I’m Sam and I love stories . . . . Unfortunately though I have never really been very good with words, instead turning to a camera to be the pen and my images to tell the story.
Photography for me all started when I was growing up, when at the age of 7 I managed to ‘borrow’ my Dad’s old Pentax MG to document the construction of my first proper treehouse. Even then I relished in the challenge of telling the story of its progress – trying to make the most of every frame as each section of the build was fixed together and slowly winched into place.
Sadly the treehouse has not withstood the test of time, but my love for storytelling through imagery has certainly endured. Fast-forward, and after an obligatory stint in London and a brief career in architecture, I am now back in the New Forest where it all began, in a little house in a lovely town by the sea.
Nowadays my kids Bert and Ethel keep me on my toes, both keen storyteller’s themselves and always up for an adventure. Finally there is Betty, my long-suffering, bike-riding, bodyboarding Cockerpoo. She may be getting on a bit now but still acts like a puppy most of the time.
Having grown up in the New Forest I am at home in the outdoors – frequently traipsing around the forest with the poor dog in tow, or undertaking epic treks across mountains with everything on my back. I love it, and it has always been a massive inspiration to me and my work.
I believe the best Wedding Photography should be a true rendition of the people – the characters in the story – with moments captured as they happen.
Which is why being a part of that memory is such a privilege. Once the wine has been drunk and the food has been eaten, last orders rung and carriages away…When all this is done, it’s the story that remains.
It’s for this reason that I can honestly say that with every wedding I shoot, every story I tell, I feel like the luckiest person in the world . . . .