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A Little Bit About Us
Salwach Photography is the premier South Jersey newborn, child and family photographer specializing in natural light portraits serving all of South Jersey and parts of the Philly region. We capture moments that will last forever including babies’ milestone packages and children’s first birthday cake smashes. We are an on location photographer based out of Sicklerville, NJ serving South Jersey residents.
I do not just capture pictures, but special moments that are frozen in time and will be something you will look back on forever. They are timeless photos that will always have a special place in your heart.
Its not just about taking your photo, but giving you an amazing experience. From the very beginning to the end, you will feel like you are in the right hands. One of my 6 year old clients held my hand after her photo shoot and told me “You are the funnest person to ever take my picture” If that doesn’t sum up how you can expect your experience to be, I’m not sure what can.
I make it my mission to have your photo be worth a thousand words and give you an unforgettable experience…
Owner and Photographer
This year has been such a busy summer for me, which I am incredibly grateful for and I have been able to work with some of the best professionals in the area. My blogging is a bit behind, but only for the greatest of reasons since I have been working and expanding my knowledge. I’ve assisted Bonnie Wireback from http://bonniewireback.zenfolio.com/ many times this summer during her South Jersey Weddings and have learned so much from how to get better lighting during receptions to how to work with different types of venues and themes. Every situation is unique and extremely exciting and I hope to book more weddings next year as I have found it is such a passion of mine! I want to share with you just two of the weddings I’ve third shot/ assisted Bonnie with during this summer that I really enjoyed.
Andrea and Ken’s South Jersey Wedding, Moorestown, NJ- June 18, 2016
This first wedding was on a beautiful but extremely hot summer afternoon on June 18 uniting not just only bride and groom Andrea and Ken, but their two young daughters. Their outdoor ceremony was the perfect location for this beautiful couple at Strawbridge Lake in Moorestown, NJ. Their vowels were personalized and made me laugh by incorporating jokes and sayings from their idol Elvis. Being together for a while, you could feel the deep and lasting love that these two had for each other. After their ceremony, we headed over to The Venue at Lenola in Moorestown, NJ for one heck of a party. Ken’s firefighter buddies knew how to have a good time and everyone had a blast.
Jessica and Ben’s South Jersey Wedding, Blackwood, NJ- June 25, 2016
Another summer wedding that I wanted to highlight is the wedding between bride and groom, Jessica and Ben. These two young love birds were absolutely adorable and I couldn’t get over how cute they were during their wedding. Their poppy pink and glitter and glitz wedding was held at Valleybrook County Club in Blackwood, NJ on a steamy but beautiful day on June 25, 2016. I love their little entrance table that displayed their engagement pictures. Also throughout their reception area, they displayed photos of them together and also photos of themselves from when they were younger. I’m a sucker for details and these type of details give me smiles! I’m pretty sure Ben never took his eyes off Jessica from the first moment he saw her in her wedding dress. The love between these two was clearly written all over their faces and I know that they will have many long and happy years together.
During a beautiful afternoon in August, I was incredibly honored to capture high school senior, Hellene’s senior portraits. Hellene is an honors student and now senior at Timber Creek Regional High School in Sicklerville, NJ. Senior photography is a collaboration at its best. I work with my seniors to plan a complete experience and concept. After talking to my senior and getting a feeling of who they are and what their vision is, I will work with them to create a Pintrest board where we can both add pins with inspiring wardrobe choices, poses and location ideas. After we created the Pinterest board together, it was clear we wanted two different locations for her senior expierence, our first at a historic and vintage type of area and the second in the city. We choose to go to Haddonfield NJ for our first location and later into fall we will be visiting Philly PA for our city experience. I love working with each senior to pick out their wardrobe to accent their location and personality.
Haddonfield could not have been the more perfect location for her senior portraits in South Jersey! It had all the elements we were looking for with brick wall, floors and awesome stairwells.
When you’ve worked with a model before, it truly an amazing experience. She knew exactly what I was thinking before I even though it. I captured her Junior Prom pictures earlier in the year and I knew I couldn’t wait to work with her again. You can view her Prom session here- http://salwachphotography.com/hellenes-junior-prom-a-south-jersey-senior-photographer/
How gorgeous, seriously, is this girl?!? I cannot get over those eyes which memorize in every photo! It’s hard to tell but it was an extremely hot day out, but she handled the heat like a complete pro and all of her pictures turned out amazing! Hellene is looking to go into the medical field and is looking at various colleges in the area and out of state. The sky is the limit for this talanted young lady.
I still have spots left for the fall, but fall is my busiest time of year and they will book up quickly. The fall weather makes it ideal to take portraits outside and with the changing colors creates beautiful backdrops to your senior portraits. Don’t wait to book a session with me, pricing is incredible affordable and I don’t mind working on financing options with families. Let’s chat about your session soon!
Owner and Photographer
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During a cloudy yet still beautiful day I got to capture this family’s portrait session in Ventnor City, South Jersey on Saturday, July 30th. Having photographed the two children’s portraits previously during the Christmas session, I knew this family was going to be a breeze to photograph. It always warms my heart so much when I have returning clients. It is the biggest complement and makes me that much more excited to take their pictures.
