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

Earlier this year, I traveled to a little place in New Zealand called Waiheke Island to document the celebrations of the amazing wedding of Erin & Scott. Today their wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty. Check it out.

I will feature this wedding on here very soon. x


A few favorites from Prerna and Thor’s wedding in New York City in September. We gallivanted around Manhattan taking pretty pictures in Grand Central Station and Central Park. Can’t wait to share this wedding on here soon.



While I was living in New York this year, I started a new body of work about the people who go down to the Brighton Beach broadwalk in Brooklyn. I spent a lot of time down there where I walked and talked with many of the locals, and then I became very intrigued by the people sitting on the benches staring out to the ocean. What are they thinking about? Who are they? What lives have they lead? What stories do they have to tell? What are they waiting for? Since seeing the aftermath of Sandy last week, these people have been on my mind a lot . I hope they are all okay. I have read stories about elderly being stuck in their apartments since the storm.




  • Tina FloranceNovember 5, 2012 - 9:31 pm

    Love this idea. A bit melancholic but so filled with hope.ReplyCancel

  • Cassi KennedyNovember 5, 2012 - 10:22 pm

    Love it… These pics are awesome beautiful amazing!! xReplyCancel

  • KirstyNovember 6, 2012 - 1:11 am

    LOVE itReplyCancel

  • Nic DuncanNovember 6, 2012 - 9:30 am

    What a fantastic project Samm! Trying to guess just a little bit about each of their lives.ReplyCancel

  • VictoriiaNovember 6, 2012 - 10:02 am

    Your photography is amazing! I’m absolutely in love!ReplyCancel

  • ColleenNovember 6, 2012 - 10:19 am

    Love it Samm! Great Project and lovely picsReplyCancel

  • michelle waspeNovember 6, 2012 - 10:27 am

    brilliant! love this..ReplyCancel

  • sharonNovember 7, 2012 - 1:20 am

    This series is INCREDIBLE! I have those same thoughts often. Love how you documented it, these are now some of my very favorite imagesReplyCancel

  • LaurenNovember 7, 2012 - 4:19 pm

    what an awesome idea. love all of these :)ReplyCancel

  • jillNovember 8, 2012 - 2:00 am

    wonderful. beautiful. inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Tina/@teenbugNovember 8, 2012 - 2:45 am

    Love this Samm!ReplyCancel

  • kellieNovember 8, 2012 - 5:36 am

    absolutely brilliant, samm!! so inspiring and beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayNovember 15, 2012 - 6:59 am

    you know how i feel about this series…. perf dot ect xoxoReplyCancel

  • andiNovember 20, 2012 - 4:49 am


  • lecinda @ bohemian beautifulNovember 27, 2012 - 6:32 am

    that is a beautiful series of photos!! what a lovely idea :)ReplyCancel

  • Caroline FontenotDecember 5, 2012 - 6:07 pm

    so inspiringReplyCancel