Hi, I’m Samee,
I’m a Lifestyle Photographer & Content Creator 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.
Through photography, creative direction and content strategy, we can work together to produce a thoughtful approach to your social media and website content that’s true to you.
I love engaging and partnering with people who have strong values in their business and are ready to tell their brand story. There is so much power in original imagery and design, and knowing how to use it is the most exciting part!
My background is in the design industry; I studied Graphic Design and worked as a Graphic Designer & UX/Digital Designer for over a decade. Through contracting for several startups, entrepreneurs, large organisations and small design studios across Sydney, London and then Melbourne, I have gained experience across a broad range of projects across a variety of industries since 2006.
With a camera obsessively in my hand every other moment, it was mid-2016 when I decided to add lifestyle photography to my services list, and I haven’t looked back since.
With my extensive design experience, I understand how to realise, communicate and apply a brand, and how content can be best utilised & shared across the various digital platforms we now create for. I can’t help but approach every photography project with specific mediums and design outcomes in mind!
I now work independently and alongside select collaborators, happily balancing photography, social media content creation, and special design projects, as well as consulting with and mentoring other entrepreneurs & creatives.
Alongside this work, 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! I’m also always happy to travel and 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. She visited our studio to photograph portraits and our creative process. 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, Co-Founder, 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 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, 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, Nanna Woo Handmade
“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 & Maker
“Samee spent four months working in a freelance capacity on a variety of projects for The Times and Sunday Times in 2015. She primarily worked on a new internationally focused edition app and our Apple News launch implementation. Both of these projects required her to work in small teams who were expected to work quickly and iteratively. Both briefs were light-weight and 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