• David MooreNovember 14, 2011 - 11:06 pm

    Wonderful. Honest. Real……and a touch of awesome.ReplyCancel

  • john benaventeNovember 14, 2011 - 11:25 pm

    WOW.those trees, i must know where they are!ReplyCancel

  • Jaquilyn ShumateNovember 14, 2011 - 11:40 pm

    Your work is so beautiful. Great set.ReplyCancel

  • TenielleNovember 15, 2011 - 12:47 am

    What glorious light. Beautiful set SammReplyCancel

  • kelly van viersenNovember 15, 2011 - 1:12 am

    gorgeous samm!! love love love the images in the trees…..especially the black and white in shadow…and the close ups….so beautiful <3<3<3ReplyCancel

  • MichaelNovember 15, 2011 - 2:27 am

    Awesome :) love the dancing pics.ReplyCancel

  • HeidiNovember 15, 2011 - 3:09 am

    Note to self: get more of the audience’s reactions during toasts. I loved that part of the series!ReplyCancel

  • Marc AshNovember 15, 2011 - 3:59 am

    Beautiful Samm :)ReplyCancel

  • alydaNovember 15, 2011 - 4:59 am

    so gorgeous sammy sam. the ones in the trees are glorious!ReplyCancel

  • ShokoofehNovember 15, 2011 - 9:45 am

    So beautiful, dear Samm!ReplyCancel

  • JenNovember 15, 2011 - 9:46 pm

    Wow! They are the most beautiful wedding photos I’ve ever seen. Amazing work Samm. You captured the happiness and beauty of the day so well.ReplyCancel

  • PobkeNovember 16, 2011 - 4:33 am

    LOVE these, sammy… such perfection from you. :) loving all those trees…makes me wanna visit yallingup. ps love that kid shot!ReplyCancel

  • JuddNovember 16, 2011 - 11:19 am

    Awesome, great scenery too…ReplyCancel

  • PippaNovember 17, 2011 - 2:27 am

    Oh Samm, these are so brilliant! You’ve captured the joy and excitment of our day perfectly – they bring back so many memories! :)ReplyCancel

  • nashville wedding photographerNovember 20, 2011 - 5:12 am

    seriously love this with all my heart. great work. great visionReplyCancel

  • David Ferguson | BrisbaneDecember 6, 2011 - 2:41 am

    Love your work Samm, as always.ReplyCancel

  • phil chesterDecember 19, 2011 - 1:27 am

    Perfect everything Samm. Super inspirational.ReplyCancel

  • ElleDecember 23, 2011 - 1:31 am

    Love your work, Samm. New follower here :) Such a real, raw feeling to these; and I adore your film-eqsue processing… Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Peter AdamsJanuary 10, 2012 - 3:05 am

    Plantations make such great backdrops. Nice shots.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen DeeFebruary 16, 2012 - 6:45 pm

    I am absolutely IN LOVE with your style. You dis an amazing job capturing this special day and your sense of color and composition are incredible!ReplyCancel


paula and ben married on the cliffs of uluwatu in bali at the amazing kyayangan estate. a big shout out to my dear friend pobke who helped photograph this amazing day with me. xo

  • Nick RadfordNovember 3, 2011 - 3:05 am

    SHUT. UP.ReplyCancel

  • Nick RadfordNovember 3, 2011 - 3:06 am

    KIDDING ME? SHUT. UP. SAMM.ReplyCancel

  • Nick RadfordNovember 3, 2011 - 3:06 am


  • Lauren WellingtonNovember 3, 2011 - 3:09 am

    So lovely Samm… what a gorgeous wedding, you totally did it justice.. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jodi McNovember 3, 2011 - 3:10 am

    Every single image is a killer Samm – just divine.ReplyCancel

  • Phil ChesterNovember 3, 2011 - 3:23 am

    Ya Samm, shut up :) So insane. Quit raising the bar already.ReplyCancel

  • john benaventeNovember 3, 2011 - 3:31 am

    so lovely!ReplyCancel

  • JazzNovember 3, 2011 - 3:51 am

    these make me smile :-)ReplyCancel

  • Stewart LeishmanNovember 3, 2011 - 4:11 am

    What a beautiful story captured by 2 truly amazing visionaries!ReplyCancel

  • Beata EnglishNovember 3, 2011 - 4:19 am

    Wow Samm, Wow! your images are stunning in every way…i love looking at your work! xReplyCancel

  • hughNovember 3, 2011 - 4:41 am

    so. jelly. …seriously. coolest wedding ever. you killed it, sam. killed it dead.ReplyCancel

