• David MooreNovember 14, 2011 - 11:06 pm

    Wonderful. Honest. Real……and a touch of awesome.ReplyCancel

  • john benaventeNovember 14, 2011 - 11:25 pm

    WOW.those trees, i must know where they are!ReplyCancel

  • Jaquilyn ShumateNovember 14, 2011 - 11:40 pm

    Your work is so beautiful. Great set.ReplyCancel

  • TenielleNovember 15, 2011 - 12:47 am

    What glorious light. Beautiful set SammReplyCancel

  • kelly van viersenNovember 15, 2011 - 1:12 am

    gorgeous samm!! love love love the images in the trees…..especially the black and white in shadow…and the close ups….so beautiful <3<3<3ReplyCancel

  • MichaelNovember 15, 2011 - 2:27 am

    Awesome :) love the dancing pics.ReplyCancel

  • HeidiNovember 15, 2011 - 3:09 am

    Note to self: get more of the audience’s reactions during toasts. I loved that part of the series!ReplyCancel

  • Marc AshNovember 15, 2011 - 3:59 am

    Beautiful Samm :)ReplyCancel

  • alydaNovember 15, 2011 - 4:59 am

    so gorgeous sammy sam. the ones in the trees are glorious!ReplyCancel

  • ShokoofehNovember 15, 2011 - 9:45 am

    So beautiful, dear Samm!ReplyCancel

  • JenNovember 15, 2011 - 9:46 pm

    Wow! They are the most beautiful wedding photos I’ve ever seen. Amazing work Samm. You captured the happiness and beauty of the day so well.ReplyCancel

  • PobkeNovember 16, 2011 - 4:33 am

    LOVE these, sammy… such perfection from you. :) loving all those trees…makes me wanna visit yallingup. ps love that kid shot!ReplyCancel

  • JuddNovember 16, 2011 - 11:19 am

    Awesome, great scenery too…ReplyCancel

  • PippaNovember 17, 2011 - 2:27 am

    Oh Samm, these are so brilliant! You’ve captured the joy and excitment of our day perfectly – they bring back so many memories! :)ReplyCancel

  • nashville wedding photographerNovember 20, 2011 - 5:12 am

    seriously love this with all my heart. great work. great visionReplyCancel

  • David Ferguson | BrisbaneDecember 6, 2011 - 2:41 am

    Love your work Samm, as always.ReplyCancel

  • phil chesterDecember 19, 2011 - 1:27 am

    Perfect everything Samm. Super inspirational.ReplyCancel

  • ElleDecember 23, 2011 - 1:31 am

    Love your work, Samm. New follower here :) Such a real, raw feeling to these; and I adore your film-eqsue processing… Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Peter AdamsJanuary 10, 2012 - 3:05 am

    Plantations make such great backdrops. Nice shots.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen DeeFebruary 16, 2012 - 6:45 pm

    I am absolutely IN LOVE with your style. You dis an amazing job capturing this special day and your sense of color and composition are incredible!ReplyCancel


paula and ben married on the cliffs of uluwatu in bali at the amazing kyayangan estate. a big shout out to my dear friend pobke who helped photograph this amazing day with me. xo

  • Nick RadfordNovember 3, 2011 - 3:05 am

    SHUT. UP.ReplyCancel

  • Nick RadfordNovember 3, 2011 - 3:06 am

    KIDDING ME? SHUT. UP. SAMM.ReplyCancel

  • Nick RadfordNovember 3, 2011 - 3:06 am


  • Lauren WellingtonNovember 3, 2011 - 3:09 am

    So lovely Samm… what a gorgeous wedding, you totally did it justice.. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jodi McNovember 3, 2011 - 3:10 am

    Every single image is a killer Samm – just divine.ReplyCancel

  • Phil ChesterNovember 3, 2011 - 3:23 am

    Ya Samm, shut up :) So insane. Quit raising the bar already.ReplyCancel

  • john benaventeNovember 3, 2011 - 3:31 am

    so lovely!ReplyCancel

  • JazzNovember 3, 2011 - 3:51 am

    these make me smile :-)ReplyCancel

  • Stewart LeishmanNovember 3, 2011 - 4:11 am

    What a beautiful story captured by 2 truly amazing visionaries!ReplyCancel

  • Beata EnglishNovember 3, 2011 - 4:19 am

    Wow Samm, Wow! your images are stunning in every way…i love looking at your work! xReplyCancel

  • hughNovember 3, 2011 - 4:41 am

    so. jelly. …seriously. coolest wedding ever. you killed it, sam. killed it dead.ReplyCancel

  • hughNovember 3, 2011 - 4:41 am

    k, but really, those portraits of her, playing around in the drapes? gah.ReplyCancel

  • Ben AdamsNovember 3, 2011 - 5:17 am

    gorgeous coverage! your post processing is the best I’ve seen…ReplyCancel

  • dannyNovember 3, 2011 - 5:25 am

    Owned! – Beautimus job dears friends xxReplyCancel

  • dan o'dayNovember 3, 2011 - 5:26 am

    you are best photographer ever!! woo hoo!ReplyCancel

  • jsaNovember 3, 2011 - 5:53 am


  • ursiNovember 3, 2011 - 6:52 am

    ahhhhhh, sammy, stunning!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • AdrianNovember 3, 2011 - 8:38 am

    The best.ReplyCancel

  • PobkeNovember 3, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    Awesome. Beautiful. Amazing. Love reliving that beautiful trip with you, twinsie. Thank you for letting me share in that memory. :) Loves you.ReplyCancel

  • TasjNovember 3, 2011 - 12:59 pm

    Omg Sammy you have to be my most fav photographer out there at the moment. I just love what you do, and you are as gorgeous a person to boot. Unbelievable. I just don’t believe it.ReplyCancel

  • David RobertsonNovember 3, 2011 - 1:01 pm

    samm & pooks, these images are absolutely amazing – not because they’re pretty and please the eyes; but for the depth of emotion, love and joy that you’ve both capturedReplyCancel

  • Kirsten MavricNovember 3, 2011 - 4:17 pm

    SUBLIME. Now I really want to get married in Bali.ReplyCancel

  • otto schulzeNovember 3, 2011 - 4:54 pm

    absolutely superb sam! can i buy the first frame from you? the ocean shot. wow!ReplyCancel

  • lydia {ever ours}November 3, 2011 - 5:25 pm

    jaw droppingly amaaaazing.ReplyCancel

  • DeliaNovember 3, 2011 - 6:37 pm

    How gorgeous! Ahhh really makes me want a holiday in Bali!ReplyCancel

  • michelleNovember 3, 2011 - 11:03 pm

    you have such a beautiful eye samm xReplyCancel

  • Analise MonganNovember 3, 2011 - 11:58 pm

    WOW!! Just no words for how stunning these are. Paula you must be so happy with them. Amazing xxxReplyCancel

  • MichaelNovember 4, 2011 - 1:44 am

    beautiful Samm – love it so much :)ReplyCancel

  • bettinaNovember 4, 2011 - 11:37 am

    OMG Samm just so amazing, can’t wait for January.ReplyCancel

  • AndreasNovember 4, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    you make me want to get married in Bali!
    lovely and touching work Samm!ReplyCancel

  • Greg HoskinsNovember 4, 2011 - 2:52 pm

    absolutely love everything about this, samm. beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • niravNovember 5, 2011 - 8:39 am

    In-FREAKIN-credible Samm.ReplyCancel

  • MarcNovember 6, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    My Gosh Samm, you freaking nailed it. So lovely in every way :)ReplyCancel

  • Amari KenolyNovember 7, 2011 - 1:50 am

    complete perfection. love your work.ReplyCancel

  • AnniNovember 7, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    Each of these is lovelier than the last. Amazing. You outdid yourself.ReplyCancel

  • togNovember 8, 2011 - 3:58 am

    Absolutely amazing, you do such a wonderful job! :)ReplyCancel

  • PaulaNovember 8, 2011 - 10:33 am

    Samm, we love them! Can’t stop looking at them, the whole fam has been blown away!ReplyCancel

  • TeresaNovember 8, 2011 - 5:26 pm

    Gah! Samm you are amazing. What perfect documentation. Absolutely love!<3ReplyCancel

  • Jodie ChapmanNovember 11, 2011 - 7:57 pm

    You are THE BOMB. Simply stunning. These have made me even more excited about attending your workshop next year.ReplyCancel

  • Nathan WalkerDecember 7, 2011 - 4:26 pm

    gosh these are stunning! beautiful work Samm!ReplyCancel

  • Luisa BrimbleDecember 22, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    Samm truly amazing work. I love the white space in your art. I will make sure to save money to attend one of your workshops!!!! Insanely good!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jarusha BrownDecember 30, 2011 - 3:23 am

    GOOD GRIEF!!! I think this may be my all time fav wedding EVER!!! Gorgeous colours, gorgeous people, gorgeous location and STUNNING photos! Well done :)ReplyCancel

  • camJanuary 10, 2012 - 6:45 am

    love these too…ReplyCancel

  • kristieJanuary 18, 2012 - 10:55 am

    so amazing. really really amazing.ReplyCancel

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  • marinaJanuary 25, 2012 - 8:28 am

    Samm this wedding is INCREDIBLE!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn BestFebruary 7, 2012 - 12:16 am

    Samm, these are all STUNNING but I especially love the ones of the bride in the curtains and in the doorway *LOVE*. Take care beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Amy JacksonFebruary 11, 2012 - 5:46 pm

    Beautiful photos! Well done.ReplyCancel

  • Brian KraftFebruary 20, 2012 - 5:55 am

    Absolutely killer!ReplyCancel

  • James frostMarch 16, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    So so bloody good ! :)ReplyCancel

  • HannahApril 4, 2012 - 6:35 am

    These are phenominal pictures, absolutely amazing.ReplyCancel


In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die
Where you invest your love, you invest your life

– mumford & sons



I recently spent with the afternoon with the lovely Gladys and Chris in their home and on their rooftop in San Francisco. After we finished shooting, we went to a little Italian restaurant in Nob Hill and filled our bodies with hot pasta and wine, to defrost from shooting in the fog on their rooftop (I wish we had fog like that in Australia). While up on that roof top, I looked around and took it all in, where I was standing and what I was doing on a roof top.  The life of a photographer can be a funny peculiar one when you really think about it.  Stepping into peoples lives for the briefest of moments, to simply witness, feel, react and capture. The best thing I love most about it all, is the bridge is has created for me to meet and connect with so many amazing people on this planet. Photography to me, is not about clicking that shutter at all.  Its about people and sharing with the world a little piece of them and their story.

I have posted this poem before, about a year or more ago,  but I keep going back to it. These are my favorite words.


It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know 
if you will risk 
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are 
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you 
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know 
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone 
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

 – The Invitation by Oriah

  • ryan flynnOctober 14, 2011 - 12:44 am

    beautiful, samm! these feel so intimate.ReplyCancel

  • PobkeOctober 14, 2011 - 12:45 am

    beautiful beautiful beautiful, twinsie. that first shot of them by the window made me jealous… cause i want one like that with clinty. :)ReplyCancel

  • gladys jemOctober 14, 2011 - 1:00 am

    I’ve scrolled up and down for the past 5 minutes. I don’t even have the words right now. I’m sitting on our bed with the happiest grin/heart. You captured us…perfectly. Thank you. SO much! Ahhh. Im going to go squeal now until Chris gets home :) Can’t wait for him to see this. <3<3<3ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine*October 14, 2011 - 1:08 am

    Lovelovelove. So beautiful…ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine StarOctober 14, 2011 - 1:08 am

    Love this session…so beautiful…ReplyCancel

  • Amari KenolyOctober 14, 2011 - 1:40 am

    I appreciate this set…well done.ReplyCancel

  • EmOctober 14, 2011 - 1:43 am

    I adore the way you captured my friends love. This is so real and good.ReplyCancel

  • ChrisOctober 14, 2011 - 1:45 am

    Gasp! So wonderful and so true to our hearts for each other. Thank you so much for coming into our home and our lives to capture us. With warmest hearts…ReplyCancel

  • AlydaOctober 14, 2011 - 1:46 am

    Oh Sammy Sammy Sammy, how do you do it? The images are so honest, intimate and you can feel their love come through.ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayOctober 14, 2011 - 1:55 am

    love it sammy, thank you for making me feel cold and warm all at the same time xoxoReplyCancel

  • Liz LoviOctober 14, 2011 - 2:01 am

    These are so beautiful. Love them, and love Gladys and Chris! These make me smile :)ReplyCancel

  • MyekieOctober 14, 2011 - 2:19 am

    Truly moving. It takes great courage to share ones self with the world for all to see. Emotional, Honest , Insightful , Skillful and above all else a reflection of where you are as an Artist. Great work. – Myekie.ReplyCancel

  • ashleyOctober 14, 2011 - 3:15 am

    this collection of imagery makes my heart smile. and the invitation by oriah connects with my heart so dearly.ReplyCancel

  • HeidiOctober 14, 2011 - 3:17 am

    Chilly but so intimate, if that makes sense. I love the way you framed 016. This incredible connection is made through their smiles alone.ReplyCancel

  • Luisa BrimbleOctober 14, 2011 - 3:35 am

    its funny after reading your description and when I look at these images Glady’s smile just gives that certain warmness to it. Samm you have captured this so beautifully. i loved the setting. i loved the movement of the cold wind blowing their hair. i loved the feeling of happiness in both glady’s and chris’ smiles and laughter. i loved the setting (rooftop in san francisco? wow!!!). i loved the sweetness in their embrace. and most of all i loved how you once again make me stop and truly look at the emotions, honesty and love in your images! ughhhh damn it! makes me all teary.ReplyCancel

  • David RobertsonOctober 14, 2011 - 6:04 am

    so beautiful samm. absolutely breathtaking..ReplyCancel

  • TenielleOctober 14, 2011 - 8:00 am

    Gosh. You surely know how to show love. It think everyone could see something about themselves in photos this honest and beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Sheye RosemeyerOctober 14, 2011 - 10:12 am

    Just so very beautiful.

