About Me

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What they say
  • We absolutely LOVE the photos you did for our daughter’s yearbook and head shots. The pictures have a very professional, as well as artistic quality. Even she likes them, which is saying a lot coming from a teenager!
    We appreciate that you knew exactly what the high school wanted for the yearbook, and knew exactly what we wanted for our daughter’s senior portrait. We are so pleased. Thank you so much.

    – Paula Stark
  • The photographs are beautiful! This is coming from the subject himself, and his relatives in London and Lagos.

    – Evelyn
  • Sami took all the time needed to secure several great shots. The photos were outstanding and he knew exactly what the school yearbook required (and took care of all the leg work). I don’t know why any parent would settle for anything less for such an important memory.

    – Linda Tax

Studio Sami is a full-­service digital photography studio based in Montclair, NJ. I specialize in senior portraits, as well as headshots and portfolios for performers, models and professionals.

Growing up with a portrait photographer for a father, you could say that I was born into the business. I remember tinkering around his studio as a young boy in Cairo, eager to know how everything worked. One of my earliest memories is being delighted with the hard candy I’d found in the darkroom…until a taste test proved that it wasn’t candy at all but rather crystals of sodium sulfate!
I studied at Fine Arts College in Cairo, but spent much of the 1970s traveling back and forth to Paris, where I was learning French, living in an art culture, and working to support myself. In 1977, I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. I remained in Egypt for several years, where I gained experience working at an advertising agency and a print shop.
After immigrating to the United States in 1986, I worked in printing and production, as well as school portrait photography. I decided that I wanted to focus on portrait photography and opened Studio Sami in Montclair in 2004. I specialize in modern fashion portraits for graduating high school seniors, as well as headshots and portfolios for performers and professionals. I also work with families to capture beautiful memories through classic relationship portraits.

Even though the tools have changed dramatically since I was a teenager working in my father’s studio, my approach to photography remains the same. My goal is to produce timeless portraits by bringing out the best in each of my subjects. I bring an international understanding to portrait photography and greatly enjoy the opportunity to work with people from a wide array of cultures and backgrounds. My years of experience in traditional film photography enable me to bridge the old with the new, and my classic style stands the test of time.

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