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

11×11″ fine art book.

I have to admit I am not really a fan of traditional wedding albums. I dont actually offer them. I am all about these fine art books. Ive been offering these books exclusively for about two years now.

I love these books. I love the thick beautiful paper. I love white space. I love clean and simple. I love the custom book covers and boxes. I love that images can run through the crease line and are not affected by the fold. I do in fact love everything about them. love. love. love.

  • Janet PalmerMarch 22, 2011 - 3:09 am


  • LaurenMarch 22, 2011 - 3:24 am

    your designs are divine too….




  • Kip BeelmanMarch 22, 2011 - 4:20 am

    Samm Blake + VAB = What’s not to love?ReplyCancel

  • geneohMarch 22, 2011 - 3:19 pm

    awesome work, Samm!ReplyCancel

  • KristenMarch 23, 2011 - 12:18 pm


  • RogMarch 24, 2011 - 7:15 am

    Is that what I think it is? The owner is amazing and is actually from my home town, but now lives across the nation. Such great books. Even better with great photography.ReplyCancel

  • Stephen LaneMarch 29, 2011 - 1:55 am

    Wow those books are incredible! We use US company Blurb for our photobooks.
    Would you be able to email me the details for your book supplier? Thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • luke simonMarch 29, 2011 - 10:08 am

    Hi Samm, Not sure if you are up to it but I’m keen to delve into these albums a little further. How do you feel about supplying the details. Completely cool if you’d rather keep them to yourself too of course. CheersReplyCancel

  • IrinaApril 4, 2011 - 3:51 pm

    Hi! US photographer here. Your work is great and I love this album!!! The closest I’ve seen is nowhere near as nice. Would love to know who you use. If you could email me you’d make my day! :)ReplyCancel

  • Moira NellMay 1, 2011 - 12:50 am

    These are gorgeous. Where do you get them, I might get one for my mum for mothers day coming up! Nothing better than one of these for mothers day of the grandkids! :)ReplyCancel

  • M Todd ThieleMay 2, 2011 - 4:56 am

    Hi Samm. Fellow Beloved photog here. Who does these albums for you. I need something special for a family reunion.


  • AmélieJune 12, 2013 - 9:51 pm

    Wow!!! I love your work, your blog, your photos and I just love this fine art book. Pretty much like the other comments, I’d be more than happy if you’d be willing to share who you’ve used to print this album. I’d like to do a surprise for my mum 6Oth bday. Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicholas Purcell StudioMarch 3, 2015 - 11:25 am

    What a LOVELY KEEPSAKE!ReplyCancel

  • Dennis yapApril 7, 2015 - 8:01 am

    Love your album.ReplyCancel

Melbourne. January 2011.

Im not really into shoes all that much myself… I am most happy in a pair of havianas but I like to take pictures of peoples shoes. It tells a lot about their personality don’t you think?

Photography is such a beautiful thing.. the life it has given me and the doors it has opened for me. The best gift I was probably ever given in my life was the little 35mm point and shoot camera my grandma gave me for a birthday back in 1991. Photography took hold of me then and little did I know the life I was in for :)  It instantly gave me a voice and the opportunity to connect with so many beautiful people.  Photography to me, is my way of expressing to the world how I am feeling. I feel most times I have trouble speaking how I feel.. with photography it just flows so naturally.. its my artform.. my language.. thats why I am so connected to it, so crazily passionate about it and have so much of my identity in it. The true gift photography has given me is that it has created a bridge for me to connect with people. Photography is not about clicking a button. It’s not about what camera I use, what lens I use or if I shoot film or digital. Its about people. Connecting with people. Engaging with other humans in this crazy beautiful world we live in.

I had a really defining moment in my life a few years ago. Everything changed. Everything. In July 2008, I went to San Francisco to attend Jesh de Rox’s life {as an artform} workshop. I remember sitting next to Jesh at the welcome dinner and I could barely utter a word. I was so incredibly shy. I was so desperate to connect with people but my fears and shyness were holding me back from being the photographer and more importantly the person I wanted to be.

Fast forward 2.5 years later.. to today. Many air miles, telephone calls and crazy adventures later.. so SO so many of the incredible people in my life can be linked back to Jesh. My life has become so rich from knowing him. He has this amazing ability to connect with people. Jesh has taught me so much and I am so grateful for his friendship, looking out for me and mentoring me over the last few years. We have become dear friends in this time, he has been there in the best times of my life and helped me through the absolute hardest.

One of the best things Jesh has given me was Beloved. Giving me the opportunity to learn and experience what Beloved is and implementing it into my life and photography. He has been working hard on launching the beloved collective, which I am so so proud to be part of. We have so many exciting things planned for this year with Beloved, some of it includes some speaking and teaching by me.. how did I go from being such a shy lil sammy to only two years later be public speaking in front of hundreds…its crazy to think about. I love my crazy life.

My dear friend Jesh de Rox is doing a preview talk on BELOVED: A Business that Feeds Your Heart & Your Family’ this week. I am so excited for what we have in store for Beloved.  its so very very exciting.

Beloved: A Business that Feeds Your Heart & Your Family

What is Beloved and what can it do for you? Click the link below to register for the FREE preview talk ‘Beloved: A Business that Feeds Your Heart & Your Family’ and find out more about the new, heart-centered genre of photography that’s sweeping the world.

The preview talk will be held online, March 23, 2011, at 6:00pm PDT, (so March 24th for us Aussies..9am for WA and 12pm for NSW/VIC).

In this 1hr web seminar, Jesh will discuss Experiential Technique, the information technology that powers the exciting new genre of Beloved. He’ll give an overview of the massive potential it represents to photographers in all fields, strengthening their current work and enabling them to explore a huge untapped market of clients in a way that could truly touch the world.

Jesh will outline how the Beloved Collective is empowering photographers right now, its plans going forward and how photographers that want in on this industry-wide revolution can learn more.

To sign up for the free preview talk please register at

hope to see you there :) xoxo

  • Renae O'DonnellMarch 21, 2011 - 4:58 am

    Hi Sammy!

    I actually work on Wednesday morning Sam! Any chance somehow I can watch it later?ReplyCancel

  • emmaMarch 21, 2011 - 6:56 am

    This is beautiful Samm, thank you for sharing. You and the other gals at FIND spoke so highly of Jesh & his workshop that I’ve been intrigued ever since. I’m looking forward to the 24th! x xReplyCancel

  • emMarch 24, 2011 - 6:43 am

    It was amazing hearing him talk, Samm – I’m so glad I visited the blog earlier this week & found out about this (+an email from lovely Liz Arcus). I was moved from beginning to end – exactly how all of you from FIND told me I’d feel if I ever did his Beloved workshop. This was such a small taste but a powerfully moving one and I related to EVERYTHING he talked about. What an amazing mentor you have and what an incredible collective to be a part of. I wish you all the best with that and look forward to crossing paths with you again one day. Hope you settle nicely in Melbourne… x xReplyCancel

  • freedomMarch 28, 2011 - 4:29 am

    hi samm, i also missed signing up for the beloved web seminar due to work, so would love to know if there is an opportunity to hear the talk again and sign up to hear about any future seminars or workshops you are involved with. many thanks & creative regards, freedomReplyCancel

  • StigApril 8, 2011 - 4:00 pm

    Hi Samm..!

