Sam Oakes I Travel & Landscape Photographer

From a young age I have always loved the creative arts, from the written and spoken word to fine art and most of all photography. I have been taking images for many years, which began by capturing live music and continued through university. After graduating I worked as a graphic designer for over a year before deciding to pursue photography as my career. This led to a decision to travel, and document what I saw. My first major trip took me from Russia on the Trans Mongolian Express through Mongolia and onto China. I then flew to Australia and stayed for a year before returning home through Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.


On my arrival back in the UK I compiled my images, in order to supply major stock libraries, and hold several exhibitions around North Yorkshire. Then came the opportunity to work as a tour leader for an adventure travel company. This role saw me lead 14 separate walking, sailing, cultural and wildlife tours, taking in Croatia, the Caribbean and a lengthy spell in East Africa covering Tanzania, Kenya and the unforgettable Mountain Gorillas in Uganda.


I then settled back in the UK and turned my lens onto the stunning landscapes Britain has to offer. In addition to exhibiting and selling my fine art prints, I also run the Natural Light Photography Workshops with fellow landscape photographer Mark Sunderland, teaching small groups the art of landscape photography against the beautiful backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales.

Join Sam and Mark Sunderland on a landscape photography workshop at a number of Yorkshire’s most enigmatic locations. It's our aim to help those wanting to develop their photographic skills of all levels, so that each countryside walk can be captured in landscape images to treasure for years to come.


Our Natural Light Photography Workshops are set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and teach composition, exposure plus how to get the most from your camera out of auto mode, followed by a session on Lightroom and Photoshop to create beautiful fine art prints.

navigation