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

In December I traveled to Japan to document Takako and Steve’s traditional Shinto-style wedding at the Nogi Shrine in Akasaka, Tokyo. When Takako and Steve first approached me about photographing their wedding, I was so incredibly excited that I would be able to experience and document this day for them. Over the coming months, that excitement grew and grew and grew.

Japan holds a special place in my heart. When I was 12 years old, I traveld to Japan and lived with a Japanese family on my own. I went to school whilst there and participated in lots of amazing activities and random Japanese goodness. Ever since then, I have had a love affair with the country. Throughout my teens, my host sisters and I would exchange letters through the post, they would send me all the crazy Japanese stationary and I would send them all things Australiana. I went back to Japan in 2011 and explored Toyko and Kyoto some more. I fell in love with the country a whole lot more. If you know me well, you will know of my addiction to Japanese knick-knack stores and my over consumption of Japanese food.

My favorite movie is Lost in Translation. There is something about Sofia Coppola’s work that speaks to me on so many levels, but mostly its the quietness and subtle undertones her work has. Possibly the reason why I connect with Lost in Translation so much is that I identify so much with the experience of being in a foreign country, from being a 12 year old kid exploring Japan to much of what my life is now, living out of hotel rooms, to all the wonderful people I get to meet through the experience of all of this, to quote Sofia – “The unexpected connections we make might not last, yet stay with us forever”.

I knew that while photographing Takako and Steve’s wedding, I wanted to capture the lovely little peculiarities about the Japanese culture that makes them so amazing and such beautiful, polite people. Lost in Translation does this so well and I knew from the moment I would be traveling to Japan to document this wedding, I too wanted that to be the essence of this body of work.

I only had a few days in Tokyo on this trip and looking back on it now, it was a complete whirlwind.  I cant wait for my next trip back.

To Takako and Steve, it was a complete honor and privilege to be able to come to Tokyo to document your wedding day for you. A hundred thank you’s for letting me do what I do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • JR ClubbMarch 7, 2013 - 12:01 am

    Genius. Love. Machine.ReplyCancel

  • jenn starkMarch 7, 2013 - 12:10 am

    goodness me lovely, you’ve transported us all to another world through your images, what a treat and what a lovely day you documented! love it. lost in translation is a favourite of mine too.. xxxxReplyCancel

  • Kirsty AksentiewMarch 7, 2013 - 12:11 am

    I think this might be my all time fav of your work :)ReplyCancel

  • CinziaMarch 7, 2013 - 12:17 am

    All is fabulous in these pictures! …..wow there was also a theremin musician!!!ReplyCancel

  • ArleneMarch 7, 2013 - 12:18 am

    LOVE it. all of it.ReplyCancel

  • Julia AMarch 7, 2013 - 12:19 am

    Oh Samm. So Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • NicoleMarch 7, 2013 - 12:20 am

    so special, samm.ReplyCancel

  • JemmaMarch 7, 2013 - 12:28 am

    Wow what an incredible experience!! Absolutely amazing work xxReplyCancel

  • katie osgoodMarch 7, 2013 - 12:39 am

    you did exactly what you set out to do and you nailed it. high five :)ReplyCancel

  • isaiahMarch 7, 2013 - 12:42 am

    this is glorious, samm.ReplyCancel

  • KumikoMarch 7, 2013 - 12:43 am

    Samm – these are gorgeous. Utterly, utterly gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • GwenMarch 7, 2013 - 1:00 am

    Beautiful work Samm!ReplyCancel

  • john benaventeMarch 7, 2013 - 1:03 am

    amazing set of images Samm, really beautiful. can I hire that guy for my family portraits?ReplyCancel

  • David MooreMarch 7, 2013 - 1:09 am

    Samm. You never cease to amaze me.ReplyCancel

  • BenMarch 7, 2013 - 1:17 am

    So I am up to the part of the story where I have the opportunity to leave a comment… Fittingly, two Japanese ladies are in close proximity to me on the train, one to the left and one behind. I am enthralled in this blog post Sammy, smiling, in awe of those colours and very overwhelmed. *Quietly, I see them
    Both peeking and know they are too :) I remember a photographer mentioned that all there life’s work was just preparation that lead up to this incredible event in there life. After knowing you and your story. I have a feeling that this wasn’t just another wedding…ReplyCancel

  • Naomi GMarch 7, 2013 - 1:19 am

    just so completely outstanding.ReplyCancel

  • aimeeMarch 7, 2013 - 1:21 am

    beautiful, haunting, spectacular – you’ve waved your wand and created magic with light yet again xxReplyCancel