  • hughNovember 3, 2011 - 4:41 am

    k, but really, those portraits of her, playing around in the drapes? gah.ReplyCancel

  • Ben AdamsNovember 3, 2011 - 5:17 am

    gorgeous coverage! your post processing is the best I’ve seen…ReplyCancel

  • dannyNovember 3, 2011 - 5:25 am

    Owned! – Beautimus job dears friends xxReplyCancel

  • dan o'dayNovember 3, 2011 - 5:26 am

    you are best photographer ever!! woo hoo!ReplyCancel

  • jsaNovember 3, 2011 - 5:53 am


  • ursiNovember 3, 2011 - 6:52 am

    ahhhhhh, sammy, stunning!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • AdrianNovember 3, 2011 - 8:38 am

    The best.ReplyCancel

  • PobkeNovember 3, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    Awesome. Beautiful. Amazing. Love reliving that beautiful trip with you, twinsie. Thank you for letting me share in that memory. :) Loves you.ReplyCancel

  • TasjNovember 3, 2011 - 12:59 pm

    Omg Sammy you have to be my most fav photographer out there at the moment. I just love what you do, and you are as gorgeous a person to boot. Unbelievable. I just don’t believe it.ReplyCancel

  • David RobertsonNovember 3, 2011 - 1:01 pm

    samm & pooks, these images are absolutely amazing – not because they’re pretty and please the eyes; but for the depth of emotion, love and joy that you’ve both capturedReplyCancel

  • Kirsten MavricNovember 3, 2011 - 4:17 pm

    SUBLIME. Now I really want to get married in Bali.ReplyCancel

  • otto schulzeNovember 3, 2011 - 4:54 pm

    absolutely superb sam! can i buy the first frame from you? the ocean shot. wow!ReplyCancel

  • lydia {ever ours}November 3, 2011 - 5:25 pm

    jaw droppingly amaaaazing.ReplyCancel

  • DeliaNovember 3, 2011 - 6:37 pm

    How gorgeous! Ahhh really makes me want a holiday in Bali!ReplyCancel

  • michelleNovember 3, 2011 - 11:03 pm

    you have such a beautiful eye samm xReplyCancel

  • Analise MonganNovember 3, 2011 - 11:58 pm

    WOW!! Just no words for how stunning these are. Paula you must be so happy with them. Amazing xxxReplyCancel

  • MichaelNovember 4, 2011 - 1:44 am

    beautiful Samm – love it so much :)ReplyCancel

  • bettinaNovember 4, 2011 - 11:37 am

    OMG Samm just so amazing, can’t wait for January.ReplyCancel

  • AndreasNovember 4, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    you make me want to get married in Bali!
    lovely and touching work Samm!ReplyCancel

  • Greg HoskinsNovember 4, 2011 - 2:52 pm

    absolutely love everything about this, samm. beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • niravNovember 5, 2011 - 8:39 am

    In-FREAKIN-credible Samm.ReplyCancel

  • MarcNovember 6, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    My Gosh Samm, you freaking nailed it. So lovely in every way :)ReplyCancel

  • Amari KenolyNovember 7, 2011 - 1:50 am

    complete perfection. love your work.ReplyCancel

  • AnniNovember 7, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    Each of these is lovelier than the last. Amazing. You outdid yourself.ReplyCancel

  • togNovember 8, 2011 - 3:58 am

    Absolutely amazing, you do such a wonderful job! :)ReplyCancel

  • PaulaNovember 8, 2011 - 10:33 am

    Samm, we love them! Can’t stop looking at them, the whole fam has been blown away!ReplyCancel

  • TeresaNovember 8, 2011 - 5:26 pm

    Gah! Samm you are amazing. What perfect documentation. Absolutely love!<3ReplyCancel

  • Jodie ChapmanNovember 11, 2011 - 7:57 pm

    You are THE BOMB. Simply stunning. These have made me even more excited about attending your workshop next year.ReplyCancel

  • Nathan WalkerDecember 7, 2011 - 4:26 pm

    gosh these are stunning! beautiful work Samm!ReplyCancel

  • Luisa BrimbleDecember 22, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    Samm truly amazing work. I love the white space in your art. I will make sure to save money to attend one of your workshops!!!! Insanely good!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jarusha BrownDecember 30, 2011 - 3:23 am

    GOOD GRIEF!!! I think this may be my all time fav wedding EVER!!! Gorgeous colours, gorgeous people, gorgeous location and STUNNING photos! Well done :)ReplyCancel

  • camJanuary 10, 2012 - 6:45 am

    love these too…ReplyCancel

  • kristieJanuary 18, 2012 - 10:55 am

    so amazing. really really amazing.ReplyCancel

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  • marinaJanuary 25, 2012 - 8:28 am

