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Photography in Preston,
(860) 886-2446
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 44 Reviews


    Kelly

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    5 out of 5
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  • Sam was incredibly easy to work with. In general, his work is amazing. However, what we really found impressive is Sam's ability to jump into any given scenario, work with multiple personality types and how he was able to facilitate so many people in an effort to keep things moving in time to capture the best shots. You will not regret booking with Sam! We cannot wait to preview our photos but feel confident in leaving this review prior to doing so because we are so confident in Sam's abilities and experience. We witnessed it first hand! Thank you for everything, Sam!

    karina

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  • Sam was wonderful at our Glen Manor House wedding this May! He had a great sense of humor, helped everyone get organized so i didn't have to, and the photos are fabulous!! He is very talented and knows how to capture all the right moments. We are so happy we chose Sam, it was perfect! Hi

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    Thank You Karina!! I feel blessed to have been a part of it and truly appreciate your kind words.

    Matt

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    5 out of 5
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  • Sam isn't just a photographer, he's a story-teller with photos! He was very professional, gave easy direction and made sure we were able to enjoy our day without having to pull us away for pictures. I would definitely recommend!

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    Thank you Matt! It was a pleasure getting to know you!

    Amy

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    5 out of 5
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  • From the moment we started searching for all our wedding vendors, the photography component was our most important one. After the event has come and gone, one is left with photos that allow you to relive a feeling, a moment in time. How does one decide who to trust ? I needed the right person to capture this significant life event. Sam was brought to my attention through a recommendation from a friend. After reviewing his website and mission, I immediately hired him. In a time with an over abundance of wedding photographers, choosing someone can be quite overwhelming. Sam is not your run of the mill artist. Photography is his life, his PASSION. His creative vision is like no other I've encountered previously. This is clearly shown through his work. Besides the beautiful final items he delivered, Sam is so easy to work with. His fun spirit, witty nature, communication skills, and eagerness to please, made us so grateful we found him. Not to mention, his prices are reasonable and affor... Read more

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    OMG...a review doesn't get much better than that girlfriend! Thank you SO much for allowing me to be a part of your day. We made the most out of the Ocean Cliff in winter!

    Valerie

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    5 out of 5
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  • We chose Sam because multiple family members had used him as their wedding photographer with great results. Sam was very careful to make sure that he knew exactly what we wanted and what areas of the day that we wanted to focus the most on. He was able to capture the whole day perfectly without us even knowing that he was there most of the time. He photographed each guest having an amazing time without having to "stage" photos and interrupt conversations or dancing. Sam has a fantastic and creative eye and we were lucky to get to work with him. We are extremely happy with the end result and look forward to having these memories forever!

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    Thank you so much Val! I truly appreciate your kind words. I'm the lucky one though!

    Erica

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    5 out of 5
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  • From the start of my wedding planning, photography was one area that was extremely important to me. I wasn't looking for the average wedding photographer, I was looking for someone who had a creative eye in photography and show stopping abilities. Once coming across Sam's work I knew I had found my match! From my first conversation with Sam, my mind was put at ease, he is extremely friendly and personable, very witty, relaxed and was open and flexible to all of my requests. He was very responsive to all of our communication up until our wedding day. He arrived early and stayed later than expected, trying to catch every perfect moment. Sam doesn't only capture moments, he captures emotions. Sam's work is artistic, unique and complete perfection! Sam is the best and I would recommend him to anyone! Thanks Sam!

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    Erica! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review. I truly appreciate your kind words, and am blessed to have been a small part of your special day. Hope you enjoy your photos for many, many years.

    Sara

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    5 out of 5
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  • We came upon Sam through a friends recommendation and could not have been happier. He is a gifted artist who photographed our wedding and all of the details exactly the way I had hoped. In addition to the traditional pictures you'd expect, he captured all the special moments I wanted but never would have thought of taking. He was quick with an initial response, easy to talk to leading up to our day and fun to work with. I would without hesitation recommend Sam Chinigo as a wedding photographer or for any event you would like to remember.

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    Thank you Sara!!! That really means a lot to me. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your special day!

    Jordan

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    5 out of 5
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  • From the moment we met Sam, we knew he would be at our wedding. He is a true professional yet felt like a friend on our wedding day and made both of us feel very comfortable. When we received our photos we were in complete amazement at the true artist Sam really is. He captured our special day so perfectly and we would recommend him to anyone. Thank you Sam for capturing our special day! - Jordan and Aubri

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    Jordan & Aubri! You guys rock! The best part of my job is meting people like yourselves. Thank you for trusting me with your wedding photos!

