I am at a loss for words. I am giddy with excitement. My hands are shaking as I type this. American Photo magazine has named me as one of the TOP TEN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE WORLD FOR 2013! Never it my wildest dreams did I ever think that this was possible. oh…
hello. my name is samm blake.
I currently spend my time between Melbourne and New York.
I am an adventurer, wanderlustist, dreamer, artist, photographer, entrepreneur.
When I am not taking photos, I enjoy traveling. I particularly enjoy doing both at the same time.
I enjoy creating businesses and helping other artists jump into the exciting world of self employment and teaching them to create their businesses by playing by their own rules.
I have been working as a professional photographer for over seven years and I am a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). Photography is my life, passion and obsession. I live and breathe it every day.
I love to create pictures that tell stories. Weddings suit me perfectly as I am fascinated with exploring the connections we have with others in our lives. I love that I get to document people in their most honest and vulnerable moments.
I think it is best to describe my images as quiet little moments that capture the honesty and realness of a wedding day. What you will find are the interplays of glances, details and moments that help define the experience of a wedding, rather than a who’s who of attendance. My images are intimate and personal; I like to think they have a poetic simplicity to it all, rather than bombarding the frame with every element present. I am interested in the delicate interactions that I am able to capture that are able to describe the actuality of the lives I am capturing.
I see my work as a collaboration with my clients. I am not a strict journalist and only capturing what is there; I am capturing how I’m feeling about it as well. I tell my clients that when they’re looking back on their wedding photographs, I want them to remember how they felt in moments and how it felt to be at their wedding.
I never ask my couples of anything that is not honest. I am only interested in the real smiles, real expressions and real emotions. I have learnt during my time as a photographer that my favourite images are created when there is a genuine communication between the person I am photographing and myself. The moment I love most at a wedding and where I think I create my best work, is when a person is able to let down their guard and is able to show a more honest, vulnerable side to themselves. I love the images I am able to create in these moments. My intention going into a wedding is to help create the space for my clients to be themselves amongst all the chaos and anxiety that takes part of wedding day, so when they look back on their photographs, they see an accurate depiction of themselves. But above anything and everything else, I want my brides and grooms to remember what they felt on their wedding day.
Bachelor of Communications with a double major in Photomedia & Journalism
Edith Cowan University, Australia (2003)
Awards / Titles
2012 The New York Photo Awards - Top 5 Finalist (multimedia)
2012 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize - Finalist
2012 Qantas SOYA Photography Award - Top 10 Finalist
2012 Australian Professional Photography Awards - 2x silver awards
2011 Monster Children Photo Competition - Top 5 Finalist (action)
2011 Monster Children Photo Competition - Short-listed Finalist (travel)
2011 Head On Portrait Prize - Short-listed Finalist
2011 Australian Professional Photography Awards - 1x silver distinction award and 3x silver awards
2010 Named Top Ten Wedding Photographers in Australia - Capture Magazine
2009 Named Top Ten Wedding Photographers in Australia - Capture Magazine
2008 Wedding Photojournalist Association - First Prize
Invited Lectures / Public Speaking Engagements - Future Engagements
2013 Musea Gathering Event. New York City, USA. Speaker / Educator.
2013 Art & The Heart - Photography Workshop. New York, USA. Educator.
2013 Art & The Heart - Photography Workshop. Brisbane, Australia. Educator.
2012 Australian Institute of Professional Photography. Tasmania Breakaway Event. Hobart, Australia. Speaker / Educator.
Invited Lectures / Public Speaking Engagements - Past Engagements
2012 Art & The Heart - Photography Workshop. Southern Highlands, Australia. Educator.
2012 Art & The Heart - Photography Workshop. London, United Kingdom. Educator.
2012 Art & The Heart - Photography Workshop. Cork, Ireland. Educator.
2012 Art & The Heart - Photography Workshop. New York, USA. Educator.
2012 Art & The Heart - Photography Workshop. Melbourne, Australia. Educator.
2012 What If Conference. Portland, USA. Speaker.
2011 Jonas Peterson + Sean Flanigan Workshop. Brisbane, Australia. Guest Speaker.
2011 Beloved Collective Conference. Los Angeles, USA. Speaker.
2011 Winter Wonderland. Hunter Valley, Australia. Guest Speaker.
2011 Professional Photography Seminar. Melbourne, Australia. Speaker.
2010 Voice Workshop. Canberra, Australia. Guest Speaker.
2009 Australian Institute of Professional Photography. Perth, Australia. Speaker.
Media Coverage : Press
2012 Rangefinder Magazine interview
2011 Monster Children - published in the 2011 photo annual
2011 Capture Magazine (Jul) - interview in Jul/Aug issue
2010 Capture Magazine (May) - named top ten wedding photographers in Australia
2010 Capture Magazine (Jan) - Interview
2009 Capture Magazine (Jul) - Interview
2009 Capture Magazine (May) - Named top ten wedding photographers in Australia
2006 The Australian Newspaper – front page photograph
2004 The Australian Newspaper – “Drinking in the View”
Media Coverage : Radio + Podcasts
2012 Musea Gathering - Podcast Interview
2004 ABC Radio – South Coast WA – Radio Interview
2004 Radio National – “The Deep End” – Discussion of my exhibition at FotoFreo
Media Coverage : Books
2011 Monster Children - published in Monster Children Book
Media Coverage : Internet
2012 Photojournalism Now - Interview
2012 Visual Supply Company - Interview
2011 Skip Town - Through Their Eyes - Interview
2005 Absolut Vodka - Absolut Cut Artist Project – Telephone Interview streamed online
2012 Harpers Bazaar - feature (May)
2011 Monster Children
2005 Revue Magazine
2005 Paper Doll Artist Project
2005 Mooncruise Magazine
2004 Express Magazine
2004 Fake Magazine
2004 ISO Magazine
2012 Spring Festival Of Film. Albany, Australia. Documentary Project - Harold Martin. POW.
2012 The New York Photo Awards. DUMBO Arts Festival. New York City, USA. Documentary Project - Harold Martin. POW.
2007 Southern Art & Craft Trail Exhibition. Albany, Australia.
2005 Commissioned by Absolut Vodka for Artist Project / Exhibition. Sydney & Melbourne, Australia.
2004 Fotofreo International Photography Festival - Fringe. Moores Building. Fremantle, Australia.
2003 Multiplicity – ECU Photomedia Graduate Show, Hudson Bar. Perth, Australia.