Recommended by 99%
Rebecca · Married on 10/05/2013
The photographs from my wedding are amazing! Wonderful quality, perfectly focused. It seemed like my photographer was everywhere he needed to be all at the same time, pretty remarkable. I'm so very thankful to have these snapshots of an awesome day to help me remember it forever.
Sarah · Married on 04/06/2013
Absolutely loved them as the photographers for my wedding! Perfect mix of professional and fun!! My pictures are amazing! Sam is so easy to work with, he is through with information before and after the wedding and willing to work with you. Sneak peaks were up the same weekend as the wedding, the rest of the pictures were released to me within a month and they are beautiful!! They captured so much of the ceremony and reception that I didn't get to see.
I will hire SMD whenever I need pictures from now on, even if that means I have to travel to them since the did travel 2 hours to do my wedding!
Amy · Married on 05/05/2012
Sam Dickenson is a JOY to work with and we really enjoyed having him at our wedding. He was on time, responded quickly to all emails in the months leading up to our wedding, was very flexible and open to our requests and ideas about posed photos. We utilized his 2 photographer package (it was cheaper than most other photographers single photographer package!) and we felt that both photographers did a wonderful job of not distracting us or getting in our line of vision. During the ceremony I never even knew they were there. I loved Sam's willingness to give us the non-traditional photos that we wanted as well as the posed shots. His use of color and perspective were fantastic, and his website was full of different styles of photography so it was easy to show him what photo composition we were most interested in for our wedding pictures. Sam will definately be our photographer as our family grows!
Shannon · Married on 04/16/2012
Sam is WONDERFUL! I used him for my engagement pictures in Florida. I am getting married in Idaho and wanted my pictures here at home to look as rustic as possible. He found the perfect place, took amazing pictures, made my fiance and I so comfortable, and is super fast. In less than a month I booked our session, took the pictures, saw previews, got a gallery of all the pictures, and now have the CD and real pictures in my hand. I cannot say enough good things about his work! And he was always available for questions both through e-mail, his website, or the phone.
Niki · Married on 03/30/2012
Sam is such a talented photographer. He made our E-Session very fun and comfortable. The photos turned out beautifully despite the wind and lack of sun. I would definitely recommend SMD Wedding & Portrait Photography to any Bride. Not only is it affordable, but the quality is superb!
Melisa · Married on 03/25/2012
Sam of SMD Photo Services was a pleasure to work it. He was flexible with the time (even as it was his Spring Break). He was patient with us and our wacky schedule, reassuring us that everything was going to be great and we should enjoy the ceremony (even if we were almost 1 hour behind schedule). His turnaround time was spectacular (less than 1 month) and the photo quality was what I expected and more. Our families are very happy with the results and service Sam provided. He truly is an amazing photographer and a great friend.
Tina · Married on 11/19/2011
I couldn't be happier with my decision to sign a contact with SMD for my recent wedding. Sam and Jen traveled from Orlando to the DC/Baltimore area to capture our special day and did an incredible job. I dropped the ball, communication-wise, before the wedding. I never sent a list of photos I wanted or of important people, but Sam and Jen managed to capture everything I could have wished for and more. They went way above and beyond expectations by helping us pace our day before arriving at the venue with the wedding advice that only veteran photographers could possibly have. They even surprised my bridal party and me by arriving (early) to the salon when they couldn't get in touch with me. These were some of my favorite pictures from the wedding, and I so appreciated them going above and beyond to capture them.
In retrospect, the following are the things I should have considered in selecting a photographer (I didn't consider all of them, but am quite happy that I lucked out):
Value. SMD was less expensive, including travel fees, to photograph my East coast event than any of the local photographers without travel fees. Sam went above and beyond by editing and posting several pictures on Facebook a day after the wedding (while he was still traveling) to ensure that family members of mine who were too sick to travel could see the wedding. His rates are beyond reasonable for someone with his talent and eye for beauty.
Experience. Obviously, Sam's pictures speak for themselves. Browse his website and feel confident that the quality of the pictures you see is genuinely the quality with which he provides every bride and groom. Beyond the photography, Sam was able to keep us on pace and prepared for the things I didn't know I was supposed to be prepared for.
Personality. Sam and Jen laughed with us throughout the day. They served as intermediaries between us and our sometimes-pushy day-of coordinator. They even served as intermediaries between us and our sometimes-pushy family. More than that, they seemed genuinely happy to be there with us. (And it's a tiny, tiny thing—but they even thanked us for making sure they got their dinners.)
Choosing SMD to photograph our wedding was the best vendor-decision I made. They captured moments I would have completely missed and have given us keepsakes that do justice to all the detail-planning that was done. Wonderful photography, phenomenal people.
Tania · Married on 09/03/2011
Sam was awesome! He got a great variety of photos and was timely and professional. The formal pictures after the wedding ceremony were short and sweet and he got plenty of great pictures. We are so happy to have such great mementos of our special day! Thanks Sam!!!