    Samm this wedding is INCREDIBLE!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn BestFebruary 7, 2012 - 12:16 am

    Samm, these are all STUNNING but I especially love the ones of the bride in the curtains and in the doorway *LOVE*. Take care beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Amy JacksonFebruary 11, 2012 - 5:46 pm

    Beautiful photos! Well done.ReplyCancel

  • Brian KraftFebruary 20, 2012 - 5:55 am

    Absolutely killer!ReplyCancel

  • James frostMarch 16, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    So so bloody good ! :)ReplyCancel

  • HannahApril 4, 2012 - 6:35 am

    These are phenominal pictures, absolutely amazing.ReplyCancel


  • NatalieOctober 31, 2011 - 3:06 am

    Lovely Samm! Such a beautiful location too…I miss Margaret River.ReplyCancel

  • NakalanOctober 31, 2011 - 3:14 am

    my word. just magnificent, really.ReplyCancel

  • KirstyOctober 31, 2011 - 3:17 am


    LOVE the back seat image LOVEReplyCancel

  • alydaOctober 31, 2011 - 3:18 am

    Oh wow her dress is amazing and your images are even more amazing. I give this 27 out of 10 :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda ThorsonOctober 31, 2011 - 3:31 am

    this is amazing! your images, the location, the dress…hot.ReplyCancel

  • David MooreOctober 31, 2011 - 4:23 am

    Never cease to amaze!ReplyCancel

  • John WarrenOctober 31, 2011 - 5:06 am

    Yeah, the back seat of the car shot……….that’s the bomb!ReplyCancel

  • fiona andersenOctober 31, 2011 - 6:00 am

    Mindblowingly awesome…ReplyCancel

  • kelly van viersenOctober 31, 2011 - 6:16 am

    beautiful samm….love the way you capture the day….gosh you get some cool brides too! love that dress <3ReplyCancel

  • TenielleOctober 31, 2011 - 6:28 am

    Breathtaking. Absolutely breathtaking.ReplyCancel

  • Erica JohnsonOctober 31, 2011 - 10:12 am

    Wow Samm… love the ones on the rocks at the beach and the one of the little “tutu” girl on the floor. :) And kudos to the bride for an awesome dress!ReplyCancel

  • cara @ lillian and leonardOctober 31, 2011 - 10:17 am

    Wow, these are amazing. That first portrait of Amber looking straight at the camera, the flower girl face down on the floor and the wide beach shots with the rocks and all the clouds are my favourites, they’re breathtaking.ReplyCancel

  • JodieNovember 1, 2011 - 4:00 am

    Beautiful photos as always Sam.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline GhetesNovember 2, 2011 - 3:46 am

    Samm, these are spectacular. Love the bride’s gown. Stunning.ReplyCancel

  • kellyltunneyNovember 2, 2011 - 12:07 pm

    A stunner sammy samm xxReplyCancel

  • CatNovember 8, 2011 - 10:58 am

    Incredible photos. Love the contrasts of the wild ocean and then the jovial dancing.
    And yes, that dress is STUNNING!ReplyCancel

  • Amelia RheaNovember 11, 2011 - 2:30 am

    I thoroughly miss Margaret River. Easily one of my favourite places in the world.ReplyCancel

  • JamesNovember 15, 2011 - 9:10 am

    Amazing photos.ReplyCancel

  • Kirra CheersJanuary 2, 2012 - 12:14 am

    Oh man she wore a black dress so very cool. A woman of my own heartReplyCancel

In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die
Where you invest your love, you invest your life

- mumford & sons



I recently spent with the afternoon with the lovely Gladys and Chris in their home and on their rooftop in San Francisco. After we finished shooting, we went to a little Italian restaurant in Nob Hill and filled our bodies with hot pasta and wine, to defrost from shooting in the fog on their rooftop (I wish we had fog like that in Australia). While up on that roof top, I looked around and took it all in, where I was standing and what I was doing on a roof top.  The life of a photographer can be a funny peculiar one when you really think about it.  Stepping into peoples lives for the briefest of moments, to simply witness, feel, react and capture. The best thing I love most about it all, is the bridge is has created for me to meet and connect with so many amazing people on this planet. Photography to me, is not about clicking that shutter at all.  Its about people and sharing with the world a little piece of them and their story.

I have posted this poem before, about a year or more ago,  but I keep going back to it. These are my favorite words.


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.