    I´m onboard on the web seminar and am looking forward to your presentation next week..! :)ReplyCancel

  • Moira NellMay 1, 2011 - 12:41 am

    I would also be interested in any seminars??ReplyCancel

  • Moira NellMay 3, 2011 - 12:26 am

    If you’re still running them that is? :)ReplyCancel


my mother tells me i should stop go and get a real job but that cant be the way that i roll from cartwheels & pinwheels on Vimeo.

Im all about setting myself little projects, things that make me challenge myself with my work, make me grow as an artist. Ive had this fear of photographing strangers for a long time and it was about time I overcome it. I made this little video as part of a artist collective I am part of, documenting my attempt on a very hot summers day, asking a few strangers if I could take their portrait. I just got the film back from the lab so I thought I would put up the portraits I got. I still have a long way to go on this project. This is just the very start :)

  • Christine PobkeMarch 17, 2011 - 4:43 am

    perfect, sammy. so proud of you.ReplyCancel

  • Jeremy BeasleyMarch 17, 2011 - 5:03 am

    that smile on the first guy on the right… awesome! so real!ReplyCancel

  • JessMarch 17, 2011 - 5:38 am

    Awesome Samm!! Well done!! xxReplyCancel

  • MelodyMarch 17, 2011 - 5:38 am

    Wow! How amazing & inspirational are you!

    Love love love this Samm! Awesome work! xxx

    Ps. PMSL – almost literally @ the guy at the end!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam WilliamsMarch 17, 2011 - 5:51 am

    love your work, this is just the start of an amazing journey…ReplyCancel

  • Maria MrasekMarch 17, 2011 - 6:09 am

    samm i seriously love you. thanks for making my brain a better place.ReplyCancel

  • SarahMarch 17, 2011 - 6:10 am

    I can’t tell you how much I love this. Great job, Samm!ReplyCancel

  • alydaMarch 17, 2011 - 6:23 am

    these are really really really great Sammy!ReplyCancel

  • Steven ElmerMarch 17, 2011 - 6:59 am

    I’m so stoked that you have the drive and guts to go out and undertake a huge personal challenge like this, props to ya Samm :)ReplyCancel

  • David RobertsonMarch 17, 2011 - 9:35 am

    Top right. AMAZING!ReplyCancel

  • haileyMarch 17, 2011 - 12:16 pm

    Aw Samm – I am afraid too! Great to see you conquer this… you give me inspiration!
    Beautiful work as always. xohReplyCancel

  • LorenMarch 17, 2011 - 12:35 pm

    Ooh I really like this idea ! Not an easy feat but people are so interesting !!ReplyCancel

  • Linda TeasdaleMarch 17, 2011 - 1:01 pm

    This is such a great project, I agree. It is so hard to approach strangers, but sometimes they are the best photo’s. Just be brave. Did you ask for their consent to post it, just for your moral obligation as I know you own the photo’s once it is taken… just curious what other’s do.ReplyCancel

  • mandiimaeMarch 17, 2011 - 5:20 pm

    beautiful and inspiring. thank you!ReplyCancel

  • suiMarch 17, 2011 - 11:40 pm

    this is wonderful!

    excited to see you chase your passion & become a street photojournalist. DO IT! :)ReplyCancel

  • Aurelie DI PIETROMarch 19, 2011 - 8:47 am

    good for you!

    It’s very hard for lot of people.ReplyCancel

  • ArleneMarch 21, 2011 - 1:30 am

    I love it samm. so proud of you.ReplyCancel

  • Moira NellMay 3, 2011 - 3:20 am

    I find it the opposite – Im fine with photographing strangers, it’s more photographing people I KNOW that I find awkward… might have to do a project on friends then. Good thinking.ReplyCancel

Amber and Gary were such a pleasure to spend time with and photograph. I enjoyed our beloved shoot immensely. It was also Gary’s birthday the day we did this shoot which made it all the more special. I think its such a nice way to spend ones birthday :) I am photographing Amber and Gary’s wedding next month in Margaret River. I cannot wait, its going to be an amazing day :)

This was my first complete film shoot (well except for the very last frame). I am making the transition of shooting more film in my portrait and wedding work. I have always been a film shooter, shooting the first 4 years of my wedding photography career all on film but in 2007 somehow caved into going digital. It was mostly due to the frustrations of not having a good photo lab to work with to scan my films. Ive finally found an awesome lab, Richards Photo Lab, who have been amazing to work with. I always kept shooting film for my personal fine art and travel work. I think and shoot differently when shooting film. It slows me down and my creativity seems to flow more. It makes me look harder for that isolated beautiful moment. After attending Jonathan Canlas’s FIND workshop in Melbourne in January (more on this later), I made the decision I need make the transition back into film with my portrait and wedding work. When I am editing my digital work, I spend hours trying to make it look like my film work, so I decided I should just shoot film and be done with losing my life in front of a computer. I am loving the process of making the transition back to my sweet sweet love of film. ❤

  • SamMarch 16, 2011 - 2:21 am

    Wow! What a stunning couple Samm! I love each and every frame.ReplyCancel

  • Christine PobkeMarch 16, 2011 - 2:33 am

    wow… super duper gorgeous session. love the film, looks fabulous. and her hair is just friggin amazing. :)ReplyCancel

  • David RobertsonMarch 16, 2011 - 2:37 am

    One of my favourite sets of yours yet!! Huge props for taking the time and the courage to step back into film :)ReplyCancel

  • Nessa KMarch 16, 2011 - 3:01 am

    It’s obvious that you and film were made for one another.ReplyCancel

  • kelly van viersenMarch 16, 2011 - 4:05 am

    super beautiful, as always samm… always capture perfect beauty at the perfect time! love it : )ReplyCancel

  • alydaMarch 16, 2011 - 4:31 am

    hot! them and the images :).ReplyCancel

  • JohanMarch 16, 2011 - 6:56 am

    Great work Samm! Really like this film trend going on. I assume this is Porta 400 and Contax 645 and you really make the best of it! Looking forward to see more of your film work in the future. Best // JohanReplyCancel

  • Steve ElmerMarch 16, 2011 - 7:03 am

    So dang sweet :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda ThorsonMarch 16, 2011 - 7:34 am

    I still can’t get over how beautiful that first shot is!ReplyCancel

  • Tina BillingMarch 16, 2011 - 12:19 pm

    I met Gary at a conference last month. In the five minutes we talked before we parted ways he expressed how excited he is for his wedding in a few weeks. What a coincidence that you are his photographer! Love your work Samm, all the best for the wedding in MR!ReplyCancel

