THE KINDRED COLLECTIVE: Blog en-us THE KINDRED COLLECTIVE [email protected] (THE KINDRED COLLECTIVE) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:21:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:21:00 GMT THE KINDRED COLLECTIVE: Blog 80 120 2018 TKC Senior Reps!  


That's right! We are reviving our Senior Rep Program for the 2018 school year! This is the perfect opportunity to document your senior year with discounted sessions, prints, and more! We will be hand picking F I V E seniors in our area to represent our brand! We will choose our reps on September 1st so be sure to send in your application as soon as you can! We look forward to hearing from you all! Now for the details!

Kindred Seniors must:

  • be a 2018 senior in or around the Fort Smith area
  • be active in their school or community
  • have an engaging social media presence {instagram, Facebook, etc.} 
  • be willing to only represent The Kindred Collective your senior year
  • feel comfortable and outgoing in front of the camera


As a Kindred Senior you will get:

  • one free mini senior session {20 minutes, one outfit}  
  • hair and make up provided for your free mini session!
  • an online gallery of 30+ edited images
  • 50% off sessions with The Kindred Collective your senior year! {perfect for a full senior session, graduation photos, etc} 
  • with every senior you send our way, you will receive a $20 print credit!


HOW to become a Kindred Senior! Fill out the information below and email me at [email protected] 



High School:


Phone Number:

Facebook URL:


Three words to describe you:

Interests & Hobbies:

Why should we choose you?

Please attach a photo or two! 


AH! I am so excited and cannot wait to hear from you all! <3 






[email protected] (THE KINDRED COLLECTIVE) Sun, 27 Aug 2017 19:03:00 GMT
Emily | Bridals I shot Emily & Kevin's wedding day on is Monday and it just hit me that I can finally share my favorites from Emily's bridal session! <3 The hardest part about bridals is the self control to not post them for all the see! 

I've known Emily since I was in junior high! We didn't know each other super well, but I was good friends with her cousin {Laura} and saw Emily at football games here and there and I always thought she was just the sweetest! She really is just SO kind. So of course when she asked me to photograph their big day, I was stoked. 

Being a March wedding, we decided to shoot her bridals in January at a family friends *gorgeous* house. I am a sucker for some outdoor shots and with Arkansas weather, it wasn't too cold to do some! The best of both worlds! I was able to shoot at this house in 2015 when Laura was getting married -- we also did her bridals there. Which was a slight advantage because I knew how the lighting and layout was. 

It was a fun shoot all around, Laura did Emily's make up and was such a big help through out the whole session. And they were hilarious together. You know when you're working but doesn't feel like work? That's how this was. <3

So, here are some of my favs <3 




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[email protected] (THE KINDRED COLLECTIVE) Mon, 13 Mar 2017 23:04:47 GMT
Sheffield Family | a greenhouse session DSC_5889-2DSC_5889-2


You guys, it has been a long time since we've made a blog post. A year and a half, to be exact. Life has a funny way of working. When we decided to merge & create TKC, we had no idea where life was leading us. I, Courtney, welcomed our second child -- our baby girl, Vivian, into the world while Samantha & Nick took on the amazing adventure of opening up a fresh, beautiful, all-white wedding & event venue in Mulberry, AR -- The Kindred Barn {gorgeous, right?!}.

Juggling life, children, photo shoots, and weddings.. blogging got pushed to the back burner. But I am here to change that! I am so excited to begin blogging some of my favorite and most meaningful shoots and weddings to come in 2017! If I am being honest here, I am far from good with words, so I can only hope you bear with me if I start to bore you ;)

We are getting a taste of how close S P R I N G is & it sure is wonderful. I know I am not the only one jumping for joy at the sight of a single colorful flower after all this brown, dead grass for months. {right?!} My solution for this issue was to do greenhouse mini sessions! Oh, it's cold and windy? No problem. 

When Maggie { Maggie Sheffield Photography } reached out to me wanting to book one, I was immediately pumped. I mean, i've seen photographs of her family -- they are adorable! And it is always nice to photograph a fellow photographer! 

I met them at Neumeier Nursery and as soon as I took the first few photos, I knew I was going to adore this session. It's beneficial being a mother while being a photographer. I always try to do poses, or "non-poses" to capture moments would want of my family & I. Children will look back on these and cherish them, show them to their children, and so on. Documenting these emotions is so important. Times goes far too quick.

A huge shout out and thanks to Neumeier Nursery for always being welcoming and kind & allowing us to borrow their greenhouse! You guys should go check them out for all your gardening needs! 