  • ElOctober 14, 2011 - 11:37 am

    Just beautiful, Friend. Love in absolutely every single image. And I love San Fran bay windows! xoxoReplyCancel

  • amypunky photographyOctober 14, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    i love these photos!! chris and gladys are so beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • andaOctober 14, 2011 - 2:35 pm

    SAMM. amazing. you captured gladys and chris’ deeper connection. i really love them all and i started crying reading the Invitation by Oriah it’s so perfect.ReplyCancel

  • TrishOctober 14, 2011 - 7:03 pm

    Dear Samm, these are so real and beautiful. I don’t know how to describe your work, but all I know is that you can cause someone to feel it and that is special. Thanks also for sharing that poem, love it to bits xoReplyCancel

  • Christina DelyOctober 14, 2011 - 7:56 pm


  • pjOctober 14, 2011 - 9:22 pm

    you are the best…ReplyCancel

  • ChrisOctober 15, 2011 - 10:29 pm

    Fun shots! Great set!ReplyCancel

  • Brian DavisOctober 17, 2011 - 1:17 pm

    Beautiful session Samm. Always a pleasure to see new work from you.ReplyCancel

  • katie kateOctober 17, 2011 - 9:44 pm

    i love gladys and chris. their love is real and anyone that knows them can feel it. lovely pictures!ReplyCancel

  • shipraOctober 19, 2011 - 12:19 am

    Love Gladys and these images of Chris and her couldn’t be more perfect.ReplyCancel

  • tasjOctober 19, 2011 - 1:19 am

    I had a look at these amazing images a few days ago but came back to read the poem this morning. I don’t know why but I’m so glad I did, it made me feel :-) Thank you Sammy for being so gorgeous, inside and out!ReplyCancel

  • Louise BrynjulfsenOctober 19, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    Hi Samm,

    These photos are so peaceful and happy, really soothing and I love the muted colours – so simple but really lets you concentrate on them and their connection rather than their clothes or the surroundings.

    The poem is just gorgeous and so fitting to how I have been thinking the last 6 months or so!

    Love your work :)ReplyCancel

  • daniel chesnutOctober 19, 2011 - 11:13 pm

    i love the way you do what you do.ReplyCancel

  • ChaddyOctober 21, 2011 - 6:53 pm

    this is beautiful. You’ve captured the emotions so well!ReplyCancel

  • pjOctober 23, 2011 - 9:32 am

    you can see love ;-))ReplyCancel

  • JuliannaOctober 28, 2011 - 1:22 pm

    I’m not sure whether it were the images or the poem that got me teary. The images are so powerful.ReplyCancel

  • MelissaFebruary 17, 2013 - 8:14 pm

    Beautiful words, beautiful work. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel


This lovely wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty  and in the winter issue of Wedding Style Guide earlier this year :)


  • PobkeSeptember 26, 2011 - 1:43 am

    stunning, twinsie… has such a glamorous old time feel to it. :) love.ReplyCancel

  • David RobertsonSeptember 26, 2011 - 1:43 am

    samm these are flipping amazing..ReplyCancel

  • michelleSeptember 26, 2011 - 1:49 am

    amazing. speechless. and just quietly the bride is stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Luisa BrimbleSeptember 26, 2011 - 1:55 am

    Samm, sometimes it’s really hard to comment without sounding so cliche or you know someone’s already said something, OMG! gorgeous, prettiness, stunning, amazing etc… when I see something so extraordinary something like this, it just stops me in my tracks and all I can do really is take it all in. All of the beautiful cliches rolled into one. So I have FIND workshop next year and I think I will be spending all my savings going your workshop and Pobke Magic workshop! eeeeekkkkk!!! I’d be so broke! ha ha ha.ReplyCancel

  • Derek HoSeptember 26, 2011 - 1:59 am

    Beautiful nostalgia. Familiar places but totally different energy :)ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea ParsonsSeptember 26, 2011 - 2:08 am

    what a beauty she is. loving the old time feel.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda VanVelsSeptember 26, 2011 - 2:19 am

    so incredibly beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Shuva RahimSeptember 26, 2011 - 2:26 am

    Samm, I just love how you see…. :-) … Amazing work!ReplyCancel

  • KirstySeptember 26, 2011 - 2:50 am

    Just a little bit awesome Blake :)ReplyCancel

  • NatalieSeptember 26, 2011 - 3:00 am

    Extraordinary. Absolutely breathtaking Samm.ReplyCancel

  • kellyltunneySeptember 26, 2011 - 4:09 am

    How do I say this……I wish you were hateable with this sort of talent. But instead you’re loveable and just a little bit inspirational – damn you Blake Samantha!!!!ReplyCancel

  • john benaventeSeptember 26, 2011 - 4:10 am

    stunning bride and images of course :)ReplyCancel

  • TenielleSeptember 26, 2011 - 7:16 am

    Listening to the strokes and looking at this post. Chills, chills, chills. Supremely beautiful as always.ReplyCancel

  • trishSeptember 26, 2011 - 7:33 am

    you have a talent like no other, absolutely amazing. <3<3<3 xoReplyCancel

  • AllySeptember 26, 2011 - 8:45 am

    Samm, this capture is just beautiful xReplyCancel

  • ArleneSeptember 26, 2011 - 10:34 am

    So beautiful, one of my favorites.ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DaySeptember 26, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    oh my word….. home run sammy xxReplyCancel

  • gladys jemSeptember 26, 2011 - 9:58 pm

    what a beautiful day, captured perfectly! you are something else, samm!ReplyCancel

  • stewSeptember 27, 2011 - 12:42 am

    amazing, simple, beautiful :)ReplyCancel

  • Kellee WalshSeptember 27, 2011 - 4:42 am

    Beautiful Samm. I love love love her veil! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline GhetesSeptember 27, 2011 - 10:36 pm

    Samm I want to marry your photos.ReplyCancel

  • egle bSeptember 29, 2011 - 8:04 am

    so simple and so beautiful. as always in your workReplyCancel

  • Nikki BezelSeptember 29, 2011 - 9:59 am

    stunning work as usual Samm. You are such a gift to world of wedding photography.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth | Bridal MusingsSeptember 29, 2011 - 10:41 pm

    I adore your photography. This is beautiful as is the bride. The couple must be thrilled with these timeless images!ReplyCancel

  • alydaSeptember 30, 2011 - 10:16 am

    this deserves at least 17 hugs or maybe even 18.

    so good sammy. you are amazingReplyCancel

  • michele bowmanOctober 1, 2011 - 1:50 pm

    what a lovely wedding. the bride is gorgeous and the photography of the day was just as beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • pjOctober 1, 2011 - 9:34 pm

    love it…as always ;)ReplyCancel

  • LouisaOctober 2, 2011 - 4:04 am

    Just stunning! What a beautiful bride and gorgeous photographs of course. You’ve captured so many beautiful, intimate moments.ReplyCancel

  • Jason starrOctober 3, 2011 - 9:30 am

    Beautiful work Sammy very inspiring :)ReplyCancel

  • Hayley LaneOctober 4, 2011 - 6:24 am

    What a gorgeous bride! Lovely work :)ReplyCancel

  • David MooreOctober 4, 2011 - 10:43 am

    Soooooo many great shots. What beautiful images of a stunning wedding.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful Sam… as always.ReplyCancel

  • Amari KenolyOctober 13, 2011 - 11:51 pm

    Beautiful work. Amazing Wedding.ReplyCancel

  • julie harmsenOctober 15, 2011 - 10:38 pm

    gorgeous. gorgeous. so elegant and that headpiece.ReplyCancel

  • Anne IngmanOctober 20, 2011 - 9:51 pm

    Absolutely GORGEOUS! So stylish! Love the brides veil. So many beautiful, candid, and sweet moments captured.ReplyCancel

  • JuliannaOctober 31, 2011 - 6:34 am

    I love, love, love, LOVE your interpretation of this wedding – especially the bride in a black dress! I LOVE black wedding dresses – if I’d my own way, I would have worn a black wedding dress at my wedding!ReplyCancel

I will remember the kisses
our lips raw with love
and how you gave me
everything you had
and how I
offered you what was left of
and I will remember your small room
the feel of you
the light in the window
your records
your books
our morning coffee
our noons our nights
our bodies spilled together
the tiny flowing currents
immediate and forever
your leg my leg
your arm my arm
your smile and the warmth
of you
who made me laugh
~ Charles Bukowski


  • matt salterSeptember 22, 2011 - 7:49 am

    Beautiful images, so genuine.ReplyCancel

  • PobkeSeptember 22, 2011 - 7:54 am

    so beautifully emotional and deep and touching. i love this shoot sammy… you did a brilliant job. :)ReplyCancel

  • Marc AshSeptember 22, 2011 - 8:30 am

    Beautiful Samm :) shot with her head rested on his knee is fantastic :)ReplyCancel

  • kelly van viersenSeptember 22, 2011 - 8:36 am

    absolutely stunning miss samm!! goosebump material….<3ReplyCancel

  • tasjSeptember 22, 2011 - 8:40 am

    I do really really like it.ReplyCancel

  • Jonas SeamanSeptember 22, 2011 - 8:41 am

    So beautiful Samm. I love the Bukowski poem too.ReplyCancel

  • Jeremy BeasleySeptember 22, 2011 - 9:02 am

    Holy baby cow. The first shots indoors and the flare shot. I think I just fell in love. Amazing, amazing SammyB.ReplyCancel

  • AndreasSeptember 22, 2011 - 9:08 am

    beautiful Samm! really beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • alydaSeptember 22, 2011 - 9:26 am

    so much beauty sammy sammmmmmReplyCancel

  • JenaeSeptember 22, 2011 - 9:41 am

    Wow. These images are stunning..ReplyCancel

  • Gladys jemSeptember 22, 2011 - 11:38 am

    They’re beautiful. You’re incredible. Pure amazingness!ReplyCancel

  • xantheSeptember 22, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    beautiful with real emotion, also the light is pretty special too x.ReplyCancel

  • KristinSeptember 22, 2011 - 1:04 pm

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Brian DavisSeptember 22, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    Crazy beautiful images. You have a gift Samm.ReplyCancel

  • Liz LoviSeptember 22, 2011 - 4:18 pm

    Simply beautiful and inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen CookSeptember 22, 2011 - 10:19 pm

    These literally took my breath away. You are amazing friend!!! xReplyCancel

  • john benaventeSeptember 23, 2011 - 2:12 am

    always plenty of emotionReplyCancel

  • fionaSeptember 23, 2011 - 10:19 am

    You know what I love about you….Your real, you shoot what you want to shoot not what you think you should. You have such a sense of freedom and honesty about every thing you do and GOD I wish I had that!!!ReplyCancel

  • morgaineSeptember 23, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    light loves you… and your heart and your vision are perfectly synchronized… at least from where i’m sitting. bravo. these are truly exceptional, and i love them!ReplyCancel

  • swikar patelSeptember 23, 2011 - 3:46 pm

    Samm these are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayOctober 9, 2011 - 10:46 pm

    Samm, these are un-frikken believableReplyCancel

  • ChaddyOctober 14, 2011 - 8:46 am

    Lovely set!ReplyCancel

  • shipraOctober 18, 2011 - 11:55 pm

    your work is so deeply intimate. I never leave your blog without feeling as if I’ve been a witness to something passionate and powerful.ReplyCancel

I want to work on a photography portrait series about people who live alone. I was thinking recently how I do not know of many people who actually do and soon realized I do not know of a single person who does. This intrigues me. I have decided I want to explore the idea of living by oneself through photography and make a series out of it, with the intention of having it go on exhibition and made into a book. The idea is to go to peoples homes and photograph them in their own environment. An environment they have complete 100% control over, their own private universe. Their retreat from the world.

If you live by yourself, or know somebody who does…please email this blog post to them… please get in contact with me.

