My mother was gifted a brownie camera by her brother prior to my having been born. It was then she began documenting every waking moment of life, and I was soon to follow. One of my earliest memories is of a light so bright it seemed like the sun shining straight into my eyes causing a bright start into this world. I now know that was the ‘movie light’ for her 8mm film camera. In High school, I thought taking photos and movies of everything was normal, and was often made fun of for it, until my classmates saw the prints then all wanted copies for themselves. I was an aspiring musician, taking my lunchtime to practice on a piano I didn’t have at home, and stayed after school everyday to do the same. To avoid advanced Algebra (I hated school) I was offered to join the Television department for our township in South Jersey/suburban Philadelphia, since it was based out of our high school. I became a broadcast camera operator and newscaster for a semester, and have held a camera ever since.
It started out of high school with shooting weddings and events for a local photographer and photo lab I worked with while going to school for music. Then was hired to shoot for the school. Afterwards,, I spent some years as a photo assistant and digital tech to some of the top image makers in the business, all while shooting on my own. Since then, I’ve incorporated more motion/video to my image making, going out as aCamera Operator/DP. I have shot all over the USA, and have expanded this via my travel blog www.BrownPassport.com to include the far reaches of SE Asia on land and in the sea.
I’ve been based out of New York city, though have lived and worked in Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, Philadelphia, and spent a few months living and shooting in Hawai’i, and Indonesia. Have passport, do travel. Current personal work may be viewed via www.BrownPassport.com and www.YouTube.com/BrownPassport
Awards/accolades include (not limited to):
PDN’s Photobook NYC
PDN’s The great Outdoors
Ripfest – 48 short film festival
Samantha Isom, was Raised by parents documenting every waking moment of her life. She soon followed suit. During her time as a Music Major and Photography Minor in College, she worked at photos labs, worked on independent films, shot corporate portraits and much more. After shooting for the College's publications, she went on to the commercial markets of Philadelphia, New Orleans, Chicago, Miami, then NYC where she spent some time as a photo assistant & digital tech for (but not limited to) Matt Hoyle, Paul Aresu, & F. Scott Schafer, Mark Abrahams, We Bell, Troy Plota, Paul Cruz (the list goes on). She is now working around the globe primarily based out of NYC as an image maker in both still photography and motion/film. She released her 2nd short film “Straight as an Arrow” in July 2013. In October of 2012, she published her 1st coffee table book titled “So, What Are You Anyway?”. A Photo essay of mixed race people and their experiences as such. She is working on other personal projects while moving forward in her commercial career. Awards include (but not limited to) PDN PhotobookNYC, APA NY, APA LA, Creativity International, poptent editors choice (Southern Comfort commercial), Photographer’s Forum.