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 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



  • 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



  • 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.

  • 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

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    [...] 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


  • 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

Victoria and Raph were married at Shakespeares Point at Neilsen Park in Sydney earlier this year. I came along and took some pictures for them. It was a pretty amazing day, the sun shone, there was a bride and a groom madly in love, a pretty dress, an accordion player, people were merry, the waves were crashing and the sunset was lovely. Beautiful words and stories were spoken about loved ones, tears  fell and laughter filled the room. People ate good food and danced the night away to  great music. All the ingredients were there for a beautiful wedding and it lived up to all that it was meant to be, a mighty fine day.



  • James FrostNovember 19, 2012 - 11:30 pm

    Super rad Samm love it :)ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayNovember 19, 2012 - 11:31 pm

    you never fail to impress… ever. beautiful sammy xoReplyCancel

  • john benaventeNovember 19, 2012 - 11:36 pm

    always great coverage and emotion sammReplyCancel

  • michelle waspeNovember 19, 2012 - 11:59 pm

    awesome work. I LOVE it!ReplyCancel

  • MyekieNovember 20, 2012 - 12:18 am

    Love this Samm. So nice.ReplyCancel

  • JoelNovember 20, 2012 - 2:35 am

    oh samm, you just have this extra specialiciousness… this very much!ReplyCancel

  • aimeeNovember 20, 2012 - 4:20 am

    beautiful imagery samm xx
    ps. i love how that kid is repeatedly caught with a finger in his nose :)ReplyCancel

  • Adam KriedemannNovember 21, 2012 - 12:23 am

    Love the story, the laughs and love from these images!ReplyCancel

  • KarolinaNovember 21, 2012 - 5:25 pm

    Oh wow.. such an amazing photos! I am sure the client was more than happy to see your work.. I especially loved Black&White ones of guests.. Thanks for sharing this!ReplyCancel

  • MelissaDecember 1, 2012 - 2:28 pm

    Beautiful storyteller. Inspired :)ReplyCancel