I will be visiting the following cities in the next 12 months:

Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Cairns, Brisbane, Adelaide, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vegas, New York, London, Paris and other parts of France, Prague, Bali, rural New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

I realize by putting this out on the internet.. I could possibly attract some less desirables like rapists, murderers etc… so please do not apply if you fit into these categories. I will be doing reference checks on every one I plan on photographing :) :) :)

  • BelleAugust 25, 2011 - 12:39 am

    I live alone. In a flat, in Mosman Park (Perth) But i’m not very interesting, i don’t have a weathered, wisened face or anything that can look wistfully into middle distance, but I can look reflectivly at the dirty diahes. I am 28, female, and I work at a newspaper.ReplyCancel

  • FalconAugust 25, 2011 - 12:56 am

    If I only I lived alone again! I would have loved to be a subject for your project. I’m from the states and find that it’s a lot less common to live alone in Australia, or Melbourne for that matter. When I used to live in Boston I would see it heaps more. Good luck with the project!ReplyCancel

  • Jo HardingAugust 25, 2011 - 1:03 am

    I live alone! My boyfriend stays over most nights, and his crap is everywhere…but it’s mine :)ReplyCancel

  • Gama RadityoAugust 25, 2011 - 4:57 am

    Hi, Sam. I live alone. I’m a 28 years old male, living in Surabaya, East Java, but I often travel to Bali and own a flat in Kuta area. I’m a part time photographer and I love to be part of your photography project.ReplyCancel

  • nanaeAugust 25, 2011 - 8:19 pm

    Hi there. My name is Nanae.
    I’m a student at graphic design school and doing assistant for the wedding photographer on the side. I’m Japanese and living in Victoria, Canada. I’m not sure which Victoria you are saying. But the Victoria city I’m living in is a pretty city which is a few hours fly away from San Francisco. ( there is even direct flight between San Francisco to Victoria.) Your idea is very interesting. I’d like to be part of your project. I haven’t had my website ready though, I have facebook page which you can check my background if you’d like to.ReplyCancel

  • rosanneAugust 26, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    hi samm – i’ve never known a double m samm? i like your project – i am an advocate of living alone – having done it for many years -i’m one of the happiest 50 year olds youll meet!- i run my own business – so even my overstuffed warehouse is mine alone – i talk all day – so i love living alone -i travel lots so i fill my space with my travels…. does munted cat count as he lives with me ?


  • AnnaAugust 29, 2011 - 12:44 pm

    Does living with a cat count as living alone?ReplyCancel

  • amypunky photographyAugust 30, 2011 - 9:40 pm

    Too bad I don’t live alone (did I really say that?!) but if you come to Paris, I’d love to share a coffee with you and talk about photography.
    Great project by the way! I’ll share about it on my Facebook page.ReplyCancel

  • MarieAugust 30, 2011 - 9:54 pm

    I do live alone, in Paris… And just had a chat with a friend telling me I should meet people from abroad (and quite surprisingly we talked about australia…) so I’d be more than glad to hear more about your project, and who knows, be part of it… Or at least meet you! Let me know when you are in France, I could even show you around a little… Good luck with your project!ReplyCancel

  • StéphanieAugust 30, 2011 - 9:59 pm

    Hi Samm
    I’m living alone with my son (6 Y.O.) in Paris. I would love to help you with your project.
    Good luckReplyCancel

  • sparkAugust 31, 2011 - 12:26 am

    Not sure if this is the sort of stuff you are interested in but my 93 year old grandma lives alone (in a unit in a retirement home). She is a good example who loves her space.xxReplyCancel

  • FrenchfrogAugust 31, 2011 - 4:22 pm

    Dear Samm,

    Love this project idea. I’m in !
    I live in the west of Paris, in a smallish apartment. While my place is defintely not Versailles, it’s what I call “small budget cozy” and you’re more than welcome, you and your camera to come over for tea and macarons !ReplyCancel

  • Melissa SSeptember 2, 2011 - 5:09 am

    Hey Samm I know a few people I’ll get them to get in contact with you!ReplyCancel

  • cara @ lillian and leonardSeptember 2, 2011 - 11:10 am

    This is such a fascinating idea, at first I thought ‘oh I know loads of people who live alone’, and then ‘oh, not so much actually.’ There’s my mum who lives in the Scottish Highlands (a bit of a trek from London, about 8 hours by train, but worth it if you fancy seeing some very pretty parts of Scotland while you’re here) and that’s about it.

    Oh, there’s my friend Amanda who lives in Brooklyn, she’s adorable and her place is so her. I’ll send this to her.ReplyCancel

  • RebeccaSeptember 2, 2011 - 11:24 am

    If you ever find yourself in Cape Town, South Africa, I would be happy to oblige :)ReplyCancel

  • KristiSeptember 2, 2011 - 5:38 pm

    I live alone in brooklyn…. I’m super interesting but I do live alone. Now that I think about it, maybe that’s why I’m not all the interesting. Maybe I spend too much time alone. I’ll have to ponder that tonight, when I’m alone.ReplyCancel

  • campoSeptember 3, 2011 - 8:11 am

    If you’re looking for someone in Canberra, that could be me. Fellow photographer who loves 100% control of his place (until it gets tidy then i blame mr nobody). As for reference checks, you once met me on a plane ride to perth and i believe i still owe you for some advice on locations!ReplyCancel

  • BethSeptember 8, 2011 - 4:28 am

    Hi sam,
    I love this idea, I have only been living alone for a few months in a gorgeous apartment in Moonee Pond. I would love to be apart of your project.ReplyCancel

  • Craig HansenSeptember 15, 2011 - 7:48 am

    That would be really moving to see. I imagine the photos would have a great dea of emotion / emptiness in them. Or would they?ReplyCancel

  • Olivia leighSeptember 22, 2011 - 11:44 am

    An interesting idea! I think I am one of only two women I know that live alone in Chicago (though many men if you need more material!). Shame Chicago isn’t on your docket but if you change your mind or have a long layover and want to visit one of the most lovely cities in the country please let me know! My pup and I would love to take part and my sub drenched loft ain’t too shabby for pictures. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jess MarksSeptember 23, 2011 - 8:24 am

    Love…Love…Love…is in the photos.
    I fell love and inspired.ReplyCancel

  • Nicky McLauchlanSeptember 27, 2011 - 2:43 am

    This project sounds fantastic. I live alone, while i wait for my Prince Charming to come along on his white horse and whisk me away. Until then, i shall continue to enjoy spending my well earnt money on myself. Hhhmmm… yes, there is fear that i will become the old woman who lived with her shoes.ReplyCancel

  • shipraOctober 19, 2011 - 12:02 am

    wish you were visiting Florida too :)ReplyCancel

  • AliciaNovember 16, 2011 - 12:09 am

    Hi Samm! I live alone in Melbourne and I’m interested in being involved …. :)ReplyCancel

  • MariahNovember 24, 2011 - 5:05 am

    Come to portland, OR. There are many creative beings who choose to live alone here :) Me being one. my boyfriend being another…. just saying…ReplyCancel

  • ResiJanuary 4, 2012 - 8:31 pm

    Dear Samm, this sounds like an interesting project! Are you still following your dreams of making this come true? I don’t live in any of the cities you mentioned – but in Berlin, Germany, which I think could be a very interesting place for you! I do live on my own :) so if you want to think about coming to Berlin let me know and I can give you more reasons to do so! It’s a lovely place! It can be very inspiring and huge and crazy at the same time. Best wishes, ResiReplyCancel

  • Susan RezakJanuary 6, 2012 - 2:32 am

    If you are still looking for people for your project – I live alone (well… with my 12 year old Minature Fox Terrier and I have my daughter half of the time). I live in Brisbane and am more than happy to help if you needed more subjects. : )ReplyCancel

Late one afternoon in a land far far away (Tokyo), sitting with my dear friend Dan O’Day, sipping sake, discussing all things worldly and photography related. It soon become clear that we, two like-minded explorers/photographers had a lot to offer each other and shortly came to the conclusion, a lot to offer others. We discussed how amazing it would be to hold a photography workshop together that would combine the things in life, art and business that we are most passionate about.

Art and the Heart : a 3 day photography workshop by Dan O









dan and samm in japan. shortly before or after discussing all things worldly. june 2011


Many bottles of sake, a couple of months of planning, lots of miles traveled and many late night skype sessions later, “Art and the Heart – A Photography Workshop by Dan O’Day and Samm Blake” is born.

We launched the workshop website a few days ago and we have been overwhelmed with the response we have received so far. Melbourne is almost sold out, and we have a waiting list of people for the New York and London workshops. We are so excited incredibly excited for everything we have planned for these workshops.

If you are interested in the New York or London workshops, send us an email so you will be one of the first to be notified when we announce the dates and registration opens.

If you are interested in our Melbourne workshop, get in contact with us quickly to get one of the last tickets :)



You Thought You Knew You : a blog cooperative to inspire, renew, discover and stimulate creativity.

















I have also been working on another project with Dan, collaborating together on a blog cooperative, You Thought You Knew You, to inspire, renew, discover and stimulate creativity. The project was introduced while Dan was speaking at the AIPP event “Hair of the Dog” in Brisbane, in February. It seeks to be an inspirational home for all types of creative photographers, so to challenge one another in thinking of new creative patterns and ways of looking at sometimes not-so-creative things.

The blog is to serve as a reminder of the importance of working on personal projects and getting a little “uncomfortable” when exploring creativity & art and exercising “seeing”. It ultimately seeks to bring out the best in us publicly – to an audience of like minded peers and colleagues, family and friends, or even to our clients.

Every week one artist will be selected and given a photography brief (created by YTYKY Creative HQ OR by a creative brief submitted by the public). The artist will be given seven days to complete the brief by providing around 10 images in response to their particular assignment. Each artist will also submit a written post, explaining their experience with the assignment as well as their thoughts on the experience as a whole.

To stimulate as much “uncomfortableness” as possible, the selected artist must shoot in a style or method outside their usual area of expertise. If, for example, the brief is “Blue” and “Grass” and the artist selected is a wedding photographer who shoots with a Canon 5D Mark II, YTYKY does not wish to see images of blue wedding shoes sitting in fields of grass shot on a DSLR. Instead, YTYKY seeks to push the boundaries of whatever “norms” the artist of the week is most comfortable with. Shoot blue garden gnomes with a Polaroid camera. Be as different as possible. Extend the imagination as far as it will go. Steer away from what feels “natural” and discover another side to your creative potential.

The site is to also serve as a hub / portal to inspire us all even further, featuring many links to videos, books and awesome sites that feature amazing photography projects.

Come join our facebook page or follow us on twitter to keep in the loop about what we are up to. We would love for you to become involved… come nominate a photographer who you would love to see issued with a challenge (or get someone to nominate you if you would like a challenge!)

My project I have been working on over winter is currently the feature of the week on YTYKY :)



  • TrishAugust 18, 2011 - 6:43 am

    You two are industry gems. Love what you guys are doing and cant wait to follow the goodness that is to come :)ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayAugust 18, 2011 - 8:49 am

    so exited to be sharing this journey with you samantha… let the great times roll !!ReplyCancel

  • niravAugust 23, 2011 - 11:57 pm

    Been going on the site numerous times and leaving with buckets full of inspiration! Thank you both for making this happen!ReplyCancel

  • Funny, I just came from dans blog to yours. You guys are bookmarked after each other in my ‘inspirational blogs’ folder. Would be great to catch up with you guys in the future. I will keep an eye out for Brisbane dates.ReplyCancel

  • cara @ lillian and leonardSeptember 2, 2011 - 2:29 pm

    Yikes, the very thought of leaving my comfort zones makes me, well, uncomfortable. It’s probably time to do something about that. And I can’t tell you how much I wish I could make it to your workshop when you’re in London, you both inspire me more than I have words for.ReplyCancel


A beautiful wedding  on the coast of Western Australia. My heart left full after spending the day with Helen and Adam and their family and friends.

