The making of an image … here’s how it’s done … reflecting in the sunshine!

As I’m editing Claire and Marc’s wedding at The Old Kent Barn, I came across something which I wanted to show you. The sun was exceptionally bright (not complaining at all) and I wanted to find some shade for a couple portrait. The best way to do this is to reflect light into a shady corner and, with the help of one of the guests, this is what we did:

The Old Kent Barn

It’s always great when guests are willing and able to help. This shot took, in total, about two minutes to take with small variations in the posing, with settling the couple in the right position, getting the reflector in the perfect place and the settings right in camera. A little bit of editing to take out the odd mark on the wood behind the couple and it’s picture perfect. Simple but effective. But, there again, I think it would be difficult not to take a gorgeous shot of Claire! The camera settings were f5.6 at 1/160, ISO 200 and taken on my 50mm 1.4 lens which is super for portraits. You can see detail in the dress and the waistcoat and the connection between the couple is obvious. Working with my wedding couples to create images like this is what makes my job so varied and incredibly enjoyable!

Happy first anniversary Emma and Luke!

Emma and Luke will be celebrating their first anniversary today and will probably be looking through their wedding day images – they were so lucky to be able to be married outside, despite the rain which cleared just at the right time and returned in torrents. Their story is here: Emma and Luke at Rowhill Grange. And to celebrate, a gorgeous montage from their first dance …

Emma and Luke at Rowhill Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

Congratulations on your first anniversary and looking forward to seeing you both again soon!

Claire and Marc’s sunshine filled wedding at The Old Kent Barn {sneak peek}

Yesterday was an amazing day. Full of laughter, love, honesty and French. A father-of-the-bride’s speech in two languages, the most beautiful venue at The Old Kent Barn, and a couple who are very obviously smitten with each other. I’ve uploaded Claire and Marc’s images and I’ve had problems. I’ve struggled with which image to show as their sneak peek …

The Old Kent Barn wedding photographs

So here are three more …

The Old Kent Barn wedding photographs

The skies were blue, the sun was warm and Claire looked amazing (yes, Marc, you looked fabulous too …). I felt welcomed with open arms even though my schoogirl French is pretty dreadful … There is just never enough time in the day to fit in everything and chat to everyone but I left Claire and Marc’s wedding with the sounds of Kai McKenzie who is a Michael Buble tribute act and safe in the knowledge that the sheep who bleated repeatedly during the ceremony will be remembered for a long time to come!

Congratulations to you both and I’m looking forward to sharing your images with you and your families and friends. Much love xxx

Event photography at a charity auction for Bede House

I was recently asked to donate a prize for a charity auction, organised to raise funds for Bede House, based in South London. I was delighted to gift a family photoshoot to the prize list and also to attend the early part of the evening to take some images for use by the charity for promotional purposes and also to show the good work done by the organising team. The evening was bright and the location at the Agricultural Museum in Brook (www.agriculturalmuseumbrook.org.uk) was just exquisite. With drinks and canapes and music from a live band, I saw many smiling faces who were greeting friends not seen for a long time and updates on family life were being traded. Here is a small selection of images, with amazing floristry by Julie Davies Floristry:

Charity auction for Bede House at The Agricultural Museum in Brook by Samantha Jones Photography

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I’m looking forward to meeting the winner of my lifestyle photoshoot and hope that the evening raised both funds and awareness for this worthy charity.

Happy first anniversary to Frances and Phil!

I can’t believe how very different the weather is on Frances and Phil’s first anniversary to how it was exactly one year ago today. We are currently basking in the middle of a heatwave and on this lovely couple’s wedding day at Lympne Castle, it rained. But in no way spoilt their celebrations! Here’s the full story of Frances and Phil’s wedding day Frances and Phil.

Congratulations to you both …

Happy anniversary to Frances and Phil married at Lympne Castle

Charlie … a baby with a big personality {sneak peek}

Charlie was born in February of this year and his mum and dad were gifted a voucher for a photoshoot from Charlie’s auntie, Emma. They decided to delay his portrait photoshoot until he could sit up and when his personality would start to shine … what’s great about home styled photoshoots is that, as a photographer, I have to adapt to the environment. We got some great images on a blazing hot day (so glad that we stayed inside – we would have melted on the beach!) and used whatever was available … especially monkey!

Samantha Jones Photography, family photographer in Whitstable

It’s a super idea to use toys that have been around since day one as it serves as a comparison to see how much, and how quickly, babies grow. Mum and dad had some newborn photographs taken by a friend and we decided to keep some in that style …

Samantha Jones Photography, family photographer in Whitstable

But, really, when it all comes down to it, Charlie is the boss!

Samantha Jones Photography, family photographer in Whitstable

It was lovely to meet you all and I hope that you enjoyed the family photoshoot experience in your own home! The full gallery will be up as soon as possible and I’ll share the link and password with you. If you are interested in a relaxed, family photoshoot, do fill out the form below and I’ll be in touch!

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