“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

 

my sweet disposition from cartwheels & pinwheels on Vimeo.

This is just a little video ive made from the random moments I collected while I was roaming around Europe in July. Before I went away, I knew I wanted to do something creatively that did not involve just picture taking. I wanted to see and experience this trip differently. I stumbled across a little teeny tiny camera called the zumi that takes the most horrendous stills but I really like how it captures video, giving it a very super 8 kind of look. Before I went away I knew the song was going to be the soundtrack. The song speaks to me. When I first heard Sweet Disposition by the Temper Trap, goosebumps covered my arms. Ive only just tried finding the meaning of the song and found this quote, “When we’re young, we act first and think later. But as adults, we rationalize everything. Basically, the song is about capturing the innocence of youth.” (in Nylon, Nov 09). Gosh. It was the whole reason why I went away, just to stop and to just enjoy what is right in front of me.

{sweet disposition by the temper trap}

Sweet disposition
Never too soon
Oh, reckless abandon
Like no one’s watching you

A moment, a love
A dream aloud
A kiss, a cry
Our rights, our wrongs
A moment, a love
A dream aloud
A moment, a love
A dream aloud

So stay there
Because I’ll be coming over
And while our blood’s still young
It’s so young
It runs
And we won’t stop until it’s over
Won’t stop to surrender

Songs of desperation
I played them for you
A moment, a love
A dream aloud
A kiss, a cry
Our rights, our wrongs
A moment, a love
A dream, aloud
A moment, a love
A dream aloud

  • Angie BaxterOctober 13, 2010 - 12:38 am

    Wow Samm, I really love this so so much! xReplyCancel

  • jesh de roxOctober 13, 2010 - 12:40 am

    you’re amazing and i’m so proud of you *ReplyCancel

  • LaurenOctober 13, 2010 - 12:42 am

    oh samm it’s gorgeous! What an awesome way to capture your trip. You have a talent for this too!! Sooooo good. :)
    and yes, one of my most favourite songs ever, know exactly what you mean about the goosebumps!ReplyCancel

  • Craig ChiswellOctober 13, 2010 - 12:44 am

    Really love it actually. Does give the old super 8 feel to it, and what a great musical piece.ReplyCancel

  • CliffOctober 13, 2010 - 12:45 am

    This is gorgeous. It gives the video such a whimsical feeling. Beautifully captured.ReplyCancel

  • todd hunter mcgawOctober 13, 2010 - 12:52 am

    wow.. samm.. wow ..mmas ..wowReplyCancel

  • josh solarOctober 13, 2010 - 1:19 am

    Love that breakdancer near the end. Such a rad video of a wonderful time for you!ReplyCancel

  • aimeeOctober 13, 2010 - 2:27 am

    this is really beautiful samm…it makes me long for my own adventures (soon to come!) so much! congratulations on your engagement! you must feel so very blessed :) xxReplyCancel

  • CalvinaOctober 13, 2010 - 4:14 am

    wow samm, this is beautiful. :) you went EVERYWHERE! :)ReplyCancel

  • BreeOctober 13, 2010 - 4:19 am

    Awesome. Just awesome.ReplyCancel

  • KatieOctober 13, 2010 - 4:40 am

    Oh Samm! A billion emotions!!! You just captured everything I love about travel and life in one. So powerful and so beautiful. So glad you shared that. :-) xxxReplyCancel

  • Ben MardenOctober 13, 2010 - 5:06 am

    Just wonderful Samm! I have all ways like that song, heaps more now…I love the bit where the people are busking and the dude on roller blades comes through. THANK YOU so much for creating this!!!ReplyCancel

  • Aaron KampOctober 13, 2010 - 5:12 am

    Great work Samm – thanks for sharing!
    The only thing that could make it better is if it was shot on real Super 8….but the Zumi does a decent job! (And at a fraction of the cost)ReplyCancel

  • RebeccaOctober 13, 2010 - 5:22 am

    LOVE love love! Except I just clicked the link to the Zumi camera and spent too much money at that store :)
    And now I need to go travelling!ReplyCancel

  • JeanineOctober 13, 2010 - 7:03 am

    Congratulations!!!! to both of you, can’t wait to see whom you pick as your wedding photographer and then see all the gorgeous pics of you both. And the video is amazing, just made one dreaming of a trip!ReplyCancel

  • ArleneOctober 13, 2010 - 9:22 am

    AWWWWWEEEEESOME :)ReplyCancel

  • Nic DuncanOctober 13, 2010 - 11:12 am

    I’d been raving about this to Steve since you shared it with us when you were down here…great to be able to share it with him today. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • PrueOctober 13, 2010 - 1:23 pm

    Wicked video Samm! I’d love to see the world through your eyes for a day or two.. or your camera! xxReplyCancel

  • liz arcusOctober 13, 2010 - 1:24 pm

    this has the most gentle soft feeling Samm, and has left me smiling heaps..this is so beautiful, thank you for sharing with us all :-)ReplyCancel

  • weiOctober 13, 2010 - 3:54 pm

    This is great, Samm! Makes me want to start doing video for our vacations!ReplyCancel

  • jonathan canlasOctober 13, 2010 - 4:09 pm

    can’t wait to meet you…ReplyCancel

  • GemmaOctober 14, 2010 - 12:20 am

    You just totally took me back to Europe. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Christine PobkeOctober 14, 2010 - 4:38 am

    Oh Samm…this is brilliant. You are brilliant. I love your vision and the love that radiates out of you. I’m goosebumpy.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline GhetesOctober 14, 2010 - 8:24 pm

    Samm, I am so incredibly excited for you! Congratulations on you getting engaged!I LOVED the video. I smiled when the lady and the guy with the guitar sang on the street. Very neat.ReplyCancel

  • Dave & CharlotteOctober 14, 2010 - 9:16 pm

    Awesome vid… Love the Zumi! Great footage from the plane window. Captures the vibe so well.

    We’re gonna be in Perth in Jan… Look forward to catching up with you then : )ReplyCancel

  • Jonas PetersonOctober 14, 2010 - 11:12 pm

    Such a great little piece, Samm. I have a Zumi too, but for some reason I never use it. I may have to reconsider that after seeing this. Great work.ReplyCancel

  • sarah rhoadsOctober 15, 2010 - 5:09 pm

    and this is exactly why I love you samm. You see the world as a child does and that is a beauty,,, something to be cherished. Thank you for sharing this beautiful girl!ReplyCancel

  • AdrianOctober 16, 2010 - 1:09 am

    This is just amazingly wonderful and heartfelt. I love the experience and journey of travelling and you’ve captured it so beautifully and personally. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Matt EbenezerOctober 20, 2010 - 12:04 pm

    Love this Samm! Lots!ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayOctober 29, 2010 - 2:16 am

    this left my face numb and my heart warm… thanks so much for sharing a little part of your universe with us samm.. cant wait to see ya xxReplyCancel

Model : Danielle Howson
Makeup : Holly Eden
Label : My Girl Gwendoline

My sister, Renee Blake, is a designer and has her own fashion label, My Girl Gwendoline. She is moving to Melbourne next week to explore bigger and better things for her career and I am sad to see her go as I now have no sisters left in Perth to dine, wine and go op shopping with. However her moving to Melbourne means a couch to sleep on so more trips to Melbourne are in the works! Hoorah! Im in Melbourne for New Years and then back again a fortnight later for the FIND workshop with Jonathan Canlas, so if anybody wants to book in a beloved shoot please get in contact with me :)

Renee and I got together recently to photograph her latest Spring / Summer collection. We trekked to a beautiful old quarry hiding in the bush I had found a few weeks earlier.

