Daley | Days and Nights, US Tour | New York, NY

I had the pleasure of photographing Daley last week as he stopped in New York along his Days and Nights US Tour. He's worked with so many amazing artists and is certainly becoming a powerful name in music. He's done work with Jessie J, The Gorillaz and Marsha Ambrosius. He performed a private show at the SoHo House on his birthday, also at the Highline Ballroom, and then at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. I first met Daley last year at an Emily King show at the SoHo House and then again this year at SXSW in Austin, TX. So much has changed in a year, and I couldn't be happier to see all the incredible work he's been putting out. I'm a huge fan of his hit "Alone Together" as well as "Blame the World" and "Time Travel." Do your ears a favor and listen to his fabulous music! Jump on the Daley bandwagon because he is blowing up!

xx Sam

Emily King | Northeast Tour | PA, NY, DC, MA, RI

I've been sitting on this news for sometime now... I'm so thrilled to announce that I'll be photographing Emily King along her Northeast tour!

Tour Dates:

North Star Bar and Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, Sept. 19th

Mercury Lounge in New York, NY on Friday, Sept. 20th

The Hamilton in Washington, DC on Monday Sept. 23rd

The Red Room @ Cafe 939 in Boston, MA on Tuesday, Sept. 24th

Fete Music in Providence, RI on Thursday, Sept. 26th


What I love most about Emily is her big heart, gorgeous voice and down-to-earth attitude about all of her success. She has so much talent and the world needs to hear it! Here's a short snapshot into Emily's accomplishments: Emily received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album of the year in 2007 for her debut album "East Side Story." Her EP “Seven” was released in July, 2011 and soon after the release, she opened for Maroon 5 on their 2011 European tour. She most recently joined Emeli Sande on her 2012 UK and American tour! I first heard/saw Emily in February when she opened for Emeli Sande at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA. It's been a few short months of working with one another and it's been nothing but back and forth creativity with lots of good music and photos! I adore her and all the guys in the band so very much!

Make sure you RSVP on Emily King's Facebook Events and I hope to see you along the way!

xx Sam


O.A.R. + Young the Giant | Danbury Fair Mall Show | Danbury, CT

My hometown opened a new Microsoft Store at the Danbury Fair Mall in Danbury, CT, last summer. The best part about it was that Microsoft made it a celebration! They decided to have Young the Giant and O.A.R.  throw a concert to bring more people out. It was a day of fun having these two huge bands play in the parking lot of the mall that I've grown up with. Before the show started, representatives from the store were giving out memorabilia, signed guitars, and even new phones! It was a fantastic way to bring in a huge crowd for their opening day. I highly suggest future store openings do the same... please? And thank you! :)

xx Sam


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 :] -