WHO ARE DAN & SAMM
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.
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.