Merry Christmas Eve! I seriously cannot believe there’s only a few more days left in 2019. 2019 has been such an amazing year full of love, growth, and all the things. I cannot imagine how incredible 2020 is going to be!
In honor of 2019, I am going to do a Instagram Round-Up of my absolute favorite posts that I posted throughout the year. So sit back with a glass of wine, relax, and read on!
January 22nd, 2019 | New Richmond, Wisconsin
I’m sure you haven’t seen too many photos from the Blood Moon the other night… in that case, here’s another photo of it! It’s still beautiful as ever ?
It was 0 degrees, dark, and late. But to see this beauty? 100% worth it! ?❄️
March 25th, 2019 | Verona, Italy
Just a small update – Italy is incredible!! It’s so rich with art and history. Oh, and the food is pretty good! And the weather? ?
My favorite food so far? GELATO! ?
My favorite drink so far? CAPPUCCINOS! ☕️
April 3rd, 2019 | Verona Italy
I have one word for you my friends. TRAVEL!
If you have the opportunity do travel whether it’s to a different state or different country – DO. IT! ?? I promise you won’t regret it. Seeing other parts of the world and learning different cultures is absolutely amazing. Literally, nothing compares. Going to Italy made me realize a few different things like their coffee is the bomb (even vending machine coffee. Can you believe that?!), that we need to save energy and be more green, and so much more. ?
May 18th, 2019 | New Richmond, Wisconsin
Since I have sooo many new lovely people following me, I thought it would be a good time to reintroduce myself!
So hello there! I’m Sam and it’s so nice to meet you! I’m a lifestyle photographer that’s based in New Richmond, WI, but travel around the area! I’m married to Garrett Burke, and it’s almost our one year anniversary actually! He’s been so supportive and amazing. We have our fur babies, Aleu and Leilani. Aleu is our 7-year-old rescue husky and we’re so honored we had the opportunity to adopt her and make sure the last half of her life is amazing! Leilani isn’t a year yet, but she’s our spunky kitty! Let’s just say… she loves to lick you as if she were a dog!
I’m addicted to Target, Starbucks, and Pinterest! I also love, love, love anything with pineapples! Literally, I have probably 1739382 pineapples in my home… and one last fun fact about me – I am a travel-bug! I want to go anywhere and everywhere, 24/7. I recently went to Italy and am already dying to go back!
June 7th, 2019 | New Richmond, Wisconsin
So, I think I need to do doughnut smashs more often!
Naomi is just the cutest! And she definitely destroyed her doughnuts last night! ?
June 16th, 2019 | Bayport, Minnesota
Happy one year anniversary to my love! I can’t believe that a year has already flown by with you! It has been full of fun, renovations and so much more. Thank you for being so kind, loving, funny, and supportive.
I couldn’t have married anyone more perfect than you.
July 9th, 2019 | Bayfield, Wisconsin
For anyone who is on the fence about doing photo sessions for your anniversaries – totally do it! It is so special to amp up that romance and to just have fun documenting your beautiful life with your best friend. ?
I had the honor of documenting this anniversary waffle session and it was INCREDIBLE!! ?
July 12th, 2019 | Madeline Island, Wisconsin
Ummm.. how romantic is this shot?! I am seriously in love with this shot and the romance between these two. Katie and Matt were sooo sweet and cute to each other. They’re so perfect for each other, and I couldn’t be more excited that these two are engaged!
July 28th, 2019 | Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota
Okay, I’m going to interrupt my feed to tell you how amazing today was! A huge thank you to @aerie for hosting such a deep, sweet real talk with these amazing babes about how we need to just love ourselves!
Now I’ve been following @jennakutchersince around Christmas of 2018 and she’s been soo inspirational ever since, in soo many ways including loving myself.
She has helped me incorporate amazing things into my business to give all of you lovelies an AMAZING experience with me! But she’s also helped me be motivated and inspired. ?
@jennakutcher is a boss-babe and her podcast (@goaldiggerpodcast) has been life-changing for me. She has taught me about just showing up for all of you, loving myself and my body, and just all the things. ??? ?
Thank you, @jennakutcher, for being such a positive and inspirational role model for so many amazing women, including the younger generation! Keep rocking it babes!
September 10th, 2019 | Minneapolis, Minnesota
An engagement ring is so much more than just a beautiful piece of jewelry. It’s the symbol of a new promise, a new beginning, and a new chapter in your book. There’s so much beauty to engagement rings – not just visual beauty, but the beauty you simply cannot see.
October 9th, 2019 | Antelope Island, Syracuse, Utah
I am so thankful and lucky that I get to travel the United States for my clients! As I sit and wait for my flight back to Minneapolis, I’m looking through all the romantic memories I have captured while I was in Utah – and I must say that Utah is a special state. ?