  • Casey ArakawaMarch 7, 2013 - 1:26 am

    Lost in Translation is one of my favorites too. Japan in the movie was a character all on its own and you portray this so well too!ReplyCancel

  • LindseyMarch 7, 2013 - 1:30 am

    Holy bleep. Bleep. These are perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Gemma HigginsMarch 7, 2013 - 1:38 am

    AMAZING. stunning work Samm!ReplyCancel

  • MarinaMarch 7, 2013 - 1:41 am

    Ah MAZING! Speechless…ReplyCancel

  • PetaMarch 7, 2013 - 1:48 am

    Absolutely stunning work Samm! So beautifully documented – I felt like I was there…ReplyCancel

  • Jody RyanMarch 7, 2013 - 1:54 am

    Samm I adore these xxx I love your view of the world xxxReplyCancel

  • rominMarch 7, 2013 - 2:09 am

    well-told, samm. it’s just a couple hours away from here, but i have yet to make it to japan. very much looking forward to it. great work.ReplyCancel

  • MyekieMarch 7, 2013 - 2:29 am

    Elegant , Effortless and Beautiful <3ReplyCancel

  • Jesse PafundiMarch 7, 2013 - 3:18 am

    Insanely good. Incredible story telling.ReplyCancel

  • Shane ShepherdMarch 7, 2013 - 4:05 am

    I’ve been waiting for these shots Sammy! Ridiculously good. The shot of the brides reflection in the window pane, with Tokyo city in the background > i.n.c.r.e.d.i.b.l.e.ReplyCancel

  • ryan flynnMarch 7, 2013 - 5:10 am

    actually, literally, bonkers. so good. can’t get over the portraits of the bride in her traditional clothes.ReplyCancel

  • JK BlackwellMarch 7, 2013 - 5:49 am

    Wow.. just wow!ReplyCancel

  • michael porterMarch 7, 2013 - 6:04 am

    nailed it. all of it.ReplyCancel

  • hagai galiliMarch 7, 2013 - 6:17 am

    Beautifullll…ReplyCancel

  • TrishMarch 7, 2013 - 8:55 am

    Samm this is incredible. The people, the story, the place….and the in betweens are everything. You are an amazing journalist ;)ReplyCancel

  • fionaMarch 7, 2013 - 9:38 am

    GOD your good. Its that heart thing again. Its from the soul mixed with an eye that only some could imagine. TRULY gracious, in a subtle but spectacular way.ReplyCancel

  • Albert PalmerMarch 7, 2013 - 9:51 am

    Great story telling – I loved this one.ReplyCancel

  • SamMarch 7, 2013 - 9:54 am

    This is mental. Great great great work Samm!!ReplyCancel

  • James MeliaMarch 7, 2013 - 10:26 am

    Holy S**t this is amazing… it just gets better as you run down the images! The shot when Takako getting ready in black and white with the reflection… that stop me scrolling! Awesome work & thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Joanna BrownMarch 7, 2013 - 10:35 am

    Oh good god, ‘Lost in translation’ is too one of my fav films and this oozes that same stillness and beauty. Incredible Sam, speechless this has literally stopped me in my tracks xxxxReplyCancel

  • Luis EfigénioMarch 7, 2013 - 10:47 am

    Hi, amazing story. When I scrolling I was excited to see what comes next, image after image, my interest in this love story was growing.I which I were there. I don´t know for certain, only you can tell, but i feel that in this story nothing was “lost”. Every little detail, every emotion were very well capture. And at the end, humm… at the end, I scroll all way up and saw it again . Great work.ReplyCancel

  • mattMarch 7, 2013 - 11:29 am

    I share your love of Japan, such a kick ass country. This is some of the best wedding photography I’ve seen. Soooooo Coooool!!!!ReplyCancel

  • ed peersMarch 7, 2013 - 11:45 am

    Brilliance Samm. What an adventure…ReplyCancel

  • JustinMarch 7, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    oh man, this is just too good. it just goes to show why you were named one of the best in the world, you just blow it all out of the water. beyond good really!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa MillsMarch 7, 2013 - 12:42 pm

    WOW! Spectacular Sammy, just truly awesome. I was pulled into that story like you wouldn’t believe. Loved your copy too, finished it off perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Karen KristianMarch 7, 2013 - 2:54 pm

    Have been so excited to see this post! Love every bit of it!!!! Makes me homesick.ReplyCancel

  • KarolinaMarch 7, 2013 - 3:24 pm

    Love it,Love it, and Love it!!!!! Stunning work, well done Samm!ReplyCancel

  • Taylor RoadesMarch 7, 2013 - 3:32 pm

    amazing collection, story telling, adventure. (biggest canadian fan right here)ReplyCancel