  • AnyaAugust 16, 2011 - 2:28 am

    What wonderful images Samm and so many amazing old souls.ReplyCancel

  • Derek HoAugust 16, 2011 - 3:03 am

    Beautiful beach wedding. Love the light drawing :)ReplyCancel

  • alydaAugust 16, 2011 - 6:11 am

    sammy sammy sammy. why must you be so awesome? such a beautiful wedding!ReplyCancel

  • john benaventeAugust 16, 2011 - 6:33 am

    sweet frames sammReplyCancel

  • xantheAugust 16, 2011 - 9:18 am

    You are my hero, LOVE your work so much. Beautiful as always x.ReplyCancel

  • pobkeAugust 16, 2011 - 11:13 am

    sammy… so much prettiness and love here. i love the mood you capture in weddings… really really. even in extremely humid, extremely hot vietnam, i can feel the love and warmth from these… love. :)ReplyCancel

  • Caroline GhetesAugust 16, 2011 - 8:02 pm

    Girrrfriend, you are ridiculous.ReplyCancel

  • TenielleAugust 16, 2011 - 11:24 pm

    I take a big deep breathe whenever I look at your work Samm. Beautiful vision.ReplyCancel

  • TomAugust 17, 2011 - 1:02 am

    What an amazing location! Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • jennifer littleAugust 17, 2011 - 2:06 am

    your work is so special and has such soul.ReplyCancel

  • hunterAugust 18, 2011 - 11:00 am

    prettyyyyyyy! loverly loverly stuff samm :)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa SSeptember 2, 2011 - 5:11 am

    What a gorgeous wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa SSeptember 2, 2011 - 5:12 am

    Love it, you have captured this moment wonderfully (as always). Where were you when I got married?ReplyCancel

  • Laura ScottSeptember 5, 2011 - 12:13 am

    Wow, gorgeous photos, gorgeous wedding. Love the ones of the bride and groom in amongst the green leaves/treeReplyCancel

  • BartoshSeptember 13, 2011 - 9:55 am

    Sweet photo and nice place!ReplyCancel

  • IsaiahSeptember 13, 2011 - 10:05 am

    So good samm. Too good reallyReplyCancel

  • saloni vencanicaSeptember 30, 2011 - 12:19 pm

    Fantastic presentation. All photos are so nice, so gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • BleeMay 23, 2014 - 4:54 pm

    Aww what a beautiful wedding. Your photography is amazing!ReplyCancel

“If you want to know where your heart is, look where your mind goes when it wanders.” ~ Bernard Byer

  • AnyaAugust 2, 2011 - 1:14 am

    Love the quote and the images, especially the 2nd frame!ReplyCancel

  • Katie KAugust 2, 2011 - 1:22 am

    Just so gorgeously joyous.ReplyCancel

  • Luisa BrimbleAugust 2, 2011 - 1:23 am

    WOW!!!! Samm I love the happiness this image portrayed in the last frame! STUNNING! TRULY STUNNING!ReplyCancel

  • tasjAugust 2, 2011 - 1:33 am
  • kelly van viersenAugust 2, 2011 - 1:50 am

    ohhh samm!! again, these are beautiful….i love the shadow and the light…and i’ve gotta say, i love the 2nd image so much too!!! and the last one too….well, actually all of them!! you’re a star….and the quote is just divine too….suits this series….love!ReplyCancel

  • Nathan ParkerAugust 2, 2011 - 2:19 am

    Oh man, this is so good. Love the intro quote!ReplyCancel

  • KateAugust 2, 2011 - 2:27 am

    So beautiful. So beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • TeresaAugust 2, 2011 - 4:51 am

    man. just mind blowing every. single. time.ReplyCancel

  • PobkeAugust 2, 2011 - 5:11 am

    love these, my dear twinsie. i love how you capture movement and joy always…. it’s very inspiring to see you get the best of people and their love.ReplyCancel

  • ChrissyAugust 2, 2011 - 5:16 am

    love it Samm!ReplyCancel

  • Mark DohringAugust 2, 2011 - 5:46 am

    Hi Samm, Beautiful moments captured, so soulful. Thank you for your amazing words of inspiration at last weeks seminar. I’ve bought books, turned the tv off and looking within. So very glad I made the trip to Melbourne to hear you and Dan talk. You’re amazing!ReplyCancel

  • JordyAugust 2, 2011 - 8:48 am

    Love your workReplyCancel

  • MichelleAugust 2, 2011 - 10:05 am

    Samm, I love these images so very much. Can’t stop looking at them. Stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Tamara SweeneyAugust 2, 2011 - 1:05 pm

    Absolutely beautiful images Samm… and is that a Kozyndan picture in the background in one of one of the shots? Love their style!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer LittleAugust 2, 2011 - 3:04 pm

    stunning. the emotion in these images speaks for itself.ReplyCancel

  • Derek HoAugust 2, 2011 - 4:03 pm

    Feels like a beautiful movie.ReplyCancel

  • Stephen rotondoAugust 2, 2011 - 9:14 pm

    Really beautiful, intimate images, I love them, and that smile at the end – perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline GhetesAugust 4, 2011 - 4:02 am

    Ooh la la, Samm! These are romantic, sexy, casual, moody, lovely, happy, etc…. That last one makes me smile. She has a beautiful smile.ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayAugust 5, 2011 - 2:10 am

    you are the queen of radness… love what you do xxReplyCancel

  • KelleeAugust 8, 2011 - 6:38 am

    gorgeous Samm!ReplyCancel

  • Lev KupermanAugust 9, 2011 - 4:08 pm

    these are so lovely. i love the shots of her on the couch and him sitting at the edge on the floor.ReplyCancel

  • shipraAugust 11, 2011 - 5:53 am

    swept away yet again by the beauty and poignancy of your photography.ReplyCancel

  • alydaAugust 11, 2011 - 10:43 pm

    my face needs to be punched for not leaving a comment already. love these so much sammy. realnessx50billionReplyCancel

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller



I traveled to Japan in June with one of my dearest friends, Dan O’Day. These are some things I saw. Whenever  I travel, I like to challenge myself creatively. To push myself to shoot in a new way then I normally would. I took my new Fuji x100 camera camera along with my Mamiya 6 medium format camera.  I ended up using only the Fuji x100 the entire trip..I love this little camera.  I normally only shoot film when I travel so shooting digitally and with such a small camera, I was able to capture images I would have normally missed ..like japanese business men picking their noses on the subway :)

Tokyo is my favorite city in the world. I would move there in a heartbeat.

  • KirstyJuly 14, 2011 - 4:09 am
  • Tim CoulsonJuly 14, 2011 - 4:11 am

    i used to live there. this makes me want to live there…again.ReplyCancel

  • john benaventeJuly 14, 2011 - 4:12 am

    WOW!!!..mood + tones is a winner.ReplyCancel

  • Shuva RahimJuly 14, 2011 - 4:24 am

    Wow, that was amazing! thanks for sharing a bit of your adventure with us!ReplyCancel

  • GaryJuly 14, 2011 - 4:27 am

    Incredible images, so much to see through your eyes!! Thank you for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • alydaJuly 14, 2011 - 4:31 am

    awwwww sheeeiiiitttt! sammy! so good, soo so soso good. Tokyo, lets go!ReplyCancel

  • JulesJuly 14, 2011 - 4:35 am

    Some gorgeously ambient shots! Love these, Samm.ReplyCancel

  • JakobJuly 14, 2011 - 4:40 am

    This. Is. Epic. Huge fan.ReplyCancel

  • Jason VdmJuly 14, 2011 - 4:48 am

    so many awesome shots….ReplyCancel

  • AlanJuly 14, 2011 - 4:49 am

    Thanks for letting us see through your eyes. Jaw drops!ReplyCancel

  • brianJuly 14, 2011 - 4:52 am


  • Stewart LeishmanJuly 14, 2011 - 5:28 am

    It just got better and better for me personally! The shot with the guy laying down on the bench under the trees is sensational! Absolutely love it from beginning to end!ReplyCancel

  • hilary wardhaughJuly 14, 2011 - 5:36 am

    dogs, fish and turtles luv them
    I am sooo jealous to be able to have the time to have a holiday creating!ReplyCancel

  • Steve ElmerJuly 14, 2011 - 7:08 am

    Hawt diggity Sammy! That was a legit mind trip of dark hazy moods. I haz to get ticket nao :PReplyCancel

  • mindyJuly 14, 2011 - 7:23 am

    so beautiful! you really captured the playful nature of japanese people!ReplyCancel

  • michele bowmanJuly 14, 2011 - 7:48 am

    such a joy to look through your photos!! i love the feel and the mood of every one of them! wonderful adventure.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine AbeggJuly 14, 2011 - 8:08 am

    I am not sure if I should comment on this, because I really, truly don’t know what to say… I have no words to sum up how breathtaking these images are… you are truly an artist, and I feel like, it’s been so long since I’ve seen something this moving in quite sometime. Coincidentally, the last post I saw that moved me so was the one of Dan’s, of Ginger & Pearl. This collection is beyond anything I’ve seen. I don’t know what to say, except… kudos, Samm. These… You. are amazing.ReplyCancel

  • ChristineJuly 14, 2011 - 8:23 am

    you inspire me today, tomorrow, always. :)ReplyCancel

  • ursiJuly 14, 2011 - 8:33 am

    samm, amazing to see what “your Japan” looks like. one day i ll show you what mine looks like. miss u*ReplyCancel

  • AdrianJuly 14, 2011 - 8:44 am

    Absolutely amazing. I do love the nose-picking dude. :-)ReplyCancel

  • andyJuly 14, 2011 - 9:21 am

    the way you do it is amazing.
    i like your style,girl ;)
    greetings from germany.

  • Amanda ThorsonJuly 14, 2011 - 10:13 am

    so good!!! love them all.ReplyCancel

  • JustinJuly 14, 2011 - 10:25 am

    Beautiful, creative & candid images of the street and memories to last forever! Great work Samm!ReplyCancel

  • ElliJuly 14, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    Ohh sam your images are so beautiful but they make me miss Japan so much! So glad you enjoyed your trip and great to see the shot of mt fuji! My faves are the boy in the train station and the girl getting tangled in the dogs lead :) they are lots of fun xoReplyCancel

  • AmyQJuly 14, 2011 - 1:37 pm

    Beautiful. Haunting. Love that you’re traveling! Miss seeing your face every month…. Love to you. XoooReplyCancel

  • geneohJuly 14, 2011 - 2:29 pm

    amazing post, Samm! So much mood, I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Tonhya KaeJuly 14, 2011 - 4:08 pm

    it makes no sense how good you are. : )ReplyCancel

  • nate kaiserJuly 14, 2011 - 5:35 pm

    holy balls samm, AMAZE.ReplyCancel

  • JamesJuly 14, 2011 - 5:47 pm

    All the darkness and loneliness and wonder and awe and little things and little moments and exhaustion of traveling. In love. I want the printed book.ReplyCancel

  • sui ~ cynosureJuly 14, 2011 - 6:37 pm

    love these images. love these views. love your vision :)ReplyCancel

  • AmyPunky PhotographyJuly 14, 2011 - 10:32 pm

    Oh wow your photos are awesome!! Now I need this Fuji x100!ReplyCancel

  • NiravJuly 15, 2011 - 1:16 am

    Inspired Samm. Wow.ReplyCancel

  • Janet PalmerJuly 15, 2011 - 2:29 am

    oh boy…. you’ve made it obvious that the time between visits to Japan has been too long… love the series, your awesomeReplyCancel

  • sarah rhoadsJuly 15, 2011 - 3:23 am

    Samm!! your travel photos are where your heart shines the most. these are just beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • MoiraJuly 15, 2011 - 5:03 am

    Samm – I love how you’re photography is so DIFFERENT. So carefree and like you dont give a damn about what is considered a “good photo” because of certain rules. These are great.ReplyCancel

  • benj haischJuly 15, 2011 - 6:18 am

    oh my. wow. Samm, these are NUTS. I can’t believe they’re all from the X100. SO cool.ReplyCancel

  • Ruben vZJuly 15, 2011 - 7:36 pm

    Amazing images, love the mood!ReplyCancel

  • coleJuly 15, 2011 - 9:40 pm

    My. God. This is absolutely unbelievable.Seriously seriously seriously solid. I may have already commented on this post (I can’t remember) but who cares – this is just stellar.ReplyCancel

  • David RobertsonJuly 16, 2011 - 1:42 am

    SO many amazing photos.ReplyCancel

  • Julian Abram WainwrightJuly 16, 2011 - 1:45 am

    A lovely set of images. Love the toning. Really adds to the sense of displacement and wonder.ReplyCancel

  • HaleyJuly 16, 2011 - 7:28 am

    Absolutely beautiful set! There seems to be a very grainy theme throughout the photos which is interesting considering its the x100. Was this done through post processing?ReplyCancel

  • Kelly TunneyJuly 17, 2011 - 12:59 am

    What a city Sammy through your talented, clever eyes xReplyCancel

  • Greg NissenJuly 18, 2011 - 7:40 am

    Killer post dude. Some amazing street photosReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayJuly 21, 2011 - 12:33 am

    it is no less than an honor for me to have “the Artist” Samm Blake as one of my dearest friends and inspirations…. there are no words other than this magical time is memory that I will hold on to with all my strength until the day I pass. you truly are an artist.ReplyCancel

  • Kalimna MohamedAugust 1, 2011 - 4:05 am

    Hi Sam. I attended the seminar in Melbourne last week and am so pleased I was able to listen to you and Dan speak. I love your blog post with your images from Japan. They are honest, fun, dark and just so interesting.
    A lot from what you both shared is floating around my head. I have started on the challenges and will head to the library this week to see what I can borrow of the reading list you shared. The 7 habits is the top of my list!
    Anyway, I hope you are well and many thanks again for sharing your inspiration and so much of yourself.

