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Stories Captured

Reston, Virginia

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‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019
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Stories Captured

Reston, Virginia

(44)
‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019

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Stories Captured is an award-winning wedding photographer located in Reston, Virginia that services the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Owner and photographer Sam Segal began Stories Captured as a way to express his fascination with the human experience, experiences he’s passionate about freezing and memorializing.

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V
29 December 2018

Sam and his team are the best! They are very experienced and easy to work with. Our wedding pictures turned out amazing and truly are “stories captured”. I loved the beautiful candid photos along with the posed ones. They gave great direction and also followed the wedding program. Also, they bring so much positive energy and felt like they were part of our family.

A lot of our guests tell us how great our pictures turned out and we are so happy we had the opportunity to work with them. We look forward to working Stories Captured in future life milestones!!
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A
21 December 2018

Sam was great! He captured the feel and vibe of the night with beautiful photos. He was professional and engaged the guests to make sure he got the perfect shots. I cant wait to have him take photos at my next event. More...

R
6 August 2018

Sam was absolutely AMAZING at our wedding in April! People were talking about our amazing, fun photographer well after the wedding! Everyone thought he was so wonderful and full of life and definitely someone who enjoys what he gets to do! He showed up right on time bright and early, was very professional, and definitely brought some laughs! His personality can put an anxious bride at ease or make the grumpiest kid laugh! I would recommend him to anyone looking for a great all around photographer. More...

M
6 August 2018

Sam was amazing! He was patient and silly and my kids adored him. He listened to our ideas and turned them into magical photos. Terrific experience working with him! As they say, the proof is in the pudding; our pics (even the unedited versions) were phenomenal. Thanks again, Sam! Excellent work. More...

S
6 August 2018

Sam was the perfect photographer for our wedding. He nailed our style and got some great shots we will cherish forever!

L
6 August 2018

Sam shot our annual family portraits and did a phenomenal job. Easy to communicate with before and after the shoot and personable during the shoot. Not only is he good with kids but you can tell that he enjoys working with them. He set my 3 year old at ease with animal sounds. We had so many excellent shots it was hard to pick the ones to use on our family holiday cards. Would recommend in a heart beat! More...

I
6 August 2018

I needed to get professional photos of myself done and wanted something that was more than just a boring headshot and I'm so glad I did this! I really don't consider myself a photogenic person and would've been thrilled to get one really decent picture out of the bunch but ended up with probably a dozen. I wanted to change the date/time at the last minute and he was very accommodating and flexible with that as well. Very pleasant and easy to work with and you can tell he really loves photography and is good at what he does. More...

M
3 August 2018

I can’t say enough about how talented Sam is behind a camera. There is truly something special about his work and we knew we had to hire him after perusing his portfolio; we looked at lots of other photographers’ work and didn’t feel that anything else quite compared. We were nervous going into our engagement shoot because neither of us likes being the center of attention, but Sam has a clear talent for putting his subjects at ease, and thanks to him it wasn’t long before we were comfortable in front of the camera. He went above and beyond to listen to our requests for the wedding day and make sure to be prepared for anything. We were concerned about the weather, but he assured us we could get some beautiful photos even if it rained, and put my mind at ease by coming prepared with umbrellas for the whole bridal party (he even color-coordinated them – white for the bridesmaids, black for the groomsmen, and clear for us). I was so impressed by this level of service and it definitely took a huge weight off of my shoulders! Above all, Sam is incredibly professional and just exceptionally pleasant to work with – it was a joy to have him be a part of our wedding day. More...

I
30 December 2017

I needed to get professional photos of myself done and wanted something that was more than just a boring headshot and I'm so glad I did this! I really don't consider myself a photogenic person and would've been thrilled to get one really decent picture out of the bunch but ended up with probably a dozen. I wanted to change the date/time at the last minute and he was very accommodating and flexible with that as well. Very pleasant and easy to work with and you can tell he really loves photography and is good at what he does. More...

V
5 August 2017

Stories captured has done the photography for many of my family's occasions and we are always so pleased by Sam's work! He' s amazing, so great with kids, very helpful in setting up great shots, and takes beautiful pictures. He's the best!

A
15 July 2017

Sam Segal with Stories Captured took lovely photos for our wedding rehearsal dinner. Sam has a knack for making everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera, even children and pets! We will always cherish the photos he took, and look forward to using Stories Captured in the future. More...