 - The Invitation by Oriah

  • ryan flynnOctober 14, 2011 - 12:44 am

    beautiful, samm! these feel so intimate.ReplyCancel

  • PobkeOctober 14, 2011 - 12:45 am

    beautiful beautiful beautiful, twinsie. that first shot of them by the window made me jealous… cause i want one like that with clinty. :)ReplyCancel

  • gladys jemOctober 14, 2011 - 1:00 am

    I’ve scrolled up and down for the past 5 minutes. I don’t even have the words right now. I’m sitting on our bed with the happiest grin/heart. You captured us…perfectly. Thank you. SO much! Ahhh. Im going to go squeal now until Chris gets home :) Can’t wait for him to see this. <3<3<3ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine*October 14, 2011 - 1:08 am

    Lovelovelove. So beautiful…ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine StarOctober 14, 2011 - 1:08 am

    Love this session…so beautiful…ReplyCancel

  • Amari KenolyOctober 14, 2011 - 1:40 am

    I appreciate this set…well done.ReplyCancel

  • EmOctober 14, 2011 - 1:43 am

    I adore the way you captured my friends love. This is so real and good.ReplyCancel

  • ChrisOctober 14, 2011 - 1:45 am

    Gasp! So wonderful and so true to our hearts for each other. Thank you so much for coming into our home and our lives to capture us. With warmest hearts…ReplyCancel

  • AlydaOctober 14, 2011 - 1:46 am

    Oh Sammy Sammy Sammy, how do you do it? The images are so honest, intimate and you can feel their love come through.ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayOctober 14, 2011 - 1:55 am

    love it sammy, thank you for making me feel cold and warm all at the same time xoxoReplyCancel

  • Liz LoviOctober 14, 2011 - 2:01 am

    These are so beautiful. Love them, and love Gladys and Chris! These make me smile :)ReplyCancel

  • MyekieOctober 14, 2011 - 2:19 am

    Truly moving. It takes great courage to share ones self with the world for all to see. Emotional, Honest , Insightful , Skillful and above all else a reflection of where you are as an Artist. Great work. – Myekie.ReplyCancel

  • ashleyOctober 14, 2011 - 3:15 am

    this collection of imagery makes my heart smile. and the invitation by oriah connects with my heart so dearly.ReplyCancel

  • HeidiOctober 14, 2011 - 3:17 am

    Chilly but so intimate, if that makes sense. I love the way you framed 016. This incredible connection is made through their smiles alone.ReplyCancel

  • Luisa BrimbleOctober 14, 2011 - 3:35 am

    its funny after reading your description and when I look at these images Glady’s smile just gives that certain warmness to it. Samm you have captured this so beautifully. i loved the setting. i loved the movement of the cold wind blowing their hair. i loved the feeling of happiness in both glady’s and chris’ smiles and laughter. i loved the setting (rooftop in san francisco? wow!!!). i loved the sweetness in their embrace. and most of all i loved how you once again make me stop and truly look at the emotions, honesty and love in your images! ughhhh damn it! makes me all teary.ReplyCancel

  • David RobertsonOctober 14, 2011 - 6:04 am

    so beautiful samm. absolutely breathtaking..ReplyCancel

  • TenielleOctober 14, 2011 - 8:00 am

    Gosh. You surely know how to show love. It think everyone could see something about themselves in photos this honest and beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Sheye RosemeyerOctober 14, 2011 - 10:12 am

    Just so very beautiful.

  • ElOctober 14, 2011 - 11:37 am

    Just beautiful, Friend. Love in absolutely every single image. And I love San Fran bay windows! xoxoReplyCancel

  • amypunky photographyOctober 14, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    i love these photos!! chris and gladys are so beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • andaOctober 14, 2011 - 2:35 pm

    SAMM. amazing. you captured gladys and chris’ deeper connection. i really love them all and i started crying reading the Invitation by Oriah it’s so perfect.ReplyCancel

  • TrishOctober 14, 2011 - 7:03 pm

    Dear Samm, these are so real and beautiful. I don’t know how to describe your work, but all I know is that you can cause someone to feel it and that is special. Thanks also for sharing that poem, love it to bits xoReplyCancel

  • Christina DelyOctober 14, 2011 - 7:56 pm


  • pjOctober 14, 2011 - 9:22 pm

    you are the best…ReplyCancel

  • ChrisOctober 15, 2011 - 10:29 pm

    Fun shots! Great set!ReplyCancel

  • Brian DavisOctober 17, 2011 - 1:17 pm

    Beautiful session Samm. Always a pleasure to see new work from you.ReplyCancel

  • katie kateOctober 17, 2011 - 9:44 pm

    i love gladys and chris. their love is real and anyone that knows them can feel it. lovely pictures!ReplyCancel

  • shipraOctober 19, 2011 - 12:19 am

    Love Gladys and these images of Chris and her couldn’t be more perfect.ReplyCancel

  • tasjOctober 19, 2011 - 1:19 am

    I had a look at these amazing images a few days ago but came back to read the poem this morning. I don’t know why but I’m so glad I did, it made me feel :-) Thank you Sammy for being so gorgeous, inside and out!ReplyCancel

  • Louise BrynjulfsenOctober 19, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    Hi Samm,

    These photos are so peaceful and happy, really soothing and I love the muted colours – so simple but really lets you concentrate on them and their connection rather than their clothes or the surroundings.