  • Rose SavillAugust 7, 2011 - 3:22 am

    ..just amazing photos Samm.
    Your photos took me to the time I was there, but also telling me a story, your story. Marvelous work as always. Loved them all.ReplyCancel

  • […] one afternoon in a land far far away (Tokyo), sitting with my dear friend Dan O’Day, sipping sake, discussing all things worldly […]ReplyCancel

  • ndrooSeptember 13, 2011 - 7:36 am

    Superb set of photos. Love em!ReplyCancel

  • Paul FullerNovember 26, 2011 - 6:24 pm

    An absolutely beautiful piece of workReplyCancel

  • Johanna HietanenDecember 3, 2011 - 3:18 pm

    Wow. I mean… WOW.ReplyCancel

  • brett maxwellDecember 3, 2011 - 4:49 pm

    Wow, so, so good Samm. I had the x100 for a few months and often regret selling it, especially when I see stuff like this of it being used exactly as intended by very skilled hands.ReplyCancel

  • Brian KraftDecember 14, 2011 - 9:23 pm

    Can’t stop looking at these.ReplyCancel

  • Michigan Wedding PhotographerJune 8, 2012 - 12:09 am

    I love how many of the images have a really simple subject, yet they are still quite remarkable.ReplyCancel

  • Suellen LeeJuly 30, 2012 - 1:27 am

    This work keeps touching those places that are on the periphery of vision – very beautiful – I am spellbound.ReplyCancel

  • […] 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 […]ReplyCancel

  • […] White Wedding Chapel and spend 1o days at WPPI with all my dear photography friends. I went to Japan for a fun adventure with my friend Dan where we started working on our workshop series Art and the Heart that we […]ReplyCancel


  • AmyPunky PhotographyJune 30, 2011 - 12:31 pm

    That is simply amazing!!!! Wow!!ReplyCancel

  • KirstieJune 30, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    WOW!!! What an incredible wedding. The bride and her girls are stunning!! Those dresses are gorgeous. I love the way you captured their day, you captured all the moments and energy of the day beautifully.ReplyCancel

  • MeganJune 30, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    Samm, absolutely incredible. Wow.ReplyCancel

  • trishJune 30, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    wow. whoa. wow samm wow. I’ve been taken away to another time and place and I don’t want to leave. these are incredible!ReplyCancel

  • leigh millerJune 30, 2011 - 12:54 pm

    love this one! great work. congrats to the lovely couple.ReplyCancel

  • michele bowmanJune 30, 2011 - 12:55 pm

    these are some fabulous photos!! what an amazing wedding, beautiful clothing and wonderful moments. you caught them all!ReplyCancel

  • JuliannaJune 30, 2011 - 12:56 pm

    I followed the link on Pobke’s Tweet to check out the dress – and I’m absolutely blown away by these images. I love how you’ve incorporated the BW – beautiful tones. I’ve been transported to another world – thank you for sharing xxReplyCancel

  • Tim CoulsonJune 30, 2011 - 12:58 pm

    one of the best i’ve seen. properly mental.ReplyCancel

  • ZJune 30, 2011 - 1:07 pm

    The styling for this wedding is amazing. Did Michelle Jank do the dresses as well as the floral brooches? They are perfection!ReplyCancel

  • Fer JuaristiJune 30, 2011 - 1:22 pm

    Truly an inspiration wedding, full of awesome moments, cool portraits & tons of attitude! cheers from MX.ReplyCancel

  • Derek HoJune 30, 2011 - 1:46 pm

    Who says Perth hasn’t got gorgeous venues? ;)
    Love AMK 105, 355, 859, 882 ;))ReplyCancel

  • PobkeJune 30, 2011 - 2:34 pm

    You know I think this is perfect, right twinsie?? Perfect. And captured so beautifully. Love the way you shot each thoughtful shot. :)ReplyCancel

  • gladys jemJune 30, 2011 - 3:52 pm

    such a fan of you samm! this is one of the best ive ever seen. incredible!ReplyCancel

  • jen@greenweddingshoesJune 30, 2011 - 4:02 pm

    Wow- her dress is amazing! Such a lovely wedding and gorgeous photos!!ReplyCancel

  • TeresaJune 30, 2011 - 4:53 pm

    Wow and more wow. This is absolutely breathtaking.ReplyCancel

  • lydia {ever ours}June 30, 2011 - 9:45 pm

    oh. my. wow. absolutely stunning!ReplyCancel

  • matt sloanJune 30, 2011 - 10:47 pm


  • Amanda VanVelsJune 30, 2011 - 11:21 pm

    are you serious? how is this wedding even real life?ReplyCancel

  • Gemma CarrJune 30, 2011 - 11:33 pm

    Wow Samm, what a wedding/tea party! Amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Krysta GuilleJune 30, 2011 - 11:47 pm

    Awesome job Samm!!! Love love love all the dresses!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda ThorsonJuly 1, 2011 - 12:15 am

    just magical.ReplyCancel

  • KirstyJuly 1, 2011 - 12:25 am

    Um no words……….. F’ing awesomeReplyCancel

  • Ben AdamsJuly 1, 2011 - 12:49 am

    Beautiful editing!! Easily my fav of yours.ReplyCancel

  • SarahJuly 1, 2011 - 12:49 am

    Sammie….that was ridiculously good…even for you xxx amazing and the series and flow was perfect- like it should be printed as a book…i’d buy it xReplyCancel

  • PunamJuly 1, 2011 - 12:59 am

    Ummm. Yeah. Speechless.ReplyCancel

  • Luisa BrimbleJuly 1, 2011 - 2:27 am

    Samm this is just ridiculously AWESOME! OMG!!!! Everything about it is truly out of this world. WOW!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rafa IbanezJuly 1, 2011 - 2:34 am

    Great wedding Samm, congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Sebastian MrugalskiJuly 1, 2011 - 2:47 am

    Wow! such beautiful coverage of a wedding! So many classic photographs.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly TrowJuly 1, 2011 - 3:00 am

    Wow. I am so blown away by this post…this wedding…the details…your images…just, WOW. I am speechless. Just. Wow.ReplyCancel

  • joshJuly 1, 2011 - 3:27 am

    So flippin’ beautiful, Samm.ReplyCancel

  • Amy OliverJuly 1, 2011 - 3:48 am

    heart be still. amazing. I want to get married again and wear her dress! *sigh*ReplyCancel

  • julie harmsenJuly 1, 2011 - 4:06 am

    Stunning. these are magical.ReplyCancel

  • fiona andersenJuly 1, 2011 - 4:06 am

    I would seriously pay someone (a whole eap of cash) just to shoot a wedding like this… Holy flippin wow…. just amazing..
    Seriously Samm its utterly wicked. You get so sucked into the whole story… you a rock star!ReplyCancel

  • Julian Abram WainwrightJuly 1, 2011 - 5:44 am

    Beauty. Totally nailed it. Gorgeous from first frame to the last.ReplyCancel

  • haileyJuly 1, 2011 - 7:13 am

    ahhhh how perfect! I love everything about this wedding! BEAUTIFUL! LOvely work!!! Oh sooo good!ReplyCancel

  • SuzanneJuly 1, 2011 - 7:14 am

    This wedding is an artform! I’m in total awe! Your work is so incredible – simply stunning. What an absolutely perfect match for this beautiful, creative couple.ReplyCancel

  • Janine HanlonJuly 1, 2011 - 7:52 am

    I am constantly in awe of your work! The shots are spectacular. Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Nic DuncanJuly 1, 2011 - 11:40 am

    Each image is outstanding in its own right…as a story they’re mindblowing Samm. You continue to inspire :-) xxxReplyCancel

  • Brian DavisJuly 1, 2011 - 11:50 am

    WOW. Each image is its own work of art…which makes this post amazing! Great work!ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayJuly 1, 2011 - 3:50 pm

    you are a beautiful freak… amazingReplyCancel

  • aruna b.July 1, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    holy wow now that is a wedding dress!!…and a fabulous looking wedding. lovely lovely photos!ReplyCancel

  • vikki kourbelisJuly 2, 2011 - 11:29 am

    What an AMAZING wedding! I was transported to the 1950’s and the images were reminiscent of an Italian retro film. Love your fabulous processing on all of these SammReplyCancel

  • john benaventeJuly 3, 2011 - 4:07 am

    one of my fav. weddings posts ever!ReplyCancel

  • Annetta BosakovaJuly 3, 2011 - 6:53 am

    These are simply the best wedding pictures I’ve ever seen hands down!!
    Just absolutely incredible!!
    The wedding was so beautiful & perfect!ReplyCancel

  • David MooreJuly 3, 2011 - 10:31 am

    These images are too good to be real.ReplyCancel

  • RebekahJuly 4, 2011 - 9:01 am


  • […] 6. Everything about this… is perfect. By my new favorite artistic photographer, Rodney Smith. I could get lost in his portfolio for hours. Oops, already have. 7. Sparkly bokeh? I want it everywhere in my life. By Emily. 8. This picture of a bride getting ready for her wedding reminds me of a fine art painting. The colors, pose, composition are so pretty. By Australian wedding photographer Samm Blake. […]ReplyCancel

  • shipraJuly 4, 2011 - 6:03 pm

    be still my beating heart! What amazing personal style this beautiful bride has.ReplyCancel

  • annaJuly 5, 2011 - 6:14 am

    oh.my.god. most beautiful photos ever.ReplyCancel

  • KelleeJuly 6, 2011 - 1:15 am

    Gorgeous Samm!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki BezelJuly 6, 2011 - 12:25 pm

    Hey Samm, this one has left me speechless. Seriously, I’ll have to come back a few times to properly ingest it. You have truly outdone yourself this time and that ain’t easy. So happy for you.ReplyCancel

  • alydaJuly 7, 2011 - 12:42 am

    best. ever.ReplyCancel

  • NiravJuly 7, 2011 - 1:21 am

    Wait what just happened. I got punched in the face by awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley LaneJuly 7, 2011 - 4:21 am

    Gorgeous work! What an amazing wedding!ReplyCancel

  • sarah blackJuly 7, 2011 - 12:56 pm

    Beyond extraordinary. The most beautiful happening I have seen in a long time. This is fine art wedding photography, in case any one is wondering.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly TunneyJuly 7, 2011 - 6:04 pm

    I’m so late to this party Sammy but HOLY COW girl. AND P.S. crazy bridesmaid shot = should have been a GOLD. Loves to you Sammy Samm xxxxxReplyCancel

  • KellanJuly 8, 2011 - 1:32 pm

    Divine! the brides style is beyond. Love every square inch of this!ReplyCancel

  • ashleyJuly 8, 2011 - 4:51 pm

    i love this wedding. you did an amazing job samm !ReplyCancel

  • olivia leighJuly 9, 2011 - 3:37 pm

    The getting ready shot with the shoes and art is faboosh! Getaway shots are amazing, too. And that dress!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh GrayJuly 10, 2011 - 3:02 am

    I love the wedding photography you have done here of Annabel and Matthews . Her arrival and ceremony shots are just great.ReplyCancel

  • Nakalan BuzzaJuly 11, 2011 - 3:46 am

    These are so amazing. I can’t even believe it. You were the perfect photographer for this couples wedding.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline GhetesJuly 13, 2011 - 5:23 am

    Oh. Em. Gee. Girlfriend. That was amazing.ReplyCancel

  • lisakJuly 13, 2011 - 7:22 am

    Oh my word!! This wedding is like a timewarp and totally amazing! And your images Samm……SO stunning. I love them. The tones and the emotion are just incredible.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah WilliamsJuly 13, 2011 - 11:26 am

    Oh. my. So so beautiful xxReplyCancel

  • MarryamJuly 13, 2011 - 11:29 am

    so, so, SO amazingReplyCancel

  • Edwin EamesJuly 14, 2011 - 8:44 am

    Fantastic images. It’s a story: beautifully told.
    Love your work.ReplyCancel

  • JamesJuly 14, 2011 - 5:48 pm

    Still blows my mind. I want to be there. Again, the mood/lighting high/low keys are perfectly cinematic.ReplyCancel

  • susan yeeJuly 14, 2011 - 11:22 pm

    oh my goodness, sammy!!! i am so entirely ENTHRALLED by this wedding. she has SUCH style, and you captured it SO beautifully. i am in awe.ReplyCancel

  • MoiraJuly 15, 2011 - 5:04 am

    Wow – talk about a different wedding to shoot – LOVED the teacups!!!ReplyCancel

  • ChloeJuly 28, 2011 - 7:25 am

    This is the greatest wedding I have ever seen. You are literally some kind of deity with a camera. I’m in awe.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa DevlinJuly 28, 2011 - 7:33 am

    Love the bride’s style, awesome, love the bridesmaids shoes, love the processing, love the narrative, would have loved to have been at that party. Samm, I am totally blown away. You are an inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • SarahJuly 28, 2011 - 7:44 am

    Wow these shots are beautiful and enigmatic. They feel so different to other wedding photography about at the moment. Some amazing art shots in there too, just stunningReplyCancel

  • ginaJuly 28, 2011 - 8:44 am

    simply wonderful. I had my morning coffee with this. :)
    it’s my hope, you receive every bit of praise for such a brilliant set of images.ReplyCancel

  • michelleJuly 28, 2011 - 8:56 am

    incredible work samm.ReplyCancel

  • ElizaJuly 28, 2011 - 10:42 am

    Now that is what a call a wedding.
    I have scrolled up and down looking at these photos 3 or 4 times now and every one of them in stunning … WOW!!ReplyCancel

  • lauraJuly 28, 2011 - 11:46 am

    absolutely incredible. made me gasp.ReplyCancel

  • LittlewinterbrideJuly 28, 2011 - 2:07 pm

    Amazingly beautiful. The brides wedding attire is stunning, who is the designer of her dress and lace top? Would love to know. GrazieReplyCancel

