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These two are beyond sweet. Samantha & Julian married on a very warm summers day in December 2012 and they had their ceremony at the at the Sacred Heart Church in Perth, Australia and celebrated in the evening at Mosman’s Restaurant in Mosman Park. Sam’s amazing dress was from Galleria Couture.

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new york photo festival

 
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.







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.

  • emmaJanuary 23, 2014 - 1:13 am

    Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • AimeeJanuary 23, 2014 - 4:30 am

    awesome! what a rad feature! i love the images they chose and how big they are, super cool :) will have to go grab myself a copy :)ReplyCancel

  • arleneJanuary 24, 2014 - 2:34 am

    yay sammiReplyCancel

  • CatherineFebruary 2, 2014 - 11:47 pm

    Hi Sam,
    I was looking at this wedding on Pintrest and was wondering where the venue was? Thanks!ReplyCancel

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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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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.

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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.

  • JarushaJanuary 15, 2014 - 12:23 am

    This looks amazing Samm! I thin k you should print them all and wallpaper your apartment ;)ReplyCancel

  • FionaJanuary 15, 2014 - 12:30 am

    Oh Sam. These are breathtaking! xReplyCancel

  • Lucy SpartalisJanuary 15, 2014 - 12:32 am

    These are just magic. Haunting. So lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Caleb John HillJanuary 15, 2014 - 12:37 am

    these are so rad! make a book.
    I’ll buy.ReplyCancel

  • KirstyJanuary 15, 2014 - 12:44 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE them all, especially the puffins and the ponies and the cliffs and well the everythingReplyCancel

  • JC VogtJanuary 15, 2014 - 12:58 am

    Could you share what films were used? I love those tones!ReplyCancel

  • john benaventeJanuary 15, 2014 - 1:03 am

    lovely post samm!ReplyCancel

  • BettinaJanuary 15, 2014 - 1:18 am

    Beautiful Samm!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah NicoleJanuary 15, 2014 - 1:19 am

    samm, ohhh. my heart is flipflopping looking at this set. xReplyCancel

  • FionaJanuary 15, 2014 - 2:01 am

    The best adventures are those unplanned, unexplained, unpredictable and leave a mark on your soul. Your frames of this journey show all of this.
    Particularly adore the abandoned plane.ReplyCancel

  • SHANE SHEPHERDJanuary 15, 2014 - 2:25 am

    Inspiring work sammy, just amazing.ReplyCancel

  • BambiJanuary 15, 2014 - 2:36 am

    I do love how the Pros are unashamedly adding the iPhone camera to their repertoire. Beautiful images, exhibition worthy!ReplyCancel

  • BenJanuary 15, 2014 - 3:50 am

    incredible Samm!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah WilliamsJanuary 15, 2014 - 4:16 am

    Samm… you are amazing. I’ve been wanting to go to Iceland for so long and this just makes me want to go even more. Love xxReplyCancel

  • Liz RudJanuary 15, 2014 - 4:32 am

    These are breathtaking. You are living my dream. :) Really though.ReplyCancel

  • DannyJanuary 15, 2014 - 8:40 am

    this is fucking awesomeReplyCancel

  • elJanuary 15, 2014 - 10:32 am

    wonderful, Sammy xoReplyCancel

  • xantheJanuary 15, 2014 - 10:57 am

    So beautifully peaceful.
    How wonderful that you get to go back and shoot a wedding there!.
    x.ReplyCancel

  • Daniel AlonsoJanuary 15, 2014 - 12:19 pm

    Insane!!!ReplyCancel

  • DavidJanuary 15, 2014 - 5:00 pm

    the pictures are amazing.ReplyCancel

  • niravJanuary 15, 2014 - 8:07 pm

    Just lovely my friend.ReplyCancel

  • Ben YewJanuary 16, 2014 - 1:21 am

    Oh gosh Sammy,u make me wanna go to Iceland too!!!ReplyCancel

  • Levi TijerinaJanuary 16, 2014 - 1:33 am

    You captured it well, Samm. Absolutely wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda AlessiJanuary 16, 2014 - 2:18 am