  • Gem BOctober 8, 2010 - 12:35 am

    oh my goodness Samm what a talented family you have!! These pictures are so amazing! GORGEOUS!ReplyCancel

  • RebeccaOctober 8, 2010 - 1:34 am

    Beautiful! Location is stunning, your model is beautiful and I want the clothes! :)ReplyCancel

  • trishOctober 8, 2010 - 4:08 am

    Ooh yay I get to meet you in Melbourne :) I esp love the cream maxi dress with the belt…so much delicate style!!ReplyCancel

  • kelly gilbertOctober 8, 2010 - 4:17 am

    i want to look like her! Can u make me look like her Samm?ReplyCancel

  • aimeeOctober 8, 2010 - 4:45 am

    a beautiful beautiful location + shoot – love it! aren’t you all a talented bunch? :)ReplyCancel

  • GemmaOctober 14, 2010 - 12:21 am

    She looks like an angel. Beautiful shots as always Samm.ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayOctober 7, 2010 - 3:03 am

    and i have thoroughly enjoyed, samm… awesomeReplyCancel

  • todd hunter mcgawOctober 7, 2010 - 3:15 am

    lovely samm blake.. lovely indeed.. (love the tiny little heart at the end too)ReplyCancel

  • Adam CavanaghOctober 7, 2010 - 3:20 am

    Beautiful work!!!ReplyCancel

  • GemmaOctober 7, 2010 - 3:24 am

    you are extremely good at capturing love.
    :)ReplyCancel

  • LaurenOctober 7, 2010 - 4:07 am

    :) what a lovely set.

    that dark black and white one in the middle rocks.. gorgeous!

    xxReplyCancel

  • Julian BeattieOctober 7, 2010 - 4:43 am

    Awesome, set, Samm. The last 4 frames are epically cute.ReplyCancel

  • kelly gilbertOctober 7, 2010 - 5:17 am

    LOVE!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Christine PobkeOctober 7, 2010 - 6:31 am

    love. sigh. just beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • ShakirOctober 7, 2010 - 8:06 am

    SO BEAUTIFUL!! Really happy for you two! :) xxxReplyCancel

  • trishOctober 7, 2010 - 9:18 am

    beloved indeed, so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • thembiOctober 7, 2010 - 10:32 am

    Beautiful work Nikky!!ReplyCancel

  • Nikky (+ Danilo)October 7, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Thankyou SO much for this experience! We’re even MORE in love now and didn’t even think that was possible. You made a supremely shocking day absolutely memorable, despite the hardships. All we want to remember is how much fun it was to hang out with you, be ourselves, and now we have these natural, amazing, insightful images to help. You’ve given us such a precious gift…and I can’t wait for the wedding on Sunday! See you there! xxx N+DReplyCancel

  • MariaOctober 7, 2010 - 1:54 pm

    Wow… talk about capturing a moment!! :) Absolutely beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • CamilaOctober 8, 2010 - 2:40 am

    LINDA!!!!!! rsrsrs. So beautiful. SAUDADE!!!! kisses.ReplyCancel

  • michele bowmanJanuary 25, 2011 - 1:55 am

    i just love looking through your work!ReplyCancel

karni mata temple, desknoke, rajasthan. india. shot on film. mamiya 6.

  • aimeeSeptember 23, 2010 - 12:46 am

    unbelievable shots samm, just wonderful. your pictures tell stories.ReplyCancel

  • Jose VillaSeptember 23, 2010 - 4:04 am

    Doesn’t matter what you shoot, you have an amazing eye ;)

    JoseReplyCancel

  • RichSeptember 23, 2010 - 12:59 pm

    These pictures are fabulous…ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DaySeptember 23, 2010 - 11:48 pm

    awesome awesome awesome samm…ReplyCancel

  • MarcSeptember 24, 2010 - 4:20 pm

    I love the last shot. Beautiful composition =)ReplyCancel

  • NiravSeptember 26, 2010 - 2:01 am

    Makes me miss home. Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Christine PobkeSeptember 27, 2010 - 5:58 am

    just gorgeous…. your talent knows no bounds!ReplyCancel

  • StewOctober 1, 2010 - 12:25 am

    nice work samm… love filmReplyCancel

  • manus chauOctober 2, 2010 - 3:17 pm

    awesome samm.ReplyCancel

  • JenOctober 11, 2010 - 12:11 am

    I love theseReplyCancel

The view from my hotel window in Sorrento of Mount Vesuvius, Italy . July 2010 . Shot on film.


Early one Friday morning in August, I went to Millbrook Winery to photograph Alissa and James wedding. Always a little nervous for winter weddings incase of rain but they could not have asked for a nicer August day. I only photographed for a couple of hours, just the ceremony, portraits and a little of the lunch reception. Alissa wore sneakers while we did the portrait photos (love!) it stopped her sinking into the soft ground ;)


David Griffin on how photography connects us

Loved these words spoken by David Griffin (the Photo Director for National Geographic) so thought I would share :) Happy Sunday! xo

  • Lauren WellintonSeptember 19, 2010 - 7:49 am

    That was awesome Samm… The elephants made me teary, the seals made me laugh… lots of emotion in the photographs. Gorgeous.
    :)ReplyCancel

  • johnna brynnNovember 22, 2010 - 3:44 am

    great words and reflections. thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine BidoisDecember 14, 2010 - 9:52 am

    Thanks for sharing this. i came across your blog today and have really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing not only your work as inspiration but the words of men like David Griffin.ReplyCancel


Some film shots from my adventures in Switzerland in July.

  • PobkeSeptember 17, 2010 - 2:55 pm

    Like whoa. I seriously dig these, Samm. Just beautiful. :)ReplyCancel

  • Heidi VailSeptember 17, 2010 - 5:14 pm

    Love! Makes me want to go visit.ReplyCancel

  • JeanineSeptember 17, 2010 - 6:37 pm

    so sad to see the pics and get reminded that you didn’t get back to my e-mail where I asked you to let me know when you will be in Europe and if you were in Switzerland or around to get a shooting booked :(ReplyCancel

    • Samm BlakeSeptember 18, 2010 - 6:55 am

      aww jeanine, im so sorry! I had not made plans back in November when we were corresponding and I forgot to contact you closer to the time. my apologies! :/ReplyCancel

  • Dennis BullockSeptember 17, 2010 - 10:32 pm

    Looks like a great time.ReplyCancel

  • ArleneSeptember 18, 2010 - 4:42 pm

    beautiful. I love the nature over here.ReplyCancel

  • FernandoSeptember 19, 2010 - 3:24 am

    Camping, trekking, forests. Doesn’t get any better than that.ReplyCancel

  • todd hunter mcgawSeptember 20, 2010 - 3:32 am

    ooooh nice pics.. soooo want to go to Switzerland!ReplyCancel

  • TenielleSeptember 20, 2010 - 4:16 am

    This is heaven indeed…. the location…. the photos…. just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • wrecklessgirlSeptember 21, 2010 - 7:00 am

    i can’t even believe this. switzerland was the most beautiful country & land i’ve ever, ever seen. i saw it in the winter tho … no surprise that these more warm images are blowing my mind. gorgeous. i can’t wait to go back.ReplyCancel

  • wrecklessgirlSeptember 21, 2010 - 7:00 am

    ps. where were you at in switzerland?ReplyCancel

  • ursiOctober 4, 2010 - 6:53 pm

    wow, Samm. We only got back from a holiday in France yesterday night. it throws me back to the beautiful days spent with you. thanks for sharing.
    i am waiting for some pics of M on the steep train :o) lol.
    i ll write more in an email tomorrow.
    much love to u guys!!!
    u.*ReplyCancel

  • […] 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, […]ReplyCancel

  • James MoesOctober 20, 2010 - 10:12 pm

    Those two days. That’s how life is to be lived. Bravo.ReplyCancel

  • […] 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, […]ReplyCancel

These images were captured on a lovely winters afternoon and in just a few short hours with Aline and James, it was so sweet seeing how much they love each other. One of the best parts of my job is stepping into someone else’s universe for a few hours and just being a silent witness to it all. In these hours I am reminded how to love better, smile better and laugh better… how to be a better human.

