What is your name, age, and your location?
My name is Sam Livm, I'm 25 years old, and I'm currently based in New York, NY.
What's your work experience?
I have 5 years of digital studio photography experience in commercial studios and
on location with strong working knowledge of artificial and natural lighting, digital
photography workflow from pre-production, production, to post production
between on model e-commerce, seasonal look-books, individual stylized products,
company campaigns, and social media marketing content. I also have 3 years of
digital experience of digital technician and retouching work in studio and on
What cameras do you use?
I use a Sony a7 and a Fujifilm 300. In the studio, I use a Canon 5D Mark III.
Where are you from and where do you live now?
I was born in Bolton, United Kingdom. I grew up in Manchester. I’m currently living in New York City.
When did you start taking pictures?
I took pictures every now and then with my father’s film camera when I was growing up.
But photography wasn’t a focus of my life until I was about 20.
Did you go to school?
I didn’t go to school for Photography but Film.
So what are your top 5 films of all time?
The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick), 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick), Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino),
Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola), and Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson), in that order.
What is your philosophy about photography?
Photography, to me, is my shared experiences with other people. Even on a commercial staged shoot,
I want a connection behind the portraits with the person I'm creating moments with.
Any advice for a photographer just starting out?
Get to know all the technicalities of photography. Stop worrying about the gear. Just shoot what you want to shoot.
Learn to take criticism but never compromise your vision.
Lastly, never allow yourself to be satisfied.
What inspires you?
Going on roadtrips, watching movies, daydreaming, listening to other people’s stories, my close friends, and my girlfriend.
Why do you photograph women but not men?
It's complicated. I grew up around women throughout my life. My father was always working all the time so he wasn't really around.
I want to consciously know how I interpret men before I subconsciously throw myself into the photoshoots. But I will start in 2017.
What are some of the most important things for you while on set?
The creative atmosphere of being present in the moment and improvising are very important to me.
I think being on your phone takes you away from the now. The person also needs the desire to create something unique, have mutual trust,
engage in interesting conversation, and playing the right music all matter.
What kind of music do you play on set?
That really depends on the mood I’m in lately, or what the shoot and location calls for. I usually create a playlist the night before.
Sometimes the sounds of nature or even silence is all you need.
So what are your top 5 musicians of all time?
Pink Floyd, Sigur Rós, Tame Impala, M83, and Dirty Beaches.
Who are some of your favorite photographers?
I would say Cody Cobb for his dreamy landscapes, Tamara Lichtenstein for her delicate awe for wonder,
and Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin for their studio portrait work.
What’s next for you in 2017 and the years after that?
My passion has always been with cinema, so I’m currently focusing on producing my next short film called “Masked Paradises”.
I want to make a trilogy of shorts before I start thinking about working on a feature film.
If you want to read more about me, check out the interviews