Samm Blake has been named as one of the Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo Magazine
I seek out documenting the unique ways couples celebrate love and my goal is to always capture the day purely, joyfully and honestly.
I’m thankful that my work allows me to pursue my passion for photography and let's me travel to unique places to connect, witness and document the many different ways people come together to celebrate.
I think of my images as the building blocks of an unfolding story. They’re little moments that capture the honesty and pure emotion of a wedding day, focusing on subtlety over fanfare and vivid feeling over a visual who’s-who of a guest list. What you’ll find in my work instead are quiet interactions, stolen glances, laughter or tears in instances when people are so present they forget they’re being photographed.
Overall, I view each wedding as a collaboration with my couples. I don’t see myself as a distant observer or documentarian, focusing only what’s in front of me - I am capturing how it felt to be there too. When my couples are looking back on their photographs I want them to see a genuine depiction of who they are. For that reason, I never ask of my couples anything that isn’t honest. I’m interested only in real smiles, sincere expressions, unprompted emotions. I feel that is what gives my photographs the poetic simplicity they’re known for.
This is also what has led me to some of my all-time favorite images. I love moments when people are truly able to let down their guard and let go of their inhibitions. My intention with every shoot is to help create a sincere and intimate space where that can happen - where my couples can be themselves even amongst the chaos and anxiety of a wedding. It’s a privilege to create images that families will keep forever and above anything and everything else, I want them to look at their photographs and remember, even decades down the line, the joy and love they felt on that day. I want to create photographs that matter.
Samm Blake is an Australian photographer currently living and working out of Brooklyn, New York. Combining a fine art photography & journalism background with a skilled and sensitive eye for portraiture, her images garnered acclaim for their honesty, vulnerability, and unfeigned connection to its subjects. She photographs celebrations across the world, from Iceland to Indonesia, the UK to the UAE and beyond, always bringing a unique editorial and artistic sensibility to the wedding world.
With over 16 years of professional experience, Samm’s photographic journey has assumed a rich and varied path. Samm has been named as one of Australia’s Top Ten Wedding Photographers by Capture Magazine two years in a row, and among the Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo Magazine in 2013 and her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Vogue, C Magazine, Harper's Bazaar and more.
Bachelor of Communications with a double major in Photomedia & Journalism - Edith Cowan University, Australia (2003)
2013 Named one of the Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World – American Photo Magazine
2013 Qantas SOYA Photography Award – Top 10 Finalist
2012 The New York Photo Awards – Top 5 Finalist (multimedia)
2012 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize – Finalist
2012 Qantas SOYA Photography Award – Top 10 Finalist
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
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
THE WEDDING ARTISTS CO
Samm Blake is represented by Lisa Ashley of The Wedding Artists Co. From her sunny Northern California office Lisa manages much of the our day-to-day operations freeing us up to do what we love and do best - make beautiful photos.