Hi there and welcome! My name is Samantha Crawford and I opened AOP in 2011.
My love for capturing memories began in 2000. I started taking pictures while camping in the Adirondacks, then at family gatherings such as parties and weddings. My aunt believed in me so much that in 2006, she told me I should start my own business, but with college and a few part time jobs already, starting a business was too daunting at the time.
However, after my own wedding in 2010, having trouble finding an affordable., professional photographer and after god closed one chapter in my life(teaching), I started AOP to offer high quality, affordable photography while doing something I am deeply passionate about. I have taken many business and photography courses since then, perfecting my skills and knowledge. I have captured memories at over 170 weddings since opening AOP in 2011 and photographed over 75 couples and families as well. I hope to chat with you!
Some fun facts about me:
*I'm an only child and I am left handed.
*I love listening to music and dancing; and I love all genres.
*I graduated from OCC in 2008 with a Concentration in Music for voice and piano.
*I enjoy reading, relaxing on a beach, a medium rare steak and roller coasters.
*I love binge watching netflix, drinking hot cocoa, camping and snuggling with my babies.
My earliest memories are of enjoying life and being creative! Drawing, painting, making up plays and writing stories that turned into short films…Writing song lyrics and choreographing dances while being low key convinced my friend group would one day become a band (sigh…if only Tik Tok were around when I was younger!)
Regardless of what I was doing, it always centered around telling stories, being creative, and having as much fun as possible!
Art was my main focus for many years, while always having photography as a hobby to keep my creativity cross trained. I got my first point and shoot camera at 10, and used that thing till it was covered in some serious wear and tear!
It was liberating to be able to create images straight out of the camera! I could collaborate with friends and family in a way I couldn't with drawing and painting. It satisfied my desire to be with the people I love more often. I could create something that could be meaningful to those around me for years to come.