    The poem is just gorgeous and so fitting to how I have been thinking the last 6 months or so!

    Love your work :)ReplyCancel

  • daniel chesnutOctober 19, 2011 - 11:13 pm

    i love the way you do what you do.ReplyCancel

  • ChaddyOctober 21, 2011 - 6:53 pm

    this is beautiful. You’ve captured the emotions so well!ReplyCancel

  • pjOctober 23, 2011 - 9:32 am

    you can see love ;-))ReplyCancel

  • JuliannaOctober 28, 2011 - 1:22 pm

    I’m not sure whether it were the images or the poem that got me teary. The images are so powerful.ReplyCancel

  • MelissaFebruary 17, 2013 - 8:14 pm

    Beautiful words, beautiful work. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel


This lovely wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty  and in the winter issue of Wedding Style Guide earlier this year :)


  • PobkeSeptember 26, 2011 - 1:43 am

    stunning, twinsie… has such a glamorous old time feel to it. :) love.ReplyCancel

  • David RobertsonSeptember 26, 2011 - 1:43 am

    samm these are flipping amazing..ReplyCancel

  • michelleSeptember 26, 2011 - 1:49 am

    amazing. speechless. and just quietly the bride is stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Luisa BrimbleSeptember 26, 2011 - 1:55 am

    Samm, sometimes it’s really hard to comment without sounding so cliche or you know someone’s already said something, OMG! gorgeous, prettiness, stunning, amazing etc… when I see something so extraordinary something like this, it just stops me in my tracks and all I can do really is take it all in. All of the beautiful cliches rolled into one. So I have FIND workshop next year and I think I will be spending all my savings going your workshop and Pobke Magic workshop! eeeeekkkkk!!! I’d be so broke! ha ha ha.ReplyCancel

  • Derek HoSeptember 26, 2011 - 1:59 am

    Beautiful nostalgia. Familiar places but totally different energy :)ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea ParsonsSeptember 26, 2011 - 2:08 am

    what a beauty she is. loving the old time feel.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda VanVelsSeptember 26, 2011 - 2:19 am

    so incredibly beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Shuva RahimSeptember 26, 2011 - 2:26 am

    Samm, I just love how you see…. :-) … Amazing work!ReplyCancel

  • KirstySeptember 26, 2011 - 2:50 am

    Just a little bit awesome Blake :)ReplyCancel

  • NatalieSeptember 26, 2011 - 3:00 am

    Extraordinary. Absolutely breathtaking Samm.ReplyCancel

  • kellyltunneySeptember 26, 2011 - 4:09 am

    How do I say this……I wish you were hateable with this sort of talent. But instead you’re loveable and just a little bit inspirational – damn you Blake Samantha!!!!ReplyCancel

  • john benaventeSeptember 26, 2011 - 4:10 am

    stunning bride and images of course :)ReplyCancel

  • TenielleSeptember 26, 2011 - 7:16 am

    Listening to the strokes and looking at this post. Chills, chills, chills. Supremely beautiful as always.ReplyCancel

  • trishSeptember 26, 2011 - 7:33 am

    you have a talent like no other, absolutely amazing. <3<3<3 xoReplyCancel

  • AllySeptember 26, 2011 - 8:45 am

    Samm, this capture is just beautiful xReplyCancel

  • ArleneSeptember 26, 2011 - 10:34 am

    So beautiful, one of my favorites.ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DaySeptember 26, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    oh my word….. home run sammy xxReplyCancel

  • gladys jemSeptember 26, 2011 - 9:58 pm

    what a beautiful day, captured perfectly! you are something else, samm!ReplyCancel

  • stewSeptember 27, 2011 - 12:42 am

    amazing, simple, beautiful :)ReplyCancel

  • Kellee WalshSeptember 27, 2011 - 4:42 am

    Beautiful Samm. I love love love her veil! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline GhetesSeptember 27, 2011 - 10:36 pm

    Samm I want to marry your photos.ReplyCancel

  • egle bSeptember 29, 2011 - 8:04 am

    so simple and so beautiful. as always in your workReplyCancel

  • Nikki BezelSeptember 29, 2011 - 9:59 am

    stunning work as usual Samm. You are such a gift to world of wedding photography.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth | Bridal MusingsSeptember 29, 2011 - 10:41 pm

