Baby Andrew | Naval Aviation Museum Adventure | Pensacola, FL

I have an affinity with military families. Maybe it’s because my own brother is a Captain in the Army. Maybe it’s because my best friend is the wife of a Marine. Maybe it's because I have so many officer friends who are like family. All I know is when I book a photo shoot with someone who is involved with the military, the photos I capture always make my heart smile. I recently took a trip to Pensacola, FL, to shoot one of the cutest babies I have ever laid my eyes on. Baby Andrew is incredibly sweet and bubbly. His dad, Austin, is a Marine, training to get his wings this summer and his mom, Sabrina, is a full-time, loving mother, taking online courses for her Bachelor's degree. It was fascinating to walk through the Naval Aviation Museum, to see all of the great planes and helicopters, and to watch Andrew's eyes light up while Austin pointed things out to him. My favorite shot is of Andrew on the wing of one of the planes. There was so much laughter and smiling… I’m truly thankful for days like these.

Happy Birthday Andrew,

xx Sam

SXSW 2014 | Concert Photography | Austin, TX

The 2014 SXSW Festival in Austin, TX was one adventure that I'll never forget. I photographed The Kooks, The 1975, Parade of Lights, Emily King, Lemaitre, Daley, Young the Giant, Hey Marseilles, Claire, and Tensnake thanks to Astralwerks Records. Not only were the shows incredible, but the inexhaustible energy from all SXSW fans throughout the week kept me going. Every attendee was excited to party, watch a countless number of live shows and eat some of the amazing food that Austin had to offer. There were shows constantly playing in any bar or venue that you would walk past. You could hop in and out and head across the street if you wanted to hear someone else jam. I even spotted a few celebrities roaming around who weren't performing like Ingrid Michaelson, Drake Bell and Jared Padalecki. It was such a dream photographing The Kooks for the first time. I've been listening to their music since high school, so finally seeing them live and being their photographer was a real highlight of the trip. I'm a huge fan of The 1975 as well. Their spirit on stage was killer and I have tons of photos of them that I love. Meeting Daley opened up doors to shoot more of his shows in NYC, and I'll be photographing more Parade of Lights shows in NYC too! The lovely Emily King was fantastic in all of her performances as always and has some incredible new music that you should check out.

I selected a bunch of my favorite photos from that crazy week. It's one adventure that I'll never forget! I definitely must go next year!

xx Sam

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Emily King | Northeast Tour | Part II

It's easy to fall in love with Emily King's music and I highly suggest you start now. I spent a week touring the Northeast with her and her killer band, shooting shows, exploring some beautiful cities, and I'm so thrilled to share it with you. The superbly talented Nick Hakim and his band was the perfect opener for Emily along the tour, with his smooth, relaxed sound and laid back personality.

Before the last show in Providence, we all had a day off to explore Newport, RI. Let me just say, thrift shopping is wicked fun. We played frisbee next to Fort Adams, skipped rocks along the shore, watched sailboats glide through the bay, let the most beautiful sunset take our breath away (rhyming... oh yes), and took tons of silly photos. The last night of the show, Emily pulled me up on stage to dance and apparently I'm not as bad as I thought... or maybe people are just being nice! It was such a fun moment to have everyone from the group up on stage just letting it all go and having the best time.

Thank you Emily, Aviva, Jeremy, James and James, Ethan, Mike, and Jay for a fantastic tour. You all make my heart happy and I am a better person for knowing you. Can't wait for the next tour!

xx Sam

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Love you all to the moon and back xx

Emily King – Lead singer

Jeremy Most – Guitar

James Williams – Drums

Aviva Jaye – Lead vocals

Ethan Gouldbourne – Keyboard

Mike LaValle – Bassist (Philly and NY)

Jay White – Bassist (DC, Boston, and Providence)

James Allen - Tour Manager