Professional headshots for Laure Meloy, soprano

Laure contacted me as she had seen some of my work for one of her friends (you can see the gorgeous colours of Peisley Originals on the blog). Laure decided to invest in hair and make up for her photoshoot and, although we had planned to have the shoot in the grounds of Canterbury Castle, the weather unfortunately didn’t work in our favour so Laure arranged with the Beaney in Canterbury (The Beaney) for permission to shoot inside.

We started with images against a black background and also lighter coloured walls with a variety of looks so that Laure can use them for various websites and marketing/promotional materials …

Laure Meloy soprano headshots by Samantha Jones Photography 01

Laure Meloy soprano headshots by Samantha Jones Photography 02

We then moved on to the Beaney and certainly turned some heads! It was my first visit there and there is so much to see.

Laure Meloy soprano headshots by Samantha Jones Photography 03

Laure Meloy soprano headshots by Samantha Jones Photography 04

These final images were quite complex to light – the room was dark due to the nature of the items being conserved so I used off camera flash through an umbrella at a low output to keep the ambient light …

Laure Meloy soprano headshots by Samantha Jones Photography 05

It was great to meet Laure and I hope to hear her sing – she travels the world using her amazing skills! Her site is here if you’d to find out more: www.lauremeloy.co.uk

If you are in business or looking for professional headshots to update your marketing materials, do drop me a line sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk

Nicola and Mark – wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor – the story of their day

Last May, Nicola and Mark were married on the most beautifully warm early May day. Everything was perfect. The blue skies, the light bright church, the Bentley … Nicola and Mark had been recommended to me by the venue co-ordinator at Hadlow Manor and I was delighted to be able to join them, their family and friends for their celebrations. Their guests had travelled from far and wide and it was a joyful day, full of laughter and smiles which I think really shows through in the images. It was a limited coverage but we managed to get such variety of images and also a nice little “Thank You” card shot right at the end of the day. The confetti cannons were a great idea and created some great images! Also, I had to include a photograph of nan … an amazing lady, marching on in her years but adorable!

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 01

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 02

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 03

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 04

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 05

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 06

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 07

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 08

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 09

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 10

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 11

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 12

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 13

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 14

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 15

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 16

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 17

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 18

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 19

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 20

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 21

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 22

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 23

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 24

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 25

Nicola and Mark wedding at West Malling Church and Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography 26

Thank you both for having me along and I was so pleased to be part of your day xx

Beautiful bouquets and some colourful inspiration – 2014 in flowers

As a wedding photographer, we shoot details. And the most vibrant are often the flowers. There was a beautiful selection of bouquets and displays at weddings which I photographed during the course of 2014 so I thought you might like to take a look …

A year of flowers by Samantha Jones Photography 01

A year of flowers by Samantha Jones Photography 02

A year of flowers by Samantha Jones Photography 03

A year of flowers by Samantha Jones Photography 04

A year of flowers by Samantha Jones Photography 05

A year of flowers by Samantha Jones Photography 06

A year of flowers by Samantha jones Photography

Beautiful, aren’t they? It’s a part of my job that I enjoy, after all, the flowers never last as long as a photograph and yet they form an important part of the day. According to one site that I found when I asked why brides carry bouquets, this was the answer:

“In ancient times, a bride was considered especially lucky on her wedding day. So, guest were compelled to tear off parts of her dress to obtain a good luck talisman for themselves! Not all brides cared for this activity, as it seemed unpleasant to have their clothing ripped from her bit by bit, compliments of the guests. So it evolved that the bride outsmarted her guests by giving an offering of herself; enabling a guest to obtain a lucky talisman and allowing herself to keep her clothing intact: she starting throwing her garter and bouquet in lieu of pieces of her dress.”

I’m rather glad that the tradition of a good luck talisman has metamorphosed into giving bridal favours!

The wedding shoes of 2014 …

At the end of one year and the beginning of the next, it is tradition to showcase the previous year’s weddings. But I like shoes. My brides like shoes. Future brides like shoes. It’s a known fact. So why not take a look through these few montages and enjoy the gorgeousness that was … 2014 in shoes!

The wedding shoes of 2014 photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 01

The wedding shoes of 2014 photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 02

The wedding shoes of 2014 photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 03

The wedding shoes of 2014 photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 04

The wedding shoes of 2014 photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 05

Being a wedding photographer is about photographing details, moments, emotions and love. And shoes. Lots of shoes. I can’t lie – I do get excited when I see gorgeous shoes … what shoes are you going to wear for your wedding? Go on, tell me … (and apologies to any brides whose shoes I didn’t include … there were a lot of shoes last year!).

The Ideas Test with Julie Davies, the florist who teaches

I was delighted to be involved in this interesting creative project – I had first met Julie years ago and have photographed her floristry sessions on a number of occasions . Julie then mentioned that she had applied for sponsorship from the Ideas Test creativepeopleplace.info with the remit that she was to introduce the concept of floristry to more than just … florists. It was called the Winter Door Project (www.thewinterdoorproject.co.uk) and I was captivated!

A series of Christmas door wreath sessions were organised and I was invited along to three – one was in Sittingbourne, one in Oare near Faversham and the other in Teynham.  They were full of willow, binding wire, sharp scissors, glue guns, acorns, twigs … and chatter. Julie introduced the theory at the beginning of each session, showing different ways that the concept of a wreath could be interpreted.  Not round. Not boring … the final results were quite amazing – hearts, trees, squares and, yes, some round ones!

Take a look …

The Winter Door Project led by Julie Davies photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 01

The Winter Door Project led by Julie Davies photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 02

The Winter Door Project led by Julie Davies photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 03

The Winter Door Project led by Julie Davies photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 04

The Winter Door Project led by Julie Davies photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 05

The Winter Door Project led by Julie Davies photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 06

The Winter Door Project led by Julie Davies photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 07

You can find Julie here – based in Faversham, her classes are held in some of our beautiful local venues. Why not have a go yourself?

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