Posted on April 25, 2014
A quick personal post to end the week before I’m off to second shoot a wedding on Saturday at The Orangery and then to exhibit at Bridgewood Manor wedding fair on Sunday.
The majority of my photography is for my clients and I tend to hang up the camera when I’m not working.
But last week, in the garden, whilst testing out a new lens, I saw this …
It’s so quintessentially spring. It epitomises the change in seasons that we are so lucky to have in the UK. Sadly, now that the winds and rain have returned, the blossoms are falling and the time is nearly past.
But it will be summer soon … have a fabulous weekend, whatever you are doing and just stop, once in a while, to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us all. xx
Posted on April 24, 2014
The whole town was buzzing. The Best of Faversham market, along with the regular market, stalls lining the streets and the Hat Festival in the Alexander Centre. I absolutely love meeting new people and photographing smiles and enjoyment. I was delighted to be invited along by Rachel, who owns the Hat Shop in West Street, for the first ever Faversham Hat Festival.
It was busy, and fun and enjoyable, and I did meet lots of new people and caught up with some who are already friends and/or clients. I also had a small pop-up studio with me and, when I could, took photographs of those who stopped by …
Here are a few …
If you’d like to see more photographs of the event, why not pop over to my online gallery hosting page http://samanthajonesphotography.smugmug.com where you can find two galleries of images.
I also met the artist Tracie Peisley (traciepeisley.com) who is not only an artist, but a creator of beautiful, beautiful things …
I now have dress envy … to all of you who stopped by to say hello, who took the time to make a hat or who just picked out one from their hat collection, congratulations. And to Rachel, who organised the event, well done for all your hard work and I hope that next year is bigger and better still!
Posted on April 22, 2014
OK, the heading isn’t strictly true. The dogs that I photographed weren’t all wearing hats but they are certainly cute … The first ever Faversham Hat Festival was a great success and was incredibly busy! I didn’t have enough time to chat with everyone who stopped by my stand but I did manage to get some great shots!
If you’d like to see both galleries (dogs and people), why not pop over to my online gallery. The galleries aren’t passworded so you should be able to access them easily.
There was also a special offer running for family photoshoots so if you’re interested, drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send you more information. And I can photograph your dogs too!
But, in the meantime, congratulations to everyone who worked so very hard for the first Hat Festival and I’m looking forward to next year already! You can out more about the business that worked so very hard to launch this event … the Hat Shop in West Street, Faversham.
Posted on April 11, 2014
I first met Gemma and David at Gemma’s brother’s wedding when he celebrated his marriage to Emma at Rowhill Grange. It was great to be invited back to photograph another family celebration and also to see some familiar, and friendly, faces!
The day dawned bright and clear and, on arrival at The Little Silver, it was time to crack on with the details …
And I was allowed to see the dress … beautiful in lace, delicate and just perfect for Gemma’s petite frame.
The girls had given Gemma a book, filled with photographs and lovely words. Smiles all round!
Buttoning a bride into her dress always seems to take longer than you think but armed with crochet hook and two pairs of hands, both mum and mum-in-law-to-be were on the case.
See the beautiful brooch detail on Gemma’s bouquet?
And then it was outside to find the boys. Who didn’t seem nervous in the slightest …
An outside wedding in the UK is always a risk but there were absolutely no concerns with the clear blue skies!
The bride’s proud father walked her slowly along the red carpet …
And, under perfect summer skies, Gemma was married to David …
In the US, the next part of a wedding is often called the cocktail hour. I think we term it welcome drinks and canapés which Gemma and David’s guests enjoyed in the gardens whilst we had time for a quick stroll around the grounds for some portraits.
Gorgeous, aren’t they?
The theme was black and white with accents of red with amazing flower displays all within the Kent Hall.
Now, I listen to a lot of speeches. Some of which are very entertaining, some of which reveal secret snippets about the couple but this speech from best man Glenn, set to a slideshow and to the tune of a well known Madness song, with words inspired by Gemma and David, was hilarious. As I think you can see from the reactions of the bride and groom!
I don’t often see bouquets being tossed at weddings but Gemma was determined … as determined as bridesmaid Alex was to catch it against some stiff competition!
All too soon it was time for cake cutting …
And their first dance together as man and wife.
Before I left everyone to their celebrations, we had just a few minutes outside for one final shot, helped by Gemma’s brother, Luke and his iPhone!
Thanks so much for inviting me to share your day and I hope that we will meet again at future family celebrations! xx