Fine dining – St George’s Day menu photography at The Red Sails Restaurant

I have a fabulous job. Each day is different and I get to work at a huge variety of venues throughout Kent.

And I was delighted to be invited to photograph a St George’s Day taster menu for the Faversham Creek Hotel and their fine dining restaurant by the Creek, The Red Sails.

We start with smoked salmon, served with cucumber sorbet, crème fraîche, lime confit & edible flowers. The colours of the flowers were beautiful against the pink bricks in the courtyard garden.

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And then on to the English beef fillet, a delicious rare fillet, mini oxtail pie, St George’s mushrooms, textures of shallot, mousseline potato …

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Tiny details of the plating …

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And to finish, “Stuffed Bramley Apple Tart” … Johnathon explains: “Bramley apples are only grown in England and as a child I remember them being served stuffed with mincemeat so for this version we are making a tart with a thin layer of mincemeat served with crème Anglaise”.  I tasted a “small” slice and it was heavenly …

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You can find out more about what’s on offer for the St George’s Day taster menu on the Faversham Creek hotel website.

I very much enjoy food photography and understand that it’s important to get great quality images that really show the texture and presentation of food. After all, we eat with our eyes … if you are looking for a photographer who knows how to get those shots, drop me a line sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk and we can chat through your requirements.

Bridal Boutique at Chilham {sparkles}

As I was driving home from one of my newborn clients, I noticed, tucked discretely away, a bridal boutique in Chilham. So, of course, I had to find out more … and made an appointment to visit Carly, who runs this bijou boutique along with her sister Tiffany.

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You could find the bridal gown of your dreams here …

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Carly explained that the bridal gowns at the boutique are either pre-owned, from sample sales or are new designer wedding dresses. The prices range from £500 – £1,000 and you could possibly own a Maggie Sottero or Amanda Wyatt for 60% of the original price.  The dresses are in excellent condition, less than three years old and have been professionally dry-cleaned.

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The boutique is run on an appointment only basis and you can find their website here: www.chilhambridal.co.uk

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If you are looking to find your perfect bridal gown, then it might be worth giving the girls a call.  You just never know what awaits you in this beautiful boutique!

Tagnix … identity on the run

With the advent of FitBits and other lifestyle trackers, what better a time to show you some product photography that I’ve been doing for Whitstable based company Tagnix tagnix.co.uk.  I’ve been working with owner Nikki for the last few years to create clean and professional images for her website and online store.

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I have one of the FitBit tags which means that I am relatively confident that it will stay on my wrist and not get lost (I used to use loom bands to hold it together … not the most practical!).

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As you can see, there is a huge variety of colours and combinations, perfect for your club or sport centre and a great way of advertising your business too.

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Although almost everyone carries some kind of smart phone, if you were to be in an accident, an identity bracelet is the quickest way of imparting information to your rescuers.

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Nikki can be contacted either through the site (link above) or by email: sales@tagnix.co.uk

 

Update: Nikki and her products have been featured in a magazine article:

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Alison and Dave and their East Quay wedding

I usually meet my brides and grooms before the day but this was an exception. I was recommended by one of Alison’s friends, Penelope, and after chatting loads on email, the deal was done and off I went to East Quay (www.eqvenue.com) for their early May wedding.

Alison is a florist and the entire venue was bedecked with beautiful flowers and displays. They also had a “sweetheart table” meaning that the new bride and groom sat on their own and didn’t have a top table. This is very popular in the States and the first time that I had seen it at a wedding that I’ve photographed.

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East Quay is right on the sea … and, as a result, can often be a bit windy … and we did have the odd issue with Dave’s hair …

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How cute?

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The ceremony room had been set up with the guests facing the windows on to the sea which gave me some great natural light with which to work.

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And Alison and Dave were married … and they laughed …

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And laughed …

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And were just pretty amazing!  They sped off for a quick tour in their VW Camper Van whilst I took some family and guest shots … inside, due to the wind, but the gorgeous voile with the lights behind made for  great backdrop.

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The bride and groom returned from their trip and we went outside on to the beach.

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The weather really was just perfect!

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This is Dave’s mum. She fabulous!

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As this was a short coverage wedding for me, it was nearly time to go but Alison, Dave and I popped out quickly again for a few couple shots.

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And the bubbles as confetti (which was a brilliant idea) and then the new Mr and Mrs McDonald greeted their guests to be seated for their wedding breakfast.

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For me, it was a fast and furious wedding and I was a little nervous not having met the bride and groom beforehand but Alison and Dave and their families and friends were so incredibly welcoming, that it was an absolute pleasure to be part of their day.  Congratulations to you both!

P.S.

As one of the recommended photographers at this seaside venue, I love photographing weddings there and know the venue extremely well. Drop me a line if you are planning your celebrations at East Quay sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk – hope to hear from you soon!

 

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge wedding open day

I had the pleasure last Sunday of popping along to the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge (www.canterburycathedrallodge.org/) to do some behind-the-scenes photographs of the set-up for their open day.

Catherine, one of the wedding co-ordinators, excitedly explained that there were lots of brides and grooms coming along who had either already booked their wedding at this unique venue or who were in the process of making that decision … and I’m quite sure that seeing the room and table settings beautifully created by Emily and her team at www.idodevoteddreams.co.uk and flowers by the talented team at contemporaryflowers.co.uk would inspire any couple to book this amazing venue.

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The themes were, amongst others “Glitz and Glamour”, “Vintage Tea”and “Rustic” but I must say my favourite was “Glitz and Glamour”. The sequined tablecloth and beautiful flower filled candelabra was just stunning. Contact me and used the code “SEQUINS”, and you’ll get a 10% discount of the full day wedding package (new enquiries only).

I’m sure that the day went extremely well judging by how many brides and grooms were there at the start and I’m very much looking forward to photographing Robyn and Paul’s wedding at this extraordinary venue later this year.

Do drop me a line at sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk if you are planning your wedding and looking for a photographer who is local to Canterbury … and don’t forget the sequins!!

 

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