I'm Sam and this is the part where you get to know a little more about me.
I never thought I was destined to be a creative. I had dreams of working in advertising and being an account executive and a top agency in Sydney. I worked hard, I graduated and got my dream job. Day 1, I got dressed in my corporate uniform, picked up my take away coffee, sat down at my desk, looked at the screen in front of me and cried.
I realised quickly I wasn't cut out to sit behind a desk for the rest of my life. My feet wanted to move and dance, my body wanted to explore, my mind wanted to learn and my soul wanted to reach out and grab every corner of the world.
After 2 weeks I quit and came home with no dreams, no goals and noclue what to do with myself. Months went by and, to be honest with you, it was probably the hardest time of my life. I didn't know who I was and who I was meant to be.
I soon started blogging so I could have a space where I could put all the endless thoughts and words I had in my mind and apply them to a format I enjoyed. I picked up my partner's camera and started documenting the world around me as I saw it. Soon I noticed something amazing; there was so much to see! I started noticing the little creases around an old mans eyes as he laughed. I noticed the awkwardly cute hand holding between a couple on their first date. I noticed the way a mother looks at her child as if there was nothing else in the world but the two of them.
I saw connection. I saw beauty. I saw fun. I realised what I was witnessing wasn't just one emotion, it was a combination of so many moving parts - it was love.
Finally, I had figured out my purpose. Love is what drives me and it's what I aim to capture in the photos I take. It's the reason I shoot in a journalistic, natural way. I don't want to make things look natural, I want them to BE natural. I want to capture the love I see and feel in the world because at the darkest of times its all we have. Love is hope. It is fun, it is laughter, it is a partner's embrace, it is dancing on the bed in your underwear, it is having milk froth on your upper lip, it is her lipstick stains on his cheek, it is your fathers face as he sees you on your wedding day, it is waking up in the arms of your lover; it is everything!
Now, years later, I can't stop my eyes from seeing love in the simple life I live. I'm married to the most wonderful man and together we dream of a world that is celebrating the fullness of life and love. We want to see everyone dancing and rejoicing in happiness. We want to show everyone that love is not some made up fairytale that keeps our children happy and sleeping soundly.
Love exists and it is beautiful and I hope the stories I tell can remind you of that x