In the run up to Farm Week 16, we will be asking all of our mentors these Ten Questions, to get to know them a little, to discover some new facts about them and because we just want to know more about what makes them tick. 


This week we catch up with the extremely busy Samm Blake for Ten Questions. We were at her super inspiring talk at Way up North in Sweden last month which has us all fired up for her workshop at Farm Week 16. Samm, a master of fine art wedding photography originally hails from Australia where she has just debuted her first documentary film ~ A Long Way Back - The Story of Harold Martin. When her feet ever do touch the ground, it is at her Brooklyn home with her lovely boyfriend and crazy cats.



Can you remember the first camera that you ever owned and if so tell us about it?

I had one of those 110 film cameras that were popular in the 1980's. Mine was hot pink.


I sometimes think about how amazing the Instagram accounts would have been of people who are not around anymore, like Andy Warhol… His feed would have been incredible. Who do you think would have had a great Instagram?

Captain Cook exploring new lands! 


What’s the one piece of advice that you have been given that proved to have had the most influence on you?

Stop paying attention to what everybody else is doing and just chase what gives you butterflies. 


What function do you wish your camera could have that it doesn’t already?

Auto post process all my photographs with the way I want them to look straight out of camera.. I wish you could just dial in your processing settings directly into the camera. That would be so amazing! 


If you were not a photographer what job would you be doing?

Graphic Designer. 


What do you consider to be your greatest achievement so far?

Finishing my documentary that has been over 4 years in the making! 


Name one book that you think we should go out and buy.

The Happiness of Burnout.  The Case of Jeppe Hein by Finn Janning. I'm currently half way through this book and its very insightful, particularly for me as I'm prone to over working / burning out! 


What’s the strangest thing you have ever been asked to photograph and did you do it?

I received a phone call enquiry from a man that wanted me to take nude photographs of him for his online dating profile... and not the kinda of art nude. I said no but recommended one of my best friends (just so she could get the hilarious phone call too 😉 


If you could go back and say one thing to yourself aged 20, what would it be?

To be more brave and move away from the city I was living in at the time. 


What question do you wish we’d asked you?

What I am having for lunch.

Samm Blake will be at Farm Week 16 offering a full day masterclass on the 8th of February called The Fine Art Wedding Photography Business. This workshop is aimed at those in the middle of the market who want to push their businesses and their shooting further. There are not many places left now so to book just head over to the class details.