    Ohhh how I love Iceland. I went in August last year and it was definitely the most amazing place I’ve visited. Rugged, peaceful and utterly breathtaking! Love your photos as always Samm.ReplyCancel

  • Tomasz WagnerJanuary 16, 2014 - 3:45 am

    When I first heard about your camper van story in Seattle I was completely intrigued and left knowing this would be the best way to visit Iceland!ReplyCancel

  • EricaJanuary 16, 2014 - 5:42 am

    Stunning photos! I am in love with them all! :)ReplyCancel

  • KarenJanuary 16, 2014 - 8:10 am

    Samm, I am speechless.ReplyCancel

  • CarlaJanuary 16, 2014 - 7:10 pm

    I love Iceland, these pictures are amazingReplyCancel

  • Joseph Hall PhotographyJanuary 24, 2014 - 9:30 am

    So beautiful Samm, absolutely stunningReplyCancel

  • GraceFebruary 4, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    So unreal. Those are the best kind of adventures.ReplyCancel

  • […] top looking out over the ocean. Getting the opportunity to be part of such an intimate wedding in my favorite part of the world was beyond anything I could imagine and so thankful for these two dears I now call […]ReplyCancel

  • […] nice things I’ve seen on the internet whilst catching up on blog reading this weekend:– Samm Blake, as always, capturing life in the most beautiful way during her trip to Iceland– I read this […]ReplyCancel

 

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! :)

 

 

These two got married earlier this year at the Newport Substation in Melbourne, Australia. I loved that Kate & Josh got ready together in their own home, then taking portraits in their backyard and street before heading to the Substation. A very lovely day.

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  • alydaDecember 23, 2013 - 9:35 pm

    such a cool wedding sammy. love it!ReplyCancel

  • AdamDecember 23, 2013 - 9:42 pm

    Gorgeous set of images, love the intimacy and togetherness of the wedding and how you captured it.ReplyCancel

  • JanetDecember 23, 2013 - 11:15 pm

    love, what a gorgeous wedding… And the Substation is awesome, even better hosting a wedding!ReplyCancel

  • ScoutDecember 24, 2013 - 2:20 am

    beautiful samm.ReplyCancel

  • Karen KristianDecember 24, 2013 - 3:09 am

    Love this one Samm!!ReplyCancel

  • TrishDecember 24, 2013 - 3:51 am

    wowee sammy, I really really love this one. beautiful as always.ReplyCancel

  • carolineDecember 24, 2013 - 5:42 am

    love how fresh this feels. such a unique and adorable couple too.ReplyCancel

  • Tomasz WagnerDecember 24, 2013 - 8:47 pm

    I love how most of the images in the morning have this very distinct Portra 160 tone to them!ReplyCancel

  • David FergusonMarch 6, 2014 - 1:17 am

    Georgeous Sam.ReplyCancel

  • jai longApril 2, 2014 - 11:25 pm

    This wedding is so fricken beautiful. I cannot believe! Your photography is some of the best I have ever seen.ReplyCancel

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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  • FalconDecember 13, 2013 - 12:07 am

    Love it, Samm! I had so much fun shooting Michelle and Jame’s wedding with you, thanks again! xReplyCancel

  • Nic DuncanDecember 13, 2013 - 12:08 am

    Fabulous everything! What a brilliant surprise for James. That’s my kind of wedding and as usual you’ve captured it beautifully Samm xReplyCancel

  • TasjDecember 13, 2013 - 1:00 am

    Sweet and gorgeous – just like you midges xxxReplyCancel

  • LOGAN COLEDecember 13, 2013 - 2:41 am

    So much goodnessReplyCancel

  • Anna TurnerDecember 13, 2013 - 4:36 am

    Love Love LoveReplyCancel

  • xantheDecember 13, 2013 - 11:02 am

    Wonderful! Beautifully told.
    Trampolines and oysters… my kinda event.ReplyCancel

  • JamesDecember 16, 2013 - 9:32 pm

    There’s no plateau for your talent. You just keep getting better and better. Super inspiring Sam.ReplyCancel

Today I launched my new online print store!

