2012 was a big year.


I am sitting on a plane heading back to Melbourne and my head is spinning.  When I get off this flight, I pack up all my belongings  and also sell off and give away as much as I can. I am moving out of my apartment in Melbourne that I have called home for the last little while.  I am going to be living out of a suitcase for the next few months until I find a place in New York City to call home.

I am moving to New York.

These words do not even seem real.

In May last year, this thought had not even crossed my mind.   I actually had not even made my mind up properly until a few weeks ago.

Some may call me foolish. Some may think I am crazy.  All I know is in the importance of chasing after all that you desire with everything you have.

But before I attempt any packing.  I need to finally sit down and go through all the images I took in 2012. To look back and reflect upon what an amazing year it was.

It was a beautiful year. It had a lot of ups and downs. Laughter and tears. Heartbreaks and aches. Right decisions and wrong decisions.  But most importantly it was a year that taught me that anything is possible.

It was a crazy year.

2013 is already going to be more so. It already is.  I am going to write another blog post about that this week.

But until then, here is a look back at my wedding and portrait work from 2012. Being a photographer is a peculiar thing. I step into people’s lives for a day, wander around with them and report back my findings through a series of images. I have become an anthropologist.  In the process I spend some pretty intimate moments with them. I will never take that for granted. So here is all the very amazing people I had the honor of photographing in 2012.  Thank you to all my clients that has made all this possible. Thank you for letting me witness this all. x






  • alyda said:

    such a talent you have my girl. look at you go.

    I am so sad you are moving away but when has distance kept us apart? if you ever need a hug let me know.

  • Oli said:

    Go girl. Good luck on your journey, you'll smash it... yours is in no small way inspiring mine (and a whole bunch of others, of course).

    And yeah, kinda awesome spread of work.

  • Justin said:

    unbelievable! everything you post confirms you as one of my current favorite photographers. all the best for NY.

  • Ben said:

    That's a whole lot of soul in those pics right there. Beautiful Samm. You will own New York.

  • aimee said:

    this is incredible. you are incredible! i have never seen images that speak so powerfully. much love to you my dear friend <3

  • Stew said:

    Wow! What a year it was. Can totally empathise with the ups and downs. Laughter and tears. All the best with your new adventure. Beautiful work Sammy.

  • Kirsty said:

    breath taking blakey. Go forth and loose yourself in NYC

  • Myekie said:

    Epic. Amazing work Samm. Hope everything works out well with the move to New York.

  • Sarah said:

    Beautiful Sammie. I cannot wait to see Steve + Takako's full post! Looks amazing :)))

  • Julia A said:

    Speechless. You are amazing. I am excited to see the images you produce this year while you chase down and hold tight to your dreams.

  • I had a feeling you will be moving to New York. Hope you'll find what you are looking for and in the meantime, I look forward to reading about your adventures. Stay safe Samm :) x

  • James said:

    You are a gift to this world. Your images never cease to move me. Godspeed and all the best with your move!

  • Daniel said:

    So freaking inspiring and so much heart in each image. Amazing work.

  • Easily one of the best 'the year that was' posts I've ever seen - I love every one of your photos Samm!

  • gladys said:

    Samm, you will always be one of my favorite photographers because of how heartfelt and raw you are. I can't wait to have you here in the states. Planning to bring Chris to NY with me next I visit, and we should probably do a session with you again ;) Can't wait to see how amazing 2013 will be for you. xo

  • You are pure amazement. Wishing you luck and a journey most wondrous xxx

  • I don't posses the words to describe how much I love your images Samm.

  • Janet said:

    Go you good thing! Thats amazing news!
    I'm still in awe of you & your work over 2 years later...

  • iamben said:

    Oh sammy.. all of the above, combined into one :) I think you are very special.

  • katelyn said:

    You are amazing!! Looking forward to seeing more of your awesome art in 2013! Kx

  • i'm going to miss you... *sob*... but then again, i shall see you in seattle in may, so huzzah!!! :) love you, my inspiring image maker friend. :) xoxo

  • I feel privileged to have been there to witness so much of your journey in 2012 sammy. You are a gift.

  • It was so wonderful looking over these. Samm, you are a national treasure.

  • Lauren said:

    I don't know that I've ever looked at another photographer's work and have been brought to tears. Your images are surreal. The emotion and beauty you capture is indescribable. Saying you are talented or calling these images beautiful doesn't begin to express what each photograph tells of your work. Simply amazing, and I hope I am one of the lucky to have you photograph my wedding someday.

  • Nicole said:

    Sensational Samm. Looking forward to seeing you this year. xoxo

  • You're amazing Samm, it was privilege to be able to see you at your best. Looking forward to seeing your success in NYC!

  • These images moved me to tears, you are incredible photographer who I am so glad that I met this year at your w/shop. You continually inspire me with you outlook for life and your energy and of course the way you see the world. happy adventuring xx

  • xanthe said:

    Stunning, breathtaking, what beauty you've captured and given to those you've met. I'm so glad I met you, as you bring so much inspiration, thank you. x.

  • So many beautiful images and moments caught.. I love the movie like feel to your work, especially the last photo.. a work of art :)

  • Marta said:

    I cried when i saw that photo from central park. I was in NY last summer. I remember these rocks:)))))) and my photo was taken at the same place

  • Simon said:

    You have some fabulous shots there. Ace!

  • dianne said:

    These photographs are so beautiful and also made me turn to my colleague and plan a trip to New York later this year. I hope the move goes well, and again such beautiful photographs!

  • Julia said:

    I was just transported by this post. You are such an inspiration both personally and professionally Samm. Thank you for sharing a few days of your incredible year with me. Good luck to you..

  • Kat said:

    The greatest compliment I can pay is that your pictures make me feel something. They remind that I am alive and I am grateful. All the best to a prosperous 2013. New York is waiting for you.

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  • Tus trabajos son hermosos, hermosas historias de amor, hermosas luces, hermosos lugares, hermosos detalles, hermosa mirada la que los capta! Felicidades!

  • you are amazing, inspiring & i am so proud of you! also, i am excited that you will be (somewhat) closer. :)

    keep dreaming your big dreams -- i know you, of all people, can accomplish them <3

  • Nice Work Samm - Really inspirational work - and well done on top 10 :)

  • Raj said:

    These photos took my breath away. What a talent and so pleased to have met you last year x

  • Trish said:

    You are so talented dear Samm. I love seeing the world through your eyes, and this post is out of this world. You are an artist and a storyteller and just overall amazing. Have fun in NYC!!!! xxoxoxo