Sam Cornwall is a lifestyle, portrait and action photographer based in Los Angeles. He relocated to LA from New York to take advantage of the amazing golden light of sunny California.
Inspired by snowboarding and skateboarding magazines, Sam got into photography at a young age. He followed his passions, snowboarding and photography, through the mountains of New England, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, and Japan, until he found himself in New York City learning from top photography talent. He cut his teeth the old-school way, starting with an internship with Kenneth Willardt which turned into a full-time studio position. After a year with Kenneth Willardt Photography & Film, he turned to freelance assisting, quickly moving up the ranks from 4th assistant to 1st. Never content to rest, Sam turned to digital teching and shooting, learning every aspect of photo production along the way.
Sam then co-founded SESSION China, a snowboarding magazine for the growing Chinese snowboard scene, with colleagues and friends in Beijing. In his roles as photo editor, senior photographer and art director, Sam worked closely with a variety of influencers in the Chinese snowboard community. In doing so, SESSION China brought a fresh and tailored perspective to a unique snowboarding sub-culture.
Sam's other clients in New York included eBay, Aeropostale and NY&Co, among others.
In 2015, GoPro recruited Sam to join the GoPro photo team in San Francisco. After becoming an expert in action-cam photography, Sam moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to pursue new creative endeavors.
His latest project, still in stealth mode, has him working closely with his better half, the talented Sarah Elise Cole.
Sam is available for commissioned work in Southern California, and wherever you need him to be. Please, reach out at
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