I promise to get better at this blogging thing ;) Hopefully these precious images make up for what I lack in writing.

-- Courtney <3 


Dru is such a character, but one of the cutest ever!



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[email protected] (THE KINDRED COLLECTIVE) Mon, 06 Mar 2017 21:39:00 GMT
Quarter Century! Another year of awesomeness is coming upon me as I welcome the twenty-fifth anniversary of my birth! SO many of my favorite people came over to the #cottageon26th {yes, our house has a hashtag} last night. I have some super close friends who live in other cities and states and hated that they couldn't be here. My actual birthday is August 28th, but we will be with Nick's family in Colorado so we celebrated with everyone early. On the 29th we fly to Los Angeles for another week, shoot a wedding in Kansas City on September 5th and will make our way back to the Fort on Labor Day. We are going to miss our peeps and our dawghters for two weeks!

As some of you know, I LOVE to have people in our home. I'm especially excited for the holidays as they draw nearer. Last Christmas season we had over 100 families in and out for the Christmas minis. It's just so special to me to bring people into our cozy home. I wanted to get everyone together but I absolutely HATE going to restaurants, sitting at long tables and then leaving without getting to visit with everyone. So we kept the party at home and man, was it worth it! We catered mexican food from La Huerta and had so many left overs!


zinnias are compliments of granny & papa's garden <3 DSC_7603DSC_7603

some tassels complimentary of a sweet bride, Katie Niemann! 


Literally everyone and their dog loves Sweet Boutique! DSC_7608DSC_7608 DSC_7609DSC_7609 DSC_7611DSC_7611

because quarter century sounds cooler than twenty-five :) DSC_7614DSC_7614

one of the kindred offspring, Oliver <3 DSC_7618DSC_7618 DSC_7619DSC_7619 DSC_7622DSC_7622 DSC_7631DSC_7631

Most of the MOST important people in my life! <3 Thank ya'll so much for coming!


My seester left before we started taking pictures.

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Harrison Gray <3



We are slightly disfunctional ;)


This girl! My partner in crime!  DSC_7661DSC_7661

This is my team, my tribe! 





Some of my longest friends! Love these girls! DSC_7684DSC_7684 DSC_7689DSC_7689

my newest friends, it's crazy to see how much can change in a year and who all has walked into your life <3 DSC_7694DSC_7694

my girls <3 DSC_7695DSC_7695

my squad. DSC_7698DSC_7698

Another kindred offspring, Micah! DSC_7701DSC_7701

and another kindred baby, Lily ;) DSC_7703DSC_7703 DSC_7710DSC_7710

You guys, JUST earlier this week I was in Suite One and saw their Giving Key display and wanted one soooo badly. I was so excited to open one up from my bestie, Sarah! I literally screamed! She wrote the sweetest card and chose the word Inspire. It's my greatest hope through this journey in photography, that I am able to inspire others to go after their dreams; no matter the level of crazy!  DSC_7712DSC_7712

Courtney whipped up this awesome photographer survival kit. I just love it so much! DSC_7713DSC_7713 DSC_7714DSC_7714 DSC_7715DSC_7715 DSC_7716DSC_7716 DSC_7717DSC_7717 DSC_7718DSC_7718 DSC_7719DSC_7719 DSC_7720DSC_7720

I'm so thankful for all of my friends and for the grace lavished upon me by God for allowing me to live another year! Every year keeps getting better. Nick and I will soon celebrate four years of marriage; time truly flies when you're having fun. I pray you all embrace each birthday as they come and that each year gets sweeter and that you keep dreaming bigger <3

[email protected] (THE KINDRED COLLECTIVE) Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:28:03 GMT
2016 Senior Rep Program

Are you graduating high school in May of 2016? Do you love being in front of the camera? Are you social media savvy? Want to save big bucks on your senior sesh and refer all your friends to The Kindred Collective?! Then we have the program for you! Also, if you're a guy, please consider entering! We want to work with you too :) 


The Kindred Senior must:

  1. Be a 2016 senior in or around the Fort Smith Area.
  2. Be active in their school or community.
  3. Have a social media presence {facebook, instagram, etc}
  4. Represent only The Kindred Collective your senior year.
  5. Be outgoing and love being in front of the camera.

The Kindred Senior will get:

  1. A free senior session with multiple locations and outfit changes.
  2. Professional make up and hair done by artist Tiffany Day.
  3. Online gallery of 50+ edited images to share with friends and family.
  4. An ever increasing print package with each referral.