    Kathy

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    5 out of 5
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  • The decision of who you will trust to capture the most important day of your life is not an easy one. When meeting Sam, I felt like we had a great conversation that flowed naturally. He answered as many questions as I had and brought great examples of his work. He was professional and courteous from our first meeting up through our wedding day and even beyond! He is very timely with his responses which was important to me. We loved the photos from our engagement session on Block Island and while it felt like it was one of the hottest days of the summer, Sam just kept going with us! Our wedding photos were simply breathtaking and having to choose the ones for our album was not an easy feat as we loved them all. Sam was also very attentive to things I told him. Making sure to capture specific shots from my parents wedding day or just really cool poses from Pinterest was something he did not forget to do. He is a pleasure to work with and you will not be disappointed with your decision of... Read more

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    Kathy & Eric! I can't tell you how much I appreciate your kind words. Block Island was fun and I wish I could have stayed with you guys! Thank you for being so awesome and allowing me to be a part of your special day.

    User6086388

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    5 out of 5
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  • I honestly believe in 'you get what you pay for' especially with photography. Sure, he may not be the cheapest price around, but do you want to remember your special day with crap pictures? I didn't think so. Just take a look at the amount of awards he's won and you'll want to shoot an email his way! Incredibly nice guy, honest, and an absolute professional. Worth every penny. :)

    User5575908

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  • Sam was a pleasure to work with. His talent of capturing moments with a more artistic flair is incredible. We found him through a friend who had used him for her wedding. He did our engagement and wedding photos. He made us feel so comfortable even when we felt awkward having our picture taken. His approach is much more natural and noninvasive which we loved. We felt he definitely captured the real us. We can't stop smiling every time we look at our pictures. He's a funny easygoing person to be around which also helped us be less nervous and more natural. He exudes excitement and love for what he does which comes across in his work.

    User4017050

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  • Sam was exceptional to work with. He came highly recommended by a family friend and we love his "non cookie-cutter" style. He answered all of our questions over the phone before booking. We also met in person to look at locations for day of photos. On the day of, Sam photographed me getting ready and his assistant photographed my husband. He was very professional and made everything feel natural. He made everyone feel comfort and did not "force" photos. Sam has such a great eye for a fun style, but also allows suggestions. He knew photos were really important to me and captured so many amazing moments that will be framed in my house. It makes taking photos more enjoyable when your photographer is having fun with you. Sam even stayed until the end of our wedding because he said he was having so much fun watching our family and friends dancing. This was greatly appreciated since my husband and I were surprised with sparklers and Sam was there to catch the moment. Sam also is very quick ... Read more

    Emily

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    3 out of 5
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  • Sam did beautiful engagement photos but the wedding photos, while beautiful, did not reflect his unique artistry shown on his website. He also almost canceled our engagement shoot the day of due to another shoot he had scheduled. He sometimes took awhile to respond to emails. He also told us at one point he would have our digital prints to us soon and two months later I had to follow up again.

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    I really hate to respond to this, but I have to defend myself a little bit here. As we all know, there are 3 sides to every story. First, I never “almost canceled the engagement session the day of”. My lovely bride forgets that the night before the session, she still hadn't told me where we were shooting. I figured at a location in CT that I use often. When asked, she told me at her new house in RI, which 1.5hrs away from my other session. I said it may be a problem because of the location/timing and asked if rescheduling would be an option. She insisted we do it that day. I said, no problem, made the drive, did the session that evening. I literally went the extra mile. As for the wedding photos, they came out great and I was told “they are just beautiful! We are all very happy with them!” Months later, they expressed disappointment that they lacked the artistry that I show on my website and felt they were mislead. I explained that I can only work with what I have.  The less than ideal venue, quick/cramped ceremony, freezing, raw gray weather, lack of daylight, timing, etc. was all prohibitive from producing the type of images that I'm known for.  I've shot hundreds of weddings and can be a magician..but unfortunately..sometimes there are too many things working against us.  That said, I know that I still produced excellent results.  Lighting, emotions. Etc.   I even gave freebies, upgrades, etc., but I guess they were expected rather than appreciated. Lastly, as you can see by my other reviews..I'm easy going and LOVE my clients. It's THE BEST part of my job and they really do become my friends. Unfortunately in business, sometimes you can't make everyone happy. I checked back and I always responded in a timely manner. There is so much more to this story, but in the end, I truly do wish them the best. And I know they have great wedding photos that were indicative of the day.

    User6097572

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • If you're looking for the BEST photographer in CT, look no farther than Sam. We got married in November, 2015 and he is absolutely AMAZING. We decided not to have a videographer and use our funds for the photographer instead so were so hopeful the images would be fantastic and they were. Sam was so flexible right from the start, so easy to work with, laid back and professional, and such a sense of humor. We knew we loved his work from this website but didn't realize how extraordinary his talent really is until we saw the pictures from our wedding. We are big fans and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Sam 100% to any bride. Do yourself a favor, book Sam!

    Erin

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  • Sam was a great photographer who always responded to my emails and worked with me to provide a photo package that fit my budget. The photos came out beautifully - I couldn't be happier.

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    Thank you Erin!
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