The Future of Contemporary PhotographyPublished in NYPH Journal

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Today I received a copy of the NYPH Journal – The Future of Contemporary Photography by New York Photo Festival. One of my photographs has been published in the journal, a photograph of my dear friend Harold Martin, who’s story of being a POW survivor I have been documenting for the past few years. I made a short documentary about this back in 2012, which is still a work in progress into turning into a larger documentary. I entered the short documentary into the New York Photo Awards back in 2012 and became a top 5 finalist in the multimedia category. This journal features the work of the photographers who were finalists in the New York Photo Awards.

Fete MagazinePublished







Published in Fete Magazine.

When I was back in Australia in December, I walked into a news agency and flicked through
some magazines. To my surprise, I saw one of my weddings published in the beautiful
Fete Magazine – Summer 2013 issue. I knew they were going to publish this wedding.
I just forgot all about it and was by chance I picked up that exact issue.

This feature is on Arlene & Jake’s lovely backyard picnic wedding I photographed in Perth,
Australia last February. Their ceremony and reception took place all on a tennis
court. Picnic baskets full of bread and cheese and the yummiest pizza was served all
evening. a perfect night!  I even got two images of me published on the last page
(I’m the one in the blue dress holding the super 8 camera and my canon camera ;)

Thanks to the talented Aimee Claire for shooting with me that day.

Cathrina & ChrisMetropolitan Building, Long Island City, New York

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On a chilly day in early November, Cat & Chris married at the beautiful the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral on Mulberry Street in Manhattan. We then headed to the Metropolitan Building, an old warehouse in Long Island City, that has been converted into a multi level photo studio. I fell in love with the windows instantly and the hundreds of chairs they had scattered throughout the building. This venue is less then a 10 minute drive from my apartment which is an added bonus :) As much as I love to travel for weddings, its also super awesome when its a quick cab ride home :)  Looking forward to exploring the Metropolitan Building more in the future!

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iceland adventures

Sunsets
spilling through
car windows
and
cicadas
bowing out songs
that sound like symphonies.
Lake water dripping
off of your
curly hair
and
freckles
I tried to trace
into constellations.
Orion
Canus Major
Cassiopeia
And a thousand others
I have not yet named.

(EC).

Iceland

 

In July I travled to Iceland with my boyfriend. A first real holiday I have been on in years with no agenda but to completely disconnect from the world for a week.

We hired a campervan and with a cooler box of food and a map, with no plan, we drove aimlessly and got lost in the best possible ways. We hiked along the cliffs at two in the morning, watched puffins build nests, bathed in hot springs, ate a lot of cheese and bread, built our own cairn on top of a mountain that felt like we were on the moon, walked through an endless black earth and discovered remote little cabins in the middle of nowhere that we dreamt about moving to.

We barely spoke to another soul our entire time there. The best adventure I have ever been on. Excited I am going back this September to photograph a wedding and explore this beautiful country a lot more.


taken with a mix of film, digital and iPhone.
 

Merry & MatthewManhattan, New York

 

Merry and Matthew married on a very chilly day earlier in the year. With freezing temperatures outside, I started documenting their day at the Soho Grand in Manhattan. They had separate rooms on separate levels so no accidentally bumping into each other and then a very sweet reunion took place in the bar in front of their close friends and family. I loved photographing their reactions to seeing each other all dressed up. We went and took some pictures on the High Line (a park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side) and around the meatpacking district. We then headed to Del Posto, an Italian restaurant for their ceremony and celebrations in the restaurant’s basement. The speeches were beautiful and the dancing was crazy.. a perfect night! :)

 

 

Michelle & JamesMornington Peninsula, Australia

If you ever need a stranger to sing at your wedding

a last minute choice then I am your man

I know every song, you name it
by Bacharach or David
every stupid lovesong that’s ever touched your heart
every power ballad that’s ever climbed the charts

You think it’s funny
my obsession with the holy matrimony
but I’m just so amazed to witness true love

And true love can be measured
through these simple pleasures
they are waiting there for you to be discovered
I would cut of my right arm to be someones lover

Maybe I’ll meet her there tonight at the wedding buffet
I walk up to her when she’s caught the bouquet

And oh, it’s just like a whirlwind

– Jens Lekman – If You Ever Need A Stranger (To Sing At Your Wedding)

 


Michelle & James were married earlier this year at James’s family property in the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia.