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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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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!

  • BenNovember 11, 2013 - 10:56 pm

    Beautiful Samm! Love the editingReplyCancel

  • LaurenNovember 12, 2013 - 1:20 am

    So lovely Samm! I still can’t stop looking at the photos, thankyou so much for capturing the day so perfectly! xxxxReplyCancel

  • SarahNovember 12, 2013 - 3:56 am

    So so beautiful Samm, you’re amazing xReplyCancel

  • xantheNovember 12, 2013 - 9:21 am

    I love it when you blog… the colours here are gorgeous x.ReplyCancel

  • James FrostNovember 12, 2013 - 1:11 pm

    Your on fire ! This post is off the hook !ReplyCancel

  • Kristi WrightNovember 13, 2013 - 4:14 pm

    Love these photos and this couples style! Such a fun, warm hearted wedding.ReplyCancel

  • Joseph HallNovember 13, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    Great styling and fantastic photos to match – a lovely shootReplyCancel

  • OyNovember 14, 2013 - 12:56 am

    I’m so in love with you vision and you editing! Amazing work ~ReplyCancel

  • louieNovember 15, 2013 - 8:56 pm

    Colours, location, couple, PHOTOGRAPHY!! Brill SammReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayNovember 18, 2013 - 1:36 am

    you never let my eyeballs down sammy… beautifulReplyCancel

  • michelle waspeNovember 18, 2013 - 12:20 pm

    love this wedding! the bride looks awesome. I love the couple shots. such beautiful work.ReplyCancel

  • PJNovember 27, 2013 - 11:21 pm

    you are an amazing artist, Samm!ReplyCancel

  • Xian AlexanderNovember 28, 2013 - 11:03 pm

    You have such an amazing eye. Great storytelling!ReplyCancel

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Shea & Josh were married at the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne last year. It was a lovely day to photograph :)

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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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  • David MooreSeptember 10, 2013 - 1:05 am

    I rate this five smiles.
    :) :) :) :) :)ReplyCancel

  • FionaSeptember 10, 2013 - 1:25 am

    Beautiful intimate wedding with such exuberance. Love this!ReplyCancel

  • kelly gilbertSeptember 10, 2013 - 1:45 am

    Sam, this is the most romantic wedding images I have EVER seen, so unique, so personal, so perfect! I wish I could do it all over again, just like this…great jobReplyCancel

  • alydaSeptember 10, 2013 - 1:49 am

    beautiful my sammy. a real wedding.ReplyCancel

  • MyekieSeptember 10, 2013 - 7:44 am

    Such a cute Wedding! Great work Samm :0ReplyCancel

  • JimSeptember 10, 2013 - 8:50 am

    I love how real this is….beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • FalconSeptember 10, 2013 - 3:42 pm

    Beautiful wedding! xReplyCancel

  • James FrostSeptember 12, 2013 - 6:59 am

    Great work Samm!ReplyCancel

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  • Joseph HallSeptember 14, 2013 - 10:03 am

    I adore this shoot – such natural lovely people captured perfectly in the shot – Congratulations to the lovely couple!ReplyCancel

  • Jac and HeathSeptember 18, 2013 - 12:53 am

    SO naturally beautiful, all of it. Not forced or fake in the least. Loved it Samm.ReplyCancel

  • jennifer armstrongSeptember 19, 2013 - 6:49 am

    love everything about this. What a magical day. And you captured it perfectly. Such gems, every frame.ReplyCancel

  • RyanSeptember 20, 2013 - 3:16 am

    Really nice work Samm. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • christen whiteSeptember 23, 2013 - 10:11 am

