Upcoming wedding fairs in Kent in March and April

Meeting your key suppliers in person in so very important. After all, we are all such a large part of your special day and, as a photographer, I may be spending around nine hours with you!

If you are planning a 2014 or 2015 wedding, why not pop along to one of the fairs listed below where I will be exhibiting, to say hello and find about incentives to book. You can also take time to look through wedding album examples and tell me about all your plans.

9 March 2014

I’ll be at the Dover Marina Hotel in Dover and you can find out more information by clicking the link below:

Dover Marina Hotel wedding fair

I photographed Jakki and Colin’s celebrations there …

Jakki and Colin married at the Dover Marina Hotel copyright Samantha Jones Photography

23 March

I’ll be at Hadlow Manor near Tonbridge and you can find information on the show by clicking the link below:

Hadlow Manor wedding fair

As I am one of their recommended photographers, I can show you lots and lots of gorgeous weddings at Hadlow:

Sarah and Sam

Sarah and Sam wedding at Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography

Susan and Paul

wedding Hadlow Manor Susan and Paul

and many more!

30 March

I’ll be at The Pavilion at Broadstairs: more information Pavilion Broadstairs. You can pre-register here: Broadstairs Pavilion pre-register and possibly win a prize!

And finally …

27 April

Come and find me at Bridgewood Manor – you can find out more on their website here.

So do pop along, have a chat, pick up a goody bag and book a consultation! Looking forward to meeting you all!

Solton Manor – a styled bridal shoot published in Your Kent Wedding magazine

The day dawned misty but dry. Not even the smallest hint of sunshine. Nonetheless, undaunted, an elite group of wedding suppliers came together to photograph a styled bridal shoot at Solton Manor with the theme of a Midsummer Night’s Dream … we were delighted to be featured in the November 2013 edition of Your Kent Wedding magazine and here are some of the images from the day … and thanks to all the amazing suppliers whose details are listed below and to our two models, Leanna Eliza and Lyndon, who were an absolute joy to work with!

Solton Manor styled bridal photoshoot images by Samantha Jones Photography

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Photographer – Samantha Jones Photography – http://www.samanthajonesphotography.co.uk
Venue decoration, chair sashes, sweetie cart, wishing well and table name holders – Herb Garden Events – http://www.herbgardenevents.co.uk
Venue – Solton Manor – http://www.soltonmanor.co.uk
Wedding Cake – The Whitstable Cake Company – http://www.whitstablecake.com
Cheese Tower – Herb Garden Catering – http://www.herbgardencatering.co.uk
Flowers – Contemporary Flowers – http://www.contemporaryflowers.co.uk
Bridal Gown and Suit – County Brides of Faversham – http://www.countrybrides.uk.com
Hair – Sarah Smith (Premier Brides) – http://www.premierbrides.co.uk
Make up – Lucy Moat (Maid-Up Makeup artistry) – http://www.maidupmakeup.co.uk
Toastmasters & Sabreurs – Jonathan and Nikki Curran – http://www.yourtoastmasters.co.uk
Models – Leanna Eliza and Lyndon
Wedding Planner – Bride & Beau – http://www.brideandbeauweddings.co.uk

Pre-wedding photoshoot with Sara and Steve at Pines Calyx

For many of my clients and, I don’t doubt, the majority of brides and grooms, instructing a professional photographer to cover their wedding day is an investment, both in monetary terms and in terms of trust. Despite seeing many galleries and portfolios online, it’s often a challenge to find the right person who fits the bill and then trusting in them to produce the goods on the day.

For those of you who have met me at wedding fairs, at weddings that I’ve photographed or, indeed, on a more personal level, you kind of know the person that I am, at least when I have a camera in my hand. I rarely stop talking, I get rather excited about photography and I throw out compliments like confetti.

But it’s because I love photography and I want others to enjoy it as much as I do. Which is why, when I met up with Sara and Steve to chat through their plans for their May wedding at The Pines Calyx in St Margaret’s at Cliffe, I just happened to have one of my cameras with me and my spanky new lens which had already captured some fabulous images at Hayley and Dominic’s wedding at Winters Barns last weekend.

