Taking photos at Saratoga Race Course in my hometown Hello, my name is Samantha Decker, and I am a French teacher who just happens to be a photographer and digital illustrator as well.  I have dabbled in all sorts of genres of photography, but the majority of my body of work consists of equine photos (with a particular interest in Thoroughbreds), travel photos, and photos I've taken in my hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY and the surrounding areas.

Some career highlights: My work has been licensed by such companies as Getty ImagesFlickr, and the Walt Disney Company. My photos of my hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY and surrounding areas have been featured in Saratoga Living MagazineCapital Region Living Magazine, and Simply Saratoga Magazine; my photos of my alma mater SUNY Oswego's campus have been featured in Oswego Alumni Magazine; and my photos of my home-away-from-home, Walt Disney World, have been featured in two editions of The Unofficial Guide: Walt Disney World.  A couple of my photos have also been seen on the CBS Evening News.  In 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023, I had the honor of having three of my photos displayed in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga as part of their annual "Photo Finish" juried exhibition.  In April of 2022, I exhibited my photos at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library in Clifton Park, NY as part of Saratoga Arts' Art in Public Places program.  My photos can also be seen as backdrops to exhibits at the Children's Museum at Saratoga.  Finally, two of my photos were selected to be part of the Hudson Headwaters Health Network's Arts in Health Collection. Click here to view a showcase of some of my photography out in the world.

I am based in Saratoga Springs, in New York's Capital Region, but much of my work is available to be licensed worldwide. If you see an image you would like to license for your project, please get in touch with me through my contact page.

Beyond photography and teaching French, I have a passion for digital illustration (click here to view my portfolio), travel, Disney Parks, horses, and my cat Franny. All of these passions are connected to my photography to some extent.

Disclaimer: While I personally take and edit all the photos in my portfolio, not all of them are commissioned by clients, and some come from my personal collection. The presence of a person or property in my photo does not imply endorsement by the person or property owner.

All photos are copyright Samantha Decker and may not be used without written permission.  Please contact me if you are interested in licensing a photo.  Note that not all photos are available for licensing.