Samael Creative exists to vanquish design mediocrity to make bands and brands more commercially successful through impenetrable ideas and bulletproof creativity.
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My name is Richard Samael Forsman.
I'm a multimedia creative freelancer based in Helsinki, Finland and I offer art, photography, graphic design, web design, video and motion graphics for big brands to garage bands.

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DEAD BY APRIL at Tavastia-klubi⁠, Helsinki⁠ 🤘
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Closing the night with grandeur were Swedish headliners DEAD BY APRIL, frequent visitors to the Helsinki scene. Featuring tracks from their latest album, “The Affliction,” the audience warmly embraced the fresh material. Adding an unexpected twist, the band brought on guest Samuel Ericsson, a martial artist and social media influencer, injecting rap elements into select songs. The fusion seamlessly fits into the DEAD BY APRIL show, creating a memorable experience for everyone present.
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Gear:⁠
Sony a7RV⁠
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II⁠
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM⁠
Sigma DG DN Art 85mm F1.4⁠
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⁠@deadbyapril_official
@ericssonsamuel
@tavastiaklubi
@tuonelamagazine

#gallery #digitalart #photography #photographer #musicphotography #deadbyapril #samuelericsson #metalband #musicmagazine #band #concertphotography #gig #livemusic #graphicdesign #creative #valokuvaaja #valokuvaajahelsinki #finland #musiclovers #sonyalpha #sonynordic #tavastia
ONE MORNING LEFT at Tavastia-klubi⁠, Helsinki⁠ 🤘
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Amidst the Swedish invasion, local party animals ONE MORNING LEFT took the stage. A newcomer to their sound, I was pleasantly caught off guard by the infectious, feel-good energy they radiated. Drawing parallels to party bands like ELECTRIC CALLBOY, their performance was accompanied by distributing beach toys to the audience and some post-show protection. Discovering bands like ONE MORNING LEFT leaves a lasting impression when experienced live and is one of the biggest reasons I love to go and see shows from bands outside my little comfort bubble.
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All photos by
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Gear:⁠
Sony a7RV⁠
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II⁠
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM⁠
Sigma DG DN Art 85mm F1.4⁠
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⁠@onemorningleftofficial
@tavastiaklubi
@tuonelamagazine

#gallery #digitalart #photography #photographer #musicphotography #onemorningleft #metalband #musicmagazine #band #concertphotography #gig #livemusic #graphicdesign #creative #valokuvaaja #valokuvaajahelsinki #finland #musiclovers #sonyalpha #sonynordic #tavastia
SELF DECEPTION at Tavastia-klubi⁠, Helsinki⁠ 🤘
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Despite the public transportation strikes turning Helsinki’s center into a ghost town on February 2nd, 2024, the anticipation for the triple treat of SELF DECEPTION, ONE MORNING LEFT, and DEAD BY APRIL at Tavastia stage drew a massive crowd. The line to enter wrapped around the block, but everyone got inside really fast after the door were opened. Despite concerns about the strikes affecting the show, the event went on without a hitch. The venue was packed well before the first notes echoed through the air.

Kicking off the night was SELF DECEPTION. This was my first experience witnessing their live performance, despite being a dedicated listener for quite some time. Bassist Patrik Hallgren brought a breath of fresh air with his vibrant leopard-patterned outfit, complete with a pink cowboy hat later during the show. The choice of attire perfectly complemented the atmosphere that had me sweating after just a few songs into the set, even without standing under the intense stage lights.
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All photos by
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Gear:⁠
Sony a7RV⁠
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II⁠
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM⁠
Sigma DG DN Art 85mm F1.4⁠
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⁠@selfdeception_official
@tavastiaklubi
@tuonelamagazine

#gallery #digitalart #photography #photographer #musicphotography #selfdeception #metalband #musicmagazine #band #concertphotography #gig #livemusic #graphicdesign #creative #valokuvaaja #valokuvaajahelsinki #finland #musiclovers #sonyalpha #sonynordic #tavastia
OMNIUM GATHERUM at On the Rocks⁠, Helsinki⁠ 🤘
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The eagerly awaited sold-out show at On the Rocks in Helsinki on January 19th, 2024, featuring MARIANAS REST and OMNIUM GATHERUM, lived up to the hype.

