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This polaroid was taken out the front of my studio in Fremantle. I walked past this van and noticed this dog with his head sticking out the window with sunglasses on. I ran into the office to grab my polaroid camera and was mighty glad to see him still sitting there when I got back. I was trying to get close to get the photo when he tired to bite my head off. His owner was nowhere in sight. One of my favourite polaroids :)


I am working on a *special* project that will involve me mentoring a young artist. Ideally the person will be around 16-21 years old. I am not interested in teaching how to be a wedding photographer, or anything really related to commercial photography (however I am opening up a mentor program that will cater to this, if you are at all interested, email me for more details). This project is about being an artist. I am currently reading an amazing book by Seth Godin called “Linchpin“. A quote that helps me sum up what this project is about. “Art is about intent and communication not the medium you work in. An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity and boldness to challenge the status quo and an artist takes it personally.” I have really enjoyed reading this book, Ive almost finished and once I finish, I will probably reread it straight away. I have never reread a book straight away before, so take that as a sign that this book is amazing :) I have read a number of Seth Godin‘s books. I particularly enjoyed reading ‘Tribes‘ too.

Over the past two years, I have spent much time, thought and energy into studying what it means to be an artist and my role as an artist. The last few months in particular have been a really defining point in my life. I have faced a lot of fears and learning to overcome the things that are holding me back. 2010 is going to be all about conquering fears ;)   One item in particular is writing. Oh how I wish I was a better writer. I have so many thoughts flying around in my head that I wish I could express myself better in words. There is so much I want to write on this blog and so today is my first step towards bravery, insight, creativity and boldness.

So getting back to the project.. One day I thought, what if I could give some of the information I know today to the ’15 year old Samm’ alive and kicking in 1998. Some of the things I know now, I could have really benefited knowing when I was 15 years old. (I am sure, 15 year old Samm could teach me a thing or two). So rather then this just being a wish,  the idea of the project was formed. How amazing and beautiful would it be, if I could give some of the information and insight I have learnt over the past few years to a younger artist. This project is part of a much grander project I am pouring my heart into (I will share more details of this in the future). This mentoring project can be part of the JUMP Mentoring Program, read more about it at www.jumpmentoring.com.au.

If you or someone you know is at all interested, please get in contact with me :)

  • MichelleFebruary 5, 2010 - 8:22 am

    My hat is off to you! I love writing (I’m an old Lit major) and have dedicated myself to a return to etching my thoughts onto paper (or electronic versions) again, something I’ve neglected for awhile. I applaud you, I think it’s amazing to use different mediums to express yourself and your vision of the world, both the internal and external visions! Have fun with it! M.ReplyCancel

  • Manus ChauFebruary 5, 2010 - 9:51 am

    this is awesome. great way to give.ReplyCancel

  • amy t schubertFebruary 5, 2010 - 11:45 am

    I just bought Linchpin – I can’t wait to start on it!
    p.s. I LOVE re-reading books. ‘Fast Track Photographer’ is a book I feel like I’ll re-read 1x each year.
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  • liz arcusFebruary 5, 2010 - 3:16 pm

    go for it Samm, this project is so special….
    what a gift ..ReplyCancel

  • GwenFebruary 5, 2010 - 10:12 pm

    The sunnies on the dog remind me of another photo you took of another very special dog years ago.ReplyCancel

  • Jess MarshallFebruary 9, 2010 - 7:26 am

    What an amazing and beautiful person you are Samm! I can’t wait to see this develop! and read more of your ‘personal’ blogs! You are such a SPECIAL person in my life!! xxxxReplyCancel

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happy australia day! A few years ago I started working on a series of images that depicted Australian suburban life. All shot on my Mamiya 6 in black and white film, the series will most likely take me over 20 years to complete because I always forget to take my Mamiya out with me. Just thinking now, I shot a awesome series of an “Australian Santa” at a christmas party in December 2008. It is still sitting in a draw undeveloped.

The first image, was taken on Australia Day in 2006. It’s a tradition in Perth to head down to the river early in the morning, sit in the boiling hot sun all day, play cricket and drink way too much.  The inner bogan comes out in most and everyone gets rather obnoxious. In the evening there are fireworks over the city skyline. This was taken around 7pm, at this point in the day most people are either really rather drunk or just really hot and exhausted, getting impatient waiting for the fireworks to start just so they can get back home to the aircon.

