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

I am moving to New York.

These words do not even seem real.

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

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

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

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

It was a crazy year.

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

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

 

 

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  • alydaFebruary 11, 2013 - 11:43 pm

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

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

  • OliFebruary 11, 2013 - 11:47 pm

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

    And yeah, kinda awesome spread of work.ReplyCancel

  • JustinFebruary 11, 2013 - 11:53 pm

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

  • BenFebruary 11, 2013 - 11:55 pm

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

  • aimeeFebruary 11, 2013 - 11:58 pm

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

  • StewFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:03 am

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

  • KirstyFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:07 am

    breath taking blakey. Go forth and loose yourself in NYCReplyCancel

  • MyekieFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:11 am

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

  • john benaventeFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:18 am

    inspiring work as always. enjoy the adventure!ReplyCancel

  • SarahFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:26 am

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

  • Julia AFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:26 am

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

  • JK BlackwellFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:30 am

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

  • JamesFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:46 am

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

  • DanielFebruary 12, 2013 - 1:00 am

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

  • Glenn WeaverFebruary 12, 2013 - 1:13 am

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

  • john warrenFebruary 12, 2013 - 1:42 am

    I liked that like strawberry crepes and ice-creamReplyCancel

  • gladysFebruary 12, 2013 - 2:26 am

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

  • Jody RyanFebruary 12, 2013 - 2:27 am

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

  • David MooreFebruary 12, 2013 - 2:30 am

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

  • JanetFebruary 12, 2013 - 2:42 am

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

  • iambenFebruary 12, 2013 - 2:44 am

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

  • katelynFebruary 12, 2013 - 2:49 am

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

  • ChristineFebruary 12, 2013 - 3:35 am

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

  • Jonas PetersonFebruary 12, 2013 - 3:38 am

    you inspire me.ReplyCancel

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

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

  • Kath ScottFebruary 12, 2013 - 4:21 am

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

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

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

  • LaurenFebruary 12, 2013 - 4:43 am

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

  • NicoleFebruary 12, 2013 - 4:50 am

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

  • Farrah AllanFebruary 12, 2013 - 6:23 am

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

  • joanna brownFebruary 12, 2013 - 9:00 am

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

  • xantheFebruary 12, 2013 - 9:44 am

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

  • JR ClubbFebruary 12, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    Love it all.ReplyCancel

  • David WickhamFebruary 12, 2013 - 6:19 pm

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

  • MartaFebruary 12, 2013 - 7:35 pm

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

  • SimonFebruary 14, 2013 - 3:07 am

    You have some fabulous shots there. Ace!ReplyCancel

  • dianneFebruary 14, 2013 - 9:18 am

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

  • JuliaFebruary 14, 2013 - 7:53 pm

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

  • KatFebruary 16, 2013 - 8:30 pm

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

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

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

  • Daniela LiskaFebruary 17, 2013 - 2:02 pm

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

  • susan yeeFebruary 18, 2013 - 12:46 am

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

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

  • Andy GreenFebruary 19, 2013 - 12:17 pm

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

  • sharonFebruary 20, 2013 - 6:36 am

    incredible images!!!ReplyCancel

  • mathiasFebruary 22, 2013 - 7:46 pm

    wow wow wow. beautiful set of images!ReplyCancel

  • daniel usenkoFebruary 28, 2013 - 8:20 pm

    Sooo many amazing photos!ReplyCancel

  • RajMarch 1, 2013 - 1:14 pm

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

  • TrishMarch 4, 2013 - 10:47 am

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

  • JackMarch 22, 2013 - 3:30 pm

    Awesome! Love your work.ReplyCancel

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

    redic, redic. amazing.ReplyCancel

Coney Island and Brighton Beach. Brooklyn, New York.

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

 

  • LeoJanuary 28, 2013 - 11:44 pm

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

  • Jade SheldonJanuary 29, 2013 - 1:22 am

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

  • TaylorJanuary 29, 2013 - 1:23 am

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

  • katiJanuary 29, 2013 - 1:53 am

    i love these so much.ReplyCancel

  • JK BlackwellJanuary 29, 2013 - 2:27 am

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

  • cheyenneJanuary 29, 2013 - 2:38 am

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

  • SisiliaJanuary 29, 2013 - 4:23 am

    I LOVE, love these, Samm!

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

  • Sidney MorganJanuary 29, 2013 - 6:09 am

    Hey Samm, you’re magic.ReplyCancel

  • ScoutJanuary 29, 2013 - 10:30 am

    these are really fun :) :)ReplyCancel

  • ZosiaJanuary 30, 2013 - 11:25 pm

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

  • EmilyFebruary 2, 2013 - 11:14 pm

    i love these samm, some of your best workReplyCancel

  • StineFebruary 6, 2013 - 12:35 pm

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

  • HeathNovember 20, 2013 - 1:40 pm

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

 

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

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

You can follow along my adventures at @sammblake

 

xoxo

  • Farrah AllanJanuary 24, 2013 - 12:59 am

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

  • Sally OJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:44 am

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

  • Charity SarahJanuary 24, 2013 - 7:37 pm

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

  • DianneJanuary 25, 2013 - 9:47 am

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

  • Jade SheldonJanuary 26, 2013 - 4:04 am

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

 

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

 

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  • PhilJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:11 am

