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Daddy had to navigate the mean streets of London to get home for this newborn shoot …

This little boy is the first boy in the family for a couple of generations … and I think that he is going to be well loved indeed. Little William has a few hurdles to overcome before he is pronounced fighting fit but is the chubbiest, more adorable baby ever! So calm and only had a little cry when he was hungry … the perfect little model for his newborn shoot, turning towards the camera almost on direction! I promised mummy, daddy and Granny a sneak peek … so here it is …

I can’t wait to show you the rest of the images and I’m delighted that you’ve decided to join my ever increasing group of “bump to baby” clients … can’t wait for the next session!

Relaunch, rebranding, up-to-date business images for DigitKent

I photograph a lot of women who are launching, relaunching or rebranding their businesses. An online persona and photograph is a powerful way of making an excellent first impression. After all, people buy people and they like to know what you look like. I had the pleasure of photographing Lesley who has rebranded her business www.digitkent.com. This session did take place a little while ago and Lesley visited me at my home in order for the photoshoot to go ahead. My puppy, I think, was very interested in nibbling her toes … but we were very pleased with the results and they have been used both online and for the production of information leaflets.

Lesley doesn’t like having her photograph taken (in common with many of my clients) and so, despite any toe nibbling that may have been going on, we took a selection of images so that Lesley could choose the ones which she felt fitted her style and brand the best.

Her final choice for her leaflets was this one …

Indeed, Lesley uploaded this to her Facebook page and got lots of very positive comments! Lesley’s business is based in Kent and she offers the following services:

  • Sage Training (being an accredited Sage Business Partner);
  • Bookkeeping Services; 
  • Classroom-based Training; 
  • 1-2-1 Training;
  • Evening Courses; and
  • Sage Accredited Reseller

If you use Sage, and are concerned about whether or not you are using it to its fullest potential, why not drop Lesley an email Lesley Parker lesley@digitkent.com.  She can guide you through – after all, Lesley always delivers Sage advice!

Julie and Peter – the full story of their wedding day

Julie and Peter’s wedding was my first of the year and may be the most important wedding that I have photographed. The joy and laughter and pure delight will stay with me forever.

It all started on a bright day in March at Croydon Town Hall – the bride and groom arrived in a beautiful car which had been organised by Julie’s work colleagues …

And then there were the hugs and kisses all round!

Then it was quickly on to the most important matter of the day … a wedding!

Peter didn’t look at all nervous … and, before you knew it, they were husband and wife!

We had time for a few shots in the nearby park before whizzing off to Coombe Lodge where the wedding breakfast was being held.

The conservatory was wonderfully light and airy and had been superbly decorated too, with lots of lovely little touches, such as handwritten table details …

And time for a few more special portraits, particularly of Julie and her gorgeous daughters …

Not forgetting, of course, the groom!

And more kisses – although this time a little more reluctant …

And Julie looking absolutely stunning!

It was nearly time for the wedding breakfast to start so Julie and Peter decided to cut the cake … in front of the paparazzi!

Indeed, there were lots of photographers at the wedding, from young to … not so young!

The light in the conservatory made taking candid shots very easy … although I think I was spotted once or twice …

And some time for games in the garden too.

And I mentioned laughter …

With much love to you both and thank you to everyone for making me feel such an important part of your celebrations. xx

Vicky and Cliff – the full story of their wedding day at Salmestone Grange

Last summer was a busy one for weddings. When I met up with Vicky and Cliff recently to photograph their new addition Ben, we chatted about their wedding at Salmestone Grange and it occurred to me that, although I had posted a “sneak peek” on my blog and had also posted their pre-wedding photoshoot, I hadn’t yet posted the full story of their day. So it’s time to rectify that omission and take you back to a sunny (and a bit rainy) day last August at Salmestone Grange.

The day started quite bright and I met up with the bridal entourage who were getting ready at the Grange. It was all systems go!

“Cadbury’s Purple” was the order of the day for the bridesmaids …

And then I could see that the boys had arrived, so I popped downstairs for some pics.

