Welcome to the Studio. Located in Oshawa, Ontario, near the lake about 5 minutes from highway 401. It is my favourite place in my entire house and my own little oasis where I can do what I absolutely love to do and create.
When you arrive to the studio you will enter through the side door of the house, and down a flight of stairs into the basement. If stairs are an issue and you need accessibility please let me know and we can plan for me to come to you or to an alternate more accessible location.
In the studio you will be greeted with a variety of beautifully handcrafted props chosen from high quality vendors to compliment your session. I have been building my prop collection for over 9 years and continue to add things all the time. I have so many unique and beautiful pieces that I am sure you are bound to love. Perfect for newborn sessions, sitter sessions, cake smash sessions and maternity sessions. Every session is customized to your colour and style preferences. I offer whites and neutral tones, or all sorts of colours. The choice is yours!
The studio is also equipped with its own private bathroom which can be used for dressing as well as a baby changing station for babies and toddlers. You can also find lots of purrell sanitizer around.
It's the perfect space that has everything you could need to create beautiful works of art of your baby, children and family.
Hey there, I'm Samantha! The creative eye and photographer behind Samantha Mac Photography! I have been capturing families within Durham Region & the GTA for the last 10 years since 2013. My home studio is located in Oshawa, Ontario, about 5 minutes away from highway 401, right next to the lake.
As a mom of 3 with two older boys (11 & 9 years) one with special needs and a little girl (2.5 years) I am super patient, skilled, confident and ready to meet the challenge of any temperament. I let the kiddos take the lead and go with their flow, getting down on their level to encourage their cooperation to capture them just the way you remember while we have all the fun. When you hire me as your photographer you hire someone that values the quality of their work, there is no need to stress. I do all I can to get even the trickiest of children to cooperate even if that means spending a little extra time with your family. Kids just being themselves in all their moods makes for the best portraits. It tells a great story when looking back.
I'm also a wife to a wonderful man. I have been with my husband for 13 years and married for 10. After having my first son I decided to pursue my dream of photography. My husband was nothing short of supportive driving me to all of my shoots and investing in my dream along the way as well. I absolutely love what I do and can't believe most days that this is my job. To be challenged daily with capturing magical shots of my client's children, create amazing sets for cake smash sessions, snuggles sweet little babies all up and capture their sweetness in ways that make your images stand out are only some of the reasons this job is for me. I put my heart and soul into everything I take on and have worked with hundreds of families and children throughout the last 10 years many of which have become friends and keep coming back for more!
As a child I always loved to get lost in a time warp of memories. Looking through albums was one of my favourite things to do. Having lived through some unfortunate situations my life experiences have hit my heart deeply about the importance of capturing life in all its seasons and its really impacted the way I see things when I'm behind the camera. Preserving your life in beautifully captured portraits is my number one goal and with my family, my deep passion for art, and my experience as my driving force you can bet that the photographs I document for you will be spectacular. My entire heart is driving the shutter during all of my sessions. I am viewing your family and your children as if they were my own and making sure I get the moments I would want to look back on if they were mine, for you.
I know all too well that time goes faster than we realize and freezing all the little moments in between is so important. Watching my kids grow so fast before my eyes I know there is nothing more valuable once time has gone by than a memory. I can hardly believe some days that my first born is a pre-teen. You can often catch me already looking back through all the memories of them, I have 4 huge hard drives filled with over 30k digital images (maybe a bit overkill) but one day my photos will be what keeps my heart happy while my children are out into the world and when my memory fades the memories will still live on in the art that I've captured. A legacy I will leave my children to remember our life together. No greater gift if you ask me! A gift I would be honoured to document and give to your family too!
The husband. Hardest working man I know. Super supportive in any way he can be even when his cup is empty. Loves to be goofy and tells dad jokes. Amazing help behind the scenes with set up/ clean up/ office tasks and assists the odd time with seconding wedding events. Also enjoys capturing nature/ street photography as a side hobby.
My husband is my biggest supporter, my shoulder to lean on, my comedic relief, and my best friend. He is the driving force that keeps me going.
The oldest son. Strong silent type. Loves video games especially Fortnite. Super reliable and helpful with just about any request. He loves helping in the studio as well with set up, prep and clean up tasks. Always wants to make money. The best biggest brother, always there to look out and lend a hand to his younger siblings.
The middle child. Pretty much the typical definition of the middle child. Can be trouble also a jokester, full of wit and unexpected hilarious comments about just about anything. Loves being outside and going on adventures. Loves to cooking help in the kitchen. Also really enjoys being a big brother and playing with his little sister.
The littlest one.. Super happy and easy going. Loves to be the center of attention.. She loves to dance, sing, and play just about anything with her brothers. Also loves to snuggle. Obsessed with mermaids and Disney princess movies. She is the little star of our family and she knows it. She adds pizzaz to our crew.