  • kristi wrightJuly 28, 2011 - 4:47 pm

    Like a beautiful movie. Amazing photos, amazing couple with the best style I’ve ever seen.ReplyCancel

  • YolandeJuly 28, 2011 - 8:15 pm

    ♥ GorgeousequeReplyCancel

  • rJuly 29, 2011 - 12:14 am

    Sweet GEEBUS. I’m verklempt. Just…WOW.ReplyCancel

  • CaraJuly 29, 2011 - 2:12 am

    Popped over from Peonios & Polaroids — the fun + gorgeousness you’ve captured is breathtaking! Would you mind if I pinned some of these on pinterest with credits to you? I completely understand if you’d rather I not. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • […] Party: Green Wedding ShoesVintage Bridesmaids:Samm BlakeFlower Girl: Style Me […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Et plus encore sur le blog de Samm Blake […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Photography: Samm Blake // Flowers and Event styling: Rebecca Grace @ Natural Art // Brides’ Dress: Michelle Jank// Bridesmaids’ dresses: Michelle Jank + Wendy Marshall @ Elle Boutique // Groom and groomsmen suits: Tony Barlow// Hair: Marie Cain @ Head Studio Perth // Makeup: Hendra Widjaja // Music and Production: Tony Salom @ OMG Events// Cars: Belle Classique // Food: Iain Lawless […]ReplyCancel

  • RogAugust 10, 2011 - 6:19 am

    Good Glory Samm. One of my brides just sent this to me for inspiration. Haha, so so so so good.ReplyCancel

  • JillAugust 10, 2011 - 11:36 am

    Beautiful pictures – it was truly a happy day for everyone there…ReplyCancel

  • […] Photography Credit: Samm Blake (click for more) […]ReplyCancel

  • […] {Фото: Samm Blake} […]ReplyCancel

  • RogSeptember 13, 2011 - 7:11 am

    ps. This might get better everytime someone looks at it.ReplyCancel

  • saloni vencanicaSeptember 30, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    All photos are fantastic, so nice, so colorful. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca GraceOctober 1, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    I finally have had a chance to look at your photo’s of Annabel’s and Matts wedding and wow! They are so beautiful and really capture all our hard work and small details perfectly I will have to get some shots from you for my portfolio, look forward to seeing you on the next job cheers Rebecca GraceReplyCancel

  • togNovember 8, 2011 - 4:00 am

    excellent shoot! I have taken so much inspiration from these images! thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • hillaryDecember 8, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    this/these are the most incredible wedding and wedding photos i have ever seen.ReplyCancel

  • BecJanuary 17, 2012 - 2:46 am

    so so awesome. I need to find better words, but that was just incredible.ReplyCancel

  • […] Blake, a wedding and portrait photographer in Australia, and asked if she would allow me to share Annabel and Matthew’s wedding day with you. To my delight, she was more than happy to. I don’t know much about Samm Blake other […]ReplyCancel

  • Tina BinghamMarch 15, 2012 - 8:54 pm

    reliving and reloving, thanks Sammm, its too delicious xReplyCancel

  • […] featured annabel + matthew emma + andy rebecca + tom tamara + chris Contact Search […]ReplyCancel

  • […] amazing, and feel great too. Whilst searching for bridesmaids style inspiration, I came across this incredible Australian wedding, this wedding is so impressive in fact, that it has recently been featured in Harpers Bazaar […]ReplyCancel

  • Blogs | PearltreesApril 29, 2012 - 5:59 am

    […] annabel and matthew » Samm Blake Photographer How often do you ask that question? Really ask it? And if you ask, WHAT IF how often do you follow through with your idea? […]ReplyCancel

  • Naomi GogginMay 21, 2012 - 9:24 pm

    This is such a source of inspiration, Samm. Phenomenally beautiful photography. xReplyCancel

  • […] {image courtesy of SAMM BLAKE} […]ReplyCancel

  • NickSeptember 24, 2012 - 12:44 pm

    Great work Samm, Love it!ReplyCancel

  • […] Foto Samm Blake […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Las damas de honor en las bodas es otra moda que se ha exportado de Estados Unidos, allí es habitual que a la novia le acompañen sus amigas al altar vestidas todas iguales o casi iguales. En España, de momento, es una moda que se asoma tímidamente, pero muchas marcas de vestidos de novias añaden a sus catálogos vestidos de dama de honor. Tanto si te casas y buscas vestidos para tus damas o si tienes que ser dama de honor en una boda en Tredencias te damos la claves para acertar. Foto Samm Blake […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Top row (l-r): Bride & groom {P: Ngg studios; S: Imbue Weddings}; embroidery; bouquet {P: Marta Locklear Photography; F: The Enchanted Florist}; table setting {P: Alicia Swedenborg; S: Vintage Honeymoon}; lace monogram cake {P: Juliet Elizabeth Photography; C: A Charleston Bride} Row 2: Stones with crochet detail {P: Jose Villa; S: Joy Thigpen}; bride and bridesmaids {P: Costantine Delis for Vogue}; love letter decor {P: Briana Moore Photography}; stone aisle runner {P & D: Designs By Courtney} Row 3: Sheer blue dress {P: Alicia Swedenborg; S: Vintage Honeymoon}; tags {P: Melissa Musgrove Photography: C: La Fete Weddings}; stones guest book {P: Lauren Kinsey Photography; C: Fete Weddings & Events}; hairstyle; lace cover-up {P: Samm Blake} […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Perfect for a couple’s bridal shower or engagement party– or just to celebrate fall! -This is the coolest, prettiest wedding of all time. -Erin of Design For Mankind wrote this heartfelt, […]ReplyCancel

  • […] page clockwise from top- Image 1&2: Katie Ermilio Image 3: Samm Blake wedding Bottom page clockwise from top – Image 4: Edeline Lee 5: Image Modcloth Dress 6: Etsy […]ReplyCancel

  • Anna NelsonFebruary 14, 2013 - 6:31 pm

    Hi! I am absolutely in love with your dress. Can you tell me where you got it? I LOVE! xoReplyCancel

  • […] image: Photo by Samm Blake via […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Credits: Sam Blake // Emily White // Ragged Priest at Topshop // Sohomode // Oh My Honey // Taylor Lord // Alixann […]ReplyCancel

  • Flower Girls from MonsoonSeptember 6, 2013 - 12:06 pm

    […] Odette Net Dress, £46 + Skipping Stones inspiration board Credits: Top row (l-r): Bride & groom {P: Ngg studios; S: Imbue Weddings}; embroidery; bouquet {P: Marta Locklear Photography; F: The Enchanted Florist}; table setting {P: Alicia Swedenborg; S: Vintage Honeymoon}; lace monogram cake {P: Juliet Elizabeth Photography; C: A Charleston Bride}; Row 2: Stones with crochet detail {P: Jose Villa; S: Joy Thigpen}; bride and bridesmaids {P: Costantine Delis for Vogue}; love letter decor {P: Briana Moore Photography}; stone aisle runner {P & D: Designs By Courtney}; Row 3: Sheer blue dress {P: Alicia Swedenborg; S: Vintage Honeymoon}; tags {P: Melissa Musgrove Photography: C: La Fete Weddings}; stones guest book {P: Lauren Kinsey Photography; C: Fete Weddings & Events}; hairstyle; lace cover-up {P: Samm Blake} […]ReplyCancel

  • […] piece from designer Michelle Jank. To see the rest of this beautiful wedding visit Samm’s blog. Careful you might loose yourself in all the beautiful […]ReplyCancel

  • AndreasDecember 4, 2013 - 5:21 am

    Wonderful photography. You capture the emotion of the day in a great way and style. Will recommend you … :-)ReplyCancel

  • […] Blue gown by Michelle Jank captured by Samm Blake 2. Gown by Elie Saab via New York Magazine 3. Rebecca Taylor Frayed Strapless Gown from Shopbop 4. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] blue bridal ideas: Mod Mint, Sam Blake, Rock N Roll Bride, […]ReplyCancel




samm in tokyo. image by dan o’day


The first six months of this year have been very good to me and it looks as if the next six months are about to get a whole lot better :)  So many amazing opportunities and adventures ahead… a lot more to share and announce over the next few months. I am about to make the big move over to Melbourne, I am currently in Japan working on a personal photography project and as soon as I get back to Australia, its all a go go :)

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This July in Melbourne, I will be speaking along side some amazing photographers. Make sure you get your tickets quickly as I am sure this will sell out. Check out prophotoseminars.com.au for more details :)

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I was interviewed on the Skip Town  (The online resource for creative travellers) blog recently. Check out the interview here > Through Their Eyes : Samm Blake

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Lots and lots of travel ahead of me in the next six months. I am always happy to book in work while I am traveling, so if you are interested in being photographed by me (or have a one on one photography / business mentor session with me) in any of these places, please contact me :)

Japan – June 2011
Sydney – June 2011
Canberra – June + July 2011
Melbourne – June + July 2011
New South Wales – July + August 2011
USA – September 2011
Bali – September 2011
Queensland – October 2011
Margaret River – October + November + December 2011
New South Wales – December 2011
USA – February 2012
USA – June + July 2012

  • todd hunter mcgawJune 7, 2011 - 11:44 am

    haha.. this pic is sooooo lost in translationy.. love it!ReplyCancel

  • agaJune 7, 2011 - 1:05 pm

    safe travels! Love that photo by Dan…very tranquilReplyCancel

  • Brian DavisJune 7, 2011 - 3:03 pm

    Sounds awesome, best of luck in your travels. That pic is awesome :)ReplyCancel

  • suiJune 7, 2011 - 8:20 pm

    where in the USA!? :D
    I’d love to just have a cup of tea with you :o)

    by the way, will reply to your email/japan fundraiser stuff soon. yay!ReplyCancel

  • NiravJune 7, 2011 - 10:41 pm

    Safe travels Samm! Excited to see all the amazing art you come back with :)ReplyCancel

  • susan yeeJune 9, 2011 - 3:23 am

    i so want to see you if you’ll be in southern california again. <3 miss you!ReplyCancel

  • AlexJune 9, 2011 - 9:17 pm

    August in Canada? You totally should…ReplyCancel

  • MariekeJune 14, 2011 - 6:01 am

    Just booked into the July seminar. Looking forward to hearing you speak, have admired your work for some time now! Happy and safe travels :)ReplyCancel

  • Kate RobinsonJuly 12, 2011 - 2:11 am

    Hi Samm, I have recently moved over to Melbourne from Auckland, NZ. I’m attending the pro photography seminars in a few weeks, looking forward to meeting you & hearing you speak! xReplyCancel

  • MoiraJuly 15, 2011 - 5:07 am

    How on earth do you get around so much!? That’s amazing. Very jealous!ReplyCancel

  • Andy RogersMay 26, 2011 - 2:15 am

    Those B&W’s amongst the trees are fantastic SammReplyCancel

  • kristenMay 26, 2011 - 2:26 am

    beautiful light and movement, samm. :)ReplyCancel

  • kelly van viersenMay 26, 2011 - 2:34 am

    love!! gorgeous samm : )ReplyCancel

  • alydaMay 26, 2011 - 2:35 am

    oohhh ohhhh sammy this is a goodie!!!!! love them all :DReplyCancel

  • Luisa BrimbleMay 26, 2011 - 2:42 am

    ❤ ❤ ❤ really love your style Samm! So full of prettiness!ReplyCancel

  • RogMay 26, 2011 - 2:55 am

    rog was hereReplyCancel

  • elliMay 26, 2011 - 4:21 am

    I’m not going to get anything done today because I can’t stop looking at these pics :)ReplyCancel

  • sandyMay 26, 2011 - 6:18 am

    pure,simple beauty :) so gorgeousReplyCancel

  • Andrew CahillMay 26, 2011 - 8:31 am

    Gorgeous, so love that 3rd last one in colour.ReplyCancel

  • Janelle MikulicMay 26, 2011 - 8:48 am

    Awww…beautiful, beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • AdrianMay 26, 2011 - 10:44 am

    Beautiful and heartfelt as always. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Brian DavisMay 26, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    Samm, your work is incredibleReplyCancel

  • Amanda ThorsonMay 26, 2011 - 11:59 pm

    oh wow…this is a wow shoot.ReplyCancel

  • geneohMay 27, 2011 - 4:24 pm

    1st frame is killer!ReplyCancel

  • Rick CortezMay 27, 2011 - 5:31 pm

    These are wonderful. I love you work SammReplyCancel

  • Nashville Wedding PhotographersJune 16, 2011 - 8:25 pm

    very awesome! favorite is the first one! epic. we should be friends. similar styles for sure. hold a workshop together? pick each other’s brains? love your work:) just wanted to stop by and actually say it this time…ReplyCancel

  • Shane ShepherdDecember 10, 2011 - 4:39 am

    Lovely shots Samm ;)ReplyCancel

  • RogDecember 10, 2011 - 5:43 am

    what what, in the … front :) These are great Samm. You’re a boy photographer, right?ReplyCancel


  • Alexa CatalinMay 23, 2011 - 9:59 am

    I realy love your style. So glad I discovered your blog.
    One more time, amazing work.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren WellintonMay 23, 2011 - 10:08 am

    Gorgeous!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • ChloeMay 23, 2011 - 10:11 am

    What a beautiful set and a beautifully relaxed wedding day. You’ve captured just how comfortable they are in each other’s company. I feel like I was actually there, outside, celebrating their day with them. You’re really a pretty amazing artist.ReplyCancel

  • trishMay 23, 2011 - 10:17 am

    SO STUNNING!!!! Love the smiles and the colours to bits, and the venue looks amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Tamara SweeneyMay 23, 2011 - 10:56 am

    Oh Samm…. soooo amazing!!!! There really are not words for how beautiful your photos are. You have captured everything we had hoped for and more!!! xxxReplyCancel

  • todd hunter mcgawMay 23, 2011 - 11:17 am

    Lovely lOvely loVely lovEly blakesamantha.. u.r.good.ReplyCancel

  • PobkeMay 23, 2011 - 11:19 am


  • MichelleMay 23, 2011 - 11:27 am

    Samm, these are stunning! I felt like I was there all over again and even saw some things I completely missed on the day.