    I adore your photography. This is beautiful as is the bride. The couple must be thrilled with these timeless images!ReplyCancel

  • alydaSeptember 30, 2011 - 10:16 am

    this deserves at least 17 hugs or maybe even 18.

    so good sammy. you are amazingReplyCancel

  • michele bowmanOctober 1, 2011 - 1:50 pm

    what a lovely wedding. the bride is gorgeous and the photography of the day was just as beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • pjOctober 1, 2011 - 9:34 pm

    love it…as always ;)ReplyCancel

  • LouisaOctober 2, 2011 - 4:04 am

    Just stunning! What a beautiful bride and gorgeous photographs of course. You’ve captured so many beautiful, intimate moments.ReplyCancel

  • Jason starrOctober 3, 2011 - 9:30 am

    Beautiful work Sammy very inspiring :)ReplyCancel

  • Hayley LaneOctober 4, 2011 - 6:24 am

    What a gorgeous bride! Lovely work :)ReplyCancel

  • David MooreOctober 4, 2011 - 10:43 am

    Soooooo many great shots. What beautiful images of a stunning wedding.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful Sam… as always.ReplyCancel

  • Amari KenolyOctober 13, 2011 - 11:51 pm

    Beautiful work. Amazing Wedding.ReplyCancel

  • julie harmsenOctober 15, 2011 - 10:38 pm

    gorgeous. gorgeous. so elegant and that headpiece.ReplyCancel

  • Anne IngmanOctober 20, 2011 - 9:51 pm

    Absolutely GORGEOUS! So stylish! Love the brides veil. So many beautiful, candid, and sweet moments captured.ReplyCancel

  • JuliannaOctober 31, 2011 - 6:34 am

    I love, love, love, LOVE your interpretation of this wedding – especially the bride in a black dress! I LOVE black wedding dresses – if I’d my own way, I would have worn a black wedding dress at my wedding!ReplyCancel

I will remember the kisses
our lips raw with love
and how you gave me
everything you had
and how I
offered you what was left of
and I will remember your small room
the feel of you
the light in the window
your records
your books
our morning coffee
our noons our nights
our bodies spilled together
the tiny flowing currents
immediate and forever
your leg my leg
your arm my arm
your smile and the warmth
of you
who made me laugh
~ Charles Bukowski


  • matt salterSeptember 22, 2011 - 7:49 am

    Beautiful images, so genuine.ReplyCancel

  • PobkeSeptember 22, 2011 - 7:54 am

    so beautifully emotional and deep and touching. i love this shoot sammy… you did a brilliant job. :)ReplyCancel

  • Marc AshSeptember 22, 2011 - 8:30 am

    Beautiful Samm :) shot with her head rested on his knee is fantastic :)ReplyCancel

  • kelly van viersenSeptember 22, 2011 - 8:36 am

    absolutely stunning miss samm!! goosebump material….<3ReplyCancel

  • tasjSeptember 22, 2011 - 8:40 am

    I do really really like it.ReplyCancel

  • Jonas SeamanSeptember 22, 2011 - 8:41 am

    So beautiful Samm. I love the Bukowski poem too.ReplyCancel

  • Jeremy BeasleySeptember 22, 2011 - 9:02 am

    Holy baby cow. The first shots indoors and the flare shot. I think I just fell in love. Amazing, amazing SammyB.ReplyCancel

  • AndreasSeptember 22, 2011 - 9:08 am

    beautiful Samm! really beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • alydaSeptember 22, 2011 - 9:26 am

    so much beauty sammy sammmmmmReplyCancel

  • JenaeSeptember 22, 2011 - 9:41 am

    Wow. These images are stunning..ReplyCancel

  • Gladys jemSeptember 22, 2011 - 11:38 am

    They’re beautiful. You’re incredible. Pure amazingness!ReplyCancel

  • xantheSeptember 22, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    beautiful with real emotion, also the light is pretty special too x.ReplyCancel

  • KristinSeptember 22, 2011 - 1:04 pm

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Brian DavisSeptember 22, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    Crazy beautiful images. You have a gift Samm.ReplyCancel

  • Liz LoviSeptember 22, 2011 - 4:18 pm

    Simply beautiful and inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen CookSeptember 22, 2011 - 10:19 pm