The second image was taken at a guy’s house called ‘lambie’. I received my Mamiya 6 in the post earlier that day (bought off ebay) so I was eager to test it out, so this was the first roll of film I put through it. I somehow ended up at this guys house and in the backyard, a bunch of guys were doing burn outs. I love this shot because it does not get much more bogan or Aussie then this. teehee :)

  • KirstyJanuary 25, 2010 - 9:25 pm

    oh the stubbie shorts, navy wife beater, go the aussie bogan – australia would be the same with out you.

    Nothing beats a full esky, the heat of the day and the anticipation of the skyshow plus some tool yelling out “show us your tits” LOL

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  • Goddess LeonieJanuary 26, 2010 - 3:37 am

    oh this is completely perfect… love it dearheart!ReplyCancel

  • ArleneJanuary 27, 2010 - 1:44 am

    still two of my favorite images.ReplyCancel

  • jose villaJanuary 27, 2010 - 6:09 pm

    LOVE them!!!! both! and miss you!!

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  • Will Pateman PhotographyFebruary 3, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Hope you had a few stubbies like most aussies..great shots..keep them esky’s coolReplyCancel

  • Thina Doukas Photography SydneyFebruary 12, 2010 - 7:48 pm

    Like to say your images are awesome. Great candid and natural photos using available light.
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This day was beautiful. Melissa and Shaun are the nicest, most down to earth couple i got hang with for a day and photograph. Im always saying such nice things about my clients, but it’s all true, I mean every word of it,  I honestly get the work with the nicest people. No bridezillas. No meltdowns. Just lots of people having a fantastic day and I get to be there to witness and document it all. These two are now off backpacking round the globe for their honeymoon. so jealous!

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  • James ChristiansonJanuary 19, 2010 - 10:45 pm

    so in love with your imagery…are you sure this isn’t film? freakin’ gorgeous! you always inspire.ReplyCancel

  • seanJanuary 19, 2010 - 11:02 pm

    i love simple. great gesture.ReplyCancel

  • Merryn GomezJanuary 19, 2010 - 11:35 pm

    beautiful. simple. did i already say beautiful?ReplyCancel

  • BailieJanuary 20, 2010 - 3:55 pm

    Samm, your photos are always sooooo beautiful. I love your eye for simple details.ReplyCancel

This year has been unbelievably good. This time last year I was thinking back on how 2008 was pretty good to me, but 2009 ended up being a  billion times better, so I hope 2010 will be a billion times better again :) So much has happened this year in both my personal and business life.. some of the best memories have been traveling to the USA, getting a puppy, buying a house, watching friends get married and having babies, being named in the 10 top wedding photographs in Australia by Capture Magazine, traveling overseas and around Australia to shoot some lovely couples in love, giving my first presentation to a group of photographers, starting mentoring other photographers, Jesh’s life as an artform workshop and lastly, witnessing 44 couples get married…

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COURTNEY + ROCKET

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RIANNA + MICHAEL

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JANINE + PAUL

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NATALIE + SHANE

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KRISTY + ADAM

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NICOLE + ANDREW

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ZOE + CHRIS

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SARAH + ALEX

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KULI + SAM

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SARAH + CALLUM

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VICKI + BRAD

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DAWN + STUART

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BREE + DAMIAN

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ANGELA + JASON

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SARAH + STEPHEN

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ERIN + GLEN

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CASEY + PETE

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YOLANDA + BEN

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SARAH + CHRIS

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BIANCA + PAUL

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ELAINE + MATT

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MARISSA + NICK

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MELANIE + CRAIG

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MELISSA + SHAUN

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LYNLEE + OWEN

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COLLEEN + JARED

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REANNA + SHANE

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BARBARA + DAVE

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TARA + BERNDT

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REBECCA + AARON

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DIONN + GAVIN

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JESS + PAUL (these two got married yesterday!)