    Thank you! I know that we’ll all cherish these incredible images forever. xReplyCancel

  • Andrew CahillMay 23, 2011 - 11:37 am

    Gorgeous work, that reception looked so amazing.ReplyCancel

  • alydaMay 23, 2011 - 11:42 am

    oh what a perfect wedding. crikey you’re good blakesamantha!ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayMay 23, 2011 - 11:43 am

    my fave of yours ever….ReplyCancel

  • Derek HoMay 23, 2011 - 1:37 pm

    The photos look so delicious I can eat them :)ReplyCancel

  • Brian DavisMay 23, 2011 - 4:34 pm

    Awesome work Samm, so many great shots. Really love your style.ReplyCancel

  • Gedas GirdvainisMay 23, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    you are the man!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda ThorsonMay 23, 2011 - 10:11 pm

    this is lovely, a perfect mix of class, good food and friends.ReplyCancel

  • NiravMay 23, 2011 - 11:50 pm

    Samm, you are the woman ;)ReplyCancel

  • MarijaMay 24, 2011 - 12:06 am

    absolutely amazing!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • SB Wedding PhotographyMay 24, 2011 - 1:41 am

    Awesome set, even the speech photos are great!ReplyCancel

  • LeahMay 24, 2011 - 2:06 am

    oh my!ReplyCancel

  • tasjMay 24, 2011 - 2:59 am

    Yep…it’s gorgeous. That pine tree at the tree place (you know where I mean) is my favourite tree in Perth :) xxxReplyCancel

  • Kelly TunneyMay 24, 2011 - 2:22 pm

    Sammy, this goes right up there with all good stuff that is brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly WorlockMay 25, 2011 - 1:21 am

    These photos are amazing. It was a beautiful wedding and the photos definitely capture its beauty. Fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • David MooreMay 28, 2011 - 11:48 am

    Phenomenal images Samm. I love the warm colours and dreamy black and whites. You haven’t missed a minute of their day. Well done.ReplyCancel

  • agaMay 28, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    love this wedding; very quirky, awesome moments and vibe!ReplyCancel

  • AmyPunky PhotographyJune 6, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    This is the wedding of my dreams… perfect!!ReplyCancel

  • Glenn StephensonSeptember 6, 2012 - 2:36 am

    You are one who truly shoots by feel- enjoyed:)ReplyCancel


  • Jonas PetersonMay 21, 2011 - 1:17 am

    Yup. You’re awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda ThorsonMay 21, 2011 - 1:23 am

    Beautiful. The father of the bride…killer style.ReplyCancel

  • KatieMay 21, 2011 - 1:26 am

    Love it! Every image so warm and heartfelt.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew CahillMay 21, 2011 - 1:45 am

    Beautifull work Samm, love all the little details.ReplyCancel

  • TasjMay 21, 2011 - 2:08 am

    What a very sweet couple and so beautifully captured. x x xReplyCancel

  • andiMay 21, 2011 - 3:03 am

    beautiful as always, sammm. sigh….i just love your work.ReplyCancel

  • Derek HoMay 21, 2011 - 3:49 am

    Wow stunning wedding. LOVE the Guildford setting!ReplyCancel

  • julie fitts (harmsen)May 21, 2011 - 4:04 am

    love! granny with the red shades.ReplyCancel

  • Chris McQueenMay 21, 2011 - 5:48 am

    Beautiful images of a beautiful bride and handsome groom.ReplyCancel

  • kelly van viersenMay 21, 2011 - 6:09 am

    samm!!!!! eeeekkkk!! i so love these….they’re so beautiful!! love love LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!ReplyCancel

  • aimeeMay 21, 2011 - 8:24 am

    absolutely beautiful samm! looking at these makes it seem as if i was there myself :) i love the details, superb :)ReplyCancel

  • Bronwen WoodwardMay 21, 2011 - 10:37 am

    Your work is beautiful. Makes me want to get married, again!ReplyCancel

  • agaMay 21, 2011 - 3:08 pm

    love looking at the way you capture people.ReplyCancel

  • EmikMay 21, 2011 - 4:59 pm


    incredible work! I love the fact that your images look soft. It has this organic, personal feel to it. Image under “EAL-339″ is simply stunning, and is my fav from this wedding…ReplyCancel

  • trishMay 21, 2011 - 9:54 pm

    so warm and delightful and tender and just perfect. You have the sweetest gift to always give. <3ReplyCancel

  • LaurenMay 22, 2011 - 1:48 am

    WOW. WOW. WOW.

    Words don’t even do these justice!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayMay 22, 2011 - 7:50 am

    love it all sammy, you see real good.. particularly love the colour in 317 xxReplyCancel

  • alydaMay 22, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    gaaahhhh amazing! those ones in the late arvo with the big tree = *gasp*ReplyCancel

  • jordyMay 22, 2011 - 6:17 pm


  • PobkeMay 23, 2011 - 1:33 am

    beautiful, sammy, as i would expect from you. i love all the soft, tender moments you caught… makes me want to hug them! :)ReplyCancel

  • niravMay 23, 2011 - 1:35 am

    You are a true artist Samm. Always inspiring to see your work!ReplyCancel

  • David Ferguson | BrisbaneMay 23, 2011 - 12:19 pm

    Lovely work again Sam, just a lovely soft calm feeling. Where is that homestead. it looks familiar. I’m sure I have seen it in one of my fathers old pastoral homesteads books.ReplyCancel

  • Brian DavisMay 23, 2011 - 4:39 pm

    This is amazing, definitely one of my favorites you’ve ever done.ReplyCancel

  • Aruna B. PhotographyMay 24, 2011 - 4:33 pm

    wow – you are amazing at telling stories – wow. utterly impressed.ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Heim and TeamMay 27, 2011 - 4:49 am

    Looking so beautiful, Emma! Amazing photos! (all the girls on the office are gawking at all the photos at the moment) :)
    We would love to put your photos in the real brides section of our website, if that’s ok with you.ReplyCancel

  • KarinJune 1, 2011 - 7:25 am

    Gorrrrrgeous Samm – can’t wait to see ours!!!ReplyCancel

  • AlexFebruary 27, 2012 - 1:42 pm

    A beautiful story well told! :-)ReplyCancel

  • MichaDecember 31, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    Great! Love your work!ReplyCancel


I attended the Film Is Not Dead workshop in Melbourne back in January. I had the *best* week and learnt so so so much from Jonathan Canlas. That man knows his stuff and I am so grateful for his passion in sharing and teaching his amazing knowledge in all things film. The best thing about going to a photography workshop is the beautiful friendships that are made. My dearest and best friends are all people I have met at photography workshops. There are many perks to my amazing job.. but the highest on the list is the amazing photography community I get to be part of.


  • Janine kayeApril 21, 2011 - 8:58 pm

    Gorgeous images samm! (I think I took the last one.. Glad it worked out ok;)) I loved sharing this week with you and everyone there… Great fun ! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kip BeelmanApril 21, 2011 - 9:37 pm

    I CAN’T WAIT to attend the Seattle FIND in July, 2011. #cantgetheresoonenoughReplyCancel

  • AdrianApril 21, 2011 - 10:31 pm

    Yay! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • roweApril 21, 2011 - 10:54 pm

    oh i love these samm! i HAVE to send mine off to be developed…ReplyCancel

  • aimeeApril 22, 2011 - 5:05 am

    beautiful samm! i love the one of the girls hair blowing in the wind, it is quite magical. a fair bit of contax envy going on here! :) :)


  • fiona andersenApril 23, 2011 - 9:00 am

    Ohhh Tres bien…. what a bunch!!! Would be there again in the wink of an eye!!ReplyCancel

  • Julian BeattieApril 24, 2011 - 2:16 pm

    I’m a little.. okay.. a lot.. in love with these. Second last diptych is just to die for! Your film stuff makes me weak at the knees, sammy!ReplyCancel

  • elizabeth pelletteMay 1, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    These are amazing… love the shot of the girl infront of the green door..ReplyCancel

  • Moira NellMay 3, 2011 - 12:15 am

    Awesome – I love film…ReplyCancel

  • michelleMay 3, 2011 - 5:00 am

    love these. a lot of talented people there :)ReplyCancel

  • Nashville Wedding PhotographersMay 5, 2011 - 8:59 pm

    awesome work. is that Jonas??ReplyCancel


  • Amanda ThorsonApril 19, 2011 - 9:47 am

    love that last shot, it’s very moody.ReplyCancel

  • penApril 19, 2011 - 11:10 am

    Fabulous set of images and a gorgeous couple!
    I particularly love the shot of her standing on her tippy toes for a kiss.ReplyCancel

  • MarryamApril 19, 2011 - 11:13 am

    love these :)ReplyCancel

  • John BenaventeApril 19, 2011 - 11:28 am

    go 100% film samm :)ReplyCancel

  • alydaApril 19, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    love love love them! what a hot couple!ReplyCancel

  • Brian DavisApril 19, 2011 - 12:58 pm

    Gorgeous session. I love film.ReplyCancel

  • roweApril 19, 2011 - 1:01 pm

    oh samm… these are just gorgeous! im particularly crazy about their hands on ricks chest and i love love love the tight shot of them giggling with just their mouths… perfect!ReplyCancel

  • David RobertsonApril 19, 2011 - 1:05 pm

    Samm. these are probably my most favorite photos i have seen for a long time. Intense and truthful emotion, love and personality. you are incredibleReplyCancel

  • michele bowmanApril 19, 2011 - 1:14 pm

    such a great session. love them !!ReplyCancel

  • joshApril 19, 2011 - 3:39 pm

    This should have been at least 5 hearts :) :)ReplyCancel

  • sui sApril 19, 2011 - 4:46 pm

    asdf GUH. so amazing. can’t wait to go to melbourne one day & get you to shoot me, too. =)ReplyCancel

  • GeaApril 19, 2011 - 5:09 pm

    sttuning! <3ReplyCancel

  • jazzApril 19, 2011 - 5:44 pm

    so so good :-)ReplyCancel

  • morgan eveApril 19, 2011 - 7:09 pm

    samm these are all so incredible!! i love the intimate feel and film! great, great work!ReplyCancel

  • JUDY BELLApril 20, 2011 - 1:04 am

    my god how fantastic are these photos…..simply stunningReplyCancel

  • sergio v mottolaApril 20, 2011 - 1:23 am

    you inspire me a lot.ReplyCancel

  • Tim CoulsonApril 20, 2011 - 6:01 am


  • AdrianApril 20, 2011 - 9:37 am

    so cinematic. doesn’t it just feel right to shoot film?ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayApril 20, 2011 - 11:29 am

    ho*y sh*t samm… you make my eyballs drool all the way down onto my fluttering heart meat… love this xReplyCancel

  • ScottApril 21, 2011 - 1:30 am

    just past amazing !!!ReplyCancel

  • mandiimaeApril 21, 2011 - 3:01 pm

    samm! you + film = stunning. add in a cute couple and it’s magic.ReplyCancel

  • Julian BeattieApril 24, 2011 - 2:17 pm

    Freaking. Amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Rae MarieApril 27, 2011 - 2:17 am

    I’ll try again.. I said
    “Cute Boy… ;) and great set Sam!”
    and then I put in some kisses



  • Moira NellMay 1, 2011 - 12:39 am

    Stunning – they would have loved these!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaMay 2, 2011 - 1:34 am

    Still completely in love with these photos. Thank you so much Samm :)ReplyCancel

  • David FergusonMay 19, 2011 - 1:28 pm

    Mate, love your stuff. What I love the most is that your images could be anywhere in the world (apart from the odd gumtree.)ReplyCancel

  • Photography LoverJuly 5, 2011 - 5:51 pm

    You have very nice pictures, i like the ‘feel’ of them. Thanks for the shareReplyCancel

  • Sachin KhonaApril 10, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    Diggin in the crates .. love this session Samm!ReplyCancel

This wedding day….. ohhhh my, I loved it all so very much. Such a beautiful day in so many ways. The thing I loved most about this wedding was the real Australian feel it had to it and there is no denying… I absolutely love and completely adore weddings under the stars.


