Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano | LAVO Night Club | NYC

Being caught in Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano's spell of tribal, energetic house music will keep you dancing all night long. It was incredible photographing these two talented DJs, as I couldn't help but dance while shooting. LAVO Nightclub in New York was an awesome venue to host this party's animated and spirited crowd. The marvelous Doutzen Kroes was up front in the VIP section, dancing and laughing with close friends, partying it up to her husband's, Sunnery James, electric music. Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi even made an appearance at the beginning of the show.

I was contacted by the marketing director of LAVO after winning my second Talenthouse contest and the prize was to photograph these accomplished DJs. After photographing Emeli Sande's concerts in January, shooting concerts and shows has become my new passion. The positive energy from the crowd, the raw emotion that is given so freely by the artist on stage, along with the lights and sound mixed into one makes for a spectacular event every time.

Thank you so much to LAVO, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, and Talenthouse for having me cover such a lively event!

xx Sam

The ever dazzling Doutzen, dancing and having a ball to her husband's blood pumping music.

You are too fun Ryan!

Thank you so much for an awesome evening!! xx


Emily King | Webster Hall and Paradise Rock Club | New York and Boston

Emily King is brilliant. She is currently opening for Emeli Sande on her US tour and I am thrilled I was able to photograph these two spectacularly talented women. I won a photography competition from Talenthouse in October to shoot Emeli Sande in concert at The Paradise Rock Club in Boston and at Webster Hall in New York City.  My winning photograph "To be among the stars..." not only allowed me to work for one of the most popular artists in the UK, but also allowed me capture another brilliant artist in her element.

Emily's personality matches her sound. Mellow and beautiful. They both create music with heart. We need more of their music conquering our airwaves.

Again, thank you to EMI Music, Emeli Sandé, Talenthouse, and my good friends Allie and Colin for making this incredible opportunity possible!

xx Sam

Check out my Emeli Sande concert photos here!

The Paradise Rock Club show:

Webster Hall show:

Check out my Emeli Sande concert photos here!

Emeli Sandé | Webster Hall and Paradise Rock Club | New York and Boston

Last week I had the honor of photographing Emeli Sande live in concert during her shows at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA and at Webster Hall in NY, NY.  In October of 2012 I won a Talenthouse contest to photograph Emeli during one of her tour stops in the US, and ended up shooting two of her shows. Check out the contest details ::here!::

Her hit song "Next to Me" grabbed my attention back in the fall and before the end of the song, I was already looking her up and downloading her emotionally charged album "Our Version of Events." I remember submitting my photograph "To be among the stars..." and thinking how amazing it would be to have the chance to not only cover the show, but create art for her. I didn't even know I won the contest until the next day when I was checking my email. I just sat at my desk, shocked out of my mind... and then the jumping up and down started along with freaking out on Facebook... can you blame me? She has the number one selling album in the UK right now and she was nominated for three Brit Awards. Well deserved!

Both of her shows were incredibly fun to shoot, she was so lovely to talk with, and she was fascinated by the milky way print I gave to her after her NY show. It was so satisfying to see her eyes light up from my small gift. When a photograph of mine can make someone stop and say, "Wow," with such awe in their voice, I know I've created something bigger than myself.

Thank you so much to EMI Music, Emeli Sandé, Talenthouse, and my good friends Allie and Colin for making this happen! I hope my photographs portray how much I appreciate being able to cover such a marvelous artist. I can't wait to work on more extraordinary events such as this one in the future!

xx Sam

P.S. ... I love that this is my first of many great posts to come on my new blog site!

Featured : Samantha Burkardt Snaps Emeli Sandé Live x2

 This is one of my favorite shots from Emeli's concert in Boston on January, 15th: 

I loved how she just looked so in her element on stage. She moved, she sang from her soul, and smiled constantly. She's stunning inside and out.

"We are all wonderful."

Intense. From start to finish. Webster Hall on January, 17th:

 She was amazing both nights! I loved her fashion style, her stage presence, and she was so kind! Thank you for everything, Emeli! xx

 Contest winning photograph :] -