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We are a photographer, wife and wife team, based in Lafayette, Indiana. We specialize in photographing adventurous elopements and intimate weddings for all couples in love, including LGBTQ+ couples. You can often find us hiking with our dogs, road tripping, and exploring all the nature has to offer. We are all about helping adventurous couples like you realize that the wedding day of their dreams is possible - no matter what that dream looks like for you.
When did your wedding day become about everyone else? It seems like so many couples spend all that time planning, worrying about pleasing everyone, and stressing themselves out - only to end their wedding day realizing they barely got to enjoy it, and that it wasn't really what they wanted, at all. We have fought long and hard for the right to love one another so let’s do it and do it big! Whether you and your partner are here in Indiana or looking to hike out somewhere more remote, we would be elated to capture your LGBTQ+ love story!
Looking back, we can see all of the barriers that led us to our own elopement wedding. Choosing to elope meant that we had more time for one another, less stress around anyone else’s expectations and loads of freedom around how to spend the day.
Elopements help couples shed SO much of the weight around homophobia, non-inclusive vendors and family drama. Trust us, we’ve been there!
You knew a traditional wedding wasn't for you - so you decided to throw tradition away, forget the pressure and expectations, and do your wedding, your way.
If you want a photog that understands the roadblocks an LGBTQ+ couple might face. Someone who knows how to pose people regardless of how they identify.
The mountains call your name in a way a stuffy ballroom never could. You see yourself getting married amongst mountain peaks, or ocean waves, or wildflower fields.
Is your head spinning trying to figure out how to find LGBTQ+ friendly wedding vendors without holding a MILLION interviews? We've got your covered!
Finding affirming and inclusive bendors is not always the easiest task and it's, unfortunately, an added hurdle for future LGBTQ+ newlyweds but it's absolutely doable!
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- Sarah & Lauren
We are so lucky to have found Samantha Mitchell Photography after lots of research and stress over picking the 'right' person- we eventually thought to search for LGBQ+ friendly photographers and trusted all the other positive reviews and the breathtaking Instagram photos we saw. We are both really shy people and Sam was so warm and welcoming via email we felt excited about our session and were able to show up to the experience and just be ourselves with zero stress. We felt that Sam had such a natural ability to connect with us that it felt like an old friend snapping a few photos on a summer outing. We have had the chance to see all our photos and have such a hard time picking which ones to frame because each one captures our relationship so perfectly- our families can't wait to get a few prints for themselves. We would pick Sam again and again - and are looking for more ways to have Sam capture our future life events. It is very clear that Sam cares about the people on the other side of the camera, which is a rare find.
- Caitlin & Bryggs
Sam and Bryt made our small destination elopement shine in the photos. I just adore Sam’s eye and editing style- you will be so happy if you book her! She has great energy, is thoughtful and up for any adventure!
We got to go on an adventure shot the day after our ceremony as part of the elopement package! Sam was helpful not only with the photographs but I’m the planning process as well. She’s the perfect person if you’re doing a destination wedding!
- Kendra + Alex
Samantha went above & beyond to capture such a beautiful moment! Months of planning, organizing and scoping out the perfect spot to hold the shoot went into this.
Within a few hours after the photo shoot she was able to provide us with a few sneak peaks 😍 her work is phenomenal and her personality is such a joy to be around. You could never go wrong booking a session with her!
- Kenzie + Katie
Whether you are looking for an LGBTQ+ Friendly photographer or not, seriously it should be Sam + Bryt. We had THE BEST experience we could have asked for from this duo not only for our engagement photos but also our wedding. They are attentive, fun, and professional. Every question I had was answered and then some, both leading up to the event and on our wedding day. They are flexible and really took the time to know us so that they could reflect that in our photos. Every photo we have received has been incredible. They truly captured US for who we were and gave us coaching without uncomfortable posing. We will use them for every big event in our lives forever! I cannot recommend them enough!
- Anna & Sarah
Samantha is an incredible photographer. She made us feel so comfortable, told us how to pose, what to do and made sure we had fun doing it.
I wish I would have known her sooner so she could have done our wedding. All I know is you won’t go wrong hiring Samantha as your photographer. 🌈
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From the moment you hit "send" on that form until you exchange your vows, we're here for you! We are ready to create your custom elopement experience and help you plan the elopement day you have always imagined (and more!)!
Thank you so much for thinking of us, we cannot wait to meet with you!