  • GabeMarch 16, 2011 - 1:35 pm

    you and film go together like peanut butter and jelly. amazing set Samm. love the feel that film brings to your images.ReplyCancel

  • Brian DavisMarch 16, 2011 - 2:57 pm

    Brilliant. Love the film look. Beautiful session.ReplyCancel

  • MarcMarch 16, 2011 - 5:10 pm

    I love the look Samm! I’m making the transition to film in my work too! Best of luck to you and your return to film work =)ReplyCancel

  • Daniel StarkMarch 16, 2011 - 5:16 pm

    beautiful! love your work!ReplyCancel

  • Helena SofiaMarch 16, 2011 - 6:58 pm

    Love these! What an awesome shoot.ReplyCancel

  • brenda edenMarch 17, 2011 - 4:05 am

    these are so beautiful. i always think your work looks like film and it’s so gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Michael Ash ImageryMarch 17, 2011 - 5:57 pm

    Great session. Love that its on film :)ReplyCancel

  • Vancouver photographer Tamea BurdMarch 18, 2011 - 11:56 am

    What a beautiful couple (her hair is glorious)! Fantastic shoot!ReplyCancel

  • wrecklessgirlMarch 20, 2011 - 9:48 am

    such a beautifully delicate & soft session. so lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Julian BeattieMarch 21, 2011 - 3:14 am

    Gorgeous, Samm. Such an amazing set and the film aspect just makes it all the more sublime to me!ReplyCancel

  • NiravMarch 28, 2011 - 4:37 pm

    Incredible Samm!!! LOVE your film work. Glad we’ll be able to see much more of it.ReplyCancel

  • Moira NellMay 1, 2011 - 12:42 am

    I think I like this one the most – just something about the feel of them…ReplyCancel

St Jeromes Laneway Festival. Perth. February 2011

I went to the St Jeromes Laneway Festival last month.. My camera loaded with film came along with me and this is just a little of what I saw.

  • Jeremy BeasleyMarch 14, 2011 - 9:43 am

    these make me smile. thank you.ReplyCancel

  • haileyMarch 14, 2011 - 10:59 am

    oh how i love filmy goodness… mixed with music festival goodness is the perfect combo… ;) Lovely lovely miss Samm!ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayMarch 14, 2011 - 11:24 am

    the first image samm…… thanks for sharing your radness once again, you are inspiring me to blog!! xxReplyCancel

  • wrecklessgirlMarch 14, 2011 - 1:09 pm

    there is just something magical about film ..
    and you ..
    and you with film.ReplyCancel

  • PicklesMarch 14, 2011 - 6:05 pm

    Such an awesome day, probably the best festival I’ve ever been to :)ReplyCancel

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  • Hayley LaneApril 7, 2011 - 11:22 pm

    Love the atmosphere of festivals. There’s nothing like it!ReplyCancel

Lisa and Steve flew me over to Sydney to photograph their beautiful wedding at Wendy Whiteley’s Garden in Lavendar Bay and reception at Fisherman’s Wharf Chinese Restaurant at the Fish Markets. One of the most enjoyable parts of my very wonderful job is that I get to step into peoples lives for a day and experience something different to my own life. I am a people watcher. Im fascinated by people to know end. I could sit in an airport all day and watch people coming and going, making up stories about their lives. Its the reason I am a photographer. The reason why I am a people photographer and the reason why I am attracted to photographing weddings. I get to people watch but I do not have to make up stories about them, I get to step in and experience them. I love that I get to experience all different types of wedding ceremonies, different cultures, religions and different family dynamics. I love when a couple from two different cultures come together and seeing how they combine both their heritages in the most spectacular fashion. I loved the importance Lisa and Steve placed on all their dear family and friends throughout their wedding day. There is a quote I have been thinking a lot about lately, a quote from Christopher McCandless “Happiness is only real when shared”, these words were his final diary entry before dying in the wilderness alone. I cant think of anything truer about happiness when I look back at the images captured at this wedding.

Lisa and Steve, thank you for bringing me to Sydney and letting me step into your lives for a day. I loved it.

  • GabeMarch 11, 2011 - 2:24 pm

    samm…these are perfection. i love every frame. you have such a beautiful eye.ReplyCancel

  • Brian DavisMarch 11, 2011 - 3:28 pm

    Unbelieveable….beautiful images. Love your creative eye.ReplyCancel

  • Rae MarieMarch 11, 2011 - 3:29 pm

    Gorgeous Samm… lovely, special, simple, classic, romantic, real and… lovely! You really have a talent at capturing the natural beauty & expressions of people and the precious moments that flow throughout their day.ReplyCancel

  • Paul KrolMarch 11, 2011 - 5:32 pm

    some terrific images in this set! well done!ReplyCancel

  • AmandaMarch 11, 2011 - 11:57 pm

    Beautiful work. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jess RMarch 12, 2011 - 7:52 am

    WOW! Stunning photos xReplyCancel

  • ChristineMarch 12, 2011 - 11:08 am

    oi. sammy. i heart this beyond words can say. seriously… something about this gorgeous couple speaks to me, and they couldn’t have possibly picked a more perfect photographer to capture their day. you, my friend, are so frigging amazing at what you do. you bottle up love tremendously well in that camera of yours. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayMarch 13, 2011 - 3:25 am

    so many faves in here samm… you did such a beautiful jobReplyCancel

  • John BenaventeMarch 15, 2011 - 11:23 am

    so many great frames samm, well done!ReplyCancel

  • GeaMarch 15, 2011 - 3:34 pm

    LOVELY! <3. It always brings a smile on my face when I look at one of your shootings!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon McDonaldMarch 22, 2011 - 2:30 am

    LOVE your work Samm. I’m a Perth photog living in Melbourne so can relate to your trajectory!
    xx ShannonReplyCancel

  • geneohMarch 22, 2011 - 3:32 pm

    this wedding is sick, great work!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley LaneApril 7, 2011 - 11:23 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love every image!ReplyCancel

Las Vegas. Little White Wedding Chapel. February 2011

I had the pleasure of going to the little white wedding chapel to watch my two dear friends Todd and Alyda McGaw renew their wedding vows when I was in Vegas a few weeks ago. I have been to many weddings in my lifetime and this I have to admit, this one is my all time favorite. A room full of dear friends, elvis, vegas, safari suit, vintage dress, red shoes… and the sweetest of sweet vows. I loved it all. These are a few images I captured on film as an over eager guest ;)

Cannon Beach. Oregon. USA. March 2010

Sometimes when I shoot film, a roll or two of film sometimes goes missing for awhile… a year later it turns up, gets added to the pile of other film I am sending to the lab. Then when I get all the films back from the lab, I get very pleasantly surprised, its like christmas morning when I discover all these images that had been long forgotten. The images above would be one of those times.