  • ZosiaMarch 7, 2013 - 11:22 pm

    Oh. My. God. Samm…Wow…just…words about wow and awesome! Can’t type I’m so impressed!!!ReplyCancel

  • Bradford MartensMarch 7, 2013 - 11:49 pm

    One of my favorite things I’ve seen in a while. Beautiful set, Samm.ReplyCancel

  • Jonathan WherrettMarch 8, 2013 - 4:18 am

    Wow, love it Samm, takes me right back to Japan. What a story.ReplyCancel

  • BrookeMarch 8, 2013 - 5:58 am

    No words…well one AMAZINGReplyCancel

  • Kate HolmesMarch 8, 2013 - 8:44 am

    very moving Samm. I too have a love of Japan, having also lived there in my teens. Your images gave me goose bumps. xReplyCancel

  • ScoutMarch 8, 2013 - 11:10 am

    beautiful. right in the moment every step of the way. love it.ReplyCancel

  • Emily VermaatMarch 8, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    one of my favorite of your posts! this is so beautiful and unique!ReplyCancel

  • Cheshire Wedding PhotographerMarch 8, 2013 - 7:47 pm

    Wow, really stunning images, you have really captured the emotion of the day in these shots, love your work, Steve & Sandra.ReplyCancel

  • anthony hoangMarch 10, 2013 - 11:09 pm

    looks like so much fun! Well done.ReplyCancel

  • DienesaMarch 12, 2013 - 4:22 pm

    I am at a loss for words…these photos are so beautiful. stunning work. the couple looks so loving too!ReplyCancel

  • charityMarch 15, 2013 - 12:27 am

    such beautiful images, i really have a love affair with japan. and i love lost in translation too….bill murray rocks.ReplyCancel

  • mathiasMarch 15, 2013 - 6:03 pm

    storytelling at its finest.ReplyCancel

  • [...] um trabalho de uma das nossas fotógrafas favoritas, a Samm Blake, que nos conta a história de um casamento que fotografou no [...]ReplyCancel

  • Jodie CliffordMarch 20, 2013 - 6:11 am

    Great work as always Samm… and congrats Steve!ReplyCancel

  • Ghetto NastyMarch 20, 2013 - 4:05 pm

    This is SO awesome my friend. Wow.ReplyCancel

  • Andreas HolmApril 5, 2013 - 2:22 pm

    Awesome, simply awesome.ReplyCancel

  • jennifer armstrongApril 8, 2013 - 6:55 am

    wow. wow. wow. So much beauty captured here. Such a story. I could weep with the gentle gorgeousness of it all. Like finding treasures.ReplyCancel

  • PJApril 25, 2013 - 8:17 am

    magnificent!!! you are the artist…simple as that ;)ReplyCancel

  • [...] out these lovely photos of a modern couple in traditional Japanese wedding attire. What a beautiful veil! (Via A Cup of [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] en Tokio           En este caso os muestro   las increibles fotos son de Sam Blake  vía SOKO     ¿  No es chulo el tocado que lleva ella??? [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] Planejando minha viagem ao Japão, sim nós vamos e eu não poderia estar mais animadaaaaa!!! Enfim, encontrei esse casamento tradicional em Tokyo. As fotos do making of são lindas! E o que eu gostei também foi que além de contratar a fotógrafa Samm Blake, australiana que morou no Japão aos 12 anos, o casal também contratou fotógrafos japoneses e nas fotos da Samm conseguimos ver todo o processo detalhista deles. Vejam mais fotos da cerimônia no site da fotógrafa > SAMM BLAKE [...]ReplyCancel

  • susan yeeJune 10, 2013 - 10:11 pm

    oh, sammy, these are so gorgeous. i am behind in seeing this, but it’s so beautiful, and you captured it perfectly. and i love that you love japan so much. it’s on my bucket list for sure. :)ReplyCancel

  • [...] Takako & Steve’s Tokyo wedding was published in Heirloom Magazine this month! Check out the magazine here. [...]ReplyCancel

TOP TEN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE WORLD 2013

 

I am at a loss for words.

I am giddy with excitement. My hands are shaking as I type this.

 

American Photo magazine has named me as one of the TOP TEN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE WORLD FOR 2013!

 

Never it my wildest dreams did I ever think that this was possible.

 

oh my gawd .

 

I am so incredibly proud to be on this list and so honoured to be included among such talented photographers from around the world. A huge congratulations in particular goes to my dear friends Todd & Alyda McGaw of Todd Hunter McGaw Photography and the lovely Ashley & Jeremy Parsons of We Are The Parsons who are also on the list! :)

A big thank you to all my dear friends, family and clients who have believed in me and supported me along this crazy journey. I love you all dearly.