The Jersey Shore is one of the most popular places in NJ to take photos at during the summer and obviously you can see why as the scenery created a magical background. From a photographer’s perspective it can be a bit tricky however. The sparkling water and golden sand are nature’s reflectors and bounce light right into the camera. Though this may sound like a great thing and usually light is, too much light can cause problems for your camera by over exposing the scene and blowing out the highlights.
Due to these circumstances, I only photograph beach sessions during the golden hours. There are two golden hours a day, the first is the hour after sunrise and the second is the hour before sunset. The quality of my photography is extremely important to me and I only want to make sure you get the best photos possible.
Many times clients are concerned that their young children will be cranky during the photoshoot. Being a parent myself, I completely understand this concern. I have found in most cases though that if the little ones are outside having fun and playing in sand that they forget they are tired and end up having a great time! As you can see from these little ones they did not notice the hour one bit and just kept looking to get their hands dirty.
Also on a side note, as we are approaching the last golden rays of summer, I can’t wait for all the awesome fall photo opportunities that arise. This year I will be bringing back South Jersey apple orchard sessions during late September and early October. These are perfect for family photos or just to get a few updated photos of your child. Contact me to book your spot! Make sure you enjoy the last few days of summer as we all know we’ll be missing them during winter!!!
Owner and Photographer
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When an amazing South Jersey wedding photographer asks if you would be interested in assisting them at a few wedding during the summer, you say helllllassss yes! I am so honored Bonnie owner of Bonnie Wireback Photography http://bonniewireback.zenfolio.com/ has been allowing me to assist her and I have been learning so much about lighting and the wedding industry as a whole. It’s great to see how she handles different situations brilliantly and she is beyond extremely sweet! It awesome to be able to use the knowledge I’m learning during these times and using them during my clients photoshoots. I really have enjoyed he wedding season thus far and hope I can book a few more weddings next year.
Back on April 8th, this adorable couple got hitched. We met Amanda on this beautiful spring day during bridal prep at the Wyndham Philadelphia in Mount Laurel, NJ. You could tell she was extremely excited that her big day had arrived. Everything from top to bottom was accented in her eggplant purple wedding color. She was as cool as a cucumber and just enjoyed the entire experience unfolding before her.
How adorable were her personalized wine glasses she gave each bridesmaid! Seriously I am such a sucker for the small details!
The song “Girls Just want to Have Fun” keeps playing through my head every time I view this photo!
Justin left Amanda a sweet little gift of this gorgeous Amethyst bracelet to wear on their wedding day.
These girls were fabulous and we were right on time arriving at Valenzano Winery in Shamong, NJ https://valenzanowine.com/ where Amanda and Justin would exchange their nuptials and also host their reception. Once we got there we started right into formals for the bridal party.
The flower girls at the wedding were the cutest, seriously?!?! Look at them! Bonnie even featured the one on her Facebook page! They were a bit shy around the camera at first, but quickly warmed up.
Their ceremony was lovely and I am in love with how Valenzano set up the backdrop where they exchanged their vows. Beautiful hints of the wine theme with barrels and corks arranged in the Mr. & Mrs. sign behind the couple keeping it classy without going overboard.
The ceremony space was quickly changed into the reception area during cocktail hour and I got to capture one of the flower girl living out their princess dream on the dance floor. I mean what little girl doesn’t dream of her big day and you can see how early it starts.
I loved their three tiered cake accented with their theme color. It was fresh and modern. During their cake cutting, they each somehow managed to get icing all over each other. Their smiles were so genuine, you couldn’t help, but to feel a part of this very special moment to them.
Contact me for your South Jersey Wedding Photography needs!
Owner and Photographer
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Priscilla and John had an absolutely gorgeous wedding at Girard College in Philadelphia, PA, where she works as a teacher, on a perfect sunny day in May. There may not have been a cloud in the sky to overshadow this amazing couple. It was such a fun and relaxed wedding. They are such a great couple, completely laid back and just enjoyed their wedding day. I am so honored that they choose me to photograph this special day!
Weddings are not something I originally intended to get involved in. I always loved wedding photography, but the pressure of photographing someone’s wedding wasn’t something I thought I could do. Priscilla knew my work because I took her sister’s senior photos last spring at Washington Lake Park, Sewell, NJ in South Jersey, so when Priscilla contacted me asking if I would be interested I told her upfront that I was a complete newbie, but would love to give it a try. I gave her a promise that I would shadow some other wedding photographers and learn as much as I could by her wedding. Surprisingly, she decided to take a chance on me! And she said it was one of the best decisions she has made in her life she told me. After this wedding, I know that I must photography lots of other weddings and have been assisting other wedding photographers in the area to hone my skills! I have included the review Priscilla wrote me at the bottom of the article, It brought tears to my eyes and I am so glad I opened myself up to an experience and pushed myself to step out of my usual boundaries, it turned out to be worth it!