  • Dan O'DayApril 11, 2011 - 4:05 am

    holy shit sammy….. what an amazing wedding seen through amazing eyes.. you rockReplyCancel

  • Hayley LaneApril 11, 2011 - 4:39 am

    Absolutely breathtaking work! I love everything about this wedding! The reception shots are especially amazing, the lighting is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • suiApril 11, 2011 - 5:36 am

    so beautiful. I love the way you shot her getting ready. that image with the phone! <3ReplyCancel

  • PobkeApril 11, 2011 - 6:07 am

    oh sammy… these are deliciously beautiful. just love how you are always THERE in the precious moments. you amaze me! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kelly TunneyApril 11, 2011 - 6:27 am

    soooo many pretty pictures but holy cow, I love the phone cord capture clever girl!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda ThorsonApril 11, 2011 - 7:32 am

    this is amazing, so beautiful…I’m really, really impressed.ReplyCancel

  • trishApril 11, 2011 - 7:44 am

    Wow. This is all kind of perfect. One of my faves of yours for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Brian DavisApril 11, 2011 - 1:17 pm

    Love your style, super clean. What a beautiful day.ReplyCancel

  • David MooreApril 11, 2011 - 11:15 pm

    Lovely images of a wonderful wedding.ReplyCancel

  • FernandoApril 12, 2011 - 12:51 am

    Super cool wedding!! Awesome candids! Gorgeous light.ReplyCancel

  • Aruna B. PhotographyApril 12, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    just lovely. so many great moments!ReplyCancel

  • kristieApril 14, 2011 - 4:30 am

    gosh I love your work, simply beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Luke CarrangisApril 16, 2011 - 10:35 am

    Love the way you saw this wedding and well executed!ReplyCancel

  • jason starrApril 18, 2011 - 7:09 am

    Hey Samm, Fantastic work. Love it. Your images are stunning.ReplyCancel

  • jason starrApril 18, 2011 - 7:09 am

    Hey Samm, Fantastic work. Love it. Your images are stunning.ReplyCancel

  • ChloeApril 21, 2011 - 11:32 pm

    Wow. You really are an artist.ReplyCancel

  • Julian BeattieApril 24, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    Jebus. These are amazing. I love the tones. The light. The wedding itself. This could have been shot in southern Carolina for all I know. Fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Moira NellMay 1, 2011 - 12:46 am

    Oh man, I love wedding shots. Gorgeous dress – very originalReplyCancel

  • Luisa BrimbleMay 3, 2011 - 3:45 am

    wow looks like a really really awesome wedding!!! check out the details!!!! gorgeous styling too!!! funny I know one of the bridesmaid – Amelia McPhee. she was also the bridesmaid at my good friend’s wedding in Sydney a year ago.ReplyCancel

  • vencanicaAugust 27, 2011 - 12:53 pm

    Amazing place to have romantic wedding. Rebecca and Tom are gorgeous couple. Thank you for fantastic presentation.ReplyCancel

  • photographer brisbaneApril 5, 2013 - 9:48 am

    Classic wedding photo portrait. So beautiful and I like it very much.ReplyCancel

Rebecca and Toms first dance.

Will be blogging this wonderful wedding next week :)

I wander and wonder what life would be like living in the city I am visiting. These are from some of my wanderings around Melbourne and Canberra in January.

  • Michael WachniakApril 8, 2011 - 6:07 am

    Like button. :) really awesome shots, lots of character.ReplyCancel

  • Jeremy BeasleyApril 8, 2011 - 6:53 am

    Such a unique and beautiful perspective Samm. It’s so easy to see from your work that you’re a true artist. Such character and soul.ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayApril 8, 2011 - 6:53 am

    naaw! sammy! these are amazing, especially the ones with me in them ;) … no but seriously, beautiful captures.. loveReplyCancel

  • Steve ElmerApril 8, 2011 - 7:00 am

    love the street awesomeness :)ReplyCancel

  • PobkeApril 8, 2011 - 7:54 am

    I love your wanderings. :) Just want to tell you I’m grateful for your friendship. :)ReplyCancel

  • BenApril 8, 2011 - 8:14 am

    These are the type of photos I would love to be able to take.ReplyCancel

  • Linda TeasdaleApril 8, 2011 - 10:04 am

    love it
    did the same thing last time I was in Melbourne..
    the Commit no Nuisance sign tickled my fancy too…ReplyCancel

  • Brian DavisApril 8, 2011 - 2:59 pm

    Love these shots. Think I may go wander today :)ReplyCancel

  • Jesse PafundiApril 8, 2011 - 5:51 pm

    Just love your work. Simple images that speak volumes.ReplyCancel

  • michele bowmanApril 8, 2011 - 6:30 pm

    what a lovely post. i think i need to wander around my city some more!ReplyCancel

  • ChloeApril 21, 2011 - 11:33 pm

    My husband is from Canberra & I never saw this much cool when I was there. Must look harder. These are all beautiful. The kind of photos I’d buy in a gallery to put on my wall. Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Moira NellMay 3, 2011 - 12:26 am

    Such everyday objects turned into art. I love photography!!ReplyCancel

I loved this day. I loved that they got married and celebrated their wedding at a place that had so much meaning to them and was very close to their hearts… it was where they first met and where Richard and his groomsmen spent many years rowing.

A very lovely wedding I photographed down at Voyager Estate in Margaret River late last year is being featured on the Style Me Pretty blog today! woot! more exciting things in the works for this wedding xo

  • TamApril 5, 2011 - 6:08 am

    Congratulations Samm!!! Very pretty pictures xxxReplyCancel

  • GwenApril 5, 2011 - 9:15 am

    Beautiful Wedding.ReplyCancel

  • Moira NellMay 1, 2011 - 12:49 am

    Congrats, that’s a big achievement.ReplyCancel

Nevada, USA, February 2011

It all seems like a lovely dream now.

A random collection of film images from a few days adventuring in Vegas and the Nevada Desert. Oh how I miss my dear friends and adventuring comrades.. Dan O’Day, Christine Pobke, Kelly Tunney and Alyda + Todd McGaw. I love these wonderful people all so much and wish we all lived in the same city as each other and go on photo taking expeditions all the time. sigh.

My beautiful friend Pobke has posted images she took on the same day. I always love seeing different photographers perspectives of the same places we visit. Sometimes we notice the exact same things and sometimes the complete opposite :)

You may recognize all these lovely faces from a blog post I put up a few weeks ago from Alyda and Todd’s Vegas wedding at the Little White Wedding Chapel. The very talented and charming lads Dan O’Day and Jonas Peterson have posted their perspectives of the day on their blogs now, you should look.. they are both so talented at what they do.. and you may see some funny photos of me amongst it all ;)

  • alydaMarch 29, 2011 - 2:07 am

    oh my sammy! love these & you so much. That b&w one of my boy phwooooaaahhhh – I’m a lucky girl.ReplyCancel

  • ThommoMarch 29, 2011 - 2:23 am

    Amazing post Samm!

    I love the landscapes and the B&W of Dan!ReplyCancel

  • SharolynMarch 29, 2011 - 4:34 am

    Wow, all of Australias best photographers in one place, how amazing! I agree it is very interesting to see different perspectives on the one day or moment. I am curious, in the first photo, did you light him from behind (and possibly in front?) or is this natural light? I especially like the 2nd from last landscape. Beautiful work.ReplyCancel

  • amanda thorsonMarch 29, 2011 - 4:50 am

    I like the ‘asian’ shot…I think that sums up Vegas so well. All I remember from my visit was sand, lights and lots of hispanic men handing out photos of naked women.ReplyCancel

  • PobkeMarch 29, 2011 - 4:57 am

    makes me miss you and love you all over again, blakesamantha. :) i loved our little adventure and i miss my little twinsie. i don’t even know what to do with myself anymore when i wake up? what to wear? how to do hair? it’s confusing every morning. :) love you, xoxo.ReplyCancel

  • ben bloodMarch 29, 2011 - 5:02 am

    i is good to see you all!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine AbeggMarch 29, 2011 - 5:11 am

    I love the way you see!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon McDonaldMarch 29, 2011 - 6:01 am

    Samm Blake … you are my new favourite.ReplyCancel

  • Tim CoulsonMarch 29, 2011 - 7:20 am

    samm. this stuff is mental. just sayin’.ReplyCancel

  • David RobertsonMarch 29, 2011 - 8:24 am

    aww gorgeous!! lovely people, lovely photographs!ReplyCancel

  • luke simonMarch 29, 2011 - 10:01 am

    Hey Samm, lovely stuff mate. Wish I’d been there ! You doing APPA’s this year, be good to hook up. Love your work.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly TUnneyMarch 29, 2011 - 12:09 pm

    yes blakesamantha, well done. I love them all – what a special little crew.ReplyCancel

  • Brian DavisMarch 29, 2011 - 1:11 pm

    Awesome set of images. I’m totally digging your style.ReplyCancel

  • Julian BeattieMarch 30, 2011 - 8:53 am

    Fantabulous, lady!ReplyCancel

  • Jonas PetersonMarch 30, 2011 - 9:38 am

    You. Good.ReplyCancel

  • Jonas PetersonMarch 30, 2011 - 9:38 am

    You. Are. Good.ReplyCancel

  • matt sloanMarch 31, 2011 - 8:08 pm

    so great meeting you there. :) can’t wait to get to know you guys better. :)ReplyCancel

  • Moira NellMay 3, 2011 - 12:28 am

    I really like your style.ReplyCancel

A beloved shoot in Chris and Tamara’s home.. I cannot not think of a more perfect location to capture them, their love and their darling beloved little family members. ❤❤❤.

  • Jonas PetersonMarch 24, 2011 - 4:03 am

    Beautiful, Samm.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia BrownMarch 24, 2011 - 4:19 am

    So lovely, Samm. My heart skipped a beat when I saw the first one, so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • KatieMarch 24, 2011 - 4:33 am

    Love every one Samm. Made me smile from ear to ear. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayMarch 24, 2011 - 4:40 am

    ahhh sammy….. this is soo beautiful, i love love love the images taken just as the sun goes to sleepReplyCancel

  • Jeremy BeasleyMarch 24, 2011 - 4:44 am

    You have a beautiful gift Sammy :)ReplyCancel

  • Gemma CarrMarch 24, 2011 - 5:10 am

    seeing the world with love. That’s how it looks when I’m scrolling through your images.ReplyCancel

  • JenMarch 24, 2011 - 6:12 am

    One day I am going to hire you to do this for meReplyCancel

  • tlawMarch 24, 2011 - 7:04 am

    beautiful session Samm! :)ReplyCancel

  • Shannon McDonaldMarch 24, 2011 - 8:03 am

    Love it Samm.ReplyCancel

  • alydaMarch 24, 2011 - 9:12 am


  • Trish SweeneyMarch 24, 2011 - 9:20 am

    Stunning photos of Chris and Tamara. You have captured them and their furry family perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly van ViersenMarch 24, 2011 - 9:23 am

    oh samm…..these are so gorgeous…..seriously, you are the bomb : )ReplyCancel

  • joanna brownMarch 24, 2011 - 10:02 am

    wow the light here is like treacle so lovely, such a beautiful shoot, wish we had that light in the UK. Very inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • joanna brownMarch 24, 2011 - 10:03 am

    Wow the light here is like liquid treacle, this is so beautiful, very inspiring. I wish we had that light over here in the UK.ReplyCancel

  • LeahMarch 24, 2011 - 11:37 am

    All-around goodness.ReplyCancel

  • KellieMarch 24, 2011 - 12:33 pm

    What a very special and unique shoot of two very special and unique peoples. Wow, thanks for sharing. Soooo looking forward to Saturday!ReplyCancel

  • geneohMarch 24, 2011 - 7:39 pm

    love that first frame.ReplyCancel

  • TenielleMarch 25, 2011 - 1:36 pm

    This is so serene & so real, I love that it’s at their place and what you see is truly them. Stunning SammReplyCancel

  • MarijaMarch 26, 2011 - 5:04 am

    Absolutely gorgeous pics…. you are very talented and they are just a beautiful couple!ReplyCancel

  • Aberdeen PhotographersMarch 28, 2011 - 11:58 am

    The photos with the outside lights have a really good look to them! nice workReplyCancel

  • SharolynMarch 29, 2011 - 4:36 am

    I like the two black and white ones when they’re sitting in the doorway. They feel very raw and naturally beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Jim MarsdenMarch 31, 2011 - 10:46 am

    Boat load of lovely :)ReplyCancel

  • Hayley LaneApril 7, 2011 - 11:21 pm

    Amazing location! In love with the &ReplyCancel

  • Moira NellMay 1, 2011 - 12:40 am

    I really love your style. So different.ReplyCancel

  • Cara LorenJanuary 23, 2012 - 3:52 am

    So nice..ReplyCancel