The print edition is yet to hit shelves, but you can purchase an issue on the zinio website or apps.

 

Now I must go drink some champagne!  :)

 

x

  • KristyFebruary 12, 2013 - 2:57 am

    The hugest of congratulations Samm!! Totally and utterly deserved. We feel so proud to be able to say that we’ve been photographed by you. Kristy & Daniel xxxReplyCancel

  • juliaFebruary 12, 2013 - 3:14 am

    Congrats, Samm!! You deserve every bit of it, I am continually inspired by your images. Go drink some more champagne!ReplyCancel

  • KellyFebruary 12, 2013 - 3:23 am

    Huge congrats. I’m not surprised… totally deserved!ReplyCancel

  • Chris BuechnerFebruary 12, 2013 - 3:47 am

    Great job Samm! Have a drink or three!
    ChrisReplyCancel

  • RominFebruary 12, 2013 - 3:59 am

    Can’t say I’m surprised, Samm. Congrats, and enjoy the champagne. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah GibbinsFebruary 12, 2013 - 4:12 am

    Samm, this is AMAZING, a huge congratulations. Bubbles are definitely in order, enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • todd hunter mcgawFebruary 12, 2013 - 4:30 am

    yesssssah! so deserving sammy… see you tomorrow! :)ReplyCancel

  • LaurenFebruary 12, 2013 - 4:37 am

    So well deserved Samm. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Gemma HigginsFebruary 12, 2013 - 5:23 am

    WOOT WOOT WOOT Samm! That’s just awesome. HUGE congratulations! so well deserved :D :D xxxReplyCancel

  • joannaFebruary 12, 2013 - 8:39 am

    Amazing achievement and so well deserved and them some…. celebrate these good times xReplyCancel

  • xantheFebruary 12, 2013 - 9:47 am

    Amazing, well deserved! Bubbles all the way xxx

    (How am I ever going to afford to have you shoot us now!!!)ReplyCancel

  • Brad Laura VerdouwFebruary 12, 2013 - 11:40 am

    A huge congratulations Samm, richly deserved!! Wow so amazing!! XxReplyCancel

  • PriyaFebruary 12, 2013 - 3:05 pm

    Woohoo!! So thrilled for you Samm! Totally deserved!ReplyCancel

  • PJ PhotosFebruary 12, 2013 - 9:57 pm

    you have deserved it!!ReplyCancel

  • jasFebruary 13, 2013 - 12:23 am

    Congrats Samm, your work is so gorgeously amazing that you deserve the credit and at LEAST two bottles of champers… perhaps even a whole case?!ReplyCancel

  • alexFebruary 13, 2013 - 1:13 am

    I’m not surprised… I pop into your site once a week for inspiration … well done!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • TildeFebruary 13, 2013 - 2:52 am

    Well done Samm, big congratulations! You are truly talented.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah MannFebruary 13, 2013 - 5:20 am

    Yay!! I’ll have to get a copy and keep it with my Wedding Album.ReplyCancel

  • TracyFebruary 13, 2013 - 5:37 am

    Happy dancing for you clever lady!ReplyCancel

  • ZosiaFebruary 13, 2013 - 7:51 am

    Congratulations! So very well deserved :)ReplyCancel

  • Jodie CliffordFebruary 14, 2013 - 12:58 am

    Well done Samm, & well deserved! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • jennifer armstrongFebruary 14, 2013 - 7:05 am

    you so deserve this. Heartfelt congratulations. Enjoy the journey.ReplyCancel

  • JK BlackwellFebruary 16, 2013 - 3:43 am

    Awesome Samm – congrats!ReplyCancel

  • shokoFebruary 16, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    congratulations, samm! amazing and well-deserved!ReplyCancel

  • CaitFebruary 17, 2013 - 9:35 am

    Congratulations! from a long time follower. What a well-deserved honor. I hope this doesn’t mean you become too busy to photography my (someday) wedding. Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Manel YaizaFebruary 20, 2013 - 7:35 am

    Congratulations Samm. Your images inspire more photographers every day.ReplyCancel

  • angelaFebruary 20, 2013 - 6:46 pm

    Congratulations Samm! It was such a pleasure to meet you (and see how you work) at Francesca and Jean Maurice’s wedding!! Greetings from Berlin, AngelaReplyCancel

  • June CochranFebruary 21, 2013 - 3:15 am

    So well deserved!ReplyCancel

  • HayleyLaneFebruary 21, 2013 - 4:30 am

    Congratulations! Very well deserved. Enjoy the champers :)ReplyCancel

  • lindseyFebruary 25, 2013 - 6:13 pm

    whoa. your work is amazing, so deserved. i would love to attend a workshop. cheers!ReplyCancel

  • RajMarch 1, 2013 - 1:10 pm

    Congrats! Totally deserved xReplyCancel

  • Vladimir DostalekJune 15, 2013 - 4:39 pm

    Congrats Samm. Great stuff.ReplyCancel

 

I am sitting on a plane heading back to Melbourne and my head is spinning.  When I get off this flight, I pack up all my belongings  and also sell off and give away as much as I can. I am moving out of my apartment in Melbourne that I have called home for the last little while.  I am going to be living out of a suitcase for the next few months until I find a place in New York City to call home.

