Sam Hurd Photography is creating photography, mentorships, podcasts
1,100
patrons
Hello! I'm Sam. Welcome to my Lab. 

The best thing about this platform is that if you become a backer then you get instant access to everything already posted in your tier - and everything else from then on.

Becoming a patron allows instant access to my entire patreon feed which includes:

Exclusive content. Behind the scenes photo deconstruction. Tutorials. Live hangouts. Business and marketing insights. Everything shared with detail and clarity.
Q&A. Have a question about lightroom workflow, gear, a technique, or marketing? Ask here and you shall have the answer.
Group Photo Critiques. Submit to regular group photo critiques where I markup everything in your work from composition to expression and lighting.
A place to connect with other photographers. My patreon community has grown to 1000+ photographers who all want the same thing... to discover and understand unique ideas. 

"Sam's Patreon has singlehandedly been the best investment in my career" - steven neaves

I've been posting here on my patreon feed for over a year so take a look at this page to see featured posts about about bounce flash, optimizing lightroom speed, a posing guide, and more.

I truly love educating people and enabling them to be their own creative force in the world, but I hate the idea of charging for it. However, time has value (for all of us) and I decided it was time to transition my discoveries from my blog to something new.

"I just finished binge reading/watching your entire Patreon library. To say I'm extremely inspired would be a gross understatement. I'm absolutely pumped for this upcoming wedding season!" - nikola janev

Here's some further explanations about what I create here:



Participation in #3stepclick challenges.
What is the #3stepclick? It's a challenge I invented to promote photography using creativity and improvisation using whatever you have in your immediate surroundings.

It works like this:
1) I make a new post announcing a new #3stepclick challenge will be happening in the next 24 hours
2) Active patrons on $10+ tiers will be randomly messaged a notification to participate in the #3stepclick by taking a photo within 3 steps of wherever they're standing in that moment
3) Patrons upload the resulting photo to a special dropbox submission folder
4) I choose the top 10 finalists and the final winner is put to a vote for the winner.

I've played around with different rules, but see previous posts about the #3stepclick here.



The Epic Podcast
(Note: Previous episodes are available on Soundcloud here)
I have an ongoing podcast series called The Epic Podcast (link) that covers broad topics of discussion between me and friend Nathan Mitchell Photography.
We post episodes every few weeks, but as we are both professional wedding photographers it can be difficult to dedicate the time required for research, editing, and recording new episodes in the wedding season. Support our effort and we can get more done without the need for many sponsor reads embedded in the shows.



Exclusive Lead Referrals
I don't work with associate photographers. My business is me alone and that often means I'm unavailable for most clients that inquire with me.  I've been looking for a way to send these leads to qualified photographers and I believe this to be the best way to do that. I will make the introduction between you and the inquiring wedding couple and hand the relationship off from there for you to book them as you normally would. This is a chance to grow your own business under your own name and on your own terms. Note - most inquiries are in the DC/MD/VA areas and a portfolio review for quality control will be done for first time backers.

"What Sam is sharing is worth way more than $10/month. In fact, it's priceless. I've learned so much, explored my own creativity, and also laughed a lot." - matt bowens

Read more patron testimonials here

Ethics Statement

I am not hired, (or feel in any way compelled) to mention any of the company's products that are found throughout my patreon feed. I am very proud to present my opinions from a totally independent perspective, and sharing information through my personal experience is the priority here.

Tiers
Become A Patron
$3 or more per month (sold out!)

Access to the $3 Patreon feed and first access/ad free streaming of podcast episodes.

Includes

  • Episodes of the Epic Podcast
  • Connect with other patrons
Become an Epic Patron (Early Bird)
$10 or more per month
Access to all insight and discussion about specifics of editing, marketing, branding, equip reviews and advanced shooting techniques. All this content is exclusive and/or early access before it hits social media or my website.


Includes

  • Access to patron-only content
  • Early access episodes of the Epic Podcast
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Access to select FULL galleries
  • Post processing breakdown/analysis of my favorite images
  • Access to The Epic Workshop Videos
Epic Patron
$19 or more per month

Access to same insight and discussion as the $10 early bird tier about specifics of editing, marketing, branding, equip reviews and advanced shooting techniques. All this content is exclusive and/or early access before it hits social media or my website.

  • Access to patron-only content
  • Early access episodes of the Epic Podcast
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Access to select FULL galleries
  • Post processing breakdown/analysis of my favorite images
35% off Epic Workshop VideosSpecial Offer • 38 days left
My full day epic workshop is available for download in 6 parts and patrons get an extreme discount!
Exclusive Lead Referrals
$1,000 or more per month (sold out!)
I receive an average of one wedding lead a day (depending on the season), but do not work with any associate photographers. So, I'm often unavailable. This makes you the exclusive recipient of all my extra leads. Clients are pre-qualified for starting budget. I directly connect you to the client and you take it from there as you would your own.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Ad-free Early Episodes of the Epic Podcast
  • Connect with other patrons
  • First listen to new episodes and priority topic consideration
  • Exclusive recipient of extra wedding leads (limited to 1 person/
35% off Epic Workshop VideosSpecial Offer • 38 days left
My full day epic workshop is available for download in 6 parts and patrons get an extreme discount!
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Hello! I'm Sam. Welcome to my Lab. 