Sara and Steve met me at a wedding open day held at The Pines Calyx and mentioned how pleased they were that they had found me and that they were very glad that I would be joining them. They didn’t hold back when telling me that neither of them particularly relish the idea of having their photograph taken and so I suggested that we work through a few locations in the beautiful grounds and a couple of easy-to-remember poses that might get them in the mood for their wedding in three months’ time. We didn’t take long, I only used the one lens and no reflectors or off camera flash. Just the gorgeous sunlight which we were very lucky to have … take a look …

Sara and Steve at Pines Calyx by Samantha Jones Photography 1

Beautifully back lit by the sun …

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And mastering the “walking slowly away and making sure that their legs are in the right position to turn back and smile at the camera” shot!

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I very much enjoyed spending time with Sara and Steve and the fact that the weather was so glorious was an absolute added bonus. I’m excited for their wedding in three months’ time and was so pleased to get the following note from Sara:

“You captured some good images given that neither of us like our photo being taken! We are looking forward to the ones where we are dressed for the occasion!”

So I am! xx

Hayley and Dominic – married at Winters Barn {sneak peek}

My first wedding of the year. I was fearful of even looking at the weather report after the amount of rain we’ve had in the UK lately and the 80mph winds. But, it rained at the right times and the sun came out at the right times. The wind didn’t die down until much later in the evening but it didn’t matter … it really didn’t.

Hayley and Dominic, here’s your sneak peek – thank you both so very much for trusting me and allowing me to drag you outside when it would have been much easier to stay in the warm. But I think it was worth it and I hope you do too …

Hayley and Dominic wedding at Winters Barn by Samantha Jones Photography 1

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Have a wonderful honeymoon and I’m looking forward to working on your wedding images and sharing them on your return. Much love xxx

Helen and Terry – a bright, beautiful wedding at Bradbourne House … with Elvis …

The day was overcast but bright. The smiles were broad and the laughter loud. The guests came from far and wide and Terry got arrested …

Helen and Terry at Bradbourne House by Samantha Jones Photography 1

OK, he didn’t really get arrested!

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It’s all about capturing the moment, the nerves, the laughter, the smiles …

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The shoes …

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In the ceremony room, Helen and Terry were beautifully illuminated by the natural light spilling in through the windows … and I was able to capture every smiles, giggle and tear!

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The amazing colour of the wisteria against the orange brick walls really attracted attention and was a perfect backdrop to my gorgeous couple!

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And I had plenty of time to get some great candid shots, particularly when the magician was working his magic (did you see what I did there …)

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During the speeches, we had waggling fingers …

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And singing which really did bring everyone together!

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And a booth for singing and messages!

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And Elvis … oh yes, there was Elvis!

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It was great to spend time with this fun and lively couple and I hope that we stay in contact for many years to come! xxx

Amanda Jane Wedding Design – featured supplier and a lovely person too!

As a wedding photographer, I meet amazing wedding suppliers on a regular basis, whether it is during the course of a wedding day, at a wedding fair or during networking. I first met Amanda of Amanda Jane Wedding Design (www.amanda-jane.co.uk) last summer and she recommended me immediately to one of her bride and groom clients who subsequently booked me for their wedding.

Amanda says on her website:

“Amanda Jane Events introduces a whole new concept to your wedding design and planning. At our Kent based studio you will discover inspired and innovative ideas to suit every taste.”

I was curious to see how and where Amanda meets her clients so I took the opportunity to visit her beautiful studio which is set up with tables and venue decoration ideas and examples of place names, chair covers, wishing trees … the list is endless!

Take a look at how she shows you the vision of your wedding …

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After seeing lots of sweetie carts at weddings, I thought the idea of a table top sweetie “cart” was a great idea and much easier to transport to and from the venue!

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I’m looking forward to working with Amanda again over the coming wedding season and would highly recommend her services. If you do contact her to quote for your wedding planning or venue decoration, please do let her know that you found her here!

Family photoshoot – sneak peek

I had two local photoshoots at the weekend, both of which were great fun and both of which were very different! We were lucky with the weather and for my first shoot, James had just celebrated his 18th birthday and decided sensibly not have too big a night out before our shoot! Coincidentally, I met up with him the following day on another matter and he so wanted to see a sneak peek … so here you are!

James by Samantha Jones Photography

I’ll be working on the images from the rest of the family and the rest of James’s images, of course, but I just wanted to show how simple photography can be – a relaxed subject (this was towards the end of our shooting time), a bright white brick wall with texture and James’s sister holding a reflector! Getting a great shot doesn’t take lots of equipment if you can “see” an image – I knew that the white wall would reflect and wrap the available light round my subject and create a nice, flattering portrait. Hope you agree, James!

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