In 2009 Sam graduated with an MA in Cinematography from the UK's National Film & Television School, receiving the Freddie Francis BSC memorial scholarship.

Within a year of graduating his short film, 'Connect', directed by Samuel Abrahams, was BAFTA nominated, and his critically acclaimed feature, 'In Our Name', was officially selected at the BFI London Film Festival and BIFA nominated. In the same year Sam was chosen by BAFTA as a "Brit to Watch"

He went on to shoot BFI funded feature film 'Couple in a Hole' directed by Tom Geens, which won 3 awards at the Dinard British Film Festival 2015, including the Golden Hitchcock.

In 2018 Sam's critically acclaimed TV mini series 'Born To Kill' earned him a BAFTA Cymru nomination for Photography & Lighting Fiction.

Most recently Sam collaborated with Camera D'or winning director Anthony Chen on his second feature film 'Wet Season', filmed in Singapore and Malaysia, scheduled to be released in 2019.