Bria · Married on 07/30/2011
Sam was great!! He photographed both our engagement session as well as the wedding and reception. The quality of the photos and all of the services were excellent! His response time to questions and concerns were always immediate. He came highly recommended and I was not disappointed at all. I also felt that his pricing was very reasonable for the level and quality of service that was provided! I would definitely recommend him to others and use his services again if the opportunity presents itself!
Christie · Married on 05/06/2011
SMD was absolutely wonderful to work with. Sam, Jennifer, & Melisa were all very easy going, laid back people who were just a pleasure. In the beginning stages, they we the most prompt photographers in response to any and all questions, but that responsiveness never lessened. They were extremely flexible with times, places, etc to meet and we even changed our wedding day timing a couple days before and they were extremely accomodating. They have great personalities and are willing to do whatever you want for pictures. And the pictures themselves-WOW!!! They are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Everyone I've shown our gallery to is just in awe of how beautiful they turned out. Sam sent us a sneak preview only a couple days after our wedding, a slideshow to music a couple days after that, and our entire gallery in less than 2 weeks. And they are so reasonably priced...i would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone looking for a quality photographer that will listen to your suggestions and ideas, is flexible, fun, and wants quality pictures. I will be using them for other picture needs in the future.
Diana · Married on 03/26/2011
SMD provided us with beautiful wedding photos. He captured every little detail and special moment of our wedding. He was creative with our photos and remained professional throughout the event. SMD also travels as our wedding was over 1000 miles from his location! Thank you for making our wedding day so special and capturing our memories!
Tiffany · Married on 10/11/2009
Sam was awesome. Not only did he work with our budget, but the pictures were Great!! He was so patient and kind. I wasnt to sure about my flower girl, she is only 2. But let me tell you he got some amazing pictures of her =) especially the one of her dumping her whole basket on the aisle. He would just sit there and wait for a shot and they came out perfect. Well if you are looking for someone who will take amazing pictures, He is you man. Thanks again
Christie · Married on 08/15/2009
Smd wedding photography did an awsome job on our weddding day. We couldn't be happier!!! Excellent!!! Would reccommend to anyone. Very impressed with how our pictures came out. Our pictures capture all our special moments on our wedding day. A++. ~Patrick and Christie Gilrane
Kristy · Married on 03/25/2006
We worked with SMD for our wedding photography in March of 2006 as well as some family portraits in 2010 & 2011. I have recommended them to a number of people. Here's why: Very flexible, understanding of whatever you need. No request seemed to small or too large. Very friendly, warm, & inviting. It was like working with long lost friends. Very reasonable pricing. The best in town in my opinion. The quality of service was great. Showed up on time, to the location requested, did requested shots and lots we didn't think of. Hands down the best part of our wedding. We look at our photos often and are so pleased with the results. Your wedding lasts a day - your photos a lifetime. I trusted SMD with my memories & they captured every one of them!
I will continue to work with them as long as they are willing to work with my big family! You will NOT regret working with them, that's a promise!
Stacy · Married on 05/03/2013
Sam of SMD Wedding Photography is an absolute gem for all you future brides out there. I could not recommend his services enough. When I found SMD through online web searches, I thought the photos combined with the prices of the packages listed were too good to be true, but when I met Sam in person I knew it was a done deal. Incredibly personable, kind, and professional. Every photo looks like it belongs in a magazine and I am so happy!
Stephanie · Married on 05/11/2007
Sam did great work. He accommodated every request of mine within the limited timeframe we had. His photo editing was beautiful as well. The prints included in my package came on metallic/pearlescent paper which added a beautiful touch and really made my photos pop. All of the photos taken were sent to me on a data-DVD with a copyright release, including all the outtakes which I loved because even those you can do fun stuff with in scrapbooks, laugh about with friends, etc. He met with us at our venue to get an idea of the place so he could plan his shots in advance, and he and his assistant were both very nice and professional. When he wasn't taking the shots on my "request" list, he was snapping away, making full use of the time I paid for with interesting angles and techniques, as well as classic poses as well. He didn't focus on just me and my husband either - I wanted a lot of memories of the guests at the wedding as well, since I was sure I wouldn't see even half of what was going on (and I was right). I fully recommend SMD to anyone in the Orlando area, for wedding photos or any other. Great, great work.
Amanda · Married on 03/05/2011
Sam was excellent to work with - If I could change anything, it would be that there were more "Intiment" pictures of myself and the Groom but Im 99% possitive if I would have asked for it, he would have definitely made it happen! Other then that I think he did an excellent job capturing everything that made that day so special.
Karen · Married on 05/19/2007
He was fantastic! The only one I found that actually had good prices for my small budget but I got a lot out of it. He works well with us and has a great personality.
mallory · Married on 06/11/2010
Sam & his asst. were great!!! They were so nice & fun! I felt very relaxed on my wedding day. They got some great shots of everyone having fun. I would recommend him to everyone! And the price was reasonable!