I took these photographs at Cannon Beach when I was visiting Oregon in the USA last March.

  • Steve ElmerMarch 3, 2011 - 10:08 am

    I love beach shots, the only thing that makes em better is when they have moody clouds… WIN! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jesse PafundiMarch 3, 2011 - 7:15 pm

    Stellar film work. Love the mood in these shotsReplyCancel

  • Joshua GullMarch 3, 2011 - 7:35 pm

    This is really beautiful work Samm.ReplyCancel

  • Jeremy BeasleyMarch 7, 2011 - 9:08 am

    There is a real beautiful gentle and still nature to these samm, reminds me of a relaxing weekend down the coast.ReplyCancel

the beautiful trish. melbourne. january 2011.

the loveliest wedding. the sweetest people. i adore it all.

  • joanna brownFebruary 8, 2011 - 8:56 am

    Oh my this is truely such a beautiful day, and you have captured it perfectly; I LOVE it, been following your work for sometime to be inspired you never fail to deliver.. AMAZINGReplyCancel

  • trishFebruary 8, 2011 - 9:31 am

    this is one crazy incredible gorgeous wedding. the loveliest of all lovelies, and you tell it so well.ReplyCancel

  • MichaelFebruary 8, 2011 - 9:35 am

    WOW – amazing couple, amazing images.ReplyCancel

  • AnyaFebruary 8, 2011 - 9:43 am

    Superb work. Wow!ReplyCancel

  • ChristineFebruary 8, 2011 - 10:00 am

    breathtaking. just breathtaking, dear sammy. it is the loveliest wedding, shot by one of the loveliest people i know. everything is perfection… i know this because i held my breath for most of this post. adore.ReplyCancel

  • Steve ElmerFebruary 8, 2011 - 10:06 am

    O M G! This is so stinkin cute!ReplyCancel

  • Cathrin D'EntremontFebruary 8, 2011 - 10:15 am

    OMG! This couple, the details – to be honest I am lost for words and wished I could put my emotions into words for you. Beautiful Samm – thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Jonas PetersonFebruary 8, 2011 - 10:22 am

    Simple, honest and beautiful, Samm. Great work and so you.ReplyCancel

  • MarryamFebruary 8, 2011 - 10:26 am

    amazing…this is my favourite of yours, so beautiful! :)ReplyCancel

  • Nic DuncanFebruary 8, 2011 - 10:34 am

    Ohhh…I adore it all too!ReplyCancel

  • JenFebruary 8, 2011 - 10:46 am

    OK, you can move to Melbourne now ;-) lol *gorgeous*ReplyCancel

  • fiona andersenFebruary 8, 2011 - 10:47 am

    *gasp* xxReplyCancel

  • AdrianFebruary 8, 2011 - 11:30 am

    Amazing. Beautiful. And honest.ReplyCancel

  • Jeremy BeasleyFebruary 8, 2011 - 11:44 am

    Such elegant images Samm. Each composition is beautifully executed. You got the skillz.ReplyCancel

  • KatieFebruary 8, 2011 - 11:57 am

    Beautiful work Samm. So honest and full of emotion.ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayFebruary 8, 2011 - 2:01 pm

    absolutely beautiful sammy…. so, so refreshing.ReplyCancel

  • Rae MarieFebruary 8, 2011 - 2:25 pm

    These guys are just adorable! I love this wedding… they’re so cute together. The candid portraits put a big smile on my face. I’m sure they’ll be so pumped with these photos Samm! xxReplyCancel

  • Catherine AbeggFebruary 8, 2011 - 3:20 pm

    So HAPPY!!! And so in love! What a wonderful set to wake up to… thanks for sharing… I am in love with these!!!ReplyCancel

  • ursiFebruary 8, 2011 - 5:13 pm

    hi there sammy* i am in awe. wish i could fly you in for ours!!!
    and u know what? you take AWESOME group
    i can’t even tell u which one s my fav. i love seeing you through your photographs.

  • ursiFebruary 8, 2011 - 5:17 pm

    hi there sammy* i am in awe. wish i could fly you in for ours!!!
    and u know what? you take AWESOME group
    i can’t even tell u which one s my fav. i love seeing you through your photographs.

  • Marissa RodriguezFebruary 8, 2011 - 7:55 pm

    Everything about these melt my heart! So beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • ElFebruary 8, 2011 - 10:37 pm

    Breathtaking! These photographs are simply amazing! What a beautiful couple, and their day was captured perfectly. I love the close up of their hands. Your bride has amazing hands! xoxoReplyCancel

  • mandiimaeFebruary 8, 2011 - 11:16 pm

    :) makes me smile.ReplyCancel

  • sarah rhoadsFebruary 8, 2011 - 11:26 pm

    its perfect samm!ReplyCancel

  • KirstenFebruary 9, 2011 - 10:26 pm

    This bride is so gorgeous, she has the nicest legs! Perfect choice of dress and shoes!
    These photos are so beautiful, what a natural talent you have Samm..ReplyCancel

  • David MooreFebruary 10, 2011 - 12:03 am

    Lovely images Samm. Great storytelling images that will stand the test of time.ReplyCancel

  • RashmiFebruary 10, 2011 - 12:44 am

    beautiful work. that one, in the tree, with the tree branch leading your eye to the couple… uh-mazing.ReplyCancel

  • freedomFebruary 10, 2011 - 5:04 am

    a little note to say a big thank you for sharing your breathtaking story telling images, they are inspirational.ReplyCancel

  • Paul KrolFebruary 10, 2011 - 6:58 pm

    fantastic images. Great storytelling!ReplyCancel

  • sarah blackFebruary 15, 2011 - 11:03 am

    Good grief, what a spectacular wedding. And these photographs are breathtaking.ReplyCancel

  • VM PhotographyFebruary 16, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    Beautiful! And prolific!ReplyCancel

  • Mark DohringFebruary 21, 2011 - 12:41 am

    Beautiful images Samm. What a beautiful wedding ring. Love the group photos can just image the fun everyone was having.ReplyCancel

  • ali BattyFebruary 22, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    wow, love your work, wish you were in the UK and could do my wedding! beautiful picssReplyCancel

  • Gavin WyattFebruary 25, 2011 - 9:30 am

    Your gorgeous pictures create the prettiest storyline imaginable! your work is very inspiring Samm.ReplyCancel

  • Gavin WyattFebruary 25, 2011 - 9:31 am

    Your gorgeous photographs create the prettiest storyline imaginable! I find your work very inspiring Samm,ReplyCancel

  • Tamea BurdFebruary 25, 2011 - 10:14 pm

    Yours is some of the most beautiful, classically elegant and just downright amazing wedding photography I’ve ever seen. I’ll be visiting this blog often!ReplyCancel

  • rachelMarch 1, 2011 - 1:23 am

    absolutely stunning photos.
    the bride has such beauty and strength.


