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Meet Sam Clifton Jr. of Clifton’s Photography Studio in Gardena

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Clifton Jr.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Sam. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started Clifton’s Photography over 15 years ago, A couple at my church were renewing their vows of 25 years of marriage, and ask me if I could take the pictures for them? I told them I wasn’t a professional at it but they didn’t mind. When the wedding ceremony was over they gave me $150.00 without even viewing the pictures. I was like wow!!! Then at the reception another couple approached me and asked how much I charged for weddings? That’s how I got started and have loved every minute of it. I believe in giving people an experience, not just a product.

My style of shooting allows me to capture images that are spontaneous and real. When I shoot a session or event I tell it like a story, from start to finish you can tell what’s happening without actually being there. It’s important to me to build long lasting relationships with my clients. Most of my clients and I become very good friends. I am committed to providing a level of quality, professionalism and personal service that will far exceed your expectations. I strive for excellence in all of my work.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Well, at first it seemed easy… But then the problems started when I began to get more jobs that required different equipment that I didn’t have the money for. I needed more equipment (lens, software, extra cameras), things you need to be a photographer. My parents knew I was passionate about my work and they gave me a loan of $3,000 to help me get what I needed. After I got all the equipment things started to fall in place, and I was able to pay my parents the money back.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Clifton’s Photography Study – what should we know?
At Clifton’s Photography Studio, we use high end digital 24-megapixel full frame cameras and lens, and the latest editing software. I have a wealth of experience and knowledge with 5 Professional Photographer that can handle a wide-range of situations. We’re a highly-qualified, professional photography studio. Experienced in various types of photography. Head Shots (Corporate, Actors, Beauty, Commercial), Family Portraits, Special Events.

We mostly specialize in Wedding and Special Events. We are proud to have been featured in magazines, hotel brochures & web-sites and on an episode of Bridezilla.

When I meet with new clients, I talk to them like we’re family or a friend I have been knowing for years. I want you to feel completely comfortable in allowing me to take pictures of you on one of your most important days in your life.


  • Family Portrait Starting @ $140
  • Wedding Packages Starting @ $1000
  • Special Events $125.00 per hour

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: (866) 826-5811
  • Email:
  • Instagram: cliftonsphotographystudio
  • Facebook: Cliftons P hotograpy
  • Yelp: Clifton’s Photography Studio

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