    I am searching for a photographer and i reached this blog, these pictures are really a symbol of love and shows that how much a stronger bond you two have.ReplyCancel

  • christenwhiteSeptember 27, 2013 - 9:55 am

    You really captured cool pictures, they show the love and affection between the family.ReplyCancel

  • Lou O'BrienOctober 5, 2013 - 8:18 am

    Wonderful pictures Sam. These picture really tell a story and this what we look for in a perfect photographer.ReplyCancel

  • DavidOctober 10, 2013 - 9:14 pm

    Fantastic – love everything about these images…ReplyCancel

  • JackOctober 22, 2013 - 12:01 pm

    Nice set as always!ReplyCancel

  • Emma SharkeyNovember 8, 2013 - 10:57 am

    What an incredible wedding and a heart warming couple. Beautifully photographed Samm.ReplyCancel

  • […] Check it out the feature here. I featured this wedding a few weeks ago on this blog, you can find my post here. […]ReplyCancel

  • JamesDecember 11, 2013 - 12:18 am

    Incredible. You constantly kick field goals.ReplyCancel

  • AtDuskSeptember 10, 2015 - 8:15 am

    Your Photos was very Beautiful and all are looking great. But Apart from this whats share with us.ReplyCancel

 
i love you in the autumn
between the ghostly birch trees
and underneath the changing leaves.
I love you in the shifting winds
and every flock of geese
and quiet rains I love you
In the rustling of the long grass
And the melting of my frost-bitten heart.
(EC)
 

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Hana & Cam married at Athol Hall in Mosman, New South Wales. It was a splendid day.

  • GlennJuly 9, 2013 - 4:36 am

    Awesome capture – you tell the best stories!ReplyCancel

  • ColeJuly 9, 2013 - 5:07 am

    That’s how it’s done right there. Shit yeah.ReplyCancel

  • David MooreJuly 9, 2013 - 8:59 am

    So lovely. You always take me there. Thanks for sharing Samm.ReplyCancel

  • KristynJuly 10, 2013 - 8:13 pm

    beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • LOGAN COLEJuly 11, 2013 - 5:56 am

    Freaking amazing as always!ReplyCancel

  • HayleyLaneJuly 12, 2013 - 1:25 pm

    Just gorgeous! Such a sweet coupleReplyCancel

  • agaJuly 12, 2013 - 2:03 pm

    a fine day beautifully captured. love your eye Sam.ReplyCancel

  • Shane ShepherdJuly 14, 2013 - 3:25 pm

    beautiful and emotive sammy, amazing work as always.ReplyCancel

  • Nerida McMurrayJuly 14, 2013 - 11:43 pm

    Wow you have such a unique way of seeing Samm – I’ve just started reading your blog and look forward to seeing lots more.
    So great to see a really individual way of capturing a wedding.ReplyCancel

  • louieAugust 6, 2013 - 10:35 am

    Those portraits Samm – Awesome!ReplyCancel

  • ErikAugust 13, 2013 - 1:17 am

    I have no words!!! Simply Beutiful:)ReplyCancel

  • ErikAugust 13, 2013 - 1:19 am

    Love your pictures. They have soul!!!ReplyCancel

  • JackAugust 13, 2013 - 9:54 am

    Great candid photos!ReplyCancel

  • Dan and MelissaAugust 13, 2013 - 3:28 pm

    Lovely photography. What a unique and beautiful dressReplyCancel

  • Jac and HeathAugust 16, 2013 - 8:44 am

    These are stunning. Lovely.ReplyCancel

  • James BennettAugust 19, 2013 - 4:21 am

    Stunning. It’s been a while since I’ve looked at your work. I need to check in more often.ReplyCancel

  • Hamish JordanAugust 19, 2013 - 1:43 pm

    Nice! Taken on a film camera perhaps? Either way great tones to these images!ReplyCancel

