Hello and welcome to my world!
I'm Sam. I have two boys who are complete terrors but when they smile I swear they turn into angels.
I have a serious cake addiction....any type of cake. It's all good! No truly.....I think I may need to seek help!
I love nothing more than curling up on the sofa with a good book and a cup of tea.
I'm addicted to a good snapchat filter!! Sad but true!
I love all kinds of music and will sing and dance along to anything with a decent beat!
I have a close group of photographer friends who I absolutely adore. Even though they are scattered across the country there are all there for one another when you need them. I could not imagine my life without these ladies in it and I would not have found them if I hadn't become a photographer.
Speaking of which....the reason behind my chosen profession.
Years ago I was visiting family down South. They were throwing a surprise party for my nans birthday. My eldest was only a baby at the time. The party was fantastic. I got to catch up with a lot of family I hadn't seen for years including my cousin Aimee.
The last time I had seen Aimee she was just a little girl with gorgeous blonde curls. Now she was a young chic and stylish woman and had just turned 18. She cooed over my Daniel as she took turns having cuddles and I grabbed a couple of quick pictures on my (battered old) Nokia phone.
Those pictures (as terrible as the quality is) are now some of my favourite ever. A couple of days later Aimee caught Meningitis and passed away. It was a devastating time for everyone. It bought home just how fragile and fleeting life truly is and made me want to preserve whatever memories I could.
So....this is why I do what I do and I love it so much! There is so much truth in the age old adage "A picture is worth a thousand words".
As for the practical side of things...
I'm a member of The Guild Of Photographers and have won numerous awards. I attend as many training workshops and seminars as possible to keep my skills up to date and me on my toes. I am also in their mentoring program so I can further my abilities.
I carry all relevant Public Liability & Professional Indemnity Insurance as well as back up equipment in case of any malfunction. I'm based in Newcastle under Lyme and cover Staffordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire and surrounding areas. Don't worry though if you are further afield as I love to travel and cover the whole of the UK as well as destination weddings so please don't hesitate to get in touch.
I was named the Bridebook Wedding Photographer Of The Year 2018. In 2020 I have been named the TWBA (The Wedding Business Awards) West Midlands Wedding Photographer Of the Year and the IWA (International Wedding Awards) Wedding Photographer Of the Year for the whole of the UK. It's so great to get recognition for the hard work that I do as I truly love my job!
Please take a look around....I hope you like what you see.