Aline is from Brazil and planning a wedding back in Rio de Janeiro for next year. She has a blog documenting it all and yesterday she posted this open letter to me on it. This letter completely made my day, my week and my month :) This letter is confirmation to me that I am really doing what I am suppose to be doing. I am on the right path. Ive poured my life and heart into my photography and I love every single minute of it.

Thank you Aline for these sweet words xoxo

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Dear Samm,

When my wedding planning started and the possibility of organising two weddings, came up, I started searching for a photographer from Australia to register that moment.

We still don’t know if we are having an Australian wedding, but once I found your blog amongst so many amazing ones around the web, I just knew that, James and I had to have pictures taken by you.

We don’t have many photos together. We have been together for less than 2 years, and really haven’t had that many opportunities. And as you know, we are not the average romantic couple.

But we do love each other and we were lucky enough to recognise the soulmate within each other.

Doing the beloved session with you was the one of the best things that we ever did as a couple. You brought so much love and romance between us. We laughed, and jumped and cried. And hugged and kissed a lot. Lots and lots of kisses. (looooove it!) .

But most of all you were there, and you had the sensibility to capture all those genuine moments between us. When we see those pictures we see ourselves. We see our love, respect and partnership. We see how we good we are together.

We ended that Sunday even more in love then before. And every next day we are more in love than the day before.

I hope one day, our kids and grandkids see those pictures and fell the emotion and love in them.

All couples should do a beloved session. All couples should do a beloved session with you.

Thank you Samm

X, Aline

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  • SamanthaSeptember 7, 2010 - 11:47 pm

    wow! that’s incredible and so touching.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia BrownSeptember 7, 2010 - 11:52 pm

    Samm, you are doing beautiful work. I’m so glad you shared this letter about the importance and effects of beloved sessions. I love that line, “all couples should do a beloved session. All couples should do a beloved session with you.” I wish we lived in Australia just so we could do a session with you!ReplyCancel

  • Brancoprata@gmail.comSeptember 8, 2010 - 12:22 am

    Aline is one of the sweetest girls I meat on line!! Thanks to her i found your work and now I’m a big fan!! I was so excited to see these shoot! Congratulations to you Samm and to Aline and James for being such a cute, sweet and happy couple!

    did i mention i LOVE Aline’s eyes? ;))ReplyCancel

  • Tracy WallaceSeptember 8, 2010 - 12:23 am

    Love the emotion you’ve captured. What an amazing letter to receive from herReplyCancel

  • NikkySeptember 8, 2010 - 10:08 am

    Wow Samm, these pictures make me reconsider NOT doing a beloved session with you…I’ll have to chat to Danilo when he gets back from Bali. Your pictures are so sweet and romantic and soulful. I really love your work!ReplyCancel

  • AlineSeptember 8, 2010 - 2:05 pm

    Thank you, Samm. We do mean every single word! ♥♥♥♥ReplyCancel

  • markgoodSeptember 8, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Great shots!ReplyCancel

  • stacySeptember 8, 2010 - 8:42 pm

    Fab looking couple….. nice shots!!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty AksentiewSeptember 9, 2010 - 12:37 am
  • Caroline GhetesSeptember 9, 2010 - 4:00 am

    This is beautiful, Samm. Very editorial : )ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DaySeptember 9, 2010 - 2:14 pm

    you rock sammReplyCancel

  • Henry SunSeptember 9, 2010 - 9:38 pm

    Samm, your work is very arty, minimalistic and fully captures the emotions. Great photos!ReplyCancel

  • Jewellers IrelandSeptember 13, 2010 - 6:04 pm

    Such beautiful pictures, love the black and white photos. Letter is so personal, so glad you shared.ReplyCancel

  • Roberta CrumplinSeptember 16, 2010 - 5:14 pm

    Samm, what an absolute pleasure coming across your work and your blog! There are so many beautiful photos here, and it was so refreshing reading how you feel about your work. The shot with the Rio background is just gorgeous. Was the drawing done for the shot or did it pre-exist?ReplyCancel

  • ashleyOctober 2, 2010 - 12:50 am

    you captured it…so special !ReplyCancel

  • Yi LinJanuary 25, 2011 - 8:29 pm

    That tree is AMAZING!!! And the photos are too!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Adrina SmitNovember 8, 2012 - 9:51 am

    Such beautiful pictures, your work is very arty, minimalistic and fully captures the emotions.ReplyCancel


{via heyamberrae}

I stumbled across these words tonight and felt compelled to share it here. I normally put these things I find up on my tumblr blog but this I thought was worth sharing on this blog too :)

Hope you have a great weekend xoxo

  • SamanthaSeptember 3, 2010 - 9:43 pm

    Thanks for these words! They are truly inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • TinaSeptember 3, 2010 - 11:19 pm

    Inspired! Thankyou Samm =)ReplyCancel

  • Lorna HensonSeptember 4, 2010 - 1:28 am

    Thanks for sharing Samm xReplyCancel

  • SarahSeptember 4, 2010 - 3:06 am

    I just had a little tear xxx love u sammieReplyCancel

  • Alexander GardnerSeptember 5, 2010 - 6:57 am

    I can’t argue there.ReplyCancel

  • Jess MarshallSeptember 7, 2010 - 1:24 am

    Awesome – PERFECT! xReplyCancel

  • AndreasSeptember 7, 2010 - 11:19 am

    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • CyrusSeptember 14, 2010 - 4:02 pm

    Awesome photos, really inspiring. great site design too.ReplyCancel

  • kay*September 14, 2010 - 10:33 pm

    LOVE this. as someone trying to live life more like an adventure this just makes my heart smile. i find this inspiring and hope you don’t mind if i hsare it on my blog too? i will credit and link back to you of course.

    thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • AlexSeptember 27, 2010 - 12:32 pm

    Loooove this!ReplyCancel

  • Yi LinJanuary 30, 2011 - 12:45 pm

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Moira NellMay 3, 2011 - 12:14 am

    Totally agree!!ReplyCancel

  • lucia ;)May 20, 2011 - 12:03 am

    heyy i love this! just thought u should include who wrote this… just in case u cant find it… here it is ;-)

    http://www.holstee.com

    btw.. check out the elephant poo greeting card… im sure u’ll love it!!ReplyCancel

  • OlllgaSeptember 10, 2011 - 7:21 pm

    it’s about truly happiness, nothing more and nothing less. loving creators! reading i take deep breath and prepare for the next better day , thank you for thatReplyCancel




















































































The speech Mike gave at his wedding reception was one of my most favourites I ever heard. I think I will remember his speech for the rest of my life. His words resonated with me. His speech was about luck, how he once read a paper on the characteristics of lucky people and how Lizzy defined all of these traits. After I finished the wedding, while Michael was driving home, I got out my iphone and I started searching for this paper Mike had talked about. You see, I always thought I was a lucky person, Ive had a pretty amazing and fortunate life and my friends even know me to have a magic finger, because it seems, I can fix anything it touches. Ive been very concious of my luck from a young age and Ive always been scared (actually terrified) my luck was going to run out, like one day out of the blue it all of a sudden was going to stop working. After much research and ive read a few books on luck since then, Im confident to say, Im not worried about my luck disappearing anymore, you create your own luck. I have to agree with Mike, in that Lizzy holds of all the characteristics of a lucky person but I hope Mike realizes, he has all of these characteristics too. Lizzy and Mike are the two of the most loving, sweetest, genuine and authentic people Ive met. The world would be a better place with more Lizzy’s and Mike’s in it.

