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Army Nursing Officer turned wedding photographer

I’m Samantha Ohlsen and I’m a Sydney-based photographer specialising in wedding and portrait photography services to the greater Sydney area and beyond.

Before becoming a professional wedding photographer I spent many years working as an Army Nursing Officer in war-torn areas, like Afghanistan, where I helped people through the worse days of their lives. I found the work incredibly rewarding but I was also profoundly affected by the sadness and tragedy of what I saw. When I left those areas I wanted to immerse myself in the complete opposite of what I had experienced, so I set about capturing the gentle and beautiful side of life through photography.

There’s something so magical about spending an entire day with a bride and groom on their wedding day. I also found my background lends itself beautifully to wedding photography:


  • I’m organised, meticulous and leave nothing to chance so you can relax and be confident knowing that one of the most important days of your life is in capable hands.
  • Working with people of all ages and backgrounds has given me an exceptional ability to put anyone at ease, whatever the situation. When you are comfortable you are present in the moment, which is perfect for lovely, natural shots.
  • My well-developed sense of intuition and keen observation skills mean I am attuned to seeing and feeling what’s going on around me. This enables me to shoot from the heart and not miss those precious ‘real’, intimate and often fleeting moments.

My aim is to make your special day joyful and stress-free and I strive to create a highly personalized experience, both before and after your wedding day.

Plenty of passion

I’m passionate about making you look as good as you feel. As a woman, I understand how important it is that I highlight your best features – your beautiful dress, your hair and makeup and that beautiful beaming smile that radiates because you’re marrying your soul mate. I use vibrant colours, textures and reflections, as well as black and white images, to tell your unique story and create beautiful timeless imagery that you will treasure always.


A strong set of values

I value reliability, honesty, trust, and timeliness.
I understand the planning involved in special days, such as your wedding, and you can expect a high level of professionalism from me, even under the most stressful of circumstances.


A few more facts

I’m a die-hard coffee lover. When I stayed in New York I walked 14 blocks each morning to kick off the day with the perfect brew. Now that’s love. My other loves, besides photography, are travelling and scuba diving. I also love craft beers and sampling pale ales at microbreweries. My passion for travel has also led me into the specialised field of destination wedding photography. See the Lord Howe Wedding Story here, it’s an amazing place.

Words From Happy Clients

Before working with Samantha I was hesitant due to the cost and not having worked with Samantha before. We had such a wonderful week with family and friends on Lord Howe and we thank Samantha so much for capturing what it felt like on the day to marry my best friend! The photos are excellent, they were far better than we could have dreamed, some are truly breathtaking and we received many more than we expected.

Lord Howe Island – Kristen Maurice


Samantha clearly went over and above what could be expected from other photographers. She did her homework to ensure any hiccups were dealt with seamlessly. Samantha is empathetic, professional and organized. This meant that on the day not only did our day run better, it also put us in the right frame of mind to capture the best images. Prior to the event Sam's contributions, thoughts and ideas gave us the scope to capture the day in a way that we never considered, she really helped us express ourselves in a lasting record of our wedding.

Wedding Nicole & Jason Eyles


After our big day yesterday, my beautiful wife and myself cannot thank you and your team, Shea and Jodi enough for not just what we hoped for but all the extra effort you went to. We know how much work you put in, above and beyond to make the day perfect for us, and it was. The little surprises along the way simply made our day that extra bit special, and we are so grateful.

Wedding – Jason Eyles

Sounds like we might click?

I’d love to chat and meet with you to discuss your wedding.