samia's studios

classic wedding photo and video

I understand you are planning the most important day of your life

...and documenting it exactly right is the most important thing in mine.

Hi, I'm Samia

I believe the greatest gift we have in life is our capacity to love one another. I believe in marriage, and I believe that finding the person you want to commit the rest of your life to is an extraordinary thing. Relationships and human connection, is really what life is all about. 

I dedicate my life to documenting that very human connection. Those in between moments, playful hands, a whisper, the teeny tiny things. 

I believe life is to be lived and experienced to it’s fullest, I believe in raw emotion. I believe good photography and good art can remind you how you felt, but great photography, and what I strive to create -will show you things you didn’t see the first time. That is my hope for you and your photo gallery, that is what I hope to create for you to hold onto forever. 

owner + lead photographer

i GREW UP IN AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT

My dad had an Italian restaurant, 'Samia's', named after me -even though we are not Italian, we are actually Lebanese- in Gainesville, Virginia. It is what taught me the value and importance of relationships, and that creme brûlée and Dean Martin are some of the best things in the world. 

MY WORK IS DEEPLY INSPIRED BY ARCHITECTURE

When I was younger I wanted to be both Pocahontas, and, an architect. I have always been fascinated by the idea of things lasting forever. Photography is a lot like architecture, just at a faster pace. Specifically I am draw to neoclassical structures for their charming, historic elegance. 

i love popcorn and NOSTALGIC MOVIES

Pretty Woman, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Steel Magnolias, and my forever favorites. When I got marriedI wanted my hair to be as big and bold as Julia Roberts with hollywood waves. I also am obsessed with movie theater popcorn to the point I will go to the theater just to buy popcorn and take it home to watch a movie. 

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...the best part about a photo and video team is that you never have to do anything twice.

Time on your wedding day is the most precious thing. We have created a system that works, so that your day can be documented by both photo and video candidly, with one lead. 

VIDEO

We believe in teamwork.

I love each and every wedding I document. Each one is a chance for me to meet a new couple and tell a new story. That’s what I love about my job: each experience and video is unique and personalized. I want to capture yours and turn it into something you can look back on in 50 years and remember every detail of. Storytelling is important to me as a craft, and love stories are the most exciting kind.

I’m looking forward to documenting your love story with Samia in an all encompassing way. It’s a pleasure to witness and document joy, and I honestly can’t wait.

Megan, videographer

...THE SECRET IS IN THE SAUCE

Our process is entirely unique, just like Ruth and Idgies' in Fried Green Tomatoes.

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