    Love this Samm :)ReplyCancel

  • Lachlan BurrellJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:57 am

    cracker of a wedding Samm! so delightfulReplyCancel

  • ScoutJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:59 am

    absolutely beautiful!!! thanks for sharing x xReplyCancel

  • BettinaJanuary 22, 2013 - 7:24 am

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

  • joanna brownJanuary 22, 2013 - 9:09 am

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

  • XantheJanuary 22, 2013 - 10:11 am

    your storytelling is magic. always.
    x.ReplyCancel

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

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

  • AlbertoJanuary 22, 2013 - 1:06 pm

    truly great! love your portraits and detail shots!ReplyCancel

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

    Amazing work, absolutely beautiful xxReplyCancel

  • Kelly TunneyJanuary 22, 2013 - 11:41 pm

    Sammmmmmy, you did it perfectly xReplyCancel

  • Melissa JaneJanuary 23, 2013 - 12:16 am

    These are gorgeous!! LOVE those colors!ReplyCancel

  • Julia WadeJanuary 23, 2013 - 12:51 am

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

  • Melissa MillsJanuary 24, 2013 - 7:13 am

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

  • aimee claireJanuary 26, 2013 - 6:41 am

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

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

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

  • ZosiaJanuary 27, 2013 - 11:30 am

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

  • Daniela LiskaFebruary 17, 2013 - 2:12 pm

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

Coney Island, Brooklyn, USA 

So 2012 happened.

& I am not really sure where it all went.

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

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

 

  • Kat HillJanuary 2, 2013 - 8:40 am

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

  • JohnaJanuary 7, 2013 - 3:17 pm

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

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

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

  • richJanuary 17, 2013 - 5:54 pm

    such great advice – love the photo!ReplyCancel

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

  • ZosiaDecember 17, 2012 - 1:08 am

    Sweet! Congrats :)ReplyCancel

  • BrookeDecember 20, 2012 - 7:22 pm

    youre adorable!ReplyCancel

  • GabrielJanuary 13, 2013 - 7:01 pm

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

 

The birch trees were

pale silouhettes

we darted through like ghosts.

Quiet footstpes

and rustling leaves

and your fingers

just beyond my reach.

I was all leaves

and waving grass

and quiet streams

in your arms.

- (EC)



Rebecca and Willie were married on a late Thursday afternoon in July in Portland, Oregon. They opted for a very small and intimate outdoor wedding ceremony at a friends property in Portland. They had about 20 guests in total at the ceremony and dinner to follow that evening at a restaurant called Luce. The whole day was so simple but so incredibly beautiful.

So glad I could travel to this beautiful pocket of the world and experience the Pacific North West and very thankful to my dear pal Dan O’Day along who came along for the adventure and help me document the day.

Oncewed featured this wedding on their site last week. Have a look at the feature here.

  • Renee BlakeNovember 27, 2012 - 12:02 am

    BeautifulReplyCancel

  • Joshua MikhaielNovember 27, 2012 - 12:14 am

    such a beautiful wedding Samm, Beautifully captured.ReplyCancel

  • FalconNovember 27, 2012 - 12:31 am

    Absolutely beautiful, Samm!ReplyCancel

  • aimeeNovember 27, 2012 - 12:31 am

    beautiful samm! it looks so peaceful and relaxed – and i love the bride’s boots! xxReplyCancel

  • todd hunter mcgawNovember 27, 2012 - 12:55 am

    very nice indeed sammy.d.d.ReplyCancel

  • gladysNovember 27, 2012 - 1:17 am

    samm, you are pure magic. so so wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • BelleNovember 27, 2012 - 2:27 am

    Love this Wedding Samm, so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia JanssonNovember 27, 2012 - 3:23 am

    I love, love the feeling of your portraits!ReplyCancel

  • OliNovember 27, 2012 - 3:52 am

    Chops. You guys are the best.ReplyCancel

  • TrishNovember 27, 2012 - 9:50 am

    Beyond perfect. Love the way you see relationships and show them to the world. xxReplyCancel

  • ScoutNovember 27, 2012 - 1:40 pm

    six times…..

    is the number of times i have scrolled over this wedding today. i can’t look away, something is bringing me in more and more each time. amazing!!

    beautifully captured.ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayNovember 27, 2012 - 11:26 pm

    such an amazing afternoon spent with you, rebecca and willie.. you are talent in it’s purest form sammy.. i’ll be your wing man anytime xoReplyCancel

  • CarlaNovember 28, 2012 - 4:44 am

    This wedding resonates with me so much. I love everything about it. Absolutely beautiful images.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa MillsNovember 28, 2012 - 5:30 am

    So many beautiful and intimate moments Samm. I felt like I was there.ReplyCancel

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  • Lydia ArnoldNovember 29, 2012 - 8:56 pm

    This is incredible! You are a talent xReplyCancel

  • ZosiaDecember 3, 2012 - 3:19 am

    Samm, this is just beautiful! So much love and warmth and awesomeness.
    I finally made it to your website and blog here and it’s totally getting bookmarked and loved! xReplyCancel

  • Jody RyanDecember 17, 2012 - 12:15 pm

    Samm such an amazing capture of such a beautiful day. I so love what you do xxxReplyCancel

  • HayleyLaneJanuary 3, 2013 - 4:03 am

    :O Breathtaking!!ReplyCancel

  • latrenia bryantJanuary 10, 2013 - 2:29 pm

    I looove the tone of your images :)ReplyCancel