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1 June 2017

Working with Sam was a wonderful experience! There was enough going on during our wedding day, it was nice to not have to worry about the photography - we were confident it was in good hands! Sam worked with us on our engagement photos back in March and was so patient and creative. We truly felt like he cared about us having a special experience, and having photos that could really capture the moment and feeling. If I had to sum up what makes his photography so special in one word, that would be it - feeling. Sure, he'll take the standard posed pictures you want to make sure you have, but the ones you'll really cherish are the candid, in-the-moment shots that he just has a knack for capturing. We just found out that we are expecting(!!), and I can promise you we'll be calling Sam one day for a photoshoot with our little one! More...

D
25 March 2017

When my fiancé and I wanted to surprise our family with engagement announcements we contacted Sam. I had worked with him several times at my organization and his style was perfect for the image we wanted to create. He worked with our busy schedules and captured our excitement even on a cold winter night. More...

R
22 October 2016

Stories Captured was the best decision we made for our wedding. Sam and his partner were somehow able to seamlessly capture all of our happiest moments throughout our wedding day. My partner and I are beyond thrilled with his work. I think what was best of all was getting the photos back in just two weeks!

I would highly recommend using Sam's team for anything! Next time I'm asked if I know a photographer, I know who to call :)
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17 October 2016

Sam photographed my wedding. He is a magician with the camera. Every shot he takes is a magic trick waiting to be performed on any onlookers that may view the finished result. Buying Sam for the day not only gets you the best photographer in the area, maybe the country; but the man himself is a joy to behold. He won't fail in making every single person at the event smile with his infectious humor. His grace and natural ability to capture the best side of everyone is such a rare thing to find these days with all of these amateurish Iphone photographers running around. Let me also say that to hire Sam is akin to hiring one of the great artists of the renaissance to paint your portrait; but you don't have to be rich to get him, you just can't be cheap. To sum it up, Sam is an amazingly talented artist who continually works for the little guy when he should be in museums. HIRE HIM, you will NOT be sorry. And for god's sake, tip this man. More...

R
11 September 2016

We hired Stories Captured for family portraits, not a wedding.

We were so glad we found Sam on thumbtack last summer. He was great at getting really natural shots of my family. My wife and I don't like pictures that look like they're posed and he had us all laughing the entire time. He was great with our kids and I'd recommend him for any photographic need. He's professional but doesn't take himself too seriously. His personality was a breath of fresh air from the day to day life in the DC area. More...

C
27 August 2016

What more can I say? Sam was incredibly accommodating and flexible up with us even on our big day. He knew all the best places to photograph around our venue and was able to capture amazing moments from throughout our day. I'd recommend him to anyone looking for a personal or wedding photographer in a heartbeat! More...

J
20 August 2016

Sam is an incredible photographer and did everything right to capture the beautiful moments of our wedding without being intrusive in anyway. He was communicative and responsive, and we couldn't recommend his enough. More...

A
23 June 2016

Sam was referred to me when I was in search of a videographer for a project I wanted to create for an upcoming fundraising event for the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women campaign.

Sam was very enthusiastic about the opportunity and he was willing to work within my small nonprofit budget. The day of the shoot, Sam was full of energy and excited to work with my volunteers. He made them all feel comfortable in front of the camera and complimented them along the way. Best of all, he captured exactly what I needed him to.

The end product turned out great and we received nothing but praise from our event attendees and the women who were featured in the video.

I look forward to working with Sam again on upcoming projects!
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K
29 May 2016

Sam listed closely to our church guidelines and was nearly invisible at the service!! We had Sam do our engagement photos in a small town and he had no problem researching it and getting to know the area almost better than we did! ! He was incredible creative and fun More...

P
30 April 2016

Sam went above and beyond for us! Not only do we have engagement pictures that we will treasure forever, but our overall experience working with Stories Captured is one we will not forget! As a couple that is not used to being in front of the camera, Sam was able to guide us in taking our pictures, along with making us feel at ease by having fun! He was open to the ideas of moments we wanted to capture, and with his experience and knowledge, he was able to get shots better than I could have hoped for! I cannot wait to work with Stories Captured in the future! More...

M
2 April 2016

Originally, I'd hired Sam just to take photographs of the wedding. However, in the months leading up to our day, he shared with us videos he had taken of other weddings and knew he could make us something truly special. The day of, when he showed up with just one assistant, we were a little worried about what he might get but wow did he deliver. I know I've watched out video at least a hundred times and I know my wife has watched it even more. The feeling that they were able to get in the video and in the photographs is crazy. I'd recommend Sam and Stories Captured if you want something you'll never forget. More...

K
31 January 2016

Sam gave us a great deal on our wedding photos, and we're so thankful we asked him to capture our day! Our wedding was at Elkridge Furnace Inn, which Sam knew very well. He already had a good idea of where he wanted to get certain pictures (windows, ceremony site, etc) and it felt great to know he had such a good grasp on the venue. And the pictures came out gorgeous! He captured all the sweet moments in the ceremony and the fun times at the reception! We couldn't be happier with our wedding photos and would recommend him to anyone! Plus, he's a great dancer, and was a ton of fun at the reception! More...

