Interview With a Photographer: Sam David Smith

Where’s home?

Wellington, New Zealand.

What is the favourite place you’ve travelled to?

Fiordland, New Zealand. Despite spending time overseas in different countries, NZ remains my favourite country and Fiordland is hard to beat.

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How did you get started as a photographer?

My dad bought me a camera to take on my honeymoon! Being quite creative in nature meant I straight away started to try and learn how I could take the best photos. Growing up in the outdoors, it made sense that I was most passionate about taking photos of where I was already spending most of my time.

What camera equipment / software / tech do you use?  Any must haves?

I've always shot Canon. I'm one of those guys that are still pretty hesitant about making the jump to mirror less technology. 

What photographers have influenced you, how you think and shoot?

My favourite photographers are Richard Hodder (@inthedrink) - an NZ based surf photographer that has always shared a super unique perspective. Also up there is the one and only Alex Strohl (@alexstrohl) and Josh Neff (@joshrneff)and his squad of film cats. 

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Any top tips for Instagram?

My top tip for Insta would be to not compare yourself. It's really important to find inspiration through others work and not allow yourself to feel like you're not as good.. we are all on our own journeys and living our own lives.

What are you trying to communicate through your photographs?

I'm in a lot of pretty amazing locations here in NZ but rather than just share a photo of a location, my goal has always been to portray the whole experience... And share the emotion I was sharing through every image. 

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What motivates you to continue doing what you’re doing?

To be honest, I'd be doing what I'm doing whether I could capture it on a camera or not. But knowing that I can inspire others through sharing my experiences makes it all the more worthwhile.

Are you a bathroom singer?

Haha I am an everywhere singer. 

Do you have any advice for young aspiring photographers?

Yea, never be that guy that thinks he knows everything.. learn as much as you can from everyone that you can. And always remember that the experience is much more important than any photo you could take. 

What are your goals for the future, regarding your work?

I have some pretty out there goals. But there's so much more of NZ I'd love to share with the world. 

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If you have any questions for Sam, leave them below!