An investigation into the resonances in the γ-ray strength functions of 152,153Sm has been performed. The nuclear level density and γ-ray strength function for 152Sm below the neutron separation energy has been obtained for the first time. The nuclear level density and γ-ray strength function for 153Sm has been investigated closer to the neutron separation energy, than in any previous experiments. At the Oslo Cyclotron Laboratory, a deuteron beam of 13.5 MeV was shot at a target of 152Sm, enabling the study of the 152Sm(d,d′)152Sm and 152Sm(d,p)153Sm reactions. By using the Oslo method, level densities and γ-ray strength functions were extracted from a primary-γ matrix for both 152Sm and 153Sm. The role of spin distribution in the normalization procedure was studied and found to have a great impact on the resulting level densities and γ-ray strength functions. The obtained γ-ray strength functions were fitted to external data and the resonance parameters for the pygmy dipole resonance, the scissors resonance and the low energy enhancement was determined. This work revealed a scissors resonance and a possible pygmy dipole resonance in 153Sm, in addition to a low energy enhancement and a possible scissors resonance in 152Sm. The B(M1)SR values were extracted for both nuclei and compared to previous findings for deformed samarium isotopes.