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  • mariaDecember 30, 2009 - 10:38 pm

    good god lady… completely, COMPLETELY GORGEOUS!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle MooreDecember 30, 2009 - 11:03 pm

    I.LOVE.YOUR.WORK :) What a fantastic year. Cheers to 2010!ReplyCancel

  • SamanthaDecember 31, 2009 - 12:10 am

    fantastic work and congrats on such a great year! happy new year!!ReplyCancel

  • LAuren PoultneyDecember 31, 2009 - 1:03 pm

    Sarah And Alex!!! You guys got married … Congratulations!!! Lovely photo Samm … xxxReplyCancel

  • Jonathan OngDecember 31, 2009 - 4:01 pm

    great year :)ReplyCancel

  • GemJanuary 1, 2010 - 10:57 am

    Oh Samm, what a beautiful post! Such a lovely insight into your year :)ReplyCancel

  • MikiJanuary 3, 2010 - 9:49 pm

    what amazing work you do :) happy 2010ReplyCancel

  • andiJanuary 6, 2010 - 4:38 pm

    beautiful work samm!!ReplyCancel

  • michaelJanuary 8, 2010 - 2:45 am

    sssssoooooooo beautiful – i have goosebumps :)ReplyCancel

  • YolandaJanuary 11, 2010 - 3:49 am

    what a beautiful compilation of photos…I feel so privileged to be a part of it. I always thought the moments you captured were so beautiful, but now that I am married, looking at your photos is an even richer experience and brought tears to my eyes – thank you for sharing :) I was looking at my photos with my mum yesterday, and both loving b&w, we had to admit that we actually liked the colour ones better because your use of colour is just so wonderful and appealing.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte LeonardJanuary 13, 2010 - 11:27 pm

    Wow Samm, your work is soooo incredible! It mesmerizes me :)ReplyCancel

  • Merryn GomezJanuary 19, 2010 - 11:38 pm

    just gorgeous Samm, love watching your work and creativity.ReplyCancel

Sarah and Callum married in the the Porongurups at Karribank Retreat in June.. beautiful couple. beautiful location :)

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  • RonnieDecember 30, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    Stunning! Love all the b/w goodness! Everything flows so beautifully, thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Kate ThomasJanuary 16, 2010 - 3:02 am

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    Beautiful photo’s , wonderful memories of your special day.
    It was such a joy to be part of the lovely event.
    Wishing you every Joy & Happiness always.
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two favourites from yolanda and ben’s wedding in the swan valley. yolanda’s dress was amazing and the details at this wedding were  so sweet.

just realized this is the first wedding Ive posted from this wedding season. ive so many sweet weddings to blog, just no time to do full blog posts (they take a good 2-3 hours to put together) so Ive decided I’ll just post favourite images up and hopefully make it a more regular occurance :)

  • Rae ThrenoworthDecember 21, 2009 - 10:09 pm

    But that’s such a tease!! We wanna see more more more :)
    xx Beautiful images – what colour was her dress??ReplyCancel

  • Karen BuckleDecember 22, 2009 - 4:18 pm

    Love your bw conversions. These two are just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Tim BastenDecember 22, 2009 - 6:23 pm

    Hey, I really love these photos. Keep up the good workReplyCancel

  • Lauren WellingtonDecember 29, 2009 - 7:52 am

    MORE MORE MORE!!! Please..? :)ReplyCancel

  • YolandaJanuary 11, 2010 - 3:41 am

    Hi Rae, my address was a silvery mauve, the bodice was a transparent base with silver lace applied with crystals :)ReplyCancel

Last weekend I photographed Tara and Berndt’s lovely wedding in Margaret River. Tara’s dress designed by Alex Perry was absolutely beautiful! The announcement of their marriage hit all the news websites last week and this week the gossip magazines have printed some photos! Here are a few scans from New Idea and Who Magazine. You can see a few more photos on Tara Moss’s blog.