How to create your own luck:

1 – To be one of the “lucky” people, you need to share their amazing ability to focus. Clearly define your goals. Make them so vivid and real you can taste them. Regardless of the distractions and small detours, staying connected to your dreams is crucial.

2 – In order to arm yourself with the same advantages as “lucky” people, you need to become an ardent student. Lucky people thirst for knowledge constantly. Be prepared. Be determined to be ready when the opportunity presents itself. Only then will you be able to recognize it’s potential, while others ‘just can’t see it”.

3 – Motivation is a difficult task it seems for all of us. We’re either motivated or we’re not. But how does one become motivated? No “lucky” person lives by “Murphy’s Law”. When faced with a challenge, obstacle or downright failure, instead of being depressed and lose your motivation, do what the lucky person does. Become even more committed to try a different approach, a new way, but try again. Failure can actually be a motivator to the lucky person.

4 – Attitude and motivation go hand in hand. One acting as a catalyst to the other. No matter how dyer your circumstances, never let on by your demeanor and displaying a negative “oh, poor me” attitude. You can be a “glass half full” kind of person, but how about being a “How can I keep this glass refilled?” type person? A lucky persons attitude is contagious.

5- Expectations can be a tricky thing. Most of us are dosed with well meaning remarks like, “Don’t get your hopes up” or Don’t expect too much”. Lucky people were either never told or didn’t take it to heart. They DO expect much. Not as in a spoiled child throws a tantrum to get what they want. Rather they believe they WILL receive! Any great sales leader will tell you, “always ASSUME the sale”. It’s not a matter of IF, it’s a matter of WHEN and how much.

{Instructions from How to Be A Lucky Person}

  • Matt and Katie | PhotographersAugust 26, 2010 - 3:18 am

    Awesome Samm!ReplyCancel

  • GemmaAugust 26, 2010 - 3:20 am

    Lucky my internet knows how to lead me to your blog. :)
    I LOVE the Australian feel that shines through.ReplyCancel

  • Erin LassahnAugust 26, 2010 - 3:25 am

    I can see why this is one of your favorites. There were so many amazing images and amazing moments, I was going to start commenting on individual photos but by the time I got to the bottom of the post I realized it would be a novel. So in short, stunning work Samm, this wedding and light in which you captured it is breathtaking.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona ColvinAugust 26, 2010 - 3:29 am

    Oh my what an amazing collection of images which shows how beautiful the day was. The one of the bride near the window on her own is breathtaking! This is one of my faves of your work I think.ReplyCancel

  • michelleAugust 26, 2010 - 3:39 am

    oh my even the house she got ready in is stunning. what a gorgeous day. you captured really beautiful moments samm.ReplyCancel

  • TracyAugust 26, 2010 - 3:41 am

    Love the pure emotion in these shots. Lovely workReplyCancel

  • Craig ChiswellAugust 26, 2010 - 4:09 am

    Awesome shooting Sammy.ReplyCancel

  • lydia {ever ours}August 26, 2010 - 4:17 am

    what a speech. and such lovely moments captured.ReplyCancel

  • TenielleAugust 26, 2010 - 4:32 am

    Positively stunning….. love… life….joy…. movement. I love how you do what you do *sigh* :)ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty AksentiewAugust 26, 2010 - 4:39 am

    Ok I think this is my all time favourite wedding you have shot I LOVE ITReplyCancel

  • janine kayeAugust 26, 2010 - 4:46 am

    wow! LOVE every image…! especially the leaf throwing ones… such a special and unique celebration of their love!ReplyCancel

  • Jeremy BeasleyAugust 26, 2010 - 4:56 am

    Awesome story Samm! The shot with the little boys pants down, absolute classic! Thanks for the smiles from looking at these :)ReplyCancel

  • Jess MarshallAugust 26, 2010 - 5:54 am

    Simply beautiful! <3ReplyCancel

  • NiravAugust 26, 2010 - 8:31 am

    Wow. This blows my mind. Especially love the bridge shot with the trees.ReplyCancel

  • kelly van viersenAugust 26, 2010 - 8:42 am

    so beautiful samm…..as always….you are a very talented lady!ReplyCancel

  • LaurenAugust 26, 2010 - 10:20 am

    again, just stunning….

    such gorgeous shots for gorgeous people.

    :)ReplyCancel

  • JustinAugust 26, 2010 - 10:55 am

    Samm, you have such an ability to capture natural, honest moments, and this is by far one of my favourite weddings of yours! Thanks for sharing your skills, talents and your creative eye! Always inspiring :-)ReplyCancel

  • ManusAugust 26, 2010 - 3:03 pm

    Beautiful Samm!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi VailAugust 26, 2010 - 3:13 pm

    Love all the shots! So beautiful, fun, and moving!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda ThorsonAugust 26, 2010 - 9:47 pm

    What a beauiful wedding, it’s amazing.ReplyCancel

  • wrecklessgirlAugust 29, 2010 - 5:39 pm

    lady, you are amazing.ReplyCancel

  • AnyaAugust 29, 2010 - 9:20 pm

    Speechless…ReplyCancel

  • Nic DuncanAugust 30, 2010 - 10:13 am

    I keep coming back for another peek…I LOVE these :-)ReplyCancel

  • ArleneAugust 30, 2010 - 11:34 am

    what beautiful words :)ReplyCancel

  • Ryan WaughAugust 30, 2010 - 3:05 pm

    wow Sam, amazing!!!I love this…what a “lucky” couple to have you capture there day!!!ReplyCancel

  • BeckSeptember 2, 2010 - 6:46 am

    Printing the lucky paper out right now and sticking it on my wall! LOVE the pic of the passed out little boy on the couch with Lizzy in the background! A sure sign of a fun wedding :)ReplyCancel

  • Portrait photographer GlasgowSeptember 3, 2010 - 11:51 am

    Wow.. lovely location. Images are superbly fantastic. Great job done. Each pic was captured beautifully.ReplyCancel

  • Kumiko IdeSeptember 4, 2010 - 5:48 am

    I agree so much with your points about luck — thanks for sharing, Samm.