G
21 November 2015

Sam Segal and his team at Stories Captured created two wedding videos set to music for my wedding. I knew Sam for years before and knew his work as a photographer, but I was blown away when I saw his video work. I've written Sam job recommendations and have worked closely with him in the past. No matter the assignment, he has been incredibly easy to work with, and he delivered everything we had hoped for at the time that we had agreed on. My only complaint is he wasn't always best at being responsive to emails and calls during the work week with this job.

He was also kind enough to send us video stills from the wedding. We had hired another photographer whose work we were far from happy with. The stills from the video surpassed the quality of the hundreds of images we received from the photographer we hired.
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A
30 October 2015

Sam and his team were amazing - they were professional, and clearly knew what they were doing - while at the same time made us feel very comfortable throughout the day. They are a fun, hard-working bunch and we cannot recommend them enough. More...

S
3 October 2015

Sam and David of Stories Captured made an amazing team tackling our wedding! Sam had communicated with us for months leading up to the big day and David was very nice and friendly. The whole day went seamlessly as they made everyone smile and laugh while taking amazing shots! I'd recommend Stories Captured to anyone looking for great photographs for a wedding or otherwise! More...

E
5 September 2015

lookong back on my wedding day there are definitely things that I would have changed. Using Stories Captured for my photographer IS NOT on that list. Sam was absolutely amazing and gave me the most beautiful photos I could have ever asked for. His eye for details really put the perfect touch on each and every picture. He was responsive, punctual and over all so much fun to work with. I very much look forward to hiring Stories Captured for our next event and will most certainly be recommending him to everyone! I've said it a million times, but thank you yet again for all of the stunning photos. Looking at them always puts the biggest smile on our faces! Can't wait to work with you again!! More...

C
14 June 2015

Sam is an incredible talent. He was extremely flexible in making himself available to travel to our destination states away to capture our engagement photos. My wife is not comfortable being the center of attention and believes she is not photogenic but Sam brought out every bit of her beauty and personality in his thoughtful shots. Stories Captured did just that. The background and scenery which were important to us are a 3rd character in our story and we are still impressed with our photos. Sam and Stories Captured are 5 stars! More...

C
25 April 2015

I can not say enough about the outstanding about Sam as a photographer. Sam is a creative and vibrant person who thrives through his medium of photography. Sam captured gorgeous photos on the day of our wedding and during our rehearsal dinner. He was seemingly everywhere, at every table, for every toast, capturing every perfect moment. Sam led everyone to feel comfortable and kept us all laughing. Our photos are beautiful! Having Sam as our photographer was the perfect choice. A genuinely wonderful artist who happens to be a genuinely wonderful human being. Thank you Sam More...

E
4 January 2015

We got to know Sam as a young photographer just starting out. He worked for us for an amazing price, but also did beautiful, creative, artistic work. We love good photography and his beautiful black and white candids grace the walls of our home. Even his set piece portraits were shot with creativity and style. More...

C
13 September 2014

tl;dr Best photographer we hired throughout the course of our wedding and engagement.

Like most couples, we did engagement photos at the behest of our friends and family. They were...fine. We used a photographer who came recommended but I didn't really like how processed the final images looked or how many fake/posed photos he asked for. For our wedding, we actually hired several photographers because it was rather large; of those, my wife and I both agree that Sam took far and away the best pictures. There are a few reasons we think this:

1) Framing and composition. Sam's is extremely good. Most genuinely good photographers will have a good sense of this, but there are a far larger number of people with a camera who will take your money to take pictures than there are genuinely good photographers.

2) Lighting and light balance. He is the only photographer we hired who I saw actively checking white balance for different areas and thinking very consciously about lighting. I'm not going to fill this review with links, but a couple google searches will turn up many studies showing that lighting has an *enormous* difference on photograph appearance and quality, and I think a lot of photographers neglect this.

3) Capture of important moments. This one is sort of intangible and hard to describe if your wedding hasn't actually happened yet. But, there will be moments you are in that you will later think "gosh, I hope someone got a picture of that." This one is more a talent than a skill, I think, but Sam was great at catching these. I prefer this kind of photo vastly over posed photos, so this was really important to me (and is probably the biggest reason I liked his photos so much). We certainly had plenty of posed shots, of course, because it's good to have those photos for cards/albums/etc, but the spontaneous ones I find are much more meaningful.