  • NicholasAugust 22, 2013 - 9:45 pm

    So freaking epic; I love the edit so much my brain just explode.This wedding rock.
    #photosofgreatnessReplyCancel

  • […] Fechamos a última sexta feira de Agosto, com a minha fotógrafa favorita (com a qual estou completamente in love, desde q me cruzei com o trabalho): Samm Blake. […]ReplyCancel

  • Nikolay MirchevOctober 23, 2013 - 4:39 pm

    I love how you captured the expressions of people at the wedding! great job!ReplyCancel

 
 
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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  • EmilyJuly 2, 2013 - 1:21 am

    This seems like a perfect opportunity to say a big fat thank you to you Samm and also say that I got so so much from AaTH and strongly advise anyone considering it to do it! Amongst the light bulb moments and the inspiration, I have walked away with a network of the raddest people, who are so supportive. I keep getting more and more benefits and ideas even long after AaTH has finished. thank you for starting me along the path that I find myself on. xo emsReplyCancel

  • michelleJuly 2, 2013 - 8:32 am

    just wow. xxReplyCancel

  • Gemma WilliamsJuly 3, 2013 - 7:43 am

    Yay! I was there! It was a really amazing experience and seeing these photos has got me all fired up to keep fanning the creative flames. Love you guys! xReplyCancel

  • MatildaAugust 11, 2013 - 9:02 pm

    Hi Samm, Im so sad to realise that I may have missed the opportunity to go to on one of your workshops. I really admire your work and curse myself for only just finding out you were in London. Do you think you might come back and teach here again? Please say yes!!!
    Matilda xReplyCancel

  • James BennettAugust 19, 2013 - 4:23 am

    I can’t recommend this workshop more highly. I must for every shooter who wants to step it up.ReplyCancel



Someone asked me what home was and all I could think of were the stars on the tip of your tongue. The flowers sprouting from your mouth, the roots entwined in the gaps between your fingers, and the ocean echoing inside of your ribcage. – EC

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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 :)

  • BettinaMay 10, 2013 - 3:15 am

    what and amazing wedding, beautiful Samm & Aimee xReplyCancel

  • Kirsty AksentiewMay 10, 2013 - 3:33 am

    To my dear polar opposite Arlene. FAR OUT your no how to throw a wedding and Blakey, god you know how to capture such an amazing wedding. HIGH FIVES of awesome :)ReplyCancel

  • aimeeMay 10, 2013 - 3:49 am

    this makes me smile so wide. these images bring me back to a wonderful evening, i love them. arlene + jake, you two are amazing and beautiful and are going to create awesome adventures together :) i’m honoured as always to have been your sidekick, samm, and even more so to photograph the wedding of someone i admire so much. xxReplyCancel

  • Sarah Kate DormanMay 10, 2013 - 3:51 am

    My two beautiful friends! Arlene you are so beautiful and special and a treasure of a friend <3 Sammie captured perfectly as always. I shed a lil tear you are a special lady xxxxxxxxxxxReplyCancel

  • Melissa MillsMay 10, 2013 - 4:56 am

    Quite often you look at wedding images without knowing the couple and you wonder if how the couple are captured is really what they are like! From what I know about Arlene and Jake your images captured the essence of who they are down to a tee, brilliant Sammy. Jake and Arlene what an awesome wedding you had xxxxReplyCancel

  • JoMay 10, 2013 - 5:01 am

    Love this Samm xxReplyCancel

  • Fiona CarsonMay 10, 2013 - 6:40 am

    Oh my gosh, I just want to be at that wedding, it looks like THAT much fun!! Gorgeous, gorgeous photos, Samm xxxReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Mavric PhotographyMay 10, 2013 - 7:32 am

    I could not love this wedding more.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie CliffordMay 10, 2013 - 8:13 am

    Congrats Arlene, what a gorgeous wedding! Amazing as always Samm.ReplyCancel

  • brettMay 10, 2013 - 8:41 am

    this looks like the most amazingly fun wedding ever to be had. and then of course, you captured it as brilliantly as anyone would suspect.ReplyCancel