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  • LisaKDecember 16, 2009 - 12:57 am

    So I have been viewing your work for a little bit now and I just had to comment on this post. WOW! I can’t believe you photographed Tara Moss’ wedding! That’s so classic! And of course you are so good at what you do I ‘m honestly not surprised. I love, love. love you work. Keep it up!ReplyCancel

  • bronyaDecember 16, 2009 - 8:01 am

    WOW … how cool … i can’t believe you photographed tara moss’ wedding … that’s awesomeReplyCancel

  • GWENDecember 16, 2009 - 10:31 am

    Stunning -Love Tara’s wedding dressReplyCancel

  • Manus ChauDecember 17, 2009 - 5:54 pm

    wow samm!ReplyCancel

  • gold coast photographySeptember 30, 2010 - 4:05 am

    wow, congrats in such a wonderful job. Your work is inspiringReplyCancel

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I would go as far to say last week was the best week of my entire life. It will be cherished and held so tightly in my heart. I will never forget how I felt.

Arlene and I hosted Jesh de Rox’s life {as an artform} workshop at our studio in Fremantle. We had the honor of hosting the workshop last December and last August I ventured off to San Francisco, which was the very start of all this for me. Including a class I joined in on in Vegas earlier this year, last week made it the fourth time Ive got to be part of this amazing experience. Each workshop has been completely different for me, Jesh has inspired and challenged me in so many different ways, but the best part is that this year,  I got to do it with my beloved, Michael. I cannot even begin to describe what that was like and the impact and changes it has already made to our relationship :) I had many old friends doing the workshop also and made a bunch of new friends. I am really so lucky to have all these amazing souls now in my life. Jesh is such a beautiful person, I am so glad we are friends, I am such a better person for knowing and having him in my life :)

This afternoon I am heading off to New Zealand to photograph an amazing destination wedding in Queenstown and then returning to Australian shores at the end of the week to photograph two more destination weddings. The best way to get in contact with me during the next week will be by email. I will be trying hard to keep up with emails and will return all phone calls when I get back to Perth on the 7th December :) see you soon xoxo

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    wow! sounds amazing! enjoy nzReplyCancel

  • EdwardDecember 4, 2009 - 9:51 pm

    Samm, love that shot of Lauren.

    I keep hearing good things about Jesh De Rox session. Perhaps one day I will turn up for one of his workshops.ReplyCancel

  • aliciaDecember 5, 2009 - 2:52 am

    not gonna lie, i’m so super jealous of u samm!! so happy for u that you have had these amazing experiences. i have thought of jesh numerous times over the past few months and how amazing it would be to connect with him and hear his words at this time in my life. these images are SWEET!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • YolandaDecember 7, 2009 - 3:30 am

    Hi Sammm, thanks for sharing these photos and your comments, I looked at the photos first and they radiated such warmth and joy, enabling me to feel from afar the full sentiment of the words that followed. it’s so nice to share in the joy of others :)ReplyCancel

  • Karine HuardApril 8, 2010 - 2:29 am

    I was wondering if this workshop was for me at this point in my life (and career) as it will be held in Toronto next fall… and you just convinced me to spend a lot of money and absolutly not feel ashamed. lol

    Thank you so much for sharing… just what I needed to read!

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  • Bryan AulickNovember 26, 2009 - 10:42 pm

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  • Lauren WayeNovember 26, 2009 - 11:56 pm

    I’m lovin the sunset shot Blakey!ReplyCancel

  • Luke ArmsNovember 27, 2009 - 12:07 am

    Just a shout-out from the other side of the country to say it’s nice to see such awesome work being done by a fellow Aussie :)

    Beautiful set, as always.ReplyCancel

  • seanNovember 27, 2009 - 3:35 pm

    samm, this is inspiring. you are good.ReplyCancel

  • KatieNovember 27, 2009 - 5:42 pm

    Wow – what a wonderful shoot. It has such a great vibe to it – they must be stoked! :)ReplyCancel

  • sarah tonkinNovember 27, 2009 - 6:16 pm

    These photos are stunning and you have really captured the loveReplyCancel

  • Jonathan OngNovember 28, 2009 - 10:04 pm

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  • Merryn GomezNovember 28, 2009 - 10:24 pm

    Sam your photos are unique and inspiring. You have a wonderful talent. Enjoy NZ, it is a magical country.ReplyCancel

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  • andiDecember 8, 2009 - 2:59 pm

    beautiful, samm!! these are inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • Fotografo MatrimonioDecember 10, 2009 - 2:45 am