I am moving to New York.

These words do not even seem real.

In May last year, this thought had not even crossed my mind.   I actually had not even made my mind up properly until a few weeks ago.

Some may call me foolish. Some may think I am crazy.  All I know is in the importance of chasing after all that you desire with everything you have.

But before I attempt any packing.  I need to finally sit down and go through all the images I took in 2012. To look back and reflect upon what an amazing year it was.

It was a beautiful year. It had a lot of ups and downs. Laughter and tears. Heartbreaks and aches. Right decisions and wrong decisions.  But most importantly it was a year that taught me that anything is possible.

It was a crazy year.

2013 is already going to be more so. It already is.  I am going to write another blog post about that this week.

But until then, here is a look back at my wedding and portrait work from 2012. Being a photographer is a peculiar thing. I step into people’s lives for a day, wander around with them and report back my findings through a series of images. I have become an anthropologist.  In the process I spend some pretty intimate moments with them. I will never take that for granted. So here is all the very amazing people I had the honor of photographing in 2012.  Thank you to all my clients that has made all this possible. Thank you for letting me witness this all. x

 

 

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  • alydaFebruary 11, 2013 - 11:43 pm

    such a talent you have my girl. look at you go.

    I am so sad you are moving away but when has distance kept us apart? if you ever need a hug let me know.ReplyCancel

  • OliFebruary 11, 2013 - 11:47 pm

    Go girl. Good luck on your journey, you’ll smash it… yours is in no small way inspiring mine (and a whole bunch of others, of course).

    And yeah, kinda awesome spread of work.ReplyCancel

  • JustinFebruary 11, 2013 - 11:53 pm

    unbelievable! everything you post confirms you as one of my current favorite photographers. all the best for NY.ReplyCancel

  • BenFebruary 11, 2013 - 11:55 pm

    That’s a whole lot of soul in those pics right there. Beautiful Samm. You will own New York.ReplyCancel

  • aimeeFebruary 11, 2013 - 11:58 pm

    this is incredible. you are incredible! i have never seen images that speak so powerfully. much love to you my dear friend <3ReplyCancel

  • StewFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:03 am

    Wow! What a year it was. Can totally empathise with the ups and downs. Laughter and tears. All the best with your new adventure. Beautiful work Sammy.ReplyCancel

  • KirstyFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:07 am

    breath taking blakey. Go forth and loose yourself in NYCReplyCancel

  • MyekieFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:11 am

    Epic. Amazing work Samm. Hope everything works out well with the move to New York.
    <3ReplyCancel

  • john benaventeFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:18 am

    inspiring work as always. enjoy the adventure!ReplyCancel

  • SarahFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:26 am

    Beautiful Sammie. I cannot wait to see Steve + Takako’s full post! Looks amazing :)))ReplyCancel

  • Julia AFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:26 am

    Speechless. You are amazing. I am excited to see the images you produce this year while you chase down and hold tight to your dreams.ReplyCancel

  • JK BlackwellFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:30 am

    I had a feeling you will be moving to New York. Hope you’ll find what you are looking for and in the meantime, I look forward to reading about your adventures. Stay safe Samm :) xReplyCancel

  • JamesFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:46 am

    You are a gift to this world. Your images never cease to move me. Godspeed and all the best with your move!ReplyCancel

  • DanielFebruary 12, 2013 - 1:00 am

    So freaking inspiring and so much heart in each image. Amazing work.ReplyCancel

  • Glenn WeaverFebruary 12, 2013 - 1:13 am

    Easily one of the best ‘the year that was’ posts I’ve ever seen – I love every one of your photos Samm!ReplyCancel

  • john warrenFebruary 12, 2013 - 1:42 am

    I liked that like strawberry crepes and ice-creamReplyCancel

  • gladysFebruary 12, 2013 - 2:26 am

    Samm, you will always be one of my favorite photographers because of how heartfelt and raw you are. I can’t wait to have you here in the states. Planning to bring Chris to NY with me next I visit, and we should probably do a session with you again ;) Can’t wait to see how amazing 2013 will be for you. xoReplyCancel

