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Samm Blake Photographer

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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.

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 clients. I don’t see myself as a distant observer or documentarian, focusing only what’s in front of me – I’m capturing how I feel about it, as well. I tell my clients that when they’re 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’s what gives my photos the poetic simplicity they’re known for.

It’s also what’s 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 clients can be themselves even amongst the chaos and anxiety of a wedding. It’s a privilege to create images that families will keep forever. 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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