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Are getting ready photos really important?

When I first consult with potential brides and grooms, I always ask what they are most excited about in terms of wedding photos.  What are the shots that they are most looking forward to?  I’ve gotten many answers – everything ranging from the ceremony to the bride and groom portraits.  One portion of the day […]

For Brides

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