  • xantheMay 10, 2013 - 9:08 am

    Gorgeous! this is the kinda wedding i would have… very lovely!
    Wonderful set of images xxxReplyCancel

  • PhilMay 10, 2013 - 11:01 am

    this wedding was not real. these photos are not real. you are not real.

    seriously samm, these are perfect : )ReplyCancel

  • TasjMay 10, 2013 - 11:12 am

    Just beautiful. It’s exactly how I pictured Arl’s wedding to be. In my head.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly @ Boho WeddingsMay 10, 2013 - 1:39 pm

    Love it all, what a totally perfect day.Great work xxxReplyCancel

  • kristi wrightMay 10, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    You’ve made me want to be their friends. Love love love!ReplyCancel

  • andaMay 10, 2013 - 3:15 pm

    i love this wedding and i feel like i was there. really good job, samm.ReplyCancel

  • mathias fastMay 10, 2013 - 6:15 pm

    everything about these is ridiculously awesome. so good!ReplyCancel

  • DorkaMay 11, 2013 - 4:14 pm

    I love these! The photos really make you feel like you are part of the wedding. Effortless. Amazing.ReplyCancel

  • […] Arlene and Jake – Samm Blake […]ReplyCancel

  • sharonMay 15, 2013 - 4:29 am

    LOVE these images – what a special wedding!ReplyCancel

  • joar andréMay 16, 2013 - 11:43 am

    this is the best.ReplyCancel

  • niravMay 16, 2013 - 6:42 pm

    incredible my friend.ReplyCancel

  • RuthMay 19, 2013 - 11:29 am

    Beautiful, Samm! Such great memories!ReplyCancel

  • robMay 23, 2013 - 3:07 pm

    Amazing, just looks like so much fun! Awesome story telling!ReplyCancel

  • naomiMay 24, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    these are so moving, they are full of beauty, joy and hunger for life.ReplyCancel

  • Marko MarinkovicMay 25, 2013 - 6:36 am

    You know what, I just recently found out about you, and I really think you are, hands down, one of the best wedding photographers on this planet. Period! Your work inspires me!ReplyCancel

  • ScoutMay 27, 2013 - 11:19 am

    so much fun!!ReplyCancel

  • Zak HussainMay 31, 2013 - 4:35 pm

    Your style of photography is really unique and funky. They look great….well done !ReplyCancel

  • ArleneJune 1, 2013 - 10:39 am

    makes me happy looking at these. so many awesome people, so many awesome photos.
    I think we need a follow up shoot in the solomons. ;)ReplyCancel

  • scott thomasJune 5, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    Hi, love your style. The colour grade is nice tooReplyCancel

  • ErikJune 6, 2013 - 9:17 pm

    Really Stunning and bold Pictures!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kath ScottJune 16, 2013 - 12:05 pm

    Stunning and beautiful Samm. You make it seem so easy. Loving your work more and more all the time if thats possible haha! xReplyCancel

  • […] Wedding Shoes. To see the full set of images by the always amazing Samm Blake jump over to her blog here. Love, love, […]ReplyCancel

  • yogieee pratamaJuly 16, 2013 - 9:42 am

    absolutely perfect moment and a great photoReplyCancel

  • mSeptember 11, 2013 - 8:29 pm

    hi, I love these photos. I wonder if Arlene has a photo blog too? I’d love to see more of them:)ReplyCancel

  • bröllopsfotograf AndreasOctober 8, 2013 - 3:00 pm

    Gorgeous! Wonderful images! Great work!ReplyCancel

  • […] 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 […]ReplyCancel

    • AngelinaMay 29, 2014 - 9:23 am

      These photos are amazing! Was this a family members’ garden? I’m looking for a location just like this!ReplyCancel

  • […] 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 […]ReplyCancel