The main event of the evening belonged to OMNIUM GATHERUM, the headlining act of the night that had recently unleashed their new EP, “Slasher” to the delight of fans worldwide. Having just completed a successful European tour, the band was set to embark on a global journey, gracing stages in countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, and even the legendary 70,000 Tons of Metalcruise in the Caribbean, launching from Miami, USA.
For those unfamiliar with OMNIUM GATHERUM, the Helsinki show was a revelation. The band’s playful and wild performance showcased not only their musical prowess but also their incredible stage charisma. As a photographer capturing the essence of the night, I found myself captivated by the dynamic energy radiating from the stage. OMNIUM GATHERUM had not only met expectations but exceeded them, stealing the hearts of everyone in attendance, including me.
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All photos by
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Gear:⁠
Sony a7RV⁠
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II⁠
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM⁠
Sigma DG DN Art 85mm F1.4⁠
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⁠@omniumgatherumofficial
@ontherockshelsinki
@tuonelamagazine

#gallery #digitalart #photography #photographer #musicphotography #omniumgatherum #metalband #musicmagazine #band #concertphotography #gig #livemusic #graphicdesign #creative #valokuvaaja #valokuvaajahelsinki #finland #musiclovers #sonyalpha #sonynordic #ontherocks
MARIANAS REST at On the Rocks⁠, Helsinki⁠ 🤘
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The eagerly awaited sold-out show at On the Rocks in Helsinki on January 19th, 2024, featuring MARIANAS REST and OMNIUM GATHERUM, lived up to the hype.

Kicking off the night was MARIANAS REST, who set the stage for the wild ride to come. Their performance, though more subdued compared to the headliner, proved to be a solid and familiar experience for those already acquainted with the band. MARIANAS REST delivered a calm yet captivating show, preparing the crowd for the energetic onslaught that awaited them.
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More photos in my site. Link in my bio!⁠
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All photos by
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Gear:⁠
Sony a7RV⁠
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II⁠
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM⁠
Sigma DG DN Art 85mm F1.4⁠
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⁠@marianasrestofficial
@ontherockshelsinki