  • Marco CorreaMarch 1, 2011 - 6:27 pm

    Awesome portraits and as always love your lighting and colors!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline GhetesMarch 6, 2011 - 5:13 am

    Samm, wow! This set of wedding photos are insanely stunning. Lady, you killed it! Nice work!ReplyCancel

  • John BenaventeMarch 7, 2011 - 9:29 am

    my fav SB wedding, lovely!!!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline AnneMarch 8, 2011 - 2:58 am

    Wowzers. What an amazing wedding in every way.ReplyCancel

  • KatrinaMarch 30, 2011 - 1:34 am

    wow these are gorgeous. she is just stunningReplyCancel

  • Leo TimoshukOctober 18, 2011 - 10:32 pm

    Absolutely beautiful & stunning photos!ReplyCancel

rose & craig. beloved. bicton. western australia.

  • Lauren IrvineFebruary 4, 2011 - 2:30 am

    Oh Samm, these photos are amazing. I think i cried over every one – you have captured my brother and his beautiful wife to be perfectly. Such beautiful souls that are meant to be together. I know they will a hundred times *more* than love them!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jeremy BeasleyFebruary 4, 2011 - 2:31 am

    Beautiful Samm. Love the colour shot in the boat!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon ManningFebruary 4, 2011 - 2:33 am

    WOW – Stunning – I love that you are not afraid of shadows, if you know what I mean.ReplyCancel

  • alydaFebruary 4, 2011 - 6:24 am

    absolutely lovely!ReplyCancel

  • RoseFebruary 4, 2011 - 9:12 am

    So vividly remember Samm..such a beautiful evening, and an amazing experience with you…. thank you so much for the lovely photos once again, and can’t wait for our wedding day shots in a few weeks of time! xxReplyCancel

  • mikiFebruary 4, 2011 - 1:26 pm

    ooo! love! I like the second one the best :) love the boat too :)ReplyCancel

  • sergFebruary 4, 2011 - 4:23 pm

    wow sam, that second frame, with the strip of hair. just wow :)ReplyCancel

  • stacy squires photographyFebruary 4, 2011 - 11:11 pm

    lovely photos … very romanticReplyCancel

  • SheilaFebruary 6, 2011 - 3:17 am

    Wow these photos are just beautiful! They totally show how much these two love each other, absolutely stunning. Can’t wait to see the wedding shots!ReplyCancel

  • LuvleeFebruary 7, 2011 - 9:33 am

    beautiful as always Samm.. what a beautiful couple..I love the second photo :)ReplyCancel

  • GeaFebruary 7, 2011 - 2:01 pm

    They’re so sweet. Very nice. :)ReplyCancel

  • ChristineFebruary 8, 2011 - 10:09 am

    good lordy lord lord. you are SUCH a talent, blakey. just give a bit of that to lil’ ol’ pobke? prease?ReplyCancel

  • Moira NellMay 1, 2011 - 12:42 am


kristy & daniel. beloved. dunsborough, western australia.

  • Steve elmerFebruary 1, 2011 - 12:59 pm

    Damn, these are gorgeous. So dang pretty :PReplyCancel

  • Julian BeattieFebruary 1, 2011 - 1:14 pm


  • janine kayeFebruary 1, 2011 - 1:27 pm


  • roweFebruary 1, 2011 - 1:31 pm

    just gorgeous samm!ReplyCancel

  • Rae MarieFebruary 1, 2011 - 2:11 pm

    Lovely :) Your photos have so much motion and movement in them.. I love the flow of your photo sessions :) xxReplyCancel

  • GabeFebruary 1, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    love these samm. beautiful connection.ReplyCancel

  • julieFebruary 1, 2011 - 4:50 pm

    so fantastic! beautiful. Love the grass, the connection, the water.ReplyCancel

  • JohanFebruary 1, 2011 - 5:38 pm

    Very nice. Great feel to the images. Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • manusFebruary 1, 2011 - 5:48 pm

    wow these are great samm!ReplyCancel

  • DaynaFebruary 1, 2011 - 10:57 pm

    These are beautiful Samm. Just gorgeous. xReplyCancel

  • mandiimaeFebruary 1, 2011 - 11:52 pm

    i love your art, samm.ReplyCancel

  • KristyFebruary 2, 2011 - 12:39 am

    samm, thank u so much 4 these beautiful shots, we will cherish them forever and so look forward 2 u shooting our wedding =) xReplyCancel

  • Joshua GullFebruary 2, 2011 - 2:12 am

    Beautiful work Samm.ReplyCancel

  • ChristineFebruary 8, 2011 - 10:10 am

    did i really not see these til now? forgive me sammy! just beautimous, my friend. beautimous. and might i add how impressed i am by the blogging? adore you. can’t wait to see your smiling face SO SOON. xoxoReplyCancel

  • KateFebruary 10, 2011 - 2:52 pm

    The image 10 rows down from the top with his arms around her – looking through the reeds. Wow. Love.ReplyCancel

  • SuzanaMarch 29, 2011 - 5:32 pm

    Amei as fotos!!ReplyCancel

  • Moira NellMay 1, 2011 - 12:43 am

    Like the signs at the end. Very cute.ReplyCancel

some images from my travels around Italy back in July. One day I would like to live in italy. ♥♥

  • NiravJanuary 20, 2011 - 12:58 am

    Makes me want to go reaaaaally bad! Beautiful set of images Samm. Never cease to amaze me.ReplyCancel

  • Angie BaxterJanuary 20, 2011 - 1:01 am

    Beautiful Samm!! Absolutely gorgeous shots — I want to go there. right. now. xxReplyCancel

  • TenielleJanuary 20, 2011 - 2:05 am

    SO very beautiful Samm, is everything there so dreamy? We’ve never been, but it must be incredibly romantic, even the doves were kissing :)ReplyCancel

  • ClareJanuary 20, 2011 - 4:28 am

    you’re so clever. these pictures are just gorgeous :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristen CookJanuary 20, 2011 - 5:29 am

    These make me want to live in Italy too beautiful Sammy. Thanks for playing – see you soon xxReplyCancel

  • julieJanuary 20, 2011 - 5:45 am

    are. you. kdding. me. ??? these are incredible. birds kissing, an accordian player, laundry hanging, architecture, art…. perfection.ReplyCancel

  • -SFJanuary 20, 2011 - 3:32 pm

    you;re good samm. i want to travel like you.ReplyCancel

  • JJJanuary 29, 2011 - 5:47 am

    your blog and photos are really fantastic. a big fan of your stuff…ReplyCancel

  • Jonas (Americanvirus)February 2, 2011 - 6:57 am


  • Jon TinklerJanuary 28, 2015 - 8:02 pm

    Wow, the light there really is pretty amazing, and the stillness of the ocean – I just found this blog but definitely following along now :-)ReplyCancel