Overall, we were extremely satisfied with the quality and breadth of the photos. 100% recommend.
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M
6 September 2014

Sam and his team were -- really -- the best of the best!! What they were able to capture during out day ended up being so honest and intimate. He went above and beyond, making sure everyone was comfortable and that not only I was happy, but our parents and grandparents! The patience and real love for the work is unbelievable. My husband and I are truly over the moon with the amazing pictures we have. Amazing job!! More...

M
23 August 2014

Sam photographed our engagement and wedding. He did a great job, shooting beautiful pictures at both! My groom and I had large families and a long list of staged shots we needed to accommodate all the family members and a tight timeline to get them all and he got it done! Prior to the wedding he had 3 pre-wedding calls with us (at our request) to discuss the planning, he was very helpful, professional and talented! More...

J
9 August 2014

My wife and I had the pleasure of having Sam as our wedding photographer at the Kent Manor Inn. He captured the critical moments of our wedding with his own unique style that was really conveyed through the lens. We wish him the best of luck on his future endeavors and thank you again for your stellar pictures! More...

M
9 August 2014

We chose Stories Captured for our engagement and wedding photos back in 2014 in Pennsylvania. We worked with him over the phone and he came to a county fair for the engagement shots. We were very pleased with his work and he able to capture our love in all his photographs. If you're looking for a photographer, I would definitely recommend him. More...

M
8 June 2014

Stories Captured (or Sam) had been an absolute pleasure to work with photographing our June 2014 wedding and my daughter's Bat Mitzvah in 2011. We met through our Rabbi and planned just four months before and I got married. Sam helpful throughout the entire process (photography is just beyond me). He went beyond the scope of any one I have worked with before, giving us advice about staging, dividing our guests lists, and more. He even helped out during the day with a family emergency WHILE STILL PHOTOGRAPHING.

Sam went above and beyond, running between the men and women while still being completely unobtrusive.
His photographs were stunning, and, honestly the best wedding photos I've ever seen. Over the years, I've recommended him to several people and will continue to recommend him to others.
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A
24 November 2013

I would have selected all of the attributes for this recommendation if EventWire allowed me. Sam was incredible to work with as a photographer.

I specifically hired Sam to take photos of my proposal to my fiance, however he went far above and beyond. He assisted with the planning, setup, and took brilliant photos in the process.

The photos that I needed to be taken were a once in a lifetime moment that I wanted captured. Sam's professionalism, expertise, and reliability set him apart from others making him an obvious choice for the job.

I definitely would use Sam again and recommend him to anyone who has an important event that needs to be captured.
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C
29 September 2013

Sam was the most sweetest genuine person ever. His prices are very affordable for the work he puts in and made the whole experience enjoyable and memorable. The pictures he took of my daughter's Bat mitzvah were delivered in a timely fashion and he took care of every details and worry I had. More...

M
23 September 2013

Sam took photos of my now fiancee's surprise proposal to me. The photos he took were amazing and really captured not just how the moment looked, but how it felt. Everyone who saw the photos afterwards commented on how beautiful they were, he really captured the magic of that moment. In addition to his talented photography, he went above and beyond by helping my fiancee orchestrate and setup the proposal.

I work with a lot of photographers in my professional career but Sam is my favorite to work with because he is so talented, personable, and always goes above and beyond.
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C
22 June 2013

This chap is the best at capturing the heart of a person. If you want spectacular photos you need Sam!

C
24 May 2012

Sam has always been a responsible, communicative, and hard working young man with a outstanding attitude. He was prompt on all assignments and went the extra mile on several separate projects, taking on leadership and team roles in a variety of positions. His friendly demeanor stands out in society that doesn't always take that into account. He is a trustworthy and dedicated person who would excel in just about any company or role. More...

C
21 May 2011

I have the unique perspective of working with Sam as a subject and a photography colleague. I have seen him work in many different environments, using completely separate styles to create bold and unique perspectives. I can confidently say I am a fan of his style and skills. He even taught me several things that I use in my work today.

What will help make this work stand out though, is Sam’s unique ability to relate to subjects which helps produce better results.
I know many wonderful photographers with a good eye. I don’t know many that have a refreshing take on photography and make the shoot, wedding, etc, a fun and professional experience at the same time.

I can not recommend him enough.
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C
13 November 2010

Sam was a wonderful photographer to work with. He shot photos of the family before the service and shot the entire party afterwards. He caught the true essences of the moment. I highly recommend him for any occasion. More...

S
23 April 2006

I hired Sam to photograph my first son's Bar Mitzvah back in 2006. We really enjoyed his photographs and ended up hiring him two years and again six years later for their, respectively, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.

Sam was quick and worked to make everyone smile, sharing his process with us all along the way. He was an amazing asset and make each day magical. I hope you have the chance for Sam to capture your day. His photographs are something we cherish.
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