Sam Hurd Photography is creating photography, mentorships, podcasts
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patrons

Hello! I'm Sam. Welcome to my Lab. 

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 900+ photographers who all want the same thing... to discover and understand unique ideas. 

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

Read more patron testimonials here!

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.

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.

Consider this is an ongoing portal of learning and growing.

"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

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 realize many people are unfamiliar with Patreon so if you have any questions or clarification about what this is and what I'm offering - please e-mail me anytime! [email protected]

Here's some further explanations about what I offer in the backer tiers!



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.



Mentoring
For the first time I'm offering one-on-one mentoring Skype meetings per month, and an invitation to second shoot a wedding with me afterward.
Mentoring is completely transparent discussion about any topic related to business, shooting techniques, post processing, work life balance, marketing, etc.
I'll also do an in depth portfolio review and analysis of your marketing/website. This is meant to be an ongoing relationship, but you can of course choose to not renew the next month!



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
Tiers
Epic Supporter
$1 or more per month (sold out!)
Thank you for being here and supporting this endeavor <3 This tier is mostly just an "I support the project" level. Most content is posted under the next level tiers.

Includes
  • Join the patron community
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
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Episodes of the Epic Podcast
  • Connect with other patrons
Become an Epic Patron (Early Bird)
$10 or more per month (sold out!)
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
  • First listen to new episodes and priority topic consideration
  • Post processing breakdown/analysis of my favorite images
Become an Epic Patron
$15 or more per month
Access to same insight and discussion as $10 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
  • First listen to new episodes and priority topic consideration
  • Post processing breakdown/analysis of my favorite images
One on One Consulting & Mentorship
$500 or more per month
We will schedule 1 meetings per month over Skype to dive deep into the specifics of your questions. Don't know where to begin? I'll create an analysis of your portfolio and set us on course from there.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Invitation to Second Shoot a Wedding
  • Mentoring Sessions
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/
Goals
1053 of 2000 patrons
party time. i'll host a completely free to attend conference for all patrons. somewhere fun. hawaii? NYC? california?
18 of 18
Hello! I'm Sam. Welcome to my Lab. 

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 900+ photographers who all want the same thing... to discover and understand unique ideas. 

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

Read more patron testimonials here!

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.

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.

Consider this is an ongoing portal of learning and growing.

"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

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 realize many people are unfamiliar with Patreon so if you have any questions or clarification about what this is and what I'm offering - please e-mail me anytime! [email protected]

Here's some further explanations about what I offer in the backer tiers!



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.



Mentoring
For the first time I'm offering one-on-one mentoring Skype meetings per month, and an invitation to second shoot a wedding with me afterward.
Mentoring is completely transparent discussion about any topic related to business, shooting techniques, post processing, work life balance, marketing, etc.
I'll also do an in depth portfolio review and analysis of your marketing/website. This is meant to be an ongoing relationship, but you can of course choose to not renew the next month!



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

Recent posts by Sam Hurd Photography

Tiers
Epic Supporter
$1 or more per month (sold out!)
Thank you for being here and supporting this endeavor <3 This tier is mostly just an "I support the project" level. Most content is posted under the next level tiers.

Includes
  • Join the patron community
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
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Episodes of the Epic Podcast
  • Connect with other patrons
Become an Epic Patron (Early Bird)
$10 or more per month (sold out!)
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
  • First listen to new episodes and priority topic consideration
  • Post processing breakdown/analysis of my favorite images
Become an Epic Patron
$15 or more per month
Access to same insight and discussion as $10 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
  • First listen to new episodes and priority topic consideration
  • Post processing breakdown/analysis of my favorite images
One on One Consulting & Mentorship
$500 or more per month
We will schedule 1 meetings per month over Skype to dive deep into the specifics of your questions. Don't know where to begin? I'll create an analysis of your portfolio and set us on course from there.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Invitation to Second Shoot a Wedding
  • Mentoring Sessions
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/