As soon as I saw Priscilla, I knew John would not be able to look away at all during the night. She was so effortless beautiful in a simple sheath gown accented with navy blue flower applique.
Their reception was a short walk to Founder’s Hall and was everything was set up absolutely adorably! Every rustic wooden table was adored with vintage cream lace crochet table cloths, baby pink roses, blue hydrangeas and of course my favorite part photos of them together and of their childhood which gave this set up a completely personalized touch! Plus every single table was decorated differently, no two tables were alike!
Instead of having a cake, they choose cupcakes. Who doesn’t love a good cupcake. Cute and totally convenient!
While the guests enjoyed their cocktail hour, we took advantage and started either formal photos. Founder’s hall had these beautiful deep green doors that just begged to be photographed in front of They also have amazing Roman pillars. The building had to be an architect’s dream! This is definitely one of my favorite photos from this wedding!
When you hear a bridesmaid say that “Oh, I can use this dress again”, you are like OKAYYYY suuuurrreee. But for real, these bridesmaid dresses were completely adorable, fun and kept these ladies from melting in the heat. I wouldn’t mind wearing one of these at all!
We also snuck into the venue a little early to get some shots on this plush red velvet couch, an ode to the old days and these photos needed to be converted to black and white. I just die over this one of Priscilla, she is just absolutely gorgeous!
Each toast was completely heartfelt and there were plenty of tears from everyone. It was adorable how each speech involved the first time they saw John and Priscilla together and they knew immediately that this was the girl next door that John had been waiting for for his whole life.
This mother and son duo were a pair to watch as they kicked up their dancing heels and made their dance together completely memorable!
The music barely started playing before everyone was on the dance floor. These people knew how to party and the DJ was completely on point. I was so surprised when all these inflatable monkeys and bananas came out of nowhere. I wouldn’t have thought the dancing could have gotten any better, but nope they kicked it up even another notch!
Thank you Priscilla and John for taking a chance on me. I couldn’t have found a better couple to have as my first wedding. You will always be one of the best memories in my photography career!
“Samantha did an amazing job photographing our wedding. She was attentive and accommodating from our first meeting and even though this was her first wedding, I felt confident the first time I met her that she would be the best choice to capture our wedding day. We’re still waiting on our photos, but the ones she has shared so far are absolutely beautiful and capture the fun of the day. She made sure to capture the big moments of the day, corral our 90+ family for a big family photo, attend to a fallen bridesmaid (when she fell off her incredibly high heels, thankfully uninjured), and most importantly capture many candid moments of us and our guests having so much fun! From the pictures we’ve seen so far, her lens managed to capture my husband and I as a couple, making sure to get some posed photos, but also snapping candidly during the moments that really highlight the joy, love, and fun we had that day (and everyday :)).
She was a pleasure to work with from start to finish and her photos are beautiful. We are beyond excited to see all of them and relive the day!”
Owner and Photographer
Salwach Photography is owned by South Jersey raised Samantha, usually referred to as Sam. I am mother to the world’s most beautiful little girl. She is the one who inspires me everyday to make the most out of life. She is also the one who made me push myself to finally follow my dreams and become a photographer. I wish I had a really unique story of why I became a photographer, but its pretty standard.
Years before I seriously considered becoming a photographer, I would stare at newborn and wedding photos and just soak up every detail loving these images. I worked in Human Resources at a staffing company in Philly at the time and decided to stay home when my wonderful husband and I had our first born. I just could not get enough of photographing each little detail of her tiny toes and hands and wanted to take amazing pictures like the ones I always saw online. From there I got my first DSLR when she was around one and went to work following her around like the dedicated mom-erottzi I was.
I am so glad that I decided to become a family photographer as it was a dream I guess I always had, but never really though of as something I could obtain. The safe route always seemed like the easier path and starting my own business was scary. I will always thank my little Brooke Lynn for constantly making and continually making myself into the person I want her to look up to which includes following your dreams and knowing nothing is too big to accomplished.
Photo Credit- Shooting Star Photography
South Jersey newborn photographer, family photographer, child and children’s photographer including first birthday smash cake photographer. We offer our services in all of South Jersey and NJ including but not limited to, Gloucester Township- Blackwood, Glendora, Erial, Sicklerville, Blenheim, Lambs Terrace, Chews Landing, Hilltop, Sewell, Washington Township and Turnersville. In Camden Township- Haddonfield, Berlin, Clementon, Pine Hill, Magnolia, Cherry Hill, Voorhees Township, Bellmawr, Atco, Lawnside, Gibbsboro, Collingswood, Winslow, Runnemede, Audubon, Lindenwold, Vineland, Mount Ephraim. In Burlington Township- Burlington, Moorestown, Pemberton, Bordentown, Evesham, Delanco, Mount Holly, Shamong, Tabernacle, Medford, Maple Shade, Edgewater, Mount Laurel, and Cinnaminson. We also of course serve the Jersey Shore areas including Cape May, Wildwood and Ocean City!
Give us a shout and let’s make your dream come true!!