  • Jody RyanFebruary 12, 2013 - 2:27 am

    You are pure amazement. Wishing you luck and a journey most wondrous xxxReplyCancel

  • David MooreFebruary 12, 2013 - 2:30 am

    I don’t posses the words to describe how much I love your images Samm.ReplyCancel

  • JanetFebruary 12, 2013 - 2:42 am

    Go you good thing! Thats amazing news!
    I’m still in awe of you & your work over 2 years later…
    xxReplyCancel

  • iambenFebruary 12, 2013 - 2:44 am

    Oh sammy.. all of the above, combined into one :) I think you are very special.ReplyCancel

  • katelynFebruary 12, 2013 - 2:49 am

    You are amazing!! Looking forward to seeing more of your awesome art in 2013! KxReplyCancel

  • ChristineFebruary 12, 2013 - 3:35 am

    i’m going to miss you… *sob*… but then again, i shall see you in seattle in may, so huzzah!!! :) love you, my inspiring image maker friend. :) xoxoReplyCancel

  • Jonas PetersonFebruary 12, 2013 - 3:38 am

    you inspire me.ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayFebruary 12, 2013 - 4:16 am

    I feel privileged to have been there to witness so much of your journey in 2012 sammy. You are a gift.ReplyCancel

  • Kath ScottFebruary 12, 2013 - 4:21 am

    It was so wonderful looking over these. Samm, you are a national treasure.ReplyCancel

  • todd hunter mcgawFebruary 12, 2013 - 4:26 am

    you are ACE!!! such an amazing talent sammy.. love you :)ReplyCancel

  • LaurenFebruary 12, 2013 - 4:43 am

    I don’t know that I’ve ever looked at another photographer’s work and have been brought to tears. Your images are surreal. The emotion and beauty you capture is indescribable. Saying you are talented or calling these images beautiful doesn’t begin to express what each photograph tells of your work. Simply amazing, and I hope I am one of the lucky to have you photograph my wedding someday.ReplyCancel

  • NicoleFebruary 12, 2013 - 4:50 am

    Sensational Samm. Looking forward to seeing you this year. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Farrah AllanFebruary 12, 2013 - 6:23 am

    You’re amazing Samm, it was privilege to be able to see you at your best. Looking forward to seeing your success in NYC!ReplyCancel

  • joanna brownFebruary 12, 2013 - 9:00 am

    These images moved me to tears, you are incredible photographer who I am so glad that I met this year at your w/shop. You continually inspire me with you outlook for life and your energy and of course the way you see the world. happy adventuring xxReplyCancel

  • xantheFebruary 12, 2013 - 9:44 am

    Stunning, breathtaking, what beauty you’ve captured and given to those you’ve met. I’m so glad I met you, as you bring so much inspiration, thank you. x.ReplyCancel

  • JR ClubbFebruary 12, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    Love it all.ReplyCancel

  • David WickhamFebruary 12, 2013 - 6:19 pm

    So many beautiful images and moments caught.. I love the movie like feel to your work, especially the last photo.. a work of art :)ReplyCancel

  • MartaFebruary 12, 2013 - 7:35 pm

    I cried when i saw that photo from central park. I was in NY last summer. I remember these rocks:)))))) and my photo was taken at the same placeReplyCancel

  • SimonFebruary 14, 2013 - 3:07 am

    You have some fabulous shots there. Ace!ReplyCancel

  • dianneFebruary 14, 2013 - 9:18 am

    These photographs are so beautiful and also made me turn to my colleague and plan a trip to New York later this year. I hope the move goes well, and again such beautiful photographs!ReplyCancel

  • JuliaFebruary 14, 2013 - 7:53 pm

    I was just transported by this post. You are such an inspiration both personally and professionally Samm. Thank you for sharing a few days of your incredible year with me. Good luck to you..ReplyCancel

  • KatFebruary 16, 2013 - 8:30 pm

    The greatest compliment I can pay is that your pictures make me feel something. They remind that I am alive and I am grateful. All the best to a prosperous 2013. New York is waiting for you.ReplyCancel

  • Boho's Best Bits - W/C 11th FebruaryFebruary 17, 2013 - 8:56 am

    [...] 2012 Was a Big year – Sam Blake [...]ReplyCancel

  • Daniela LiskaFebruary 17, 2013 - 2:02 pm

    Tus trabajos son hermosos, hermosas historias de amor, hermosas luces, hermosos lugares, hermosos detalles, hermosa mirada la que los capta! Felicidades!ReplyCancel

  • susan yeeFebruary 18, 2013 - 12:46 am

    you are amazing, inspiring & i am so proud of you! also, i am excited that you will be (somewhat) closer. :)

    keep dreaming your big dreams — i know you, of all people, can accomplish them <3ReplyCancel