If this seems like something you're interested in, please submit this questionnaire to [email protected]!


High School:


Phone Number:

Facebook URL:


Three words to describe you:

Interests & Hobbies:

Why should we choose you?

Please attach a photo or two! 


All submissions must be received by August 15th! Representatives will be announced August 17th!

We can't wait to see all your beautiful faces and we know we will have some tough decisions to make as we are only selecting a handful of representatives!

[email protected] (THE KINDRED COLLECTIVE) Thu, 06 Aug 2015 18:45:16 GMT
NAME CHANGE CAMPAIGN Can I just say holyfreakingcrapyouguys?! Your support has seriously blown Courtney and I out of the water. We were excited before we announced it, but now we cannot contain it. Things are moving quickly over here and in just a few days Facebook will have approved the name change on the Samantha Daniels Photography page. This way we get to keep my almost 13,000 friends over there. Maybe it's vanity but I would have cried for days {read: years} if we lost that! 

It's definitely a huge deal for Courtney and I to abandon our business identity under our own unique names but we aren't looking back! We are hoping to build up a new hashtag on Instagram and have thought of how ya'll can help us do that! Here's what you do, whether you are a client of mine, Courtney's or BOTH {because that has def happened, shout out to ya'll!!} we are asking you to post your favorite {or ten} photos on instagram using the hashtag #kindredcophoto and let all your friends know about the new Kindred instagram! 

Again, thank ya'll so much for your extreme support over our new venture! We will be introducing the other new members of the TKC team super soon. Here's a hint, I took this photo of their baby last weekend during a "business meeting" <3


[email protected] (THE KINDRED COLLECTIVE) Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:16:25 GMT

Never would I have ever imagined that as a 24 year old I would be expanding a business that began simply as a hobby. I think the best things in life start that way; unexpected. I’d say you’re crazy if you had told me nearly two years ago that in the future my business would grow to the point that allowed my husband of barely two years to be full time with me. That was November of 2013. 

It’s now almost August of 2015 and that’s exactly what we’re doing: E X P A N D I N G. At a certain point, once your dreams have come true, God simply asks you to dream bigger. So this is where we are at, plain and simple. 

It was keeping me up at night {not just the editing} but the fact that I was having to say no, a shaky no, to potential new clients. So much of my business runs off word of mouth. I have poured myself out tirelessly to so many of you to build a good rapport. I’m humbled daily when someone reaches out for my services and tells me who sent them over. I literally thrive off it. As I closed out booking for my fall mini sessions a few days ago, I still had so many EXISTING clients that were left without a time slot. This basically would not do. 

It is with great pleasure and confidence that I bring on someone who has been behind the scenes with me for nearly two years. Some of you have seen her with me at weddings, or the many sessions she has frequented. The thing I most admire about Courtney, other than our ability to laugh about things uncontrollably, is her willingness to learn. 

My story with Courtney started out similar to how it began with some of you reading this. It was November of 2012 and she was smack dab in the middle of wedding planning. One thing lead to another and she booked me as her engagement and wedding photographer. By March of 2014 she shot her first wedding with me and I taught her how to operate her camera in the manual setting. Our relationship grew and grew and now she has my editing process down and edits full weddings for me. A tiny chat about working together in this amazing life as photographers has lead to this announcement: Samantha Daniels Photography + Courtney Ann Photography = THE KINDRED COLLECTIVE

I’m going to give you a second to let that name set in and allow you to look the word up in the dictionary for a better understanding. No, Courtney and I aren’t kinfolk but we are closely related through experiences and the things that bring us joy. We are {kindred spirits}. We want the photography experience from start to finish to be effortless and full of skill. We want to provide the best customer service, actually we constantly look for ways to go above and beyond. We actually won’t stop at this expansion. We want to bring on other artists who want to perfect their skill and learn from us and our experiences. Basically we want to accommodate every one who wants a session with us. We have already received such amazing feedback and Courtney has been able to schedule some of my returning clients for her fall mini session dates she has open. We have literally felt nothing but open arms and hearts from some of our dearest clients and we are eternally thankful.

Thank you guys so much for being so excited for us and willing to allow this change a place in your future plans for your photography needs. We would like to compile a FAQ blog post as our next post to answer any questions or concerns you may have for this new venture! Maybe a free session is in it for whomever asks the best question :) 

Deeply and sincerely,


[email protected] (THE KINDRED COLLECTIVE) Sun, 26 Jul 2015 06:12:51 GMT