    Great engagemnt serie. I really love your style.ReplyCancel

  • SamanthaDecember 19, 2009 - 5:01 pm

    your work is amazing samm! especially this set.ReplyCancel

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  • Holly NettoNovember 11, 2009 - 7:26 am

    beautiful Samm…..just beautiful *sigh*ReplyCancel

  • heather nanNovember 11, 2009 - 3:23 pm

    super duper pretty images.ReplyCancel

  • Karen BuckleNovember 11, 2009 - 4:04 pm

    LOVE your work! These are simply beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • anon.November 11, 2009 - 6:35 pm

    arrr.. these pics tell such an amazing story…
    You have some rare talent..
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  • sarah blackNovember 15, 2009 - 6:27 am

    Beautiful couple, these are utterly stunning. Inspirationally good….ReplyCancel

  • daniNovember 17, 2009 - 1:48 am

    Stunning wedding Samm, and what a glorious location!ReplyCancel

  • GaryNovember 18, 2009 - 10:23 am

    so pretty Samm, where is this in WA?ReplyCancel

  • Kumiko IdeNovember 19, 2009 - 11:57 am

    What an absolutely lovely series of photographs!! xoReplyCancel

  • Anna-RinaNovember 22, 2009 - 8:46 am

    Hi Samm, stumbled upon your blog and I must say that your images are awesome! Love the relaxed feel to them and also the subtle post-processing :) Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Jen: JK PhotographyDecember 10, 2009 - 7:16 pm

    Um,hellooooooo gorgeous! My mouth literally fell open when I scrolled through these! You have an amazing eye for capturing beauty through photography!ReplyCancel

  • James ChristiansonDecember 10, 2009 - 8:49 pm

    so incredibly talented. beautiful.ReplyCancel

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Here are some of my favorites from Danielle and Johns portrait session! Danielle is an amazing textile artist, check out her blog, of paper & thread.

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A little sneak peek of a portrait session Ive just finished editing! More next week, I promise!

But now I must jump in the car (I should have left about 3 hours ago but really wanted to finish this portrait session before I left!) and head down south to my home town, Albany, as one of my best friends is getting married this weekend!! This is the start of an amazing next two months! First up I get to hang out with all my old friends this weekend, so many of my friends are getting married and expecting babies, its an amazing time to witness all these wonderful changes happening to my dear friends :) Later this month I am hosting Jesh de Rox’slife as an artform‘ workshop, then off to shoot a wedding in New Zealand and a few other destination weddings shortly after and a bunch of amazing Perth weddings! I cant wait for it all!!

Also its worth mentioning, next March I will be in the USA (California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington) and next July I will be in Europe, most likely Italy and France.. If you want to schedule a session (portraiture or wedding) in any of these places, email me! I would LOVEEE to shoot a portrait session in Venice! ahh! :)

  • JeanineOctober 28, 2009 - 3:16 pm

    Hi Samm, I’d love to get a portrait session with you next July. I live in Switzerland but France is really close (so is Italy). So let me know when you know where you will be. Btw, i heard that when shooting sessions in Venice (which is also a dream of mine) you would need an official allowance which costs quite high fees, better check first!ReplyCancel

  • Haydn JonesNovember 4, 2009 - 7:29 pm

    I am really loving your work Samm, very inspirational. Editing techniques wonderful. Venice is a nice place to take photographs. Portrait photography can be a little difficult with shadows.ReplyCancel

Megan and Craig commissioned me to take their wedding portraits a few weeks after their actual wedding. I LOVE taking wedding portraits before or after the actual wedding day. It allows for so much creative freedom and we can go to places that we could not normally go to on a wedding day due to time constraints! Megan and Craig are wearing their wedding outfits in these photos…. i love when brides and grooms are completely themselves :)

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  • Jonas PetersonOctober 21, 2009 - 7:34 pm

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  • jonathanOctober 21, 2009 - 8:06 pm

    I just found your work. It’s excellent.ReplyCancel

  • HeatherOctober 21, 2009 - 8:12 pm

    Wow… I am absolutely stunned by your images. You have captured something in each that transcends the image itself. Absolutely breathtaking!ReplyCancel

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    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE them – so fricken coolReplyCancel

