about whims and joy

I’m Sammy, and I am a wedding photographer based in Minnesota. Although I serve out of Minnesota, I have also been lucky to reach couples from all over the place. I have a love for travel, coffee, dogs, and the simpler things in life. As a teenager, I was the girl carrying a camera everywhere I went collecting memories as I go. I grew up around music, and picked up the guitar and piano at a young age. My childhood memories were filled with arts, music, and lots of imagination. 

After receiving my masters degree in business, I started working my first big girl job in the corporate world. Being untraditional and having that girl-boss mentality eventually lead me to something more. In 2015, I started Whims and Joy because I have always believed in following your heart and doing something you love. My photography business has grown over the years and have introduced me to many amazing people near and far. Feeling very honored, some of my work has been picked up by local and national publications. 

I approach photography with a romantic and soft flair. I am attracted to natural light and have a love for organic moments that tells the story without intrusion. I believe that beauty can be found in many places, and you can find it by having the right perspective. 

When I’m not working, you can find me spending time with my forever partner, Andy, and our two lovely girls, Lyra and Jovi! I love meeting new people and having good conversations. I enjoy cooking, traveling and eating, and spontaneous adventures. 

I invite you to browse my work and get a feel for my style. If you want to chat further, please don't hesitate to get in touch! I would love the opportunity to meet you. 

hello there! 

Soufflé tootsie roll tart lemon drops brownie macaroon. Gingerbread cotton candy powder toffee chocolate cake gummies chocolate candy. Gingerbread halvah caramels oat cake. Brownie tiramisu chocolate jelly beans bear claw chocolate cake sesame snaps sweet cupcake. Chocolate bar macaroon cookie chocolate sweet danish cookie. Fruitcake cotton candy topping ice cream sweet roll dessert bear claw. Candy cotton candy croissant chocolate muffin.

Bonbon biscuit lemon drops dessert chupa chups toffee. Gingerbread tiramisu icing jujubes cookie pie.

Tart lemon drops brownie macaroon. Gingerbread cotton candy powder toffee chocolate cake gummies chocolate candy.

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Sammy believes in documenting organic, candid, and natural moments, which represents her aesthetic. She is passionate about storytelling and will create timeless photos that will be forever cherished.

the experience

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Have peace of mind knowing that your wedding day will be carefully curated through story-telling and documented with love. Each couple will receive a pre-wedding consultation with me where I will get to know you two better, your vision, and walk you through your wedding day timeline. 

Family, newborn, and maternity portraits includes an hour on location with retouched, high resolution digital files, copyright permission and a private online gallery. Turnaround time is typically 3-4 weeks.

Mini sessions are held 2-3 times a year and will be announced on my social media accounts.

wedding collections
beginning from

Sammy as your main photographer
Pre-wedding consultation 
Retouched, high resolution images

All collections include //

While I mainly work out of Minnesota, I have been given the opportunity to work out of Chicago, New York, California, St. Lucia, and Hawaii. I love traveling and will go the distance to capture weddings, and portrait sessions. Custom quotes for destinations are available upon request.

Destination //

I take a limited number of weddings and portrait clients each year in order to personalize each experience. Please get in touch with me to see if we are a good fit! I'd love to hear about your vision and meet you. 

Private online gallery + USB package
Copyright permission + print release
Second shooter

engagement session included in certain collection OR STANDALONE



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based in minnesota + available worldwide