Michelle wins the all time best wife-to-be award for secretly organizing Jame’s favorite singer Jens Lekman to come and sing ‘If You Ever Need a Stranger (To Sing at Your Wedding)’
as they walked down the aisle together !!


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Samm Blake Print Storeonline

Today I launched my new online print store!

www.sammblakeprintstore.com

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Please head over to check it out :) After many years of having this on my to list, its finally happened!

I currently have postcard packs and individual prints for sale. Photographs have been taken during my travels around the world, mostly from time spent in Iceland, USA and Japan taken mostly on medium format film :)

If there is print you would like to have but it is not listed in the store, I am always happy to do custom orders, so please get in contact with me and see what is possible :)

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Lauren & GlennCore Cider House, Perth, Western Australia

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In the past year I have been photographing a lot of photographers weddings. Lauren & Glenn are no exception and are photographers in Perth who got me to come over to shoot their pretty day.

Lauren & Glenn were married at the Core Cider House in Pickering Brook in the Perth hills in Western Australia and then had their reception at Lauren’s family home in Mundaring. It was awesome coming back to Perth for this wedding as it was so good to photograph in the hills where I used to live. When Lauren & Glenn were describing their wedding day to me.. ceremony in an apple orchard? tick! Photos in lush green hills with pretty trees? tick! Relaxed backyard picnic wedding under the stars? tick! tick! tick!

All these things makes me very happy and the day was more then what I had imagined.

Always a treat when I get to work with some of my favorite Perth vendors, particularly Fox & Rabbit, Milla Makeup and The Butcher, the Baker, the Stylist and Creator. I love what these lovely ones do!

Nic & Steve {Denmark, Western Australia}

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I met the lovely Nic a few years ago at a photography workshop (she is a talented photographer – www.nicduncan.com ) and quickly became friends.  She lives in beautiful Denmark in Western Australia, the next town over from where I grew up, so with visits back home to Western Australia to visit family, we would catch up regularly. I was beyond honoured when she asked me to photograph her on the day she married Steve. It was such a beautiful day and it was so great to photograph along the coastline I grew up on.  Nic & Steve’s wedding was an awesome party with bongo drums, a curry tent and a lot of barefoot dancing under the stars. My favourite kind of wedding :)

 

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Art & The Heart – A photography workshop by Dan O’Day & Samm Blake

 
 
Last year, I launched a photography workshop series called Art & The Heart with my good friend Dan O’Day. We both have the desire to teach and share our knowledge with other creatives, so we created a platform to give photographers a good kick in the pants to take their photography and businesses to a higher level.
 
 
Nurturing the artist is the most important part to staying alive in this creative industry. I really love learning and exploring about the role creativity plays in my life and business. I wrote an article for The Define School recently about all this earlier this year. 
 
This industry is saturated with so much talent, and to stand out, its crucial to be as creative in your business and in everything that you produce. That is why we created this workshop, to help encourage and nurture the individual artist and help distinguish their talent, to explore what is holding them back from producing their best possible work.   
 

So far we have taken the workshop to Melbourne {Australia}, Manhattan {New York}, Cork {Ireland}, London {England} and Southern Highlands {Australia} and Byron Bay {Australia). The response from these experiences has been overwhelming for us to see, and we cant get enough of watching the progress of the alumni grow month by month after each of the workshops.

  
With this, we have now just launched our final dates for 2013.
 
 

Palm Springs, USA 24-26 September (Register HERE)
 

Perth, Australia, 15-17 October (Register HERE)
 

This will be the final year of Art & The Heart, we are going to be spreading our lil wings in 2014 and working on other projects, so if you want in on this awesome week of photography learning & mega fun times, this will be the last opportunity.

 
 

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Arlene & Jake {Perth, Western Australia}

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Arlene is one of my close friends. We grew up in the same small town in Australia together. We went to high school together. We went to university together. We became photographers together. We got our first studio space together. Now I am living in New York and she is heading off to live in the Solomon Islands to live with her lovely new husband Jake, our lives are now at two different extremes. I’m the city girl and she is the ocean loving free spirited one. It was such an honor to travel back to Perth to photograph her wedding day for he and more of an honor when Arlene is an amazing wedding photographer.

It was so great to be photographing an occasion where there were familiar faces and old dear friends.

Beyond excited to see where Arlene and Jake’s travels take them. Excited for their new life in the Solomon Islands.

Thank you to the my ever awesome sidekick Aimee who helped me out shooting this wedding :)