    PS. What fabulous photos! There is so much love there.ReplyCancel

  • David MooreSeptember 4, 2010 - 9:57 am

    These are Real!ReplyCancel

  • Vicky RodriguesSeptember 9, 2010 - 12:36 pm

    All is lovely. Beautiful placeReplyCancel

  • Aine IrelandSeptember 13, 2010 - 6:07 pm

    I love these; use of colour is so fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • Adam van NiekerkOctober 14, 2010 - 10:21 pm

    love, love, love the colors in the trees. It all just blends together so wellReplyCancel

  • Amanda VanVelsOctober 15, 2010 - 6:23 pm

    holy gorgeous photos. wow. speechless.ReplyCancel

  • elainemaryMay 7, 2011 - 12:55 am

    love your pics of the lovely couple’s wedding!
    you have a lovely eye and quick talent to capture joy.
    very inspiring and smiley to watch!ReplyCancel

  • Wedding Photographer GlasgowJuly 1, 2011 - 11:14 am

    You’ve captured the mood perfectly. This is the stuff memories are remembered from.ReplyCancel

Ive just had the most amazing last two days… I’ve just finished up teaching 3 photography workshops down in Albany.  I put on two small workshops yesterday and today was an all day workshop for professional photographers. I feel like I only started scratching at the surface of the things I wanted to share and met such an lovely group of people. I really enjoyed teaching and its such a nice feeling being able to share and encourage people to find their unique voice as a photographer. I get a lot of emails from other photographers asking if I offer workshops. After much umming and arring for the last 12 months if this is something I am actually capable of and if I have something unique to offer, I think I proved to myself today, that the answer is yes. What city should I come to for my next workshop?? :)

  • Debs IveljaAugust 23, 2010 - 5:12 pm

    Anywhere please! Just let it be Oct or Nov :) I am coming to Australia from the UK and would love to do one of your workshops :)ReplyCancel

  • Gemma ClarkeAugust 23, 2010 - 8:03 pm

    Sydney please!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin UpcroftAugust 23, 2010 - 8:48 pm

    Samm
    Congratulations on your first workshops… please, please consider coming to the Hunter Valley. I am 20 minutes from the vineyards and I am sure we can get people from Newcastle and Sydney to come too.
    Kristin
    xxxReplyCancel

  • trishAugust 23, 2010 - 9:32 pm

    Samm, you have so much to share and such a gifted eye and mind behind it all so I definitely think you are more than capable of teaching and encouraging and definitely have much to offer!! Will be keeping my eye out on this….but just for the record, I’m in Syd :)ReplyCancel

  • MichaelAugust 23, 2010 - 9:56 pm

    I’m sure you’ll be a great mentor! As for locations, I’m in Perth for a week in November, reside in Canberra but am willing to travel!ReplyCancel

  • susan yeeAugust 23, 2010 - 10:43 pm

    the US ;) <3 <3 <3 youReplyCancel

  • Jess MarshallAugust 23, 2010 - 11:12 pm

    YAY SAMM!!! You are AMAZING and I felt that I needed at least a week with you after yesterday!! Can’t wait for the next one!! <3
    You have SO much to offer and share and you are such a kind and beautiful person for doing this! Love you my friend!! xReplyCancel

  • NinkaAugust 23, 2010 - 11:49 pm

    Perth! Otherwise I will have to follow you to wherever else you go!ReplyCancel

  • Christine PobkeAugust 24, 2010 - 12:04 am

    so excited that you decided to go ahead with this – you’re a fabulous person and photographer, and it’s wonderful of you to share your gift and vision!! :) xoxoxoxo can’t wait to see you in a few short months!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • janine kayeAugust 24, 2010 - 12:12 am

    I would say wollongong but I would settle for sydney!!!! xxxReplyCancel

  • RhiannaAugust 24, 2010 - 12:22 am

    Samm, thank you again so much for yesterday! My brain is still swimming with information (in a good way!) and I would LOVE it if you could come back for a technical-type workshop… so back to Albany would be wonderful for the next one! Haha!ReplyCancel

  • Linda TruongAugust 24, 2010 - 12:30 am

    I would love to bathe in all the things you have to share!! You are amazing!!

    *chants* Sydney, Sydney, Sydney, Sydney…ReplyCancel

  • Gemma CarrAugust 24, 2010 - 12:34 am

    cough cough Melbourne cough

    :)ReplyCancel

  • OliveAugust 24, 2010 - 1:12 am

    PERTH! Pretty Please :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristen CookAugust 24, 2010 - 2:11 am

    I’m so happy for you Samm, a wonderful path lies ahead. Congratulations to you!! (another vote for Melbs)ReplyCancel

  • kelly gilbertAugust 24, 2010 - 2:46 am

    PLEASE come to Melbourne, Melbourne, Melbourne!ReplyCancel

  • Benjamin HodgeAugust 24, 2010 - 3:39 am

    Please come to Mandurah and do a workshop!!ReplyCancel

  • SharleneAugust 24, 2010 - 4:18 am

    Perth, Perth! We get nothing in Perth :(ReplyCancel

  • KrystaAugust 24, 2010 - 12:16 pm

    Thank you for letting us be your first students! It was a fab day – you have found your groove Teacher Samm – the sky’s the limit!ReplyCancel

  • ClaireAugust 25, 2010 - 2:10 am

    Perth! I adore your photographs the feelings you capture. :)ReplyCancel

  • LaurenAugust 25, 2010 - 5:41 am

    Congrats Sammy… well done and deserved.
    I would love to hear you speak and share all your ideas and wisdom. Best of luck in all that do!! :)

    xxxReplyCancel

  • JodieAugust 26, 2010 - 1:16 pm

    Definitely PERTH!!! Please!!ReplyCancel

  • HayleyAugust 30, 2010 - 4:15 am

    Please do a workshop in Perth! Have been dying for something like that here :)ReplyCancel

  • LaurenSeptember 4, 2010 - 10:06 pm

    What an absolutely stunning set – every picture tells a story, every picture holds a smile and every picture showcases your utter genius. Samm – be extremely proud!ReplyCancel

  • sandieSeptember 22, 2010 - 2:42 pm

    Perth.. would be a great place for a workshop.. keep us posted on events if u decide to come this way!!ReplyCancel

  • sarah blackOctober 3, 2010 - 10:55 am

    I have so many things I should be doing right now, but instead I popped by your blog. And as always am so inspired, you have such a beautiful voice. (By the by, Melbourne please).ReplyCancel

  • Janine HanlonOctober 19, 2010 - 9:25 am

    Hi Samm I thoroughly enjoy your blog. Your photography is something i dream of being able to do. You certainly capture the moment! As an emerging photographer I would be very keen to attend one of your workshops. I’m based in Perth! If there is any chance of you coming to Perth I’ll be there. If you plan on any future workshops in Albany please let me know. Enjoy your travels…..ReplyCancel

My films from Europe have finally been developed and scanned! Nothing is more exciting seeing images appear on my screen that I took months ago and reliving it all. I love that mystery about film and something I definitely miss about the days when I just shot film. I just saw these few frames on one of the rolls from when I went to Exmouth back in May. I really enjoyed exploring a little more of my own backyard of Western Australia. This trip sparked the idea of traveling around Australia someday soon to document it all through my camera.

Ursi and Michel contacted me to see if I would do a beloved session of them when I was in Europe last month. Of course I said yes! We spent a few days with them in Switzerland, they took us to many amazing locations and we had the loveliest time with them and their two beautiful dogs. Shortly after I took this photo, I thought to myself “I am standing in a field in the middle of nowhere in the Swiss mountains doing ‘work’?!?!” One of my all time best moments :) This is one of my favourites from the shoot :)

  • lydia {ever ours}August 16, 2010 - 6:17 pm

    ack. i die. what a moment.ReplyCancel

  • ursiAugust 16, 2010 - 8:44 pm

    i already love u even more than i did before***
    i can still feel the moment. you captured it so perfectly.
    a memory of love.
    it means the world to me and i know that you know how i feel.
    ***
    no words.
    just love***ReplyCancel

  • KatieAugust 16, 2010 - 9:44 pm

    Oh I die! Love this so much Samm. xReplyCancel

  • marionAugust 17, 2010 - 4:02 pm

    amazing, thats all i can say.ReplyCancel

I first meet Reshma and Ben three years ago when they booked me to photograph their wedding in 2007. A few weeks before their wedding I went to their house to do their engagement portrait session. Almost three years on, they invited me over again to photograph them a few weeks before the arrival of their baby. I love photographing people in their homes. I greatly enjoyed photographing Reshma and Ben in the same space three years apart, documenting the growth of their family.