A group of photographers have donated prints to the switch cities project, to help raise funds for the Queensland flood relief. They raised over $2800 for Hope For Haiti and hope to raise more again. My “Pretty Things” print is in the gallery available to purchase and there are other beautiful images from photographers around Australia and the globe who have also donated prints. All proceeds go the QLD Flood Relief and each print is priced in $US. Please buy some pretty art for your walls and help us make a little difference :)

  • Polka Dot BrideJanuary 19, 2011 - 7:53 am

    So thrilled you are a part of this Samm- I adore your beautiful shot!ReplyCancel

  • Chaba VighJanuary 30, 2011 - 4:40 pm

    I love the toning of your images, has an eternal feel to it..
    Best wishes from Hungary ;)ReplyCancel

2010 has been a good year full of travel and adventures to far away lands. My holga always comes on my adventures with me. I dont shoot with it all that often as I prefer shooting with my medium format gear, but sometimes when the weight of my gear gets to much, I go out and explore with my trusty old light as a feather holga. Its always a nice surprise getting these films developed as I normally forget what is on each roll and normally have multiple trips appear on one roll. These images were spread over three rolls of film and include Venice, Berlin, Rome, London, Vancouver, Kalgoorlie and Exmouth.

2011 is going to be another year full of travel. I am wanting to shoot a lot more beloved work this year so I am putting these dates out there in the universe and see what happens :) If you are interested in a beloved shoot (or wedding or mentor session) in any of these locations, please get in contact with me!

Sydney // 27th Dec – 30th Dec 2010
Melbourne // 30th Dec – 4th Jan 2011
Brisbane // 4th Jan- 7th Jan 2011
Canberra // 7th Jan – 14th Jan 2011
Melbourne // 14th Jan – 21st Jan 2011
Los Angeles / San Diego / Vegas // February 2011
Los Angeles // Apr 2011
USA / Canada // Jul – Aug 2011
Margaret River Region // Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec 2011
Melbourne // January 2012 onwards +++

and a wee announcement… I am moving to Melbourne at the end of 2011. I am now accepting Melbourne (and east coast) wedding commissions from January 2012 onwards :)

  • KatieDecember 21, 2010 - 8:50 pm

    Wowee! The East Coast will be very happy to have you!!! Happy travels Samm, you are such an inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen CookDecember 21, 2010 - 10:32 pm

    Weeeeeeeeeeee! Samm you’re going to love it – I can’t wait to have you here :) xReplyCancel

  • alydaDecember 21, 2010 - 11:20 pm

    yahooooo, can’t wait to see you!ReplyCancel

  • allisonDecember 22, 2010 - 1:22 pm

    Samm, if you do make your way out to Toronto, I would love to book a session with you. We’re celebrating our 12 year (!) anniversary in August. And congrats on your move! How exciting!ReplyCancel

  • kateDecember 30, 2010 - 11:05 am

    Hi Samm

    i love your work and am keen to know how much your mentor sessions are (fyi – i am a complete novice and have only just bought a slr – but what i probably lack in ability i make up in enthusiasm) – i’m based in Brisbane!



  • elainekohJanuary 2, 2011 - 5:27 pm

    Oh that’s fantastic you’re moving to Melbourne! I lived there for 8.5 yrs before moving here to London. I loved it, and will probably be back living there one day :). Great times ahead!ReplyCancel

  • GeaJanuary 13, 2011 - 3:23 pm

    They’re absolutely wonderfull! <3ReplyCancel

  • Arnold M. WilsonJanuary 18, 2011 - 3:29 pm

    It is a pleasure to see that a photographer has decided to select black-and-white style. They perfectly show the beauty of streets. It is a good idea.ReplyCancel

  • Chaba VighJanuary 30, 2011 - 4:43 pm

    ahh, fantastic moods!! seeing these images I want to fly there and be part of it.ReplyCancel

  • Moira NellMay 1, 2011 - 12:36 am

    I really love your black and whites. High contrasts are my absolute favourites! And how Im jealous of your travels… I’ve hung up my travel coat for a short while and Im starting to feel the pangs of wanting to head off somewhere again!ReplyCancel

  • ChristineDecember 14, 2010 - 4:54 am

    absolutely gorgeous, sammy. this is what it’s all about. love, happiness, heart, depth. just beautiful. PS was hoping you’d put up their polaroids too… i dream about those polaroids! :)ReplyCancel

  • weiDecember 14, 2010 - 4:54 am

    yup, yup, yup, yup! ♥ the last image.ReplyCancel

  • trishDecember 14, 2010 - 4:56 am

    oh wow. so much realness going on here, beautiful, beautiful set!!

    And I love them corn rows :)ReplyCancel

  • coleDecember 14, 2010 - 4:57 am

    pretty tough to make two people look more comfortable together in front of the camera then this….. wicked stuff!ReplyCancel

  • AnyaDecember 14, 2010 - 5:12 am

    Amazing captures, so pure!ReplyCancel

  • AndreaDecember 14, 2010 - 5:26 am

    Beautifully captured. I love it when you are with a beautiful women that is not afraid to smile with love. it’s magic xReplyCancel

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  • NikkyDecember 14, 2010 - 6:04 am

    Such love and joy in your pictures Samm. Just beautiful. xxReplyCancel

  • haileyDecember 14, 2010 - 6:16 am

    Oh sooo beautiful!

    A delight to see your stunning work. ;)ReplyCancel

  • arielDecember 14, 2010 - 6:35 am

    wow. wow. such emotion filled images. amazing to see.ReplyCancel

  • GeorgiaDecember 14, 2010 - 6:40 am
  • Dan O'DayDecember 14, 2010 - 6:55 am

    absolutely beautiful samm…ReplyCancel

  • Ben MardenDecember 14, 2010 - 7:33 am


  • lydia {ever ours}December 14, 2010 - 7:47 am

    especially love the last two.ReplyCancel

  • Steve ElmerDecember 14, 2010 - 7:56 am

    So dang cute and funky :)ReplyCancel

  • julie harmsenDecember 14, 2010 - 8:00 am

    so much love happening, beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • John BenaventeDecember 14, 2010 - 11:21 am

    lovely work samm!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona RogersonDecember 15, 2010 - 1:43 am

    These are pure magic Samm…ReplyCancel

  • AdrianDecember 15, 2010 - 4:09 am

    Love it. Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • KhengJanuary 5, 2011 - 6:06 am

    Nice pics… very simple and full of emotions. Have been following your work for a while now and I am always inspired with the simplicity of your presentation.ReplyCancel

  • ChloeJanuary 14, 2011 - 3:40 pm

    What lovely captures of this striking couple. I think I love them together, they’re beautiful.
    Feather+Stone pointed me in your direction and I’m very grateful they did-I like your photos. You’re a nice kind of cool.ReplyCancel

  • todd pelloweJanuary 24, 2011 - 10:01 pm

    your tones from this session are unreal. i absolutely love them.ReplyCancel

  • Olivia LeighFebruary 11, 2011 - 12:30 am

    Beautiful session! this couple is so lovely. She is radiant. Real; beautiful.ReplyCancel

Nikky and Danilo, how I love these two. Nobody in the church knew it was pouring with rain outside during the ceremony. Nikky and Danilo were the first to exit the church, I opened the doors for them and they were greeted with the rain storm. Instead of freaking out, they just laughed and laughed and laughed. It was my favorite part of their wedding day. I think it shows the type of people they are. ♥♥♥. We were lucky to dodge the rain most of the afternoon, running undercover and into the Moores Building when it got a bit crazy outside. Just as we were finishing up shooting in Fremantle, we had to run like mad to the cars, I got absolutely drenched, head to toe. I loved it.

