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Dan O'Day

danodayphotoblog.com

@danoday

 

Dan O'Day is an AIPP Master Photographer with two gold bars and is the current  AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year.

He is an Australian based Photographer, specializing in wedding and Fine Art photography. Influenced by his former life as a contemporary artist, Dan’s wedding images reflect the commitment to his art practice, refining techniques and constantly developing & refining his practice.

Since going full time with his wedding business in 2009, Dan has managed to run a highly successful wedding business – Dan is a highly sought-after keynote speaker regularly commissioned for weddings, speaking engagements and judging commitments all over the world.

Dan’s Fine Art photography has been exhibited extensively Australia-wide and also held in collections in London, Paris, and Germany. 

Dan was recently published as “one of the top 10 contemporary wedding photographers in the world” by Bill Hurter (Author, Former Editor in Chief at Rangefinder and After Capture Magazines).

In 2010 Capture Magazine recognized Dan as one of the Top 5 Emerging Wedding Photographers in Australia. The same year Dan was the recipient of the highly sought after Ilford Trophy for the Highest Scoring Print at the Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA). Dan has been awarded the titles of ACT AIPP Wedding Photographer of the Year, Illustrative Photographer of the Year, Portrait Photographer of the year and overall Professional Photographer of the Year.

Dan has also won the AIPP Australian Creative Photographer of the Year and with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).

Dan’s wedding work has been published in VOGUE Australia, Frankie Magazine, Rangefinder, CAPTURE MAG and Better Photography to name a few.


Previous Workshops / Speaking Engagements

2017 The Album Atelier Workshop, Sydney Australia - Speaker

2017 Iris Awards, NZIPP, Auckland New Zealand - Print Judge

2017 Iris Awards, NZIPP, Auckland New Zealand - workshop

2017 Bodaf - Barcelona, Spain - Keynote Speaker

2017 Bodaf - Barcelona, Spain - Workshop

2017 WPPI - Las Vegas, Nevada - Keynote Speaker

2017 WPPI - Las Vegas, Nevada - Print Judge

2016 Way Up North - Stockholm, Sweden - Keynote Speaker

2016 Camp Common Folk, Western Australia

2016 Capture LIVE Event (for Capture Magazine) - Keynote Speaker

2016 WRKSHP, Brooklyn New York - Speaker

2016 Photo Field Trip, California USA - Teacher

2016 Hair of the Dog, Brisbane Australia - Keynote Speaker

2016 Hair of the Dog, Brisbane Australia - Workshop

2015 Phase One touring show - Singapore - Keynote Speaker and workshop

2015 Phase One touring show - Indonesia - Keynote Speaker and workshop

2015 Photo Field Trip, California USA - Teacher

2015 Canada Photo Convention, Vancouver Canada - Keynote Speaker

2015 Iris Awards, NZIPP, Auckland New Zealand - Keynote Speaker

2015 Iris Awards, NZIPP, Auckland New Zealand - Print Judge

2015 Iris Awards, NZIPP, Auckland New Zealand - workshop

2015 A Bit More Soul, New Zealand - Speaker

2015 The Event (Australian Institute of photography) Sunshine Coast Australia - Keynote Speaker

2015 The Event (Australian Institute of photography), Sunshine Coast Australia - Workshop

2014 The Event (Australian Institute of photography) Hobart, Tasmania - Speaker

2014 Mystic Seminars, Portland OR, USA - Keynote Speaker

2014 Photo Field Trip, California USA - Teacher

2013 Art & The Heart - Byron Bay, Australia

2012 Art & The Heart - Southern Highlands, Australia

2012 Art & The Heart - London, United Kingdom

2012 Art & The Heart - Cork, Ireland

2012 Art & The Heart - New York, USA

2012 Art & The Heart - Melbourne, Australia

2012 What If Conference. Portland, USA - Speaker

2012 The Digital Show. Melbourne, Australia. Ambassador for FujiFilm Australia.

2012 WPPI Trade Show. Las Vegas, USA - Speaker at VSCO

2012 WPPI Trade Show. Las Vegas, USA - Speaker at Squarespace

2011 Jonas Peterson + Sean Flanigan Workshop. Brisbane, Australia - Guest Speaker

2011 Professional Photography Seminar. Melbourne, Australia - Speaker

2011 Hair of the Dog, Brisbane Australia - Keynote Speaker

2011 Whatif Conference, Cabo, Mexico - Keynote Speaker

 

Career Highlights

2016/17 AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year

2015 Published as one of the Top Ten Contemporary Wedding Photographers in the World - Bill Hurter (Author, Former Editor in Chief at Rangefinder and After Capture Magazines)

