Meet the Team: Five Questions with Ellie Richardson

Our fourth member of the SSP team we want to introduce is Ellie Richardson. Ellie has been working with Sam for four years now, and her responsibilities have grown rapidly within that time. She is a primary shooter for the team often, and she has an eye for detail shots. Read more about her below!

1. Where are you from?

I’m originally from Michigan (go Blue!), but moved to Virginia for college and have never moved back. Michigan is too cold for me now!

2. How did you begin working for Sam?

I started working for Sam during the summer after my junior year of college. I interned with Sam for that summer, and then came on as an actual shooter that spring.

3. What is your favorite part about shooting weddings and engagements?

My favorite part about engagements is getting to know more about the couple. It always helps to meet and work with a couple before the wedding day. Wedding days are chaotic, but there is always a moment during the day that makes me super grateful for what I get to do. Whether it’s the father dancing with his daughter, the couple’s vows, or an emotional toast, I always feel extra thankful I get to be the one there capturing it!

4. If you could travel anywhere to shoot a wedding/engagement, where would you go?

Ooh! There are so many amazing places. Probably southern France or Australia. Southern France is one of my favorite places ever! There are tons of amazing towns with cool architecture and colors, but all still by the water with more of a tropical feel. I’ve never been to Australia, but it’s somewhere I definitely want to go, and all the people there seem super cool.

5. What is your go-to coffee order?

Iced Americano! If I’m feeling crazy, a double shot of espresso over ice with a dash of cream and sugar.