  • Lara BeckDecember 8, 2010 - 2:05 am

    They are great Samm, I totally love the one when they running to the Limo in the rain! <3ReplyCancel

  • LaurenDecember 8, 2010 - 2:17 am

    beautiful sammy! the beach shots are to die for… please blog more weddings, i love em xxxxReplyCancel

  • alydaDecember 8, 2010 - 2:44 am

    oh samm! I bow… are so good!ReplyCancel

  • Rae MarieDecember 8, 2010 - 5:02 am

    They look so inlove, you’ve captured them so well Samm. Beautiful! <3ReplyCancel

  • SeanDecember 8, 2010 - 5:15 am
  • NiravDecember 8, 2010 - 5:54 am

    So beautiful Samm! My favorite is the running to the limo shot. Just something about it… Awesome work.ReplyCancel

  • NikkyDecember 8, 2010 - 6:07 am

    <3 Thankyou SO much Samm! These are AMAZING! I think I look at the gallery shots and slideshow every day! I love them all, it's SO hard to pick favourites. Legging it to the limo was fun(ny)… such dedication to your work snapping photos during the downpour! xxxReplyCancel

  • KirstyDecember 8, 2010 - 9:18 am

    Samm I think this is one of my favs LOVE LOVE LOVE itReplyCancel

  • lisakDecember 10, 2010 - 12:35 am

    These are so, so wonderful! I love the shot of them running to the limo! Classic! You’re work is constantly inspiring Samm : )ReplyCancel

  • Paul KrolDecember 10, 2010 - 8:56 pm

    Good job Samm Blake.ReplyCancel

  • Jeremy BeasleyDecember 14, 2010 - 12:04 am

    Beautiful Samm! I love how the bride didn’t stop smiling/laughing all day! Looks like lots of fun. Love love love the shot in the church where they are both sitting down looking at each other – so cheeky!ReplyCancel

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  • Julian BeattieDecember 19, 2010 - 10:38 am

    These are amazing, Samm! Truly well done. You rock!ReplyCancel

  • michele bowmanJanuary 21, 2011 - 2:46 am

    these are beautiful!! i’m so happy to have found your site, and i’m enjoying looking through your work!ReplyCancel

  • MinnaJanuary 31, 2011 - 3:47 pm

    Hi, beautiful photo’s. The recption venue looks stunning…where is it? ThanksReplyCancel

polaroids from los angeles. november 2010.

Nightswimming deserves a quiet night.
The photograph on the dashboard, taken years ago,
turned around backwards so the windshield shows.
Every streetlight reveals the picture in reverse.
Still, it’s so much clearer.
I forgot my shirt at the water’s edge.
The moon is low tonight.

Nightswimming deserves a quiet night.
I’m not sure all these people understand.
It’s not like years ago,
The fear of getting caught,
of recklessness and water.
They cannot see me naked.
These things, they go away,
replaced by everyday.

Nightswimming, remembering that night.
September’s coming soon.
I’m pining for the moon.
And what if there were two
Side by side in orbit
Around the fairest sun?
That bright, tight forever drum
could not describe nightswimming.

You, I thought I knew you.
You I cannot judge.
You, I thought you knew me,
this one laughing quietly underneath my breath.

The photograph reflects,
every streetlight a reminder.
Nightswimming deserves a quiet night, deserves a quiet night.

Nightswimming by R.E.M

  • teriNovember 28, 2010 - 1:55 am

    love these! i just moved away from los angeles less than 2 months ago and i’m drowning in nostalgia, my still-fresh memories, through your polaroids. i am going back this week for a visit and photo sessions and couldn’t be more grateful. thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • KirstyNovember 28, 2010 - 2:26 am

    me likey alotReplyCancel

  • aliciaNovember 28, 2010 - 3:31 am

    I’m in love with every one of these and completely drooling over the colors.ReplyCancel

  • ArleneNovember 29, 2010 - 3:39 pm

    LOVE IT SAMM.ReplyCancel

  • NiravDecember 3, 2010 - 6:34 pm

    Heck yeah Samm! These are fantastic :).ReplyCancel

  • Hugo de la MorenaDecember 3, 2010 - 10:35 pm

    I love the way you see, beautiful work….ReplyCancel

  • Jose VillaDecember 11, 2010 - 10:58 am

    Ohhhhhh I heart all of these, so nostalgic ;)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle PragtApril 15, 2011 - 9:13 pm

    These are fantastic Samm! I’m buying a poloroid and would love to know what these were shot with.ReplyCancel

  • todd hunter mcgawNovember 24, 2010 - 12:39 am

    i love your work samm.. not in a ‘in the pants’ way but it makes me feel nice :) the first colour pic = fullysweetaz.. oh and the last pic.. perfect.ReplyCancel

  • alydaNovember 24, 2010 - 12:40 am

    gorgeous Samm-wise!ReplyCancel

  • Christine PobkeNovember 24, 2010 - 1:32 am

    love it. so sweet and serene and gorgeous. just like you.ReplyCancel

  • Rae MarieNovember 24, 2010 - 3:48 am

    Always love seeing your latest portrait sessions pop up :) Beautiful work. 2nd row black and white picnic scene is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • MeganNovember 24, 2010 - 9:35 am

    Very sweet! xoReplyCancel

  • michaelNovember 24, 2010 - 10:33 am

    gorgeous work Samm!

    I recognise that location, in fact you told me about it (on the plane)! I only got about 15-20min there on the day :( so not enough for an entire bridal party!ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayNovember 24, 2010 - 10:12 pm

    and man, did I enjoyed this cute portrait session (rhetorical). So you…ReplyCancel

  • TenielleNovember 25, 2010 - 3:54 am

    Beautiful, clean simplicity. I adore :)ReplyCancel

  • Roberta CrumplinNovember 28, 2010 - 4:39 pm

    Really love the B&W shot of the couple in front of the tree roots!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous portraits! I really love the photograph of the two of them sitting together on the blanket. Beautiful. I love the last one too, watching through the trees, her leg up when she’s hugging him. Nice work.ReplyCancel

  • Jose VillaDecember 11, 2010 - 10:57 am

    Such amazing quality of light! Lovvveee it Samm!!


polaroids from my week in los angeles, november 2010.