2016 Best of the Best Wedding Photographs in the world - Junebug

2016 Best of the Best Engagement Photographs in the world - Junebug

2014 AIPP ACT Wedding Photographer of the Year

2013 Head On - Australian Documentary Book of the Year

2013 AIPP ACT Album of the Year

2013 AIPP ACT Portrait Photographer of the Year

2012 AIPP ACT Illustrative Photographer of the Year

2011 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize – Finalist

2011 AIPP Australian Creative Photographer of the Year

2011 AIPP ACT Wedding Photographer of the Year

2010 AIPP ACT Wedding Photographer of the Year

2010 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize – Highly Commended

2010 Recipient of the Ilford Trophy for the Highest Scoring Print at the Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA)

2010 ACT Professional Photographer of the Year

2010 Highest Scoring Print, 2010 NSW/ACT AIPP Print Awards

2009 Named Top 5 Emerging Wedding Photographers in Australia – Capture Magazine

 

Samm Blake

sammblakeweddings.com

@sammblake

 

Samm Blake is an Australian photographer currently based in New York. 

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.

Over the past 15 years of documenting weddings, 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.

Her work has been published in Martha Stewart Weddings, Harper's Bazaar, Rangefinder, Capture, California Weddings. 

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. 


Previous Workshops / Speaking Engagements

2017 WRKSHP - Brooklyn, New York - Teacher

2017 Bodaf - Barcelona, Spain - Keynote Speaker

2017 Bodaf - Barcelona, Spain - Workshop

2017 Bodaf - Barcelona, Spain - Judge

2017 Capture Magazine, Australia - Best Emerging Photographer Competition - Judge

2016 Camp Go Away - Upstate New York - Camp Counselor

2016 Ostuni Conference - Ostuni, Italy - Keynote Speaker

2016 WRKSHP - Brooklyn, New York - Teacher

2016 Samm Blake Workshop - Brooklyn, New York

2016 Photo Field Trip - California - Teacher

2016 Photography Farm - Surrey, England - Teacher

2016 Junebug Weddings - Best of Engagement Competition - Judge

2015 Catalyst unConvention - Brooklyn, New York - Speaker

2015 Way Up North - Stockholm, Sweden - Keynote Speaker

2015 Camp Go Away, Upstate New York - Speaker

2015 Photo Field Trip - California - Teacher

2015 WPPI - Las Vegas - Masterclass Speaker

2015 Photography Farm - Surrey, England - Teacher

2015 Samm Blake Workshop - Melbourne, Australia

2014 Photo Field Trip - California- Teacher

2014 Capture Magazine, Australia - Best Emerging Photographer Competition - Judge

2013 Canada Photo Convention. Vancouver, Canada - Speaker

2013 Musea Gathering Event. New York City - Speaker

2013 Art & The Heart - Byron Bay, Australia

2012 Australian Institute of Professional Photography - Tasmania Breakaway Event - Speaker

2012 Art & The Heart - Southern Highlands, Australia

2012 Art & The Heart - London, United Kingdom

2012 Art & The Heart - Cork, Ireland

2012 Art & The Heart - New York, USA

2012 Art & The Heart - Melbourne, Australia

2012 What If Conference. Portland, USA - Speaker

2012 The Digital Show. Melbourne, Australia. Ambassador for FujiFilm Australia.

2012 Fotofreo Photography Festival. Fremantle, Australia. Speaker for Fujifilm Australia & Camera Electronics

2012 WPPI Trade Show. Las Vegas, USA - Speaker at VSCO

2012 WPPI Trade Show. Las Vegas, USA - Speaker at Squarespace

2011 Jonas Peterson + Sean Flanigan Workshop. Brisbane, Australia - Guest Speaker

2011 Beloved Collective Conference. Los Angeles, USA - Speaker

2011 Winter Wonderland. Hunter Valley, Australia - Guest Speaker

2011 Professional Photography Seminar. Melbourne, Australia - Speaker

2010 Voice Workshop. Canberra, Australia - Guest Speaker

2009 Australian Institute of Professional Photography. Perth, Australia - Speaker

 

Career Highlights

2015 Cinefest Oz, Australia - Documentary 'A Long Way Back'featured in community screenings program

2015 Film Harvest Great Southern, Australia - Documentary screening 'A Long Way Back'

2015 Albany Town Hall, Australia - Premiere of documentary 'A Long Way Back'

2014 Bride Box - Named As One Of The Top 20 Destination Wedding Photographers

2014 Bride Box – Named As One Of The Top 20 Wedding Photographers In New York

2013 American Photo Magazine - Named one of the Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World

2013 Qantas SOYA Photography Award – Top 10 Finalist

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

 

Art & The Heart Interviews

2012 Musea podcast interview with Samm & Dan