Such a sweet {thank you} card from Ayumi and Peter

What a lovely what to start the day … our brave postman, who has battled through snow this morning, delivered a thank you card from Ayumi and Peter who were married in October (see their wedding blog post here Ayumi and Peter’s wedding by Samantha Jones Photography).

Just in case you can’t read the words, here they are:

“Thank you for being such a wonderful photographer on our wedding day (and engagement!). We love all your photos and slideshow and thank you for making it so fun for us on onthe day.

We are glad we had you for this memorable day and thank you so much for all you did for us.

Hope to see you again!

With our love

Peter and Ayumi xx”.”

Thank you both for taking the time to write these lovely words – and this card will be truly cherished. With love to you both for your married life together – from your very happy wedding photographer!

Kentish sunsets

Cold, isn’t it? We haven’t had any snow in Faversham yet … but some gorgeous sunsets. Sometimes it’s lovely to take a step back from our busy lives and just appreciate the glory of nature around us … enjoy!

I do other kinds of photography too … so if you are looking for the solution to a Christmas present dilemma, contact me about vouchers for photoshoots … and if you get engaged over Christmas/New Year, watch out for some exciting news! Check out my site: or drop me an email

{Engagement photoshoot} with Sue and Peter at Hadlow Manor

It was damp, dreary and overcast. Not the nicest of days for a photoshoot but Sue and Peter could only make one specific day. I met them whilst they were making their final menu choices for their wedding day and we chatted through a few final details.

And then … we took some pictures!

Sue and Peter had come back from temperatures around 32 degrees. On the day of the shoot it was more like 6 degrees and felt much colder! However, they braved the weather …

and as their wedding is in December, I guess it prepared us all for what might come!

After deciding to bounce my flash on the floor (thank goodness that Nikon make their products well!), we had time for a few “bench” shots …

I interact a lot with my clients. However, I don’t quite recall what I said to cause such a reaction!

By this time, it was getting seriously chilly so we decided to repair to Sue’s parents house for a warming cup of tea. Sue did admit that she really hadn’t been looking forward to the photography side of their wedding day but luckily, after our shoot together, she is now quite happy about it! Another good reason to offer engagement photoshoots.

So, see you both again in December … a nice, bright, clear and sunny day would be just perfect!

And remember, no misbehaving by the church:

If you are looking for a wedding photographer but are concerned or nervous about having your picture taken, do check out my website or book a photoshoot with me. Drop me a line if you want to chat further:

{Family photoshoot} with Sarah, Jonathan and Sebastian

In common with many of my clients, Sarah mentioned that she and her husband hadn’t had any photographs taken together, professionally, since they were married. We had fun getting some shots with baby Sebastian but when he went up to bed for a snooze, we managed to get some “couple” shots too …

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek and the online gallery will be open next week.

If it’s a long time since you have had professional photographs taken, whether it is with a new baby or just because you are in love, check out my website or give me a call on 07786 314973. Or ask for details on vouchers for Christmas …

{Shabby Chic} at Abbey Street

If you are free next Monday 22 November, do come along and have a chat – great networking and some fabulous products too.

Hope to see you there!

{Engagement sessions} – what are they and are they worth it?

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I offer engagement photoshoots for many of my couples as part of their wedding photography package. But I thought that it might be a good idea to explain what an engagement photoshoot actually entails. It’s not the moment when the question is actually “popped”, but as a way of introducing my clients into the world of wedding photography.

It is possibly as important for me, as the photographer, to have an engagement session (or “e-session”) as it is for my couples. I learn so much about my brides and grooms during the shoots (believe it or not, I do listen!). One of the most important thing is “are my couples blinkers”? So many people have an instinctive reaction, either to the flash, or to the sound of the shutter and we can work through this so that on the actual day, we can use the majority of images and not have to discard lots due to blinking. We photographers have various tricks to mitigate blinking, trust me!

Often when I first consult with my clients-to-be, they say “I hate having my photo taken”. Yep, me too. That’s why I am this side of the lens! It is my job, as a professional photographer, to make you feel more relaxed and to actually enjoy the experience so that on your wedding day, you know what to expect. We will have chatted through some poses and what my couples feel is most important for me to capture on their wedding day.

“Making a heart with your hands” is a method that I have employed quite a lot recently with my engaged couples. Yes, it’s daft, yes, it’s possibly a bit overused now (I am wracking my brains to think of other ideas … watch this space …) but it is guaranteed to create laughter, fun and interaction with my couples.

So who do you think has made the best “heart with their hands”?

If you are recently engaged, or just fancy treating yourself to a photoshoot with the one you love, drop me an email at sam@samanthajonesphotography, check out my website, or give me a call on 07786 314973.

And get practising making hearts with your hands!

Sometimes an image just jumps out …

I am finalising the editing for Ayumi and Peter’s wedding and I came across this image:

I was about to reject it as my second shooter, Kerry, was in the frame (hence the flying veil, although it was really windy). But I cropped it (sorry, Kerry!) and I am so happy with the final result. You can see every tiny jewel in Ayumi’s veil, you can see some of the the beautiful architecture at St Edmunds in Canterbury.

But most of all you can see how happy and beautiful Ayumi is. And that’s what wedding photography is all about. Happiness. I love my job. If you are interested in discussing your wedding photography plans, do visit my site at or drop me an email

And let me photograph your happiness too.

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