#gallery #digitalart #photography #photographer #musicphotography #marianasrest #metalband #musicmagazine #band #concertphotography #gig #livemusic #graphicdesign #creative #valokuvaaja #valokuvaajahelsinki #finland #musiclovers #sonyalpha #sonynordic #ontherocks
IN MOURNING at On the Rocks⁠, Helsinki⁠
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I kicked off my music photography journey for the year in the familiar and vibrant atmosphere of On the Rocks, Helsinki, where ANYALA and IN MOURNING were set to play on January 4th, 2024.⁠
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The much-anticipated headliner, IN MOURNING, the melodic death metal act from Sweden, took the stage later in the evening, fulfilling the expectations of many in the crowd. The band delivered an outstanding performance, and the personal interaction with Tim Nedergård truly elevated the impact of my captured moments from that unforgettable night.⁠
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More photos in my site. Link in my bio!⁠
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All photos by @samaelcreative⁠
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Gear:⁠
Sony a7RV⁠
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II⁠
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM⁠
Sigma DG DN Art 85mm F1.4⁠
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#gallery #digitalart #photography #photographer #musicphotography ⁠#inmourning #metalband #sweden #musicmagazine⁠⁠ #band #concertphotography #gig #livemusic⁠ #graphicdesign⁠ #creative #valokuvaaja #valokuvaajahelsinki #finland #musiclovers #sonyalpha #sonynordic #ontherocks
ANYALA at On the Rocks⁠, Helsinki⁠
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I kicked off my music photography journey for the year in the familiar and vibrant atmosphere of On the Rocks, Helsinki, where ANYALA and IN MOURNING were set to play on January 4th, 2024.⁠
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The evening kicked off with a powerful performance by the Lahti-based band ANYALA. Despite a slight unease in their stage presence and vocals, the overall energy they brought to the stage was undeniable, leaving the audience thoroughly entertained.⁠
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More photos in my site. Link in my bio!⁠
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All photos by @samaelcreative⁠
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Gear:⁠
Sony a7RV⁠
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II⁠
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM⁠
Sigma DG DN Art 85mm F1.4⁠
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#gallery #digitalart #photography #photographer #musicphotography ⁠#anyala #anjala #metalband #lahti #musicmagazine⁠⁠ #band #concertphotography #gig #livemusic⁠ #graphicdesign⁠ #creative #valokuvaaja #valokuvaajahelsinki #finland #musiclovers #sonyalpha #sonynordic
LOST SOCIETY at Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki (Kultsa)⁠
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LOST SOCIETY crowned the night as the headliner and end my year of concert photography in 2023. Just like the two previous bands, LOST SOCIETY also brought joy to the stage filled with energy. But they also brought a surprise guest, GETTOMASA.⁠
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That was the year 2023 wrapped for me. In total I shot 137 shows from variety of different bands, DJ, solo musicians and dance acts. The year 2024 has barely started and I've already shot my firts shows of the year, so you may expect quite a busy year for me! Humble thanks to all the great artists I've got to work with!⁠
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More photos in my site. Link in my bio!⁠
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All photos by @samaelcreative⁠
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Gear:⁠
Sony a7RV⁠
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II⁠
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM⁠
Sigma DG DN Art 85mm F1.4⁠
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#gallery #digitalart #photography #photographer #musicphotography ⁠#lostsociety #gettomasa #metalband #greybeard #musicmagazine⁠⁠ #band #concertphotography #gig #livemusic⁠ #graphicdesign⁠ #creative #valokuvaaja #valokuvaajahelsinki #finland #musiclovers #kulttuuritalo #sonyalpha #sonynordic #kultsa
St.Aurora at Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki (Kultsa)⁠
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St.Aurora was the second band to conquer the stage. This was one of the most joyful shows I've been in 2023 and was really happy to see such an energy at the end of the year. Totally wouldn't mind seeing these guys again sometime.⁠
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More photos in my site. Link in my bio!⁠
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All photos by @samaelcreative⁠
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Gear:⁠
Sony a7RV⁠
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II⁠
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM⁠
Sigma DG DN Art 85mm F1.4⁠
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#gallery #digitalart #photography #photographer #musicphotography ⁠#staurora #metalband #greybeard #musicmagazine⁠⁠ #band #concertphotography #gig #livemusic⁠ #graphicdesign⁠ #creative #valokuvaaja #valokuvaajahelsinki #finland #musiclovers #kulttuuritalo #sonyalpha #sonynordic #kultsa
Block of Flats at Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki (Kultsa)⁠
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This was my first time seeing a show at legendary Kultsa. On top of that this was my first time seeing each of the bands playing, so there was a lot of new stuff to be excited about. Block of Flats brought same vibes as the soundtrack from the Tony Hawk Pro Skater back in the days for some reason and just like all the other bands, they also seemed to really enjoy ending the year with a bang.⁠
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More photos in my site. Link in my bio!⁠
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All photos by @samaelcreative⁠
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Gear:⁠
Sony a7RV⁠
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II⁠
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM⁠
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#gallery #digitalart #photography #photographer #musicphotography ⁠#blockofflats #metalband #musicmagazine⁠⁠ #band #concertphotography #gig #livemusic⁠ #graphicdesign⁠ #creative #valokuvaaja #valokuvaajahelsinki #finland #musiclovers #kulttuuritalo #sonyalpha #sonynordic #kultsa
STRATOVARIUS at Sellosali⁠
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STRATOVARIUS made a valiant effort to connect with the audience, but it felt like the venue posed a challenge for them. The crowd seemed a bit restrained, hindering the band’s usual engagement. Despite this, they delivered a setlist packed with all the classics that resonated with my nostalgia. I find myself hoping to catch them at a larger festival in the future, as Sellosali‘s stage felt somewhat confined for a band of their caliber.⁠
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More photos in my site. Link in my bio!⁠
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All photos by @samaelcreative⁠
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Gear:⁠
Sony a7RV⁠
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II⁠
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM⁠
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#gallery #digitalart #photography #photographer #musicphotography ⁠#stratovarius #powermetal #metalband #musicmagazine⁠⁠ #band #concertphotography #gig #livemusic⁠ #graphicdesign⁠ #creative #valokuvaaja #valokuvaajahelsinki #finland #musiclovers #sellosali #sonyalpha #sonynordic #espoo
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