October 14th, 2019 | Ellsworth, Wisconsin
How adorable and fun is Cale and Brette? I told Cale to dip and kiss his girl passionately… and man did he do JUST THAT! ? Bring me ALL the adorable couples!
October 22nd, 2019 | New Richmond, Wisconsin
Cali and Tucker were a little nervous at the beginning of their engagement session. After the first 10 minutes, they were cracking jokes with each other, being soooo darn adorable, and romantically kissing! I love not posing my couples. I’m all about promoting you to get you to naturally laugh, and naturally be romantic and passionate.
And?! Your man ALWAYS ends up admitting it was fun!! I think my favorite prompt has to be “Purr like a sexy cat!”
October 27th, 2019 | North Shore, Minnesota
Can we talk about engagement sessions for a hot second? ?
Engagement sessions are SO important when it comes to hiring your photographer! I know it may seem silly to hire a professional for a couple of photos for your save the date cards – but there’s sooo much more to it!!
This is your chance to make sure that your wedding photographer is a good fit for you! You will see more of your photographer’s style, what to expect, if you guys vibe together, if they’re outgoing, etc.
Consider your engagement session a little of a “trial run” so to speak. You will get to know your photographer before your big day and that eliminates so much worry and anxiety. You won’t be wondering, “Are they nice? Do they like to have fun? Are they going to pose us or prompt us? Can they guide us with direction?” ?
With my whole heart, I strongly believe in booking an engagement session with your wedding photographer. You seriously won’t regret it!
November 18th, 2019 | North Loop, Minneapolis, Minnesota
When you hire me as your photographer, I promise not to just be your photographer on your big day.
I solemnly swear to be your designated third-wheel, hired paparazzi, and best friend. I will fangirl when you text me photos of your dress, I will help carry your dress on your big day, and I will carry your drink for you.
I am here to serve you, girl! ?
November 23rd, 2019 | Minneapolis, Minnesota
Did you know that photo sessions aren’t just for wedding days? I am here to tell you that you can book a photo session for ANY reason. Literally. Any reason.
You can book a photo session for your honeymoon, anniversary, a gift for your boo, or for date night – there’s no reason to small.
I am here to tell you that photo sessions with your babe can be so intimate and romantic – and the perfect way to slow down and just capture this season in your life.
November 30th, 2019 | Minneapolis, Minnesota
Happy Small Business Saturday! In honor of it being small business Saturday, I thought it would be the perfect time to share the one who’s behind it all here at Samantha Burke Photography! So without further ado, here are five fun facts about myself! ?
1) I am hopelessly addicted to the Hallmark Channel during Christmas time!
2) I think sushi is pretty disgusting… ?
3) Christmas Gnomes? Say no more! I am in love with them! ?
4) The Jonas Brothers are the best boy band around… sorry, not sorry!
5) I started my photography career as a nature photographer when I invested in my first DSLR at age 15! (Who am I kidding, I still obsess over nature shots)
Now let me ask you – what’s one thing holding you back from booking a session with me?
December 9th, 2019 | Interstate State Park, Wisconsin
What is an Intimate Elopement?
An intimate elopement is perfect for the couple that wants to be adventurous, travel to a new location, and be able to profess your love in an intimate setting. Couples will need to only need 2-3 hours of photography (for the ceremony and then bride + groom photos) and that’s it.
Your ceremony will typically be 15-30 minutes long.
The number of guests is typically just the bride, groom, officiant, photographer, and sometimes a couple witnesses. That’s literally it!! No wedding party either!!
The planning is very minimal! Elopements are more spontaneous and don’t involve a lot of planning or details! I personally swoon over intimate elopements. I’m seriously all about that messy hair in the wind, dirt on the dress, and traveling to all the amazing places in the world.
If an intimate elopement sounds like your jam, then just go for it!! This is all about you and your babe – nothing else.
December 14th, 2019 | New Richmond, Wisconsin
I may be the perfect photographer for you if:
? You don’t care if your hair gets messy in the wind!
? You love going on adventures!
? You’re a sucker for romance!
? Capturing those authentic and genuine moments make you jump and squeal in excitement!
? Taking the time to travel is important to you!
? You don’t care if your dress gets a little dirty!
? You love to have fun and be yourself!
? Making your babe smile makes your heart flutter!
? You can spend a day on the couch binge-watching your favorite show or sipping pina colada’s on the beach with your babe and no matter what, spending time with them feels like a dream come true.
So what do you say?! Are you ready to grab a hot cup of hot cocoa and dream about your wedding day (or photo session!) together?!
December 25th, 2019 | Minneapolis, Minnesota
I hope your day is merry and bright, and full of warmth, joy, and cheer!
Eat all the Christmas cookies, drink all the hot chocolate, and spend time with your loved ones today. ?
Now to make your day even more bright…
What do snowmen have for breakfast?
❄️ SNOWFLAKES! ❄️