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Life & Work with Samantha Baker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Baker.

Samantha, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I’ve always grown up being a huge movie buff with my family, from The Mummy (1999) to Hook and more, I was always fascinated by these incredible stories happening on a screen. It wasn’t until I got into high school that I realized I too could create my own stories to share with people. I remember that in my freshmen year, I was required to write an essay on what I wanted to do after high school in my Careers class. So I ended up writing about producer Jerry Bruckheimer since he had recently released the National Treasure and Pirates of the Caribbean films (I’m a huge fan of both). As I did my research, that’s when it hit me that I wanted to do this for a living. Throughout high school, I then created fun little sketches with a group of friends, and after that I went on to attend the Art Institute of CA – Sacramento and graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Film & Video Production. Ever since, I’ve been working in the film and photo industry for the past eight years or so, from editorial shoots, music videos, short films, you name it. I’ve been able to work with some amazing creatives on some really fun projects, and I could not be more grateful for where I am today. Like most people in my industry though, I feel like I can still improve and grow in my craft and really looking forward to where it takes me next.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There have been a lot of highs throughout my journey, but a lot of lows as well. I struggle with depression and anxiety, just like many others in my age group and this industry. That can be really rough to deal with, especially when I have good days where I can complete three projects in a day, but then there’s the days where I can barely get out of bed just because of my mental health. As Albus Dumbledore said, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times when one only remembers to turn on the light.” Even through my own struggles, I have to remember that this is what I want to do with my life, and I just have to keep moving forward even on the dark days.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a video editor and photographer mainly but have worn many hats in the industry. I’ve worked as a 1st AD (assistant director), script supervisor, gaffer, DP (director of photography) and so on. I think I’ve found that I absolutely love working as a behind the scenes videographer and photographer on sets. Just being able to show people what working on a film set or photoshoot looks like is so fun, plus you get to know the cast and crew pretty well by doing so! So far, I’ve been really proud of being able to work my twin sister, Max Baker, on a lot of our own projects. She’s a photographer as well, and when we work together it’s always a blast with the clients.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Once you have your people or “tribe” as some would say, you can do whatever you want in life. Having support from the ones you love and who care about you really helps you to get through the days. It doesn’t matter how many “followers” you have or how much money you have, as long as YOU are happy with yourself and what you create, that’s all that matters.

Pricing:

  • Portrait Photography Services- Starting at $650
  • Behind the Scenes Video & Photo Services- Starting at $750
  • Editorial Shoot- Starting at $750
  • Wedding/Couple/Engagement Sessions- Starting at $1200

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Image Credits:

For portrait of me: taken by Max Baker (@itsmaxbaker) My work: 1: Demon Prince Portrait of Storm Acavedo (@ufoslut) Makeup by Rachel Hopkins (@rhopkindmua) 2: Abandoned B&W Portrait of Matt Eisenmann (@matteisenmann) 3: One with Nature Portrait of Janay Dawson (@janaymartini) 4: Wickedness Portrait of Kayla Kristine (@kaylakristinev) 5: Undead Redemption Portrait of Destinee Nicholson (@destinee_nicholson) 6: Behind the Scenes of Bruce Wiegner’s ‘Everybody Dies’ Music Video. Directed and filmed by Dan Brink (@danbrinkdp), talent (@brucewiegner), produced by Amanda Tempesta (@amanda.tempesta), Makeup by Jackie Coon (@jackcoon) 7: Behind the Scenes of Rouxx (@rouxxofficial). Photographer: Max Baker (@itsmaxbaker), Stylist: Marissa Motley (@marissa.motley), Assistant Stace Sing (@stacee_sing) 8: Behind the Scenes of Violet Days (@violetdaysofficial). Photographer: Max Baker (@itsmaxbaker), Stylist: Tara Buenaventura (@dancehardalways), MUA: Hali Mc Gowan (@halimcgowan.mua)

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