Samm Blake is an Australian photographer currently based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
With over a decade of professional experience, Samm’s photographic journey has assumed a rich and varied path. Having studied Photomedia and Journalism at Edith Cowan University, her career began with documentary work exploring issues pertaining to isolation and Australian culture. Combining a fine arts background with a skilled and sensitive eye for portraiture, her images garnered acclaim for their honesty, vulnerability, and unfeigned connection to its subjects—qualities that translated exceptionally well to her next creative endeavor: documenting weddings.
Since launching her full-time wedding photography business in 2007, Samm’s work has received global recognition. She was 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. In her nine years, she’s photographed celebrations across the world, from Iceland to Indonesia, the UK to the UAE and beyond, bringing unique editorial and artistic sensibilities to the wedding world.
An entrepreneur at heart, Samm cares fiercely about empowering fellow artists take the leap into self-employment. She teaches and speaks regularly at events and conferences worldwide, sharing what she’s learned about creating successful businesses that stay true to one’s unique creative vision. In addition, she currently operates an Australia-based agency called Yeah! Weddings, where she manages and mentors five up-and-coming photographers.
For updates on Samm’s work, follow her blog; to get in touch about potential collaborations—or just to say hello—email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bachelor of Communications with a double major in Photomedia & Journalism
Edith Cowan University, Australia (2003)
Awards / Titles
2013 Named one of the Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World - American Photo Magazine)
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