We had the good fortune of connecting with Samantha Lombardo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samantha, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I actually started in photography about 5 years ago. I started with family and friends, it naturally progressed to where I am now as a professional photographer. I made the leap about 6 months ago to focus on photography in order to spend more time with my little girls and do what I love. It was a scary leap but totally worth it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The moment I figured out that this was something I could do was when we were in Beaver Creek for a family vacation, our amazing photographer (Jo Julia) got snowed in and could not make it to the shoot so I took over and the photos are still some of my favorites to this day. I think what sets me apart from other photographers is that I think the best photos live in the in between moments. I love capturing your family for as they are now. My absolute favorite thing is capturing the small things that will one day be the best memories. I love the silly faces & sweet embraces. That is where the love lives in my opinion. I get there by playing games to loosen everyone up and get those sweet moments, I really focus on having fun and making the session as stress free as possible.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live for the beach so I always recommend people take a day or weekend trip down to the coast. Walk the strand and eat at Vargus. We also love out TexMex, Ninfas on Navigation * Goode Co. Cantina are some of my top pics. The tropical margarita can’t be missed. I always ask visitors to come for Cookoff & Rodeo in Houston! To me it is one of the best treasures our city has to offer. It Texas traditions unlike any other.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom was the one who bought me my first camera right after my first was born. I think she always knew I needed a creative outlet. I have Dyslexia & ADD so growing up the only subject I excelled in was art. I actually won first place in TAPPS Art in high school at St. Pius X so picking up a camera and figuring out angles and light really felt like second nature to me. I owe a lot of credit to my husband, parents, sisters & cousin who I more often then not ask what they like in order to create the best product for my clients.
These are my images