My name is Sam Oakes and I am a professional photographer based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
From a very 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 all the 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 the adventure travel company Explore. 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.
In early 2011 I settled back in the UK with my partner Charley and turned my lens onto the stunning landscapes Britain has to offer. In addition to exhibiting and selling my fine art prints and cards 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.