Sam Moore is an enthusiastic and lifelong photographer who has worked as a newspaper editor, a portrait photographer, and a darkroom technician. He studied photography at Tulane University, and went on to shoot full time for the Martha's Vineyard Times in Massachusetts. He specializes in portraiture, but has worked frequently as a wedding and event photographer. His passion is for a well constructed and true-to-subject portrait, with a preference for strong natural light and settings.
I love collaborating with a subject to make a unique portrait--something that captures an aspect of them that I want to share. I live for the moment when I find a velvety patch of sunlight, or a particular nook in someones home or garden that frames the portrait perfectly. I can feel when a picture crystalizes, and I can't wait to get home and load the results. I especially love hearing from friends and relatives of the subject who are often waiting for a photo that captures the person they know.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have done lots of arts and entertainment portraits, as well as portraits of beloved community figures. I try to make people as comfortable as possible, and maintain a running conversation to evoke a range of facial expressions--I find that a portrait taken too quickly or one that is too posed can freeze the subject in an expression that doesn't match the ones they wear in day-to-day life. My favorite portraits have come from spontaneous moments. Even if the shot isn't technically perfect, sometimes a fraction of a second of laughter or reflection makes the most meaningful frame.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
Second Place, Portrait Photo in a Specialty Publication, from the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) in 2017. Also placed at the 2016 NENPA awards in the Feature Photo and Spot News Photo categories.
A fun fact about this photographer
My second passion is ecology--I have a whole other portrait portfolio of wild animals!