Before we knew it, it was time for the groom to go the chapel and await his bride. At this point, it started to rain but luckily only the merest drizzle! The chapel at Salmestone is intimate but I had a wonderful position right at the front … Vicky and Cliff are very, very, very smiley!

Drinks on the front lawn followed the ceremony and the sun had started to shine! We had time for some portraits and formal group shots and it was at this point that I nearly fell in the pond (which was covered up later …)!

Vicky and Cliff had chosen one of their pre-wedding photoshoot images and I had it mounted as a signature board. It’s a lovely alternative to a signature book (although organised bride Vicky had that sorted too!).

And the “confetti walk” – I do recommend that my couples don’t breathe in during the confetti … not sure if Cliff took heed of my advice …

Time really does go quickly on wedding days and it was soon time for the wedding breakfast … and the speeches. When I look back through the images that I captured, there is so much laughter … particularly from the groom! And a mop … and a space hopper …

The wedding breakfast was so tasty but it was then time to cut the cake … with a purple theme, of course!

Such a wonderful day, full of laughter and I was delighted to be a part of it. And now that there is a new generation, I’ll be keeping in close contact with this lovely family as they grow!

Rethatching a barn to relaunch a wedding venue … beautiful blue skies in March too …

On a recent visit to Littlebourne to see my good friend Rachel at JustSO (a company which brands business products and workwear) – Rachel mentioned that the barn in Littlebourne was being rethatched and being relaunched as a wedding reception venue. Just next door to a church … how very convenient! I happened to have my camera with me and so took a few shots … the skies were clear blue and the roof looked very, very high!

I took the details of the thatchers and they are called Prestige Master Thatchers (www.prestigemasterthatchers.co.uk) – they are based in Derby, but obviously are happy to travel!

I’m not sure when the barn is going to be “back on the market” but it really is the most idyllic rural setting so close to Canterbury.

How lucky am I? And this has been such a difficult choice to make …

Lydia and Peter are getting married in August. We met up today in Whitstable for their pre-wedding photoshoot … not that I want to wish my life away, but I can’t wait for their wedding (actually, I can’t wait until any of my upcoming weddings!

Yes, I know that all the ushers are going to be over 6′ tall, that one of them is a model for Abercrombie and Fitch, that the bridesmaids are gorgeous and that I will need to bring my stepladder with me …

Pre-wedding photoshoots are valuable to both my couples and to me as I learn so much … but how do I choose their sneak peek … it’s not easy, you know … so here it is!

We dodged the rain (just), strolled around the grounds of Whitstable Castle and scared the odd dove or two!

Lydia and Peter seemed so very relaxed with each other and being in front of the camera.

Boutique hotel … what does that actually mean?

I’ve been following the renovations at No. 64 The Joiners for a while and couldn’t wait to make an appointment to go and visit. Chatting to one of the lovely owners, Sharon, she told me about the vision that she had to create a beautiful boutique hotel … and she has certainly brought that vision to life. With beautiful wallpapers and crisp white linen, toiletries from The White Company and baths made from volcanic stone (they stay hot longer, apparently), you couldn’t wish for a more tranquil and stylish place to rest your head. Sharon is already taking bookings from brides who want to stay the night before their wedding and who want to have a designer boutique hotel room to get ready in … as a photographer, I can’t wait to photograph my first bride taking advantage of these lovely surroundings … I can see the stunning images already! And to have this little hideaway as your wedding night hotel … a dream indeed! Sharon and her team have built an informative website (currently using their own images) and you can find No. 64 The Joiners in the High Street in West Malling. Their website is www.no64thejoiners.co.uk and I’m looking forward to returning very soon for a new creative project that I’m working on!

There are four rooms at No. 64 The Joiners, all in very different styles – take a look!

This last room has quite a masculine feel and would be perfect for the men in the wedding party!

All in all, this boutique hotel ticks all the boxes: situated in a vibrant high street, easily accessible and stylish through and through. If you do decide to book a stay, do mention to Sharon that you saw No. 64 The Joiners on my blog – I’m sure she’d be delighted!

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