I have been photographing couples and weddings for a little over four years and I know that it sounds super cliche, but capturing love is my absolute jam! I love showing the authentic side of people through my photos. My main goal is to create a comfortable and safe environment that allows you and your love to be yourselves and have so much fun that you will almost forget I'm there!

​Being a part of one of the most important days on someone's life makes me feel so freaking honored! This job truly fills me with so much joy. Thank you for being here in my little corner of the internet!



I love Road trips, Moscow mules, and cozy nights ins →

"....We couldn’t have been anymore pleased with Sam's work and the beautiful photos that we will cherish forever. Sam was so sweet and attentive to everything on not only our special day but the months leading up. If you want someone who takes amazing photos, is very responsive, and is your own personal hype women, then I would highly suggest Sam! She even sent us a little sneak peak a day after the wedding so we could share out to our family and friends. Thank you so so much for everything and we are so thankful you were apart of our wedding day and captured the love me and my husband share. You’re the best!!!!!!


- Victoria & Jordan

On any typical wedding day, I'm not an overly loud presence. I like to keep my voice steady in hopes to be a constant flow of calmness throughout your day. I’ll carry bags, fix your hair, touch up your lipstick, hold your veil, dry off your bridesmaids flowers, bustle your dress and anything else I can to make sure your day runs as smooth as possible.

But I’m definitely not quiet either. I'll wrangle family members with ease when I need to. I’ll be on that dance floor dancing and singing right alongside you while I snap away. And I’ll chit chat with your grandparents as they reminisce their own wedding all those years ago. I fully immerse myself in your day in a way that's not intrusive but allows me to capture the most genuine and authentic moments, as if experienced through the eyes of one of your guests. I enjoy the day just as much as you, because truly, I love what I do with my whole heart!



I received an AAS in Photography from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, where I started in portraiture and landscapes. While in school, I assisted in a wedding and FELL IN LOVE. Taking photos of a loved-up couple on their wedding day just filled me with the happiness and giddiness I was missing in my other projects. I shifted gears, got my Bachelors in marketing, and started taking myself and my business more seriously. Cue graduation (AKA May 2020...AKA hello COVID), I took a leap of faith, running Sam Renaud Photo full time in an era where all large events were cancelled. Fast forward to now with over 100 weddings under my belt - I’m still just as in love as I was back then. 

You see that little flower girl in the photo below holding a camera? Yeah, that's me! The running joke is that I've always known I was destined to be a wedding photographer. While I found my love for weddings later in life - I can always remember having a camera in hand!

How I got here...

"We cannot say enough how AMAZING Sam was! From our engagement session to our wedding, she has been amazing since day one. She was super organized & on top of everything, super sweet & patient, & overall was just the best to work with. Our photos are stunning and we love them so much. We are so happy we booked with her to photograph our special day & she truly captured the joy we felt in each photo..."

Jill and Kevin

"Sam did such an amazing job capturing our wedding day!! She was willing to travel all the way across the state to the Adirondacks for our wedding and was super helpful throughout the process. We are so in love with our pictures from that day and highly recommend Sam to capture all of the special moments on your wedding day!!"

Jenna and Sean

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- MY travel wish list -

 If you’re planning your dream wedding or elopement outside of Buffalo, New York, let’s chat. I offer special pricing for any couple tying the knot in one of my bucket list locations!

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