  • Andy GreenFebruary 19, 2013 - 12:17 pm

    Nice Work Samm – Really inspirational work – and well done on top 10 :)ReplyCancel

  • sharonFebruary 20, 2013 - 6:36 am

    incredible images!!!ReplyCancel

  • mathiasFebruary 22, 2013 - 7:46 pm

    wow wow wow. beautiful set of images!ReplyCancel

  • daniel usenkoFebruary 28, 2013 - 8:20 pm

    Sooo many amazing photos!ReplyCancel

  • RajMarch 1, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    These photos took my breath away. What a talent and so pleased to have met you last year xReplyCancel

  • TrishMarch 4, 2013 - 10:47 am

    You are so talented dear Samm. I love seeing the world through your eyes, and this post is out of this world. You are an artist and a storyteller and just overall amazing. Have fun in NYC!!!! xxoxoxoReplyCancel

  • JackMarch 22, 2013 - 3:30 pm

    Awesome! Love your work.ReplyCancel

  • Jac and HeathAugust 16, 2013 - 11:18 am

    redic, redic. amazing.ReplyCancel

Coney Island and Brighton Beach. Brooklyn, New York.

This place is magical. Something about stretch of sand that leaves me with such intrigue.  These images are from a day I spent at the seaside in August. I eagerly await my return in a few weeks time. I am curious to go explore this place in the winter time.

 

  • LeoJanuary 28, 2013 - 11:44 pm

    NY is so photogenic in many different ways. Beautiful photos, Samm.ReplyCancel

  • Jade SheldonJanuary 29, 2013 - 1:22 am

    Magical really is the word. Image 3 especially tugs at my heart strings…ReplyCancel

  • TaylorJanuary 29, 2013 - 1:23 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_RZLAxsa8Q for you listening pleasure, thought it was appropriate :) have a great time in New York.ReplyCancel

  • katiJanuary 29, 2013 - 1:53 am

    i love these so much.ReplyCancel

  • JK BlackwellJanuary 29, 2013 - 2:27 am

    This place sticks with me now that I see folks bringing their pet birds to the beach!! Makes me want to visit NY… :) Thanks for sharing Samm xxReplyCancel

  • cheyenneJanuary 29, 2013 - 2:38 am

    what a great collection, something interesting and curious going on in every frame. nice work samm!ReplyCancel

  • SisiliaJanuary 29, 2013 - 4:23 am

    I LOVE, love these, Samm!

    Makes me wish of warmer weather and days at the beach.ReplyCancel

  • Sidney MorganJanuary 29, 2013 - 6:09 am

    Hey Samm, you’re magic.ReplyCancel

  • ScoutJanuary 29, 2013 - 10:30 am

    these are really fun :) :)ReplyCancel

  • ZosiaJanuary 30, 2013 - 11:25 pm

    Makes me think of all the seaside holidays I’ve had. Salty hair and sunburnt skin :)
    I love your dock work, Samm!ReplyCancel

  • EmilyFebruary 2, 2013 - 11:14 pm

    i love these samm, some of your best workReplyCancel

  • StineFebruary 6, 2013 - 12:35 pm

    I just have to say that I adore your work! I’m 18 and studying to become a photographer and you are by far one of my main inspirations :)ReplyCancel

  • HeathNovember 20, 2013 - 1:40 pm

    particularly like the one of the 3 colored birds on the beach =)ReplyCancel

 

I am on Instagram. Everyone is on instagram. It definitely opened my eyes up and made me look at the world in new and interesting ways. It makes plane rides more fun and long taxi rides less boring. It connects me with talented people all over the world and lets me see the daily happenings of my family & friends wherever they may be. My mum can track me, she can find out I am still alive and does not have to wonder where on earth I am.

I love finding new people to follow and inspire me, through their adventures, art or daily happenings.

You can follow along my adventures at @sammblake

 

xoxo

  • Farrah AllanJanuary 24, 2013 - 12:59 am

    Lovely! I’m so addicted to instagram, but sometimes I can’t keep up with the amount of uploads people make.
    Love the photo of you and your hair flying everywhere, and the bottom one of the person’s shadow.ReplyCancel

  • Sally OJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:44 am

    Crinkle’s snowy white nose made the cut! See? She is your favourite!!!! xxReplyCancel

  • Charity SarahJanuary 24, 2013 - 7:37 pm

    Beautiful. I just followed you! I adore following photographers on instagram because their feeds tend to be more engaging than my friends’ lunch and coffee pictures ;)ReplyCancel