A baby girl arrived 4 weeks later and from the few photos I have seen on facebook, she is absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations guys! xo

  • hughAugust 13, 2010 - 9:16 pm

    samm, you make me want to take better pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayAugust 14, 2010 - 10:30 am

    beautiful session samm.. i especially love 027ReplyCancel

  • Kunal BhatiaAugust 16, 2010 - 7:04 am

    What a lovely series. I love the first and fourth photos the most. I am an architecture student and an amateur photographer from Mumbai, and love street, urban photography the most. But blog photos inspire me to better myself at photographing people.
    Regards,
    Mindless MumbaiReplyCancel

  • JohanAugust 17, 2010 - 12:58 pm

    I like the way you play with the bright light as background.ReplyCancel

  • Gemma CarrAugust 24, 2010 - 12:33 am

    stunning shots Samm, LOVE the hallway shots with all that glorious light pouring in.ReplyCancel

  • katieAugust 11, 2011 - 7:52 am

    having just discovered your work, i’ve spent some time the past two nights pouring over your blog. your eye for the sentimental is apparent in every image. this set is especially moving. thanks for all the inspiration.ReplyCancel

As part of GSFI’s SCOPE program, I am putting on a photography workshop for young people in Albany, Western Australia (my hometown!) on Sunday, 22nd August 2010.

“In this exciting and inspiring workshop with Perth photographer Samm Blake learn how to find your own artistic style, how to shoot manually with a camera, how to use different lenses, work with natural light, learn all about displaying and sharing your images and much, much more. Taking part in these workshops will inspire you to find your own voice as a photographer and explore your own creative style.

You will also learn the art of storytelling using your images so you are able to create great images that ultimately are a collaboration between the photographer (you!) and the subject. You can bring your own camera too, however this is not a requirement. The Info Session and workshop is being offered through GSFI’s SCOPE program for young people 12-25yrs, parents and members of the community are also invited to attend on Sunday August 22nd.”

12 – 25yrs Group
Info Session – 10am – 11am
Workshop – 11.30am – 1.30pm
Cost – $15 pp (inc GST & Administration costs)

Parents/Community Members Group
Info Session – 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Workshop – 3pm – 5pm
Cost – $35 pp (inc GST & Administration costs)

These sessions will be held in the Museum of WA’s old school rooms.

For more information or to secure your spot, please email admin@gsfi.org.au.

(just to add a note… these photography workshop are not for professional photographers, I am not covering anything to do with a operating a wedding photography business. Im not earning any money from this, I am doing this to give back to community that I grew up in and hopefully be able to inspire some young people to become photographers, cause really, its the best job in the universe ;)

  • ManusAugust 3, 2010 - 4:25 pm

    that’s awesome samm.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline GhetesAugust 5, 2010 - 12:44 pm

    Samm I think is in incredibly wonderful what you are doing!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleAugust 6, 2010 - 10:35 am

    Nooooo! Albany’s too far away to justify a trip down for a workshop! Lol.ReplyCancel

  • MaisieAugust 22, 2010 - 2:09 pm

    Nice Lonely Brothers poster up there :P Heehee, what naughty person stuck it to a wall so well? I hope the workshop went well, would’ve LOVED to have been there.ReplyCancel


Rosa and John make me smile :) I had photographed their wedding a few weeks prior to this beloved portrait shoot. They had not seen their wedding images yet and asked if they could book in a portrait session. That made me smile :)

Rosa and John asked if they could do their portrait shoot in John Forest National Park. That made me smile too. I live in Darlington and this place is my backyard. (Now you are probably confused by the fact I live in Darlington and have my office in Fremantle (45kms away). I think have the best of both worlds. I love the hustle and bustle of Fremantle and I love hanging out with the trees, birds and kangaroos in the hills :)

Another reason why Rosa and John make me smile is that everybody in their bridal party gave me a hug when I left their wedding. They say you can judge a man by the company he keeps. Its true :)

their wedding will be posted soon! xo

  • AnitaAugust 2, 2010 - 12:19 pm

    Rosa and John look so content and happy – complete bliss!
    Amazing work Samm!ReplyCancel

  • Jeremy BAugust 2, 2010 - 1:37 pm

    Beautiful work Samm! The 9th shot down (the black & white) gives me a warm and fuzzy smile :)ReplyCancel

  • lydia {ever ours}August 2, 2010 - 5:06 pm

    so stunning! that backdrop is just amazing. props to you for capturing all its beauty. can’t wait to see their wedding!ReplyCancel

  • GavAugust 3, 2010 - 6:26 am

    The location is stunning, as are your photographs Sam!ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayAugust 3, 2010 - 12:09 pm

    love this session Samm.. the colours remind me of a refreshing cucumber based summer cocktail… specially love no – 048ReplyCancel

  • Shannon GillespieAugust 5, 2010 - 11:48 am

    I love the nose rubbing photographs – sooo cute! What an awesome place to shoot, and an awesome place to live! I wish I could move up to the hills, but I think I’d miss being a stone’s throw from the beach.

    Mind you, the light in these is making me think that’s not such a bad thing..ReplyCancel

  • Caroline GhetesAugust 5, 2010 - 12:44 pm

    Love this session, Samm! The scenery is beautiful : )ReplyCancel

  • aimee groverAugust 9, 2010 - 11:41 pm

    Loving the intimate moments you captured in this shoot. Beautiful work and a lot of soul Samm :)ReplyCancel

  • DennisAugust 12, 2010 - 2:28 pm

    Fantastic work Samm!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya LoveAugust 24, 2010 - 1:52 pm

    Hi Samm, your stuff is amazing! I am shooting in Perth this coming week and would love it if you could point me in the direction of that tunnel for some kids portraits that I have to do? I am from Brisbane and don’t know the area well, but that looks like an awesome location for my style of shooting! Thanks so much, tan. :)ReplyCancel

I got back from Europe a week ago and just realized my blog has been a little neglected for the past 4 weeks. Europe was completely amazing…!! more to come on that soon :)

I shoot with film cameras whenever I travel so im waiting for my films to come back from the lab. Until then, a favourite from Rosa and Johns portrait session :)

  • LaurenJuly 30, 2010 - 9:50 am

    nawww……

    they were too cute. Any wedding ones?

    xxxReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayJuly 30, 2010 - 1:38 pm

    beautiful picture Samm.. i’m going to use it as a window for the next 10 mins if that is ok with you, Rosa and John :)ReplyCancel

  • rosaAugust 1, 2010 - 1:42 pm

    Samm, OMG – how beautiful are our portrait photos. – thank you, thank you, thank you. Our hearts have gone to mush. You are the most amazing person and photographer…… i want to give you the biggest hug to thank you :) xxxReplyCancel

  • TessiAugust 2, 2010 - 12:28 am

    really niceReplyCancel

I’ve fallen head over heels in love with Italy. This is the view I woke up to this morning.

