Sam and Amanda Ciurdar are a husband and wife team of creatives living in Southern California. Sam is a full time filmmaker and freelance photographer. Both have built stunning Instagram feeds and together they launched an adventure themed Instagram account that curates some really incredible work for a great cause.
How did you guys venture into photography and film work?
Sam – Film has always been something that I’ve had a passion for. After watching Back to the Future for the first time, I was captivated by telling stories. Years later, when DSLR’s became the new way for indie filmmakers to produce films, I decided to get one. After a while, I taught myself photography – mainly because I had the camera to do so! I already knew composition and things like that from film, so photography just kind of grew as an extension from my film. Now I am able to work at both professionally.
Amanda – Being married to a photographer/filmmaker was bound to peak my curiosity. I started shooting on my iPhone, posting photos of my everyday activities (aka my food and my dog) and used the Instagram filters to edit. Slowly, I started becoming more intentional about what I shot and how I shot it, and would often shadow Sam (by stealing his shots!). Little by little, he would teach me more about composition, lighting and editing. I’ve never considered myself a creative, and it’s still hard for me to give myself that credit, but photography has really been an incredible tool for me to exercise the creativity I never knew was there. Now I get to shoot for some really incredible brands, and the best part is, I get to shoot with my husband!