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Heather and Andy – the story of their Faversham and Whitstable wedding {part one}

As the weather starts to get colder, it reminds me of Heather and Andy’s wedding day. With a high of six degrees and a biting wind, it was pretty cold. Actually, no, it was freezing! Theirs was my last wedding of the year and it was going to be great. Heather and I met years ago at our local camera club and I was delighted when I was asked to capture their day. Andy is similar to many of my grooms – he really doesn’t enjoy having his photo taken. But I think that, on a wedding day, everyone gets swept up into the excitement of it all. When I dropped off their wedding day slideshow and images, we sat and chatted about the “back story”. As a photographer, I can only capture so much … and there is often more that happens behind the scenes. That turned out to be so very true … but, let’s start with the chaps at the church …

Just checking that everything is in order with Ian, the best man, who had travelled down from Scotland and probably thought we were all making a bit of a fuss about it being so cold …

And the bridesmaids started to arrive … too cute!

And James, the pageboy, arrived in style too!

Time for a few last minute adjustments in the relative warmth of the church porch …

No-one, apart from the ushers, wanted to wait outside in the cold so everyone was inside for the bride’s arrival …

Oh Heather, you looked gorgeous. Emotional … but gorgeous! And it was time to speed off to the front of the church and join the videographer.

St Mary’s of Charity is the parish church in Faversham. It was lovely to end the wedding year with a local wedding. And the church is absolutely stunning!

With readings and hymns, it truly was a celebration and, with Charlie (chief bridesmaid) having been married in the same church, I’m sure it was full of fond memories too. We decided to have a few formal photographs at the church, including the group shot, as we all thought that it would be almost impossible to get everyone back outside once we arrived at East Quay in Whitstable. Nearly losing her veil (luckily it got caught on the church and a guest was able to reach it with their umbrella), Heather donned a sensible shrug and we took some beautiful and endearing images of her grandparents.

These are my favourite shots … such an expression of love and joy.

And here’s the proof of how gorgeous Heather looked … perfect!

And one final shot of the happy couple through the doors of their beautiful wedding car before journeying off along the coast to Whitstable …

Where oysters and champagne and bracing winds awaited us. Join me again for part two of Heather and Andy’s story.

Shirlaw Sanctuary – a boutique hair salon set in the heart of the Kentish countryside

I have known Natalie, owner of Shirlaw Sanctuary, for a few years now and was delighted to hear that it www.shirlawsanctuary.com is up and running and even happier to be invited along to take images of the salon and the animals for Natalie’s website.

Natalie has featured images from the photoshoot on her website and blog but I wanted to post a selection here as this was a more unusual photoshoot for me. Shirlaw Sanctuary is set in the heart of the Kent countryside and is home to chickens, pigs and a ram, not to mention Teddy, a super little toy poodle. I took Alfie, my Tibetan Terrier, along with me for the shoot and the two boys got on really well!

With its massaging backwash, the salon is relaxing and calm …

Away from the hubbub of a town, all you can hear is birdsong … and the occasional sound from the other residents …

And I really can’t end this post without an image of little Teddy!

You can follow Shirlaw Sanctuary on Facebook too and there are some special offers running this week leading up to Black Friday – check the page out here.

Left or right? The burning question of the buttonhole … {wedding Wednesday}

Over the course of this wedding season, I have been often asked on which side the men should wear their buttonholes. I love the way that we photographers are seen as the fount of all knowledge (we are, of course …) but I don’t think there is ever a right or wrong answer in this situation. So I thought I would check through a selection of my images of buttonholes …

Hmmm, not sure if that really clears it up …

But, judging by these images, it would seem that left is right … are there any florists out there who would like to enlighten us?

Passionate about Vintage {magazine article}

Natalie from www.passionateaboutvintage.co.uk sent me a scan of an article in the latest issue of Pretty Nostalgic Magazine which featured a comment by Natalie on her first piece of celluloid jewellery and an image taken by me during a recent photoshoot of Natalie’s celluloid collection … whether it be bangles, brooches or earrings, Natalie has them all!

Here’s the article:

You can find more of Natalie’s celluloid collection in her online shop and if you are a bride looking for a special vintage piece of jewellery, you might find something in Natalie’s collection too!

Two Labradoodles and a Tibetan Terrier – fun in a little bit of sun at Perry Wood!

How do I spend a morning off? By grabbing a camera and meeting up with one of my clients for a walk in the woods with our dogs. This was the first time that Alfie, my Tibetan Terrier, had met Kitty and Dougall, but they seemed to hit it off. In search of sunshine (which was sadly a bit hit and miss), we enjoyed strolling through this historic wood, enjoying the beautiful autumnal colours and getting one or two pictures …

Using a little bit of off camera lighting …

A little bit of posing …

And charging through the leaves …

Some general milling around (apparently, Dougall always likes to be in the front of the frame for family portraits …)

And a rather regal looking Dougall …

And yes, Alfie does need a hair cut …

It really was great fun and so enjoyable to be outside enjoying the last of the autumn sunshine. So, if you fancy a stroll on the beach or your favourite park and have a relatively obedient dog, drop me a line sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk!

Birthday party photoshoot – now with a choice of two styles of album

Erin recently had a birthday party photoshoot with me and I am pleased to say was delighted with the images. Her parents decided to have the new style of album which can be included in the package and I thought I would show you a couple of images:

The colours are amazing and the binding is of exceptionally high quality and the pages beautifully thick and robust…

Erin apparently took her new album into school … and forgot to take her lunch! It’s great for this super young lady to be able to start building her own family history so that one day she can show her children just what she got up to when she was little!

I take bookings for birthday party photoshoots throughout the year. It doesn’t have to be a birthday – it can be any special occasion. Just drop me a line sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk or check out my website!

Beautiful boudoir with lovely Liz {sneak peek}

Boudoir is a very personal kind of photography. It needs care and consideration. After all, if you are seeing your client in, well, let’s be honest, not much, there has to be trust. And smiling, lots of smiling.

This boudoir photoshoot was set up at Hadlow Manor hotel near Tonbridge and I worked closely with Kate from Beauty by Kate and Nicola from Hair by Nicola. It was the first time that I have worked with these ladies and I hope to be able to add them to my list of contacts for my clients booking boudoir photoshoots.

These images are released with the permission of my client, Liz, who had booked me to get some images for her husband as a thank you for his support over the recent few months. But first, the before … and after …

Liz has chosen the images that are her favourites … despite booking the shoot as a surprise, she couldn’t resist telling her husband!

And I think that she looks absolutely gorgeous!

Boudoir photography is perfect if you are looking for a unique and personal gift for a loved one or a husband-to-be, for yourself if you have lost weight, had a new hair cut or just want to feel good about yourself. It really is worth having professional hair and makeup artists working alongside your photographer.

If you would like to have more information about organising a photoshoot, boudoir or otherwise, drop me a line sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk and we can chat more!

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