    These literally took my breath away. You are amazing friend!!! xReplyCancel

  • john benaventeSeptember 23, 2011 - 2:12 am

    always plenty of emotionReplyCancel

  • fionaSeptember 23, 2011 - 10:19 am

    You know what I love about you….Your real, you shoot what you want to shoot not what you think you should. You have such a sense of freedom and honesty about every thing you do and GOD I wish I had that!!!ReplyCancel

  • morgaineSeptember 23, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    light loves you… and your heart and your vision are perfectly synchronized… at least from where i’m sitting. bravo. these are truly exceptional, and i love them!ReplyCancel

  • swikar patelSeptember 23, 2011 - 3:46 pm

    Samm these are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Dan O'DayOctober 9, 2011 - 10:46 pm

    Samm, these are un-frikken believableReplyCancel

  • ChaddyOctober 14, 2011 - 8:46 am

    Lovely set!ReplyCancel

  • shipraOctober 18, 2011 - 11:55 pm

    your work is so deeply intimate. I never leave your blog without feeling as if I’ve been a witness to something passionate and powerful.ReplyCancel

I want to work on a photography portrait series about people who live alone. I was thinking recently how I do not know of many people who actually do and soon realized I do not know of a single person who does. This intrigues me. I have decided I want to explore the idea of living by oneself through photography and make a series out of it, with the intention of having it go on exhibition and made into a book. The idea is to go to peoples homes and photograph them in their own environment. An environment they have complete 100% control over, their own private universe. Their retreat from the world.

If you live by yourself, or know somebody who does…please email this blog post to them… please get in contact with me.

I will be visiting the following cities in the next 12 months:

Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Cairns, Brisbane, Adelaide, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vegas, New York, London, Paris and other parts of France, Prague, Bali, rural New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

I realize by putting this out on the internet.. I could possibly attract some less desirables like rapists, murderers etc… so please do not apply if you fit into these categories. I will be doing reference checks on every one I plan on photographing :) :) :)

  • BelleAugust 25, 2011 - 12:39 am

    I live alone. In a flat, in Mosman Park (Perth) But i’m not very interesting, i don’t have a weathered, wisened face or anything that can look wistfully into middle distance, but I can look reflectivly at the dirty diahes. I am 28, female, and I work at a newspaper.ReplyCancel

  • FalconAugust 25, 2011 - 12:56 am

    If I only I lived alone again! I would have loved to be a subject for your project. I’m from the states and find that it’s a lot less common to live alone in Australia, or Melbourne for that matter. When I used to live in Boston I would see it heaps more. Good luck with the project!ReplyCancel

  • Jo HardingAugust 25, 2011 - 1:03 am

    I live alone! My boyfriend stays over most nights, and his crap is everywhere…but it’s mine :)ReplyCancel

  • Gama RadityoAugust 25, 2011 - 4:57 am

    Hi, Sam. I live alone. I’m a 28 years old male, living in Surabaya, East Java, but I often travel to Bali and own a flat in Kuta area. I’m a part time photographer and I love to be part of your photography project.ReplyCancel

  • nanaeAugust 25, 2011 - 8:19 pm

    Hi there. My name is Nanae.
    I’m a student at graphic design school and doing assistant for the wedding photographer on the side. I’m Japanese and living in Victoria, Canada. I’m not sure which Victoria you are saying. But the Victoria city I’m living in is a pretty city which is a few hours fly away from San Francisco. ( there is even direct flight between San Francisco to Victoria.) Your idea is very interesting. I’d like to be part of your project. I haven’t had my website ready though, I have facebook page which you can check my background if you’d like to.ReplyCancel

  • rosanneAugust 26, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    hi samm – i’ve never known a double m samm? i like your project – i am an advocate of living alone – having done it for many years -i’m one of the happiest 50 year olds youll meet!- i run my own business – so even my overstuffed warehouse is mine alone – i talk all day – so i love living alone -i travel lots so i fill my space with my travels…. does munted cat count as he lives with me ?


  • AnnaAugust 29, 2011 - 12:44 pm

    Does living with a cat count as living alone?ReplyCancel

  • amypunky photographyAugust 30, 2011 - 9:40 pm

    Too bad I don’t live alone (did I really say that?!) but if you come to Paris, I’d love to share a coffee with you and talk about photography.
    Great project by the way! I’ll share about it on my Facebook page.ReplyCancel

  • MarieAugust 30, 2011 - 9:54 pm

    I do live alone, in Paris… And just had a chat with a friend telling me I should meet people from abroad (and quite surprisingly we talked about australia…) so I’d be more than glad to hear more about your project, and who knows, be part of it… Or at least meet you! Let me know when you are in France, I could even show you around a little… Good luck with your project!ReplyCancel

