September 7, 2010

Aline + James {beloved}


These images were captured on a lovely winters afternoon and in just a few short hours with Aline and James, it was so sweet seeing how much they love each other. One of the best parts of my job is stepping into someone else’s universe for a few hours and just being a silent witness to it all. In these hours I am reminded how to love better, smile better and laugh better… how to be a better human.

Aline is from Brazil and planning a wedding back in Rio de Janeiro for next year. She has a blog documenting it all and yesterday she posted this open letter to me on it. This letter completely made my day, my week and my month :) This letter is confirmation to me that I am really doing what I am suppose to be doing. I am on the right path. Ive poured my life and heart into my photography and I love every single minute of it.

Thank you Aline for these sweet words xoxo


Dear Samm,

When my wedding planning started and the possibility of organising two weddings, came up, I started searching for a photographer from Australia to register that moment.

We still don’t know if we are having an Australian wedding, but once I found your blog amongst so many amazing ones around the web, I just knew that, James and I had to have pictures taken by you.

We don’t have many photos together. We have been together for less than 2 years, and really haven’t had that many opportunities. And as you know, we are not the average romantic couple.

But we do love each other and we were lucky enough to recognise the soulmate within each other.

Doing the beloved session with you was the one of the best things that we ever did as a couple. You brought so much love and romance between us. We laughed, and jumped and cried. And hugged and kissed a lot. Lots and lots of kisses. (looooove it!) .

But most of all you were there, and you had the sensibility to capture all those genuine moments between us. When we see those pictures we see ourselves. We see our love, respect and partnership. We see how we good we are together.

We ended that Sunday even more in love then before. And every next day we are more in love than the day before.

I hope one day, our kids and grandkids see those pictures and fell the emotion and love in them.

All couples should do a beloved session. All couples should do a beloved session with you.

Thank you Samm

X, Aline



Such beautiful pictures, your work is very arty, minimalistic and fully captures the emotions.

That tree is AMAZING!!! And the photos are too!! :)

you captured it…so special !

Samm, what an absolute pleasure coming across your work and your blog! There are so many beautiful photos here, and it was so refreshing reading how you feel about your work. The shot with the Rio background is just gorgeous. Was the drawing done for the shot or did it pre-exist?

Such beautiful pictures, love the black and white photos. Letter is so personal, so glad you shared.

Samm, your work is very arty, minimalistic and fully captures the emotions. Great photos!

This is beautiful, Samm. Very editorial : )

Fab looking couple….. nice shots!!

Thank you, Samm. We do mean every single word! ♥♥♥♥

Wow Samm, these pictures make me reconsider NOT doing a beloved session with you…I’ll have to chat to Danilo when he gets back from Bali. Your pictures are so sweet and romantic and soulful. I really love your work!

Love the emotion you’ve captured. What an amazing letter to receive from her

Aline is one of the sweetest girls I meat on line!! Thanks to her i found your work and now I’m a big fan!! I was so excited to see these shoot! Congratulations to you Samm and to Aline and James for being such a cute, sweet and happy couple!

did i mention i LOVE Aline’s eyes? ;))

Samm, you are doing beautiful work. I’m so glad you shared this letter about the importance and effects of beloved sessions. I love that line, “all couples should do a beloved session. All couples should do a beloved session with you.” I wish we lived in Australia just so we could do a session with you!

wow! that’s incredible and so touching.