  • DianneJanuary 25, 2013 - 9:47 am

    its nice to hear someone talk about Instagram in a positive way these days. Your photographs are beautiful and you are right, its such a great platform to meet people and share life with them via!ReplyCancel

  • Jade SheldonJanuary 26, 2013 - 4:04 am

    Instagram has done the same for me: made me slow down and look at the world in a whole new way.ReplyCancel

 

Aimee & Tim married in late March last year on Aimee’s parents property that she grew up playing in. Aimee is a darling friend of mine, she is a talented photographer and works with me at many of my weddings. It was such a pleasure to travel back to Western Australia to photograph her wedding for her. Weddings under the stars are my favorite. x

 

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  • PhilJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:11 am

    Love this Samm :)ReplyCancel

  • Lachlan BurrellJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:57 am

    cracker of a wedding Samm! so delightfulReplyCancel

  • ScoutJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:59 am

    absolutely beautiful!!! thanks for sharing x xReplyCancel

  • BettinaJanuary 22, 2013 - 7:24 am

    A beautiful wedding, looks so relaxed and happy. Amazing photos Samm you have captured the feelings and love so beautifully as always . xxReplyCancel

  • joanna brownJanuary 22, 2013 - 9:09 am

    Just adore this wedding so so delicate and beautiful… I can also feel how laid back it was perfectly captured. xReplyCancel

  • XantheJanuary 22, 2013 - 10:11 am

    your storytelling is magic. always.
    x.ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayJanuary 22, 2013 - 11:16 am

    your imagery always leaves me feeling like I have had an amazing meal at the most expensive restaurant.. its the perfect feeling.. you are a master chef sammy xoReplyCancel

  • AlbertoJanuary 22, 2013 - 1:06 pm

    truly great! love your portraits and detail shots!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly @ Boho WeddingsJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:52 pm

    Amazing work, absolutely beautiful xxReplyCancel

  • Kelly TunneyJanuary 22, 2013 - 11:41 pm

    Sammmmmmy, you did it perfectly xReplyCancel

  • Melissa JaneJanuary 23, 2013 - 12:16 am

    These are gorgeous!! LOVE those colors!ReplyCancel

  • Julia WadeJanuary 23, 2013 - 12:51 am

    Such honest work Samm.. Absolutely beautiful storytelling for such a gorgeous couple.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa MillsJanuary 24, 2013 - 7:13 am

    Really lovely Samm. Aimee looks so gorgeous and soooo happy. She must be thrilled to bits with these images.ReplyCancel

  • aimee claireJanuary 26, 2013 - 6:41 am

    You are a magician. You stole our souls in the most beautiful of ways and it is something we will keep close to our hearts forever. xxxxReplyCancel

  • Boho's Best Bits - W/C 21st JanuaryJanuary 27, 2013 - 8:56 am

    [...] Aimee and Tim – From Samm Blake [...]ReplyCancel

  • ZosiaJanuary 27, 2013 - 11:30 am

    So much loveliness! Adore your work, Miss Blake!ReplyCancel

  • Daniela LiskaFebruary 17, 2013 - 2:12 pm

    Que lindo casamiento!! Que lindo registro a través de tu mirada!ReplyCancel

Coney Island, Brooklyn, USA 

So 2012 happened.

& I am not really sure where it all went.

I think back on the last 52 weeks and its a complete blur. So many photographs still to publish here from the year of adventuring about. I am starting to compile my favourite images from 2012 and just stumbled across this one I had completely forgotten about.

Taken during my time living in New York in 2012, I spent a bit of time down at Coney Island and Brighton Beach. I like this image because it reminds me not to be to scared asking strangers for photographs. A simple hello can lead to a million things.

 

  • Kat HillJanuary 2, 2013 - 8:40 am

    Love this! The colours are just beautiful :) Happy new year!ReplyCancel

  • JohnaJanuary 7, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    Great pic. Keep posting, I want to see more! :)ReplyCancel

  • s h e r r yJanuary 14, 2013 - 11:56 pm

    :) I love this. I need to try asking strangers to take their photos this year…ReplyCancel

  • richJanuary 17, 2013 - 5:54 pm

    such great advice – love the photo!ReplyCancel

At the beginning of this year I was interviewed by the good folks at Visual Supply Company, an awesome company in the United States who make cool things for photographers. They also featured some of my work. Check out the feature here.

  • ZosiaDecember 17, 2012 - 1:08 am

    Sweet! Congrats :)ReplyCancel

  • BrookeDecember 20, 2012 - 7:22 pm

    youre adorable!ReplyCancel

  • GabrielJanuary 13, 2013 - 7:01 pm

    Great Job! I discovered you thanks to Visual supply company link!
    Greeting from Lausanne, Switzerland!ReplyCancel