Who are we?
Based in Cornwall, S J Photography Ltd was established by our main photographer; Sam Gribble. You can read a little more about her below.
Our clients are smart and discerning. They are as passionate as us about making memories; understanding the legacy that is created when they invest in an image package with us. Let us work with you to create something special!
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OWNER - DIRECTOR - PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHER
Sam has an unusual and varied background. A former primary school teacher, Sam spent 20 years living in the Middle East with her husband and three children. As her children grew and spread their wings, Sam looked for new challenges. Coming from a creative family, photography was a natural choice as it resonated with her love of looking back at past images to remember not just key moments in her life, but also those of loved ones no longer with us. After an exciting transition period of intensive and sustained training, Sam qualified as a City & Guilds advanced Wedding and Portrait photographer and Digital Manipulator.
At the start of her photographic journey, Sam was based in Kuwait; a small country that is bordered by Iraq and Saudi Arabia. As a female, Western photographer in Kuwait, Sam felt honoured and privileged to have undertaken photographic assignments for some large and prominent companies and even for members of the Kuwait Royal family. The British Embassy, British Council, KPMG and Audi are just a few of the organisations that instructed Sam to cover events for them, along with a host of local companies. From Nursery School photography to weddings to product photography, Sam quickly made a name for herself as the 'go to' Western expat photographer and by the time she returned home to the UK, she had a large and diverse client base. Her previous career as a teacher endeared her not only to families with children, but also to companies that needed their briefs following in a clear and organised manner and knew that Sam would be able to deliver in a professional and timely manner. Put simply, Sam was able to adapt and create whatever was asked of her.
On returning to the UK in 2019, Sam spent a brief time in Plymouth before relocating to an area that her family holds dear; the north coast of Cornwall. Establishing S J Photography Ltd as a UK brand has provided Sam with fresh challenges as she seeks to develop her brand and showcase her work. Got a holiday property that needs images for marketing? Sam can do it! Need your heirlooms photographing for Insurance purposes? Sam can do it! Desperate for a decent family portrait? Sam can do it! Getting married and need a photographer you can get on with who won't let you down? Sam can do it! Hate having your photo taken? Let Sam do it! Sam is happy to discuss any projects or assignments, including requests from charities, and looks forward to this new adventure.
“When we first met Sam it quickly became clear that we had found a perfect match, both in terms of style and personality. We chose the full wedding package, including an engagement shoot. It was great to work with Sam prior to our wedding and to practice posing. Before the shoot I sometimes felt awkward having my photo taken, unsure how to stand and where to place my hands. Sam created a relaxed and fun atmosphere. This connection and ease shows through in the final products - beautiful, unrushed photos.”