Samm Blake has been named as one of the Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo Magazine

Samm Blake is a photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. 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. 

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SAMM BLAKE

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHER

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.

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Education

Bachelor of Communications with a double major in Photomedia & Journalism - Edith Cowan University, Australia (2003)

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Career Highlights

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

 
 
 

TONHYA WYSONG

ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHER

Tonhya Wysong is a wedding and lifestyle photographer based out of Brooklyn, NY. With a passion for traveling the world and documenting humans in their natural state, her images have a way of feeling deeply personal and full of emotion. Tonhya has been photographing people in love for over 8 years and has been a part of celebrations all over the world. She has a way of making her subjects feel at ease, allowing her to capture those most intimate of moments between her subjects. When she’s not behind the camera, you can find her eating her way through New York and enjoying all that this magical city has to offer.

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LISA ASHLEY

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.