  • StéphanieAugust 30, 2011 - 9:59 pm

    Hi Samm
    I’m living alone with my son (6 Y.O.) in Paris. I would love to help you with your project.
    Good luckReplyCancel

  • sparkAugust 31, 2011 - 12:26 am

    Not sure if this is the sort of stuff you are interested in but my 93 year old grandma lives alone (in a unit in a retirement home). She is a good example who loves her space.xxReplyCancel

  • FrenchfrogAugust 31, 2011 - 4:22 pm

    Dear Samm,

    Love this project idea. I’m in !
    I live in the west of Paris, in a smallish apartment. While my place is defintely not Versailles, it’s what I call “small budget cozy” and you’re more than welcome, you and your camera to come over for tea and macarons !ReplyCancel

  • Melissa SSeptember 2, 2011 - 5:09 am

    Hey Samm I know a few people I’ll get them to get in contact with you!ReplyCancel

  • cara @ lillian and leonardSeptember 2, 2011 - 11:10 am

    This is such a fascinating idea, at first I thought ‘oh I know loads of people who live alone’, and then ‘oh, not so much actually.’ There’s my mum who lives in the Scottish Highlands (a bit of a trek from London, about 8 hours by train, but worth it if you fancy seeing some very pretty parts of Scotland while you’re here) and that’s about it.

    Oh, there’s my friend Amanda who lives in Brooklyn, she’s adorable and her place is so her. I’ll send this to her.ReplyCancel

  • RebeccaSeptember 2, 2011 - 11:24 am

    If you ever find yourself in Cape Town, South Africa, I would be happy to oblige :)ReplyCancel

  • KristiSeptember 2, 2011 - 5:38 pm

    I live alone in brooklyn…. I’m super interesting but I do live alone. Now that I think about it, maybe that’s why I’m not all the interesting. Maybe I spend too much time alone. I’ll have to ponder that tonight, when I’m alone.ReplyCancel

  • campoSeptember 3, 2011 - 8:11 am

    If you’re looking for someone in Canberra, that could be me. Fellow photographer who loves 100% control of his place (until it gets tidy then i blame mr nobody). As for reference checks, you once met me on a plane ride to perth and i believe i still owe you for some advice on locations!ReplyCancel

  • BethSeptember 8, 2011 - 4:28 am

    Hi sam,
    I love this idea, I have only been living alone for a few months in a gorgeous apartment in Moonee Pond. I would love to be apart of your project.ReplyCancel

  • Craig HansenSeptember 15, 2011 - 7:48 am

    That would be really moving to see. I imagine the photos would have a great dea of emotion / emptiness in them. Or would they?ReplyCancel

  • Olivia leighSeptember 22, 2011 - 11:44 am

    An interesting idea! I think I am one of only two women I know that live alone in Chicago (though many men if you need more material!). Shame Chicago isn’t on your docket but if you change your mind or have a long layover and want to visit one of the most lovely cities in the country please let me know! My pup and I would love to take part and my sub drenched loft ain’t too shabby for pictures. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jess MarksSeptember 23, 2011 - 8:24 am

    Love…Love…Love…is in the photos.
    I fell love and inspired.ReplyCancel

  • Nicky McLauchlanSeptember 27, 2011 - 2:43 am

    This project sounds fantastic. I live alone, while i wait for my Prince Charming to come along on his white horse and whisk me away. Until then, i shall continue to enjoy spending my well earnt money on myself. Hhhmmm… yes, there is fear that i will become the old woman who lived with her shoes.ReplyCancel

  • shipraOctober 19, 2011 - 12:02 am

    wish you were visiting Florida too :)ReplyCancel

  • AliciaNovember 16, 2011 - 12:09 am

    Hi Samm! I live alone in Melbourne and I’m interested in being involved …. :)ReplyCancel

  • MariahNovember 24, 2011 - 5:05 am

    Come to portland, OR. There are many creative beings who choose to live alone here :) Me being one. my boyfriend being another…. just saying…ReplyCancel

  • ResiJanuary 4, 2012 - 8:31 pm

    Dear Samm, this sounds like an interesting project! Are you still following your dreams of making this come true? I don’t live in any of the cities you mentioned – but in Berlin, Germany, which I think could be a very interesting place for you! I do live on my own :) so if you want to think about coming to Berlin let me know and I can give you more reasons to do so! It’s a lovely place! It can be very inspiring and huge and crazy at the same time. Best wishes, ResiReplyCancel

  • Susan RezakJanuary 6, 2012 - 2:32 am

    If you are still looking for people for your project – I live alone (well… with my 12 year old Minature Fox Terrier and I have my daughter half of the time). I live in Brisbane and am more than happy to help if you needed more subjects. : )ReplyCancel