  • LauraJuly 3, 2010 - 4:26 am

    *love*ReplyCancel

  • KerryJuly 3, 2010 - 4:36 am

    simplicity at its best SammReplyCancel

  • wrecklessgirlJuly 3, 2010 - 5:23 am

    *love* italy. for better or worse, and this is definitely better. easy to love, goodness.ReplyCancel

  • Christine PobkeJuly 6, 2010 - 6:18 am

    SWOOOOOOON!!! i am so flippin’ jealous. just gorgeousness. thanks for bringing me some calm – i really needed that today.ReplyCancel

  • chattiJuly 12, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    Samm, i love all of your art but this one tugs at my heart. i lived in italy for six months and i love it. such a beautiful and simple place. thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline GhetesJuly 18, 2010 - 6:41 pm

    I would blow this up and put in on my wall. No joke.ReplyCancel

  • KristieJuly 18, 2010 - 9:50 pm

    inspiring. :)ReplyCancel

  • DamianJuly 22, 2010 - 9:16 am

    this is awesomeReplyCancel



Yesterday morning when I woke up, I didnt imagine I would have a new website by the end of the day. The idea of the new website hit me at around 1pm and by about 1am the new site was launched. My creativity always comes at most inappropriate times. I have so many deadlines to meet before I go to Europe next week, Im working 18 hour days trying to get everything finished before I go. But when I get an idea, I cant concentrate or think about anything else. I started designing websites way back in 1997 (when I was 14 years old!) long before I decided I wanted to be a photographer, I wanted to be a graphic designer. It was through my interest in graphic design that I picked up a camera. I remember being in my final weeks of year 12 and having to make my selections for university. I could not decide between graphic design, photography or art therapy. I remember putting my first choice as art therapy, then graphic design and photography as my third choice. In the hour before the final deadline, I rang up and changed my first choice to photography. Its funny to think back on how last minute decisions can change everything but I believe in fate and its just how it was suppose to be. All the hours I spent in front of the computer as a teenager, making websites, learning photoshop and chatting online and making friends around the world, is a huge part of my success today. The best part of all, is that I got to combine all three of my original career interests into an amazing career. Graphic design and art therapy are a huge part of my photographic work. I think the main reason why I pushed away from wanting to become a graphic designer is because I only liked creating stuff for myself (my way or the highway.. probably why I like weddings/portraiture so much is because its all about my artistic vision.. hah) and I think I would not enjoy being a photographer so much if I had to miss out on the graphic design part of it.

I must admit, when I rang up to change my university selections to make photography my first choice, the thought of becoming a wedding and portrait photographer was the furthest thing from my mind. I was going to be a war photographer. I was going to travel the world documenting blood and guts. I was going to be a vagabond, I was going to roam the world endlessly photographing wherever I was called to. Then something changed. I fell in love with love. Somebody asked me a few years ago, why I gave up my original plans, why did I give up on my dreams because they knew through my determination I was able to achieve anything and why I was settling for mediocre. I never settled. I am here by choice. I have the best career in the world; each day I go to work, I spend the day with two people who are experiencing one of the most happiest days of their lives and I get to be part of that joy every week. As a bonus I still get to roam the world endlessly photographing wherever I am called.  I am about to leave to spend the next month in Europe (Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany) and the UK and Kuala Lumpur for a few days. If you are interested in being photographed in any of these locations, email me :)

For the last few years, I have always had separate websites for my weddings, portrait and personal work (well the personal one never launched, I never finished it, it was a work in progress for 3 years). With this new website, everything is together (its still missing the personal stuff, but it will be added). I used to always think I had to keep it all separate but ive learnt that there is no real distinct categories anymore, my wedding work is part of my personal work and my personal work is part of my wedding work. It should all be seen together because it all documents my growth as an artist. I’ll be adding new galleries often so check back every now and then :)

I would love to hear what you think of my new site. http://www.sammblake.com

xo

  • Luke ArmsJune 19, 2010 - 4:07 am

    LOVE the concept! Super-creative :)ReplyCancel

  • sarahJune 19, 2010 - 4:27 am

    u are such a spesh girl sammie xxxReplyCancel

  • Aline TavaresJune 19, 2010 - 4:32 am

    Samm, you always makes me tear up

    =)

    xoxo, AlineReplyCancel

  • GemmaJune 19, 2010 - 9:53 am

    Is there anything this kid can’t do!?! Awesome site SammReplyCancel

  • AliceJune 19, 2010 - 3:21 pm

    Wow, I can barely believe that you created such a masterpiece of a website from concept to completion in 12 hours! Love the site, and your photographs deserve all of the accolades they receive… just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • AnitaJune 19, 2010 - 3:24 pm

    LOVE The new site….very creative, which is so you!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan RayJune 19, 2010 - 4:01 pm

    12 hours?? Seriously? Genius.ReplyCancel

  • catie pJune 19, 2010 - 7:14 pm

    Brilliant!

    Any chance of a pit-stop in Syria?! Lots of pretty photo potential here…ReplyCancel

  • KatieJune 19, 2010 - 10:54 pm

    The new site is fantastic Samm! Well done!!!ReplyCancel

  • ronnieJune 20, 2010 - 9:39 pm

    So love your new site :) And I love how you talk of how you got to where you are today and especially how you are all one, regardless of the images. I have struggled with thinking I need separate sites for different avenues of work but have come to realize the same thing, they are all one, from one heart, mine. Thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • wrecklessgirlJune 20, 2010 - 10:31 pm

    wonderful format! so easy to navigate and refreshing. loved looking through the galleries! gorgeous work!ReplyCancel

  • Christine PobkeJune 21, 2010 - 6:48 am

    Fantastical, Samm! And I wouldn’t have expected anything less from you. Loved reading about your passions too – you super-duper-creative-types make me sick!! :) Ha. Beautiful new site, and so totally and awesomely you! xoxoReplyCancel

  • James ChristiansonJune 21, 2010 - 3:38 pm

    love the soft pallet throughout. looking at that front page, reminds me of how i use to edit my photos with film…laying them out in a grid pattern! love it!ReplyCancel

  • DanielJune 22, 2010 - 1:09 am

    Love the new website & love what you wrote. Well done Samm ; )ReplyCancel

  • Heidi VailJune 24, 2010 - 3:46 pm

    Love your new site! And, I always enjoy reading your thoughts. Thanks for being an inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • MeganJune 25, 2010 - 8:54 am

    Always have loved your website, and still do :)
    I refer you to everyone that ever mentions photography btw ;) The world can’t get enough of Samm Blake!ReplyCancel

  • weddingfavorSeptember 17, 2010 - 9:09 am

    had a look at all the pictures on this blog…. such a amazing job…. every couple in your picture looks so happy…..ReplyCancel

Part 2 of Anita and Travis! They were married on a Sunday and a few days later on the Wednesday, we meet up again to continue the photography goodness. I remember the very first time I met Anita last year she told me so wanted to include her two beloved beagles somehow in her wedding images. oh my i was excited. I love dogs. I just got a beagle puppy myself….. an instant bond was made, the topic of conversation for a long while was beagles. It was not possible to have her two dogs at the wedding ceremony, so the idea of doing another shoot on another day came to life. Michael and I had such a great afternoon hanging out with Anita and Travis and of course Basil and Bailey.. It was such a pleasure spending so much time with this amazing couple and their two beautiful dogs.

