Select a membership level
Patron-only content (deconstructions & tutorials, etc)
Select full client galleries & workshop lessons
Post-processing breakdowns of my favorite images
Early access episodes of the epic podcast
Connect with other patrons in the community
Ongoing 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 (if ever) it hits social media or my website.
Online Epic Workshop + My Editing Preset
Access to everything in the previous tier
My 2021 online workshop videos
Adobe edition Gaintsage editing preset
Also includes a code for $200 off of any of my future in-person workshops
6 long-form video sessions totaling 10 hours of content
Session 1 - Business & Client Experience
Session 2 - All Things Technical
Session 3 - Shoot Prep // Composition // Posing // 5 L's
Session 4 - All Things Branding
Session 5 - The Full Client Session BTS
Session 6 - Workflow & Editing
If you want to binge on content overload, then this is a good tier to start with. Read reviews from previous workshop attendees here: https://bit.ly/2R8Cj9Y
Mentoring, Wedding Leads, 2nd Shooting
2 Mentoring Sessions / month (up to 2 hours each)
Direct referral to clients that inquire about dates I'm already booked so you can book them on your own.
Open invitation to shoot alongside me for any weddings I photograph in the month you're actively pledged.
Pre-wedding mentoring about equipment and strategy.
Gain real-world wedding experience and build a real wedding portfolio.
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 for dates. This is a chance for you to get my actual wedding leads referred to you directly from me and then book them yourself... building your own brand and business. Before I start sending you leads we will have a 1:1 review of your pricing, portfolio, and lead response to maximize your client booking conversions. After that, it's up to you. I will not play an active role in tracking your ability to book, or pricing, or anything else. I directly connect you to the client, and you take it from there as you would your own. Previous supporters of this tier lived in other states, and remained pledged for 2+ years spending a total of $34,000. They were able to start an entire side business of associate shooters under their own brand. Sometimes I have leads in other countries, but the majority are focused in the DV/MD/VA region. Everything in all other tiers is included.
About Sam Hurd
Being a photographer is the greatest job on the planet, and I want to share with you everything I know about my craft!
Explore the extensive back catalog of posts here, in the table of contents
Most of the content shared here is posted to the $12 tier. You instantly get access to the back catalog of all posts in that tier.
There’s a more expensive tier @ $49 that has posts that include 8+ hour video tutorials, and my Adobe blended Lightroom editing preset. This $49 tier is really meant as a binge-able boot camp of everything I know with the idea that you’ll roll down to the $12 tier for ongoing content and support when you're done binging. Still, if you want to slowly explore the entire back catalog at your own pace from the start, then the $12 is a great option (and the most popular!).
Though I’m a wedding photographer, and most of my perspective has that context, nearly everything I discuss is applicable to other genres of photography... and even creatives in entirely other crafts.
Here’s a quick overview of the types of content you’ll gain access to once you become a patron (for a more robust idea, check out my Table of Contents here)
- Photo deconstructions
- Experimental photography techniques
- Photo-making and editing tutorials
- Real-world and honest gear and software reviews
- Business, productivity, and workflow tips
- Photography challenges (like my 3-step click challenge)
- Lead referrals (limited tier)
- The Epic Podcast
- Access to the Patron-Only Community
My hope is that you're able to learn new skills, valuable information, connect with like-minded creatives, and get inspired. I love interacting with everyone here so please feel free to ask questions and start discussions!
The best thing about this platform is that when you join a tier you get instant access to everything ever posted in that tier — and everything new for as long as you're an active supporter.
Patreon Tier Options!There are 3 monthly tiers of access to choose from:
1) Epic Patron Tier - the most popular
- Access the entire epic patron catalog (deconstructions, reviews, techniques, editing tutorials, etc) and future posts
- Access the patron-only forum
- Group photo critiques
- Patron-only discounts
2) Epic Workshop w/ my Adobe Edition Preset
- The best option if you want a binge-able crash course - if you're brand new here then I recommend starting with this for a few months.
- Includes all of the above, plus access to 10 hours of pre-recorded video (with translated subtitles):
- Includes all of the above
- 2 Mentoring Sessions/month (up to 2 hours each)
- Direct referral to clients that inquire about dates I'm already booked so you can book them on your own.
- Open invitation to shoot alongside me (paid) for any weddings I photograph in the month you're actively pledged.
- Pre-wedding mentoring about equipment and strategy.
- Gain real-world wedding experience and build a real wedding portfolio.
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.
A few kind words from my Patrons (see even more)
Sam's Patreon has single-handedly been the best investment in my career.
- Steven Neaves
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
What Sam is sharing is worth way more than what he charges. In fact, it's priceless. I've learned so much, explored my own creativity, and also laughed a lot.
- Matt Bowens