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A stroll through the streets {pre-wedding meeting}

I am so looking forward to photographing Judith and Paul’s intimate wedding later this year and we took time out on this gorgeously sunny and cold day to stroll through the local area, following the route that we will take on their wedding day.

Such variety of places to photograph (these are just iPhone photographs so I can’t wait to shoot them with my trusty Nikon) and I’m excited to join this very relaxed and laid-back couple as they stroll to be married and then stroll back after the papers are signed!

 

Working with toastmasters – are they just bossy?

As a wedding photographer, I have worked with a variety of toastmasters throughout the years.  I met Nikki and Jonathan Curran of Your Toast Masters a few years ago at a networking event and had a photoshoot with them at Solton Manor where you can see them in action.

But I hadn’t worked with them until Helen and Andy’s wedding at East Quay in December … and oh, they are really, really good at what they do. We liaised in advance with regards timings and Nikki sent me through an exceptionally detailed list for the schedule of the day.

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Both Nikki and Jonathan were professional throughout the day, looked incredibly smart and really helped me ensure that we captured everything on the bride and groom’s list without interfering with the smooth running of the day and importantly, kept us all to time.

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They were continually on hand during the day, helping guests with queries and guiding them in the right direction, whether it was parking cars, finding lost items or just generally helping out.

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They announced the running order, introduced speeches and cake cutting and got everyone in the right place for the first dance.

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I would have no hesitation in recommending this fabulous team to assist at any event, whether a formal evening or wedding.  You can find out more about them and what they offer here and you might even like to wow your guests with sabrage Sabrage Champagne …

Cuteness overload … meet Maddison {newborn]

I’ve known Jemma and Rob for a good few years now, having photographed their wedding at The Old Kent Barn (you can see their story here) and we have kept in touch over the years.  I was delighted to hear that they were expanding their family … and even more delighted to hear of the safe (if a little early) arrival of Maddison.

Maddison newborn by Samantha Jones Photography

At just one week old, Maddison stole my heart. She took a while to settle but we were in no hurry … the light in the conservatory was gentle as the day was overcast and Maddison finally drifted off …

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Jemma and Rob also have a petite Boston Terrier and Maddison had received a replica … it’s great when we have the chance to photograph newborns with their first presents as we can use them in the future to gauge how much, and how quickly, they grow!

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Maddison also modelled some headbands, made by friends of Jemma and Rob …

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With a beautiful princess blanket gifted by grandparents, Peter and Bernie, it was nearly time to finish …

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I’m pretty confident that I’ll be seeing lots more of this gorgeous little one. Maddison is already putting on weight and getting bigger by the day and I’m excited to follow her progress.

If you are expecting a baby, why not check out my bespoke baby packages which comprise of three photoshoots, either maternity, newborn and six months or newborn, six months and one year. They are keenly priced and a great way to document those important times in your baby’s first year:  details are here or you can email sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk to book your session.

A chef in training and personalised biscuits …

Another set of 20/20 sessions done, with some “old” clients and new ones too.

And biscuits from Ben …

Ben and personalised cookes 20 20 session by Samantha Jones Photography

I first met Ben when he was just 11 days old and he’s growing up so very quickly.  Such a lovely and confident little boy and always has a hug for his photographer!

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