The best thing about this platform is that if you become a backer then you get instant access to everything already posted in your tier - and everything else from then on.

Becoming a patron allows instant access to my entire patreon feed which includes:

Exclusive content. Behind the scenes photo deconstruction. Tutorials. Live hangouts. Business and marketing insights. Everything shared with detail and clarity.
Q&A. Have a question about lightroom workflow, gear, a technique, or marketing? Ask here and you shall have the answer.
Group Photo Critiques. Submit to regular group photo critiques where I markup everything in your work from composition to expression and lighting.
A place to connect with other photographers. My patreon community has grown to 1000+ photographers who all want the same thing... to discover and understand unique ideas. 

"Sam's Patreon has singlehandedly been the best investment in my career" - steven neaves

I've been posting here on my patreon feed for over a year so take a look at this page to see featured posts about about bounce flash, optimizing lightroom speed, a posing guide, and more.

I truly love educating people and enabling them to be their own creative force in the world, but I hate the idea of charging for it. However, time has value (for all of us) and I decided it was time to transition my discoveries from my blog to something new.

"I just finished binge reading/watching your entire Patreon library. To say I'm extremely inspired would be a gross understatement. I'm absolutely pumped for this upcoming wedding season!" - nikola janev

Here's some further explanations about what I create here:



Participation in #3stepclick challenges.
What is the #3stepclick? It's a challenge I invented to promote photography using creativity and improvisation using whatever you have in your immediate surroundings.

It works like this:
1) I make a new post announcing a new #3stepclick challenge will be happening in the next 24 hours
2) Active patrons on $10+ tiers will be randomly messaged a notification to participate in the #3stepclick by taking a photo within 3 steps of wherever they're standing in that moment
3) Patrons upload the resulting photo to a special dropbox submission folder
4) I choose the top 10 finalists and the final winner is put to a vote for the winner.

I've played around with different rules, but see previous posts about the #3stepclick here.



The Epic Podcast
(Note: Previous episodes are available on Soundcloud here)
I have an ongoing podcast series called The Epic Podcast (link) that covers broad topics of discussion between me and friend Nathan Mitchell Photography.
We post episodes every few weeks, but as we are both professional wedding photographers it can be difficult to dedicate the time required for research, editing, and recording new episodes in the wedding season. Support our effort and we can get more done without the need for many sponsor reads embedded in the shows.



Exclusive Lead Referrals
I don't work with associate photographers. My business is me alone and that often means I'm unavailable for most clients that inquire with me.  I've been looking for a way to send these leads to qualified photographers and I believe this to be the best way to do that. I will make the introduction between you and the inquiring wedding couple and hand the relationship off from there for you to book them as you normally would. This is a chance to grow your own business under your own name and on your own terms. Note - most inquiries are in the DC/MD/VA areas and a portfolio review for quality control will be done for first time backers.

"What Sam is sharing is worth way more than $10/month. In fact, it's priceless. I've learned so much, explored my own creativity, and also laughed a lot." - matt bowens

Read more patron testimonials here

Ethics Statement

I am not hired, (or feel in any way compelled) to mention any of the company's products that are found throughout my patreon feed. I am very proud to present my opinions from a totally independent perspective, and sharing information through my personal experience is the priority here.

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Sam Hurd Photography has a Special Offer until July 4th
Tiers
Become A Patron
$3 or more per month (sold out!)

Access to the $3 Patreon feed and first access/ad free streaming of podcast episodes.

Includes

  • Episodes of the Epic Podcast
  • Connect with other patrons
Become an Epic Patron (Early Bird)
$10 or more per month
Access to all insight and discussion about specifics of editing, marketing, branding, equip reviews and advanced shooting techniques. All this content is exclusive and/or early access before it hits social media or my website.


Includes

  • Access to patron-only content
  • Early access episodes of the Epic Podcast
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Access to select FULL galleries
  • Post processing breakdown/analysis of my favorite images
  • Access to The Epic Workshop Videos
Epic Patron
$19 or more per month

Access to same insight and discussion as the $10 early bird tier about specifics of editing, marketing, branding, equip reviews and advanced shooting techniques. All this content is exclusive and/or early access before it hits social media or my website.

  • Access to patron-only content
  • Early access episodes of the Epic Podcast
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Access to select FULL galleries
  • Post processing breakdown/analysis of my favorite images
35% off Epic Workshop VideosSpecial Offer • 38 days left
My full day epic workshop is available for download in 6 parts and patrons get an extreme discount!
Exclusive Lead Referrals
$1,000 or more per month (sold out!)
I receive an average of one wedding lead a day (depending on the season), but do not work with any associate photographers. So, I'm often unavailable. This makes you the exclusive recipient of all my extra leads. Clients are pre-qualified for starting budget. I directly connect you to the client and you take it from there as you would your own.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Ad-free Early Episodes of the Epic Podcast
  • Connect with other patrons
  • First listen to new episodes and priority topic consideration
  • Exclusive recipient of extra wedding leads (limited to 1 person/
35% off Epic Workshop VideosSpecial Offer • 38 days left
My full day epic workshop is available for download in 6 parts and patrons get an extreme discount!