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.

By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming,
from the book The Invitation

  • ChristineNovember 7, 2010 - 3:06 am

    beautiful, samm. can’t wait to see you this week. :) xoxoReplyCancel

  • JenNovember 7, 2010 - 3:29 am

    That poem is perfection. Thanks for sharing it :o)ReplyCancel

  • Jess MarshallNovember 7, 2010 - 6:18 am

    <3 I can only imagine your time in Los Angeles.. And that is enough to make me smile & sigh! Beautiful, beautiful words Samm! Perfect! XReplyCancel

  • LornaNovember 7, 2010 - 6:20 am

    Words of truth and belief love the direction xReplyCancel

  • Naomi WinterNovember 7, 2010 - 6:24 am

    that was sublime…. thanks for sharing Samm.ReplyCancel

  • CalvinaNovember 7, 2010 - 7:20 am

    This is beautiful Samm!ReplyCancel

  • AmyNovember 7, 2010 - 3:27 pm

    Beautiful polaroids- amazing poem!!!! I have to share it. Thank you for posting it. This morning needed a delicious reminder:):). Maybe one day we will sit and I’ll play with your hair and you can read me more- or sing me Beatles songs:)- either one. XoxoReplyCancel

  • catherineNovember 7, 2010 - 9:15 pm

    Thank you. Just beautiful.ReplyCancel

I wandered around Paris one afternoon in July and shot some film.

sorrento, italy. july 2010

Today I am heading to the Los Angeles! I am away for the next two weeks. I am back in the office on Monday 15th November. If you need to get in contact with me while I am away, email is best, I will try my hardest to keep up with it while I am away  and all phone calls will be returned when I get back to the office on the 15th November. xo

I photographed this beloved session of Ursi and Michel (plus their dogs miro and sheela) when I was traveling through Europe in July. These four live in Switzerland and contacted me for a beloved portrait shoot when they heard I was coming through their beautiful country. Michael and I spent a few days with them at their house, they drove us all up and down the mountains in Switzerland showing us what their beautiful country is all about. We had a barbecue picnic on the side of a little creek which was one of my favorite parts of our whole trip. Ursi and Michel are such warm hearted, generous, beautiful people. This beloved shoot was taken over two days. It was such an honor and pleasure to meet, spend time with and to photograph them. ♥

  • alydaOctober 17, 2010 - 11:58 pm

    OH WOW Samm!!! this is my favourite beloved session you’ve done…..just amazing :)ReplyCancel

  • James DayOctober 18, 2010 - 12:08 am

    Some of the most breathtaking photos I’ve ever laid eyes on!ReplyCancel

  • Christine PobkeOctober 18, 2010 - 12:11 am

    absofreakinlutely gorgeous. my goodness woman. this is just amazing. *jaw drops*ReplyCancel

  • Gemma ClarkeOctober 18, 2010 - 12:18 am

    Samm, these are incredible…I just love the whole feeling to them! You must have had the best time!! It is those little things that make the different on the big trips.. ;)ReplyCancel

  • KatieOctober 18, 2010 - 12:25 am

    SImply amazing Samm.ReplyCancel

  • tasjOctober 18, 2010 - 12:36 am

    What an amazing session :))ReplyCancel

  • Jonathan WherrettOctober 18, 2010 - 12:36 am

    Wow Samm, beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • lornaOctober 18, 2010 - 12:55 am

    My fave the couple in black and white leaning against the car with dog in frame. Well seen and captured samm beautiful vision love xReplyCancel

  • joel serratoOctober 18, 2010 - 1:16 am

    love these samm ;) so intimate!ReplyCancel

  • AnyaOctober 18, 2010 - 1:17 am

    Love, love, love. Can see it and feel it!ReplyCancel

  • KirstyOctober 18, 2010 - 1:54 am

    ok this session F****N ROCKSReplyCancel

  • KateOctober 18, 2010 - 2:35 am

    Some of the finest photographs of a couple I have ever seen, incredible feeling.ReplyCancel

  • kelly van viersenOctober 18, 2010 - 2:53 am

    international beloved!! i love it….absolutely gorgeous samm!xReplyCancel

  • lisakOctober 18, 2010 - 4:43 am

    These are amazing! The colours are so rich and the mood is gorgeous. I especially love the shot from up above of the couple with their dogs. So cute!ReplyCancel

  • Gemma CarrOctober 18, 2010 - 5:15 am

    You’ve done it again Samm. Your photos tell beautiful stories.ReplyCancel

  • GedasOctober 18, 2010 - 7:01 am

    wow you made it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Steven ElmerOctober 18, 2010 - 7:54 am

    Hot damn! If ya ever need a second shooter in Switzerland, I am available :PReplyCancel

  • AnitaOctober 18, 2010 - 9:23 am

    You have captured the essence of love – both between the couple and their bubba-dogs. Your work speaks Samm.ReplyCancel

  • AmandaOctober 18, 2010 - 12:17 pm

    This is great. I love your “beloved” sessions. The colors are fantastic. It would have been fun to have a shot of the car with both of their feet sticking out of a window. Ooh La La.ReplyCancel

  • kyle haleOctober 18, 2010 - 1:51 pm

    awesome shoot and location, SammReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayOctober 18, 2010 - 3:56 pm

    oh samm… what an amazing session. if we were in the 70’s, I would have one of these images turned into wallpaper for my feature wall… no lie. love central !ReplyCancel

  • James MoesOctober 18, 2010 - 4:53 pm

    Brilliant. Pure brilliance.ReplyCancel

  • NatalieOctober 19, 2010 - 5:45 am

    Lovely photos! Your blog is great!ReplyCancel

  • KellyOctober 19, 2010 - 3:43 pm

    Love. love love love love love. LOVE. L.O.V.E.ReplyCancel

  • JohanOctober 26, 2010 - 12:30 pm

    Well done Sam! Pleasure to have a look at your photos.ReplyCancel

  • BrittnieOctober 26, 2010 - 6:41 pm

    Hi. I dont know you, and I’m thousands of miles away from australia so I probably never will. But I stumbled upon your website and I love your work. You’re an inspiration! I hope to one day be as good as you!ReplyCancel

  • onurDecember 8, 2010 - 9:44 pm

    your works are great. if u ever come to turkey please send me an email. pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeReplyCancel

  • Peter EdwardsDecember 14, 2010 - 8:59 am

    Fantastic!Great shots for great looks! The place is so beautiful, it’s a perfect location for two perfect in love persons!Everything is just so natural and true, photo shoots full of perfectly loved feelings!Great!ReplyCancel

  • ElliDecember 21, 2010 - 6:51 am

    You are beyond fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • michele bowmanJanuary 21, 2011 - 2:59 pm

    how beautiful!!! what a wonderful experience, and beautiful images. i have fallen in love with your work!ReplyCancel