  • Ben BloodOctober 21, 2009 - 10:11 pm

    It would be refreshing, but also courageous to document a wedding for such a unique couple. Well done.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleOctober 21, 2009 - 10:48 pm

    Absolute rippers… stunningly great! Michelle.ReplyCancel

  • GaryOctober 22, 2009 - 11:10 am

    This is a wonderful artistic set of portrait.ReplyCancel

  • mariaOctober 22, 2009 - 3:53 pm

    complete perfection. as always.ReplyCancel

  • AngelaOctober 23, 2009 - 8:06 am

    Exsquisite Samm :)ReplyCancel

  • FranOctober 25, 2009 - 3:08 am

    Megan and Craig’s photos are spectacular. You have captured their very essence. They make such a unique and wonderful couple. FranReplyCancel

The rest of the photographs from Yolanda and Ben’s portrait session! For something a little different, we did the session at their house that they have just finished building. Was nice to be able to incorporate their current surroundings into the photographs, Yolanda and Ben are finishing off their outdoor deck so we thought it would be great to incorporate it into the collection of images :) Looking forward to their wedding this Sunday!!

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Yolanda and Ben are tying the knot next weekend. Their wedding sounds fabulous, I cannot wait :) This week I visited them at their lovely house to take some photos. I absolutely adore the collection of images from this shoot. Here is just a little sneak peek.

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  • Lisa KermodeOctober 16, 2009 - 4:09 am

    Absolutely gorgeous photos!!ReplyCancel

  • aimeeOctober 18, 2009 - 9:19 pm

    wow :) you just made standing in front of a garage door look amazing! cannot wait to see the rest!ReplyCancel

  • Ben BloodOctober 19, 2009 - 11:34 pm

    Ah, the square one is so good. Great processing too. Nice Samm!ReplyCancel

I am way behind on blogging. I mean wayyy behind. I have about 40 weddings to blog! and about 50 or more portrait sessions! I hope that one day I am able to catch up ;) somehow I missed posting this lovely wedding I shot last November. One of the greatest gifts about being a wedding photographer, is that I get to step into peoples lives for a day. I get to watch quietly and snap away and capture what it felt like being there. The greatest part is that I get to experience many different cultures and religions and witness how each of these celebrates a wedding. Belinda and Gavin’s wedding was the first Jewish wedding I photographed, I remember walking away wanting to always remember the importance of passing down family traditions. I often think about what traditions my family has, I come from a British background, I feel as if we might not have that many compared to others so I have decided its time to make some new ones :) What are your family traditions that you want to keep alive?

Belinda and Gavin were married in Harold Boas Gardens in Perth and their reception was at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.

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  • ursiOctober 13, 2009 - 10:48 am

    amazing amazing amazing*ReplyCancel

  • James ChristiansonOctober 13, 2009 - 11:43 am

    So beautiful…i simply love your work.ReplyCancel

  • RonnieOctober 13, 2009 - 4:41 pm

    Love your post and the words to go with it. Thanks for sharing as always!ReplyCancel

  • Cathrin D'EntremontOctober 13, 2009 - 5:04 pm

    WOW! Fabulous photos and they had so much fun. You certainly make photos come alive!ReplyCancel

  • BenOctober 13, 2009 - 6:43 pm

    I love the images (as always) but also what you say about family & tradition as we don’t have many as a society. It will make many people think about their family. Keep blogging SammReplyCancel

  • AngelaOctober 13, 2009 - 10:30 pm

    Wow! What an awesome party! Beautifully captured Samm and I love your thoughts on tradition.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda SpurlingOctober 14, 2009 - 6:51 am

    breath-taking work again Samm!
    I love the simple traditions; Dad bringing Culley’s cupcakes home on Fridays, pickle onion & fig jam making… so manyReplyCancel

  • Melissa DinwiddieOctober 14, 2009 - 7:31 am

    Your photos are fantastic Samm! Love your use of depth of field. Dog shots and the groom’s feet by the wrapped glass are especially memorable. Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Matt EbenezerOctober 14, 2009 - 11:42 pm

    Lovely images as always Samm. Can’t wait to see the other 39 weddings you’ve yet to blog ;)ReplyCancel

