Hi, I’m Samee —
I’m a Lifestyle Photographer & Content Producer for creative businesses, artists, makers and more. I’m here to help you bring your story to life through natural imagery, creative direction and practical content creation that’s true to you.
I believe there’s something truly powerful in the way we use imagery to create meaning and connection. Through photography, creative direction and content strategy, we can work together to produce a thoughtful approach to your social media, your website content and your comms that feels true to you.
I value building connections with people, capturing authentic expression, and producing meaningful, impactful, useful images that are on brand, on brief, and even a bit beyond what you might have expected.
My background is in the design industry; I worked as a Graphic Designer & UX/UI/Digital Designer for fourteen years in Sydney, London, and Melbourne.
With a camera obsessively in hand every other moment, it was mid-2016 when I decided to add photography to my services list — and I haven’t looked back since.
With my design experience and love for beautiful storytelling, I understand how to realise, communicate and apply a brand; knowing how content can be best utilised and shared across the various platforms we now create for. And I believe this makes me a better photographer for it.
Alongside this work, I also produce an annual event in Sydney Ceramics Market, uplifting artists and makers who celebrate clay in all its wonderful forms. As a self-professed ceramic-obsessed collector, my best friend and I created this event because, like a lot of good things, we simply wanted it to exist. In 2023, we hosted our second ever event at Carriageworks Sydney, and are set for an exciting 2024 season ahead.
I also enjoy collecting #neighbourhoodnumbers (a hashtag I started in 2012), throwing clay on a wheel, visiting both the mountains and the seaside, watching docos, marching alongside fellow climate activists, and dreaming up inspired side projects.
If you have a photography project in mind, I’d love to hear from you. I am now based in Sydney, Australia and am also always happy to travel. I am often found between Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide alongside my base in Sydney throughout the average calendar year.
Get in touch via email, or send a DM on Instagram—
Current list of services:
Lifestyle & Storytelling
Process & BTS
Events & Workshops
Products & Branding
Original Content Creation &
Photography for Instagram
Testimonials & Kind Words
“Samee has been pivotal in capturing moments and telling the stories behind our Finders Keepers events. Samee’s images have been heavily used across all our marketing campaigns and have helped capture the essence of what our brand is all about. Working with Samee is effortless, she really gets our aesthetic, understands how to capture what we want and delivers on time. We would highly recommend working with Samee.” — Sarah Thornton, Co-Founder, The Finders Keepers Market
“Working with Samee was amazing! She is so professional and easy to work with and delivered everything on time with photographs that exceeded our expectations. Her passion for photography and the creative process really shines through her work and it felt like a true collaboration. We can’t wait to work with her again! Recommend her times a thousand if you are looking for a great photographer and high-quality deliverables!” — Stephanie Chambers, Artist, Outer Island
“Samee has such a passion for the creative process that shines through in the product she delivers. Her ability to create content that looks effortless and natural is truly a gift. She also makes me feel super confident in front of a camera which usually is far from my comfort zone! It has made it much easier to post relevant content of my pottery studio and the part I play in it which engages my customers significantly more than just product imagery.” — Arcadia Scott, Ceramicist
“Working with Samee was so great, she asked me insightful questions that helped me understand the process, and define the purpose of the shoot for me more clearly. I’m so happy with the photos and the whole experience. It’s really difficult to create content for newsletters and socials without quality images! I’ve now got great photos that capture my studio, and what’s important to me in my business, and I have a way to communicate that to my audience. Looking forward to more shoots in the future!” — Lauren Geo, Artist, To The Trees
“Working with Samee means that you can feel assured you’re in very capable hands. She’s not only got a great eye and intuition when it comes to her work, she’s also super friendly and professional to deal with.” — Emma Morris, Founder, Slow Fashion Market
“Working with Samee on multiple projects has been an incredibly positive experience for me. Her professionalism and expertise are delivered with fabulous ideas that are both relevant and honest. I am so thrilled with the results of her photography and design delivery. Our photoshoots were so much fun and the end product is impressive. Communication was always open throughout the shoots and post-shoot. Samee is a wonderful person to work with and her integrity is of the highest calibre. I look forward to future collaborations and projects with this glorious woman.” — Hanna Woolley, Maker, Nanna Woo Handmade
“Working with Samee was so much fun! My chaos was organised within her magical lens and I learnt useful tips for oiling the social engine that is Instagram. Samee does her homework… and lots of it! I feel more confident about presenting images of myself and my creative processes on social media. Having a bank of professionally shot photos to use, at the ready, has relieved the stress of posting. Our photos have also helped inspire me to further develop promotional shoots for future use.” — Sophie Arab, Artist, Press Galleria
“It’s so nice to be able to employ a professional for a service that is 100 times more superior than what I could have achieved on my own. It was a relief to be able to trust Samee with my website development and be confident that her taste levels and expertise would far exceed my own. I love my website. It’s a lot easier for my customers to use than my old website.” — Eloise Falkiner, Jewellery Designer
“Samee spent four months working in a freelance capacity on a variety of projects for The Times and Sunday Times in 2015. [The allocated design] briefs were light-on and so required Samee to bring her wealth of knowledge and experience to help shape the final products. Her ability to receive feedback and incorporate it into revised designs and prototypes is excellent, as was her approach to interpreting the high-level direction provided at the start of the projects. Samee was a key member of the teams working on these projects and her contributions extended far past her design and UX background. I hugely enjoyed working with Samee and my only regret is she could not continue working for us due to her return to Australia. Do not hesitate to hire her.” — Nick Petrie, Head of Digital, The Times and Sunday Times, London
Finders Keepers: Photography Tips, May 2019
Peppermint Magazine: Issue 43, Spring 2019
Woven Magazine: Issue 04, 2019
Elk The Label: Instagram Takeover, July 2017
Peppermint Magazine: Issue 33, Autumn 2017
Fathom Away: 24 Best Travellers on Instagram 2016
Woven Magazine: Issue 02, 2016
The Apartment: Ethical fashion with designer & photographer Samee Lapham
Radical Yes: Wonder Woman Feature, June 2016