Hi, I’m Samee—
I’m a Lifestyle Photographer, Digital Designer, & Founder of The Kind Guide. I help purpose-driven brands & businesses tell their story through thoughtful image creation, web design and content direction.
I love being able to combine two of my favourite things—design and photography—to produce experiences and visual stories that people can connect with. Working with you to drive your business in a direction that communicates with your audience is the best way to describe what I do. Having worked for several startups and small design studios, I’m all about the big picture as well as the finer details (read as: hawk-eye on typos).
Now freelancing from my own studio in Melbourne, I love engaging and partnering with people across Australia who hold strong values to bring their social media content, website content, web design and digital marketing strategy to life.
My creative spirit is most alive when connecting with like-minded people—it’s all about the people, and I’m always up for a chat. Listening; brainstorming; strategising; feeling that small business buzz; where there are endless possibilities and stories waiting to be told. I love working on projects that range from photographing makers, creative spaces, storefronts, candidly capturing large scale events, behind the scenes, or creating feature content for your blog; designing (or redesigning!) your website through thoughtful visuals, user experience and content strategy; capturing and writing the ultimate travel guide to the best local spots in any city or place; or consulting on how to improve your Instagram in new and creative ways—believe it or not, the list goes on!
Through contracting for a combination of startups, entrepreneurs, larger organisations and small design studios in Sydney, London and now Melbourne as a graphic designer and UX/digital designer, I have gained experience across a broad range of projects within the creative industry since 2006. With this extensive design background and experience, I have a great grasp on how content is best used and communicated across the various digital platforms we now create for, and always approach photography projects with specific mediums and design outcomes in mind for the images. I now work independently from my own studio in Melbourne, happily balancing between design, photography and consulting.
Select clients include The Times of London, Expedia, Art Gallery of NSW, The Finders Keepers Market, Life Instyle, ELK, Peppermint Magazine, Woven Magazine, Leaf & Thread, Arcadia Scott Ceramics, Craftivist Collective, The Slow Fashion Market, VicRoads and HIP V. HYPE Sustainable Architects.
Socially conscious, ethical and environmentally sustainable business is something I am very passionate about, and as a result, I launched a self-initiated directory and online publication in 2016 called The Kind Guide that focuses on the positive change-makers in the fashion and garment manufacturing industry. My hope is that The Kind Guide will not only act as a useful resource to find ethical clothing brands, but one that will inspire more people to ask the fundamental question of #whomademyclothes and shift an industry into a more transparent future.
If you have a design, photography or Instagram-related project in mind, or you simply love to chat all things small business and sustainability(!), I’d love to hear from you. I am always happy to travel, too, and am often found between Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.
Current list of services:
Events & Workshops
Studios & Stores
Process & BTS
Photography & Content
Websites & Apps
Social Media Assets
Posters & Postcards
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 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 is delivered with fabulous ideas that are both relevant and honest. I am so thrilled with the results from 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
“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