  • Jonathan OngOctober 18, 2009 - 5:49 pm

    loving it samm.ReplyCancel

  • mindyOctober 27, 2009 - 10:18 pm

    Love these photos, you’ve captured such lovely expressions!ReplyCancel

  • KolabsusNovember 9, 2009 - 7:54 am

    Я присоединяюсь ко всему выше сказанному. Можем пообщаться на эту тему. Здесь или в PM.ReplyCancel

last night I went to the show and I took my polaroid camera, this is what I saw :)

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I was missing the cord to my scanner for the last one and a half years, tonight I found it! Hoorah! I can now scan until my heart is content ;)

  • Ben BloodOctober 1, 2009 - 11:02 am

    I really enjoy this low contrast, funky colors stuff. Hmmmm. I took some Holga rolls at the fair a few weeks back. It will be a few months until I develop them, but I’m still excited.

    Thanks for sharing these! I think some of the most interesting photos come from what we capture when we’re NOT working.

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  • LauraOctober 6, 2009 - 3:48 am

    Love the clowns.
    You missed out on the showbags, though! :)
    Have you ever done polaroid wedding photos?ReplyCancel

  • […] by Samm Blake __________________ * If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and […]ReplyCancel

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  • JennSeptember 29, 2009 - 6:43 am

    Samm – these images are amazing. The image where the young boy is hugging the bride brought tears to my eyes xReplyCancel

  • Jonas PetersonSeptember 29, 2009 - 2:28 pm

    Beautiful stuff, Samm.ReplyCancel

  • andiOctober 8, 2009 - 3:50 pm

    samm!! is that shot really her veil flying away???? amaaaaazing….ReplyCancel

  • erin atwellFebruary 2, 2011 - 4:14 am

    hi! i was recomended your work by robyn cusack… we are looking for a photographer to do our wedding on april 16th. I understand its a busy time and you may not be available… if you are we would love to look at more of your work. Thanks erin atwellReplyCancel

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two polaroids I took in Dunsborough this week. I really want to take a bride and groom to this beach. it is so lovely there.

the first half of this week was spent down south in Dunsborough at a photography workshop and now the second half of the week will be spent in Darwin. I’m up here to photograph a wedding this weekend. {I will be playing catch up with emails and phone calls on monday, sorry for any delays}

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  • GemSeptember 11, 2009 - 10:49 am

    I love how much these photos tell the story of the day. Beautifully captured!ReplyCancel

  • BenSeptember 14, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    Beautiful Samm, I love the intimacy & the connection with your subjects.ReplyCancel

  • mindySeptember 15, 2009 - 8:37 pm

    hi Samm I love your work, I really do!!!! you are such a great photographer :) I used one of your pictures on my blog and have credited the picture to you. thank you!ReplyCancel

  • aimeeSeptember 17, 2009 - 7:40 am

    beautiful beautiful pictures – an inspiration for sure :)ReplyCancel

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This is one of my favourite wedding photographs. Documenting people and the connections they have with others is something I am very attracted to in wedding photography. I took this at the beginning of Rikki and Jodi’s ceremony in April. Rikki’s dear grandma, a very sweet lady who has dementia, stopped Rikki and her father as they walked down the ailse.. she thought her son (rikki’s father) was marrying Rikki and was so proud her son was about to marry such a beautiful bride and just had to tell Rikki how beautiful she was. It was a very sweet moment I was glad I was able to capture and it is images like these, that make me very glad I am a wedding photographer.

  • sarahAugust 31, 2009 - 5:20 am

    Perfect xxxReplyCancel

  • GwenAugust 31, 2009 - 6:47 am

    What a beautiful special photo – reminds me of NannaReplyCancel

  • kellyAugust 31, 2009 - 10:31 pm

    samm that is so gorgeous….thankyou for sharing that story….it is often the story that goes with the image isn’t it, that gives you that welling-up feeling…beautiful images, then with a beautiful story somehow make it even more so…gorgeous as always…ReplyCancel

  • ronnieAugust 31, 2009 - 11:45 pm

    simply beautiful and touching.ReplyCancel

  • jose villaSeptember 17, 2009 - 3:29 pm

    this image is amazing.. joseReplyCancel