Meet Samantha

I’m Samantha, thank you for taking the time to look at my work.

I’m a North London based Photographer covering London, Hertfordshire and Essex. I specialise in creating timeless images that my clients will want to treasure for an entire lifetime.  I love fine art portraits so the majority of my portrait work is primarily fine art portraits of newborns, babies, children and families. I also undertake event and commercial projects.

I’m in love with creating beautiful fine art portraits that will hang on my clients walls for a lifetime, or creating fine art albums that can be looked at time and time again. Simply because they are a solid memory from that very special time and they will undoubtedly exist within families for a whole lifetime and more. When I create my work, I shoot with the sole purpose of creating everlasting art and memories.

It’s because of this love that I enjoy working with and for people that realise the true value beautiful images. I can honestly say that although I want to create images that you will love for years, I wish so much more to create portraits that last for generations and finished products that will be cherished by your children, and their children. When I photograph a child I am seeing that child’s portrait hanging on a wall, this is how I create portraits.  This is how I create art for every single client I meet.

I’m mum to two beautiful children. They are the first to put a smile on my face every morning, and my world. I love simplicity, beautiful places and people that make me smile. I’m pretty transparent, never pushy and prefer to let my work speak for itself.

I am pleased and honoured to be a member of 2 highly respected associations in the industry; The Baby and Newborn Photographers Association and The Masters Photographers Association. I qualified for my Licentiate with The Masters Photographers Association in September 2015.  It is  recognised as a benchmark of excellence across the world. The Masters Photographers Association are a leading qualifying body for professional photographers committed to raising the standards in professional photography.

I have won awards in both classical fine art children’s portraiture and newborn portraiture, have been commissioned by established brands to undertake projects for their campaigns and have been featured in various digital media.

I am constantly growing and investing in my craft.

I absolutely believe in giving my clients the highest quality print products I can, no question.

Let’s start with how I became lucky enough to find myself doing what I love…

After graduating from university, I sought a career in fashion. An opening in buying and merchandising came up and I had my start. After a number of years working for some of my favourite fashion houses I started to wonder whether I could run my own fashion business. I stopped wondering and just did it.  Here I was able to build on the skills I had gained in merchandising and apply them to an ecommerce fashion business which entailed design, production, retail and much more.  It was through my fashion business that I found photography. Or should I say, photography found me. It began with photographing clothing on models and mannequins and simple product photography.  Then I was approached by a few young designers to photograph their fashion lines and boutique labels.  As time went on, I wanted nothing more than to immerse myself in the world of Portrait Photography. At that time in my life, aside from wanting to devote my time to my family, my desire to create beautiful portraits became increasingly apparent and impossible to ignore.

I have never looked back, and that desire has never faltered, not for one moment.

It’s really simple. I get overawed by a beautiful image. I don’t know why. I just do and always have. That’s why photography fast became my passion. So, here I am and I’m unreservedly and insanely passionate about it all. Let’s be honest, I’m not the kind of photographer that wants to shoot everything and anything, but there is something about creating beautiful naturally lit portraits and visiting amazing locations that resonates with me. It is loving what I do the way I do that drives me to grow, learn, perfect and refine my craft. I get to create and individually hand craft beautiful portraits to perfection, realise my artistic vision and capture moments in people’s lives that will never be seen again. It’s that simple. It’s my art, and I want to share it with you.

Capturing emotion and being that pause button is all I know how to do and to be honest, want to do. The pure innocence of a sleeping newborn baby, a mother cradling her baby, a child’s profound innocence, the look in your partner’s eye, or  just that pure unconditional love that you and your family share.  Even those moments in between shots can sometimes be the sweetest.

I’m always honoured and privileged when a parent chooses me to photograph their newborn, baby or child. I guess it’s something to do with remembering  just how delicate and fragile my children were as newborns and how as they grow, you sometimes just want to stop time in its tracks – but you can’t. I want to be that pause button for every parent that chooses me so I capture those moments with my lens in the best way that I know how.

Put simply, this is my craft. I love it. So I’ll always give you the best of me…

Here’s how I do just that.  I keep it relaxed, natural and personal to you from beginning to end.  I have an intimate yet unobtrusive style and most of all, I want your images to represent you. I want you to love and cherish them. So I can come to your home, or at a location of choice – wherever you and your family feel most comfortable.

A word about newborn sessions…

I absolutely love love love photographing newborn babies. If you are interested in booking a newborn session with me, it’s best to contact me well before your baby arrives so that I can add your due date to my diary. Please visit my session information page for more details.

You can contact me using my contact page or email me: samantha@samantha-black.com

I have completed Basic disclosure check, am fully insured and am a member of the BANPAS  (The Baby And Newborn Photographers Association). The BANPAS strive to encourage high standards of customer service, quality images and safe practice across the profession of newborn photography.

The safety of your baby is key therefore I practice and advocate safe posing techniques at all times.   I will never undertake any posing that I feel cannot be achieved in a safe way for your baby.

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