  • Nic DuncanJune 16, 2010 - 6:56 am

    Heartwarming and beautiful :-)ReplyCancel

  • tony warrilowJune 16, 2010 - 7:03 am

    My dog, Baxter Malloy, thinks this is your very best wedding shoot ever.ReplyCancel

  • Desirable WeddingsJune 16, 2010 - 10:16 am

    Absolutely stunning shots. The dogs are gorgeous. I love the photo where Travis is resting his head up against one of the dogs. What a wonderful setting for the photo’s. The beach shots are just gorgeous. The photo’s have a dreamy quality about them.ReplyCancel

  • Marco CorreaJune 16, 2010 - 2:22 pm

    Simply great this part 2, really loving the shots with dogs! Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • oeilJune 16, 2010 - 4:36 pm

    just beautiful and very inspirational! fresh take on the beach :)ReplyCancel

  • Alicia BrownJune 16, 2010 - 5:29 pm

    Samm, I’ve been watching your work on the beloved movement website, you do such lovely work. These pictures are beautiful and deep.ReplyCancel

  • GabeJune 16, 2010 - 9:17 pm

    Samm…i am not even really sure what to say about this set and the other hundred plus before this. your work is so incredibly beautiful. it’s timeless. real. emotional. simple. gorgeous. you create and capture beautiful moments that your couples will look back at for years to come with smiles on their faces. i wish you and Michael much love and infinite happiness.ReplyCancel

  • RonnieJune 18, 2010 - 3:41 am

    simply beautiful :)ReplyCancel

  • BeckJune 19, 2010 - 1:35 am

    oooh! What a great idea! I wish we’d thought of that!! :)ReplyCancel

  • AliceJune 19, 2010 - 3:23 pm

    Just can’t get enough of those dog shots where one ear is flapping in the wind… precious. Of course your images with the couple are gorgeous too :)ReplyCancel

  • Aine IrelandJuly 28, 2010 - 8:56 pm

    Loving the photos, in particular the feet (second last one above). Great use of light and colour. Beautiful workReplyCancel

  • michelleJune 8, 2010 - 5:37 am

    what amazing light. beautiful images.ReplyCancel

  • SallyJune 8, 2010 - 6:17 am

    WOW Samm I love these images, so natural and beautiful, you are the master!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie LaganaJune 8, 2010 - 6:26 am

    Such lovely happy images :)ReplyCancel

  • Desirable WeddingsJune 8, 2010 - 12:04 pm

    Gorgeous photo’s, this couple looks so much in love. The setting for the photo’s is absolutely stunning and the effects with the lighting really adds to the whole effect. You can tell he is very much in love with her.ReplyCancel

  • RafaJune 8, 2010 - 2:05 pm

    Great pictures Samm, congrats!ReplyCancel

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  • Marissa RodriguezJune 7, 2010 - 3:33 am

    These are amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • HeatherJune 7, 2010 - 4:17 am

    Just wonderful! I love the B&W conversions-wonderful work. Some of the best wedding images I have seen!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon GillespieJune 7, 2010 - 4:33 am

    Lovely. the bride is smiling so much. I like the dog portraits and the guests you’ve captured. What a happy atmosphere.ReplyCancel

  • TenielleJune 7, 2010 - 5:23 am

    These are sublime….such a wonderful way of telling a story….ReplyCancel

  • John BenaventeJune 7, 2010 - 9:45 am

    beautiful work again and again and againReplyCancel

  • Desirable WeddingsJune 8, 2010 - 12:13 pm

    What wonderful photo’s. Everyone at the wedding looked so relaxed and looked like they really enjoyed themselves. Some great candid shots that captured the whole day so fantastically.ReplyCancel

  • Nickie GuldeJune 8, 2010 - 11:21 pm

    Anita.. what a beautiful day for you & Travis, lovely photos, so much love captured in these wonderful picturesReplyCancel

  • Christine PobkeJune 9, 2010 - 2:19 am

    samm… gorgeous work. but that goes without saying. that shoe shot has got to be one of the best flares ever. so so so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline GhetesJune 10, 2010 - 1:26 pm

    The one with her grandmother holding on to her laughing with her eyes closed? Made me tear up for sure. Samm you do such beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • […] love this photo of Anita and her father before she marries Travis (see more here). It’s that moment of anticipations, of nerves, of “Well dad, here I am! I’m […]ReplyCancel

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    […] love this photo of Anita and her father before she marries Travis (see more here). It’s that moment of anticipations, of nerves, of “Well dad, here I am! I’m […]ReplyCancel

  • graham monroAugust 15, 2010 - 8:31 am

    Great photos Samm.Really gorgeous work.You have a great eye and way of telling a story.Cheers GrahamReplyCancel

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  • Sharon ManningJune 2, 2010 - 12:10 am

    WOW! Truly beautiful. Love your work.ReplyCancel

  • LetitiaJune 2, 2010 - 12:21 am

    these are so gorgeous and inspiring!! you are so amazingly talented!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jess MarshallJune 2, 2010 - 12:30 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!! What a stunning wedding! I LOVE every single photo! xReplyCancel

  • mandyJune 2, 2010 - 1:14 am

    wow. wow. wow.
    what a stunning wedding and such gorgeous photography as always.ReplyCancel

  • max wangerJune 2, 2010 - 3:40 am

    perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Emily SteffenJune 2, 2010 - 4:32 am

    HOLY FABULOUSNESS! These are magical Sam! :) I LOOOOVE LOVE the photo of the little girl pulling the guy across the frame…you are one talented lady! :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Skjaveland ~June 2, 2010 - 4:57 am

    Lovely Samm, your images are a treasure. Truly. This wedding – stunning. The bride – simply divine. Beautiful work. oxReplyCancel

  • KipJune 2, 2010 - 5:15 am

    On Twitter you claimed a beautiful wedding. I had no idea. Wow.ReplyCancel

  • Marissa RodriguezJune 2, 2010 - 5:18 am

    Simply STUNNING!ReplyCancel

  • todd pelloweJune 2, 2010 - 5:53 am

    i love the two right after the ceremony. breathtaking.ReplyCancel

  • kateJune 2, 2010 - 7:24 am

    oh my goodness what a stunning wedding, i am such a big fan of yours and every time i check your blog i am hit for six with your talent!! who was the florist for this wedding, the flowers are stunning (not to mention the photos!)?!ReplyCancel

  • John BenaventeJune 2, 2010 - 10:07 am

    beautiful as always!ReplyCancel

  • Aruna B. PhotographyJune 2, 2010 - 6:39 pm

    wow I could stare at that photo with the tree for a while..love it!ReplyCancel

  • Lorna HensonJune 3, 2010 - 3:13 am

    A vision of beauty and honestyReplyCancel

  • trishJune 4, 2010 - 4:57 am

    Samm these are sooo beautiful, love everything about them.ReplyCancel

  • RonnieJune 4, 2010 - 5:09 am

    Stunning! So gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • AngieJune 5, 2010 - 3:44 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!
    So many amazing black and white images here!!
    Fabulous work – I bet the bride and groom LOVE them :)ReplyCancel

  • LisaKJune 8, 2010 - 4:02 am

    WOW! These photos are all SO amazing! I love the one of the little girl pulling the man by the hand….what a great moment! Gorgeous, gorgeous work : )ReplyCancel

  • KatieJune 19, 2010 - 10:59 pm

    Wow, wow, WOW! Stunning. The bride getting ready images in this set are some of the best I’ve ever seen. You’re amazing.ReplyCancel

  • kishore rajuAugust 16, 2010 - 6:04 am

    Awesome pics loved it very very impressive !!!

    kishore Raju
    +8106415534ReplyCancel

Bridal Options recently featured Tara Moss’s wedding who I photographed in December. Was a nice surprise to see an image of Tara and Berndt make the front cover ❤

  • trishMay 23, 2010 - 6:06 am

    absolutely stunning, the colours are breathtaking!ReplyCancel

  • aimeeMay 23, 2010 - 1:53 pm

    samm, that’s amazing! it looks gorgeous – think i might just have to pick up a copy :) congrats!ReplyCancel

  • KatsuMay 25, 2010 - 3:42 am

    Great work! Amazing! :)ReplyCancel

  • Moira NellMay 3, 2011 - 3:12 am

    Congratulations – what an achievement to make the front cover or any magazine let alone Perth Bridal!!!! That’s really full on!ReplyCancel