The Golden Hour – family photoshoots

With the amount of rain we’ve had in Kent recently, it’s difficult to remember what warm weather feels like … but it will return. It will.

Although it’s great to have a bright sunny day for photographs, it isn’t always the best light as far as photography is concerned. Harsh, bright sun can cast unattractive shadows on the face and that’s why you’ll often find photographers looking for “open shade” or an area that isn’t in bright sunshine.

Early evening photoshoots at this time of year are perfect for capturing those lazy summer days.

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We are so lucky in our local area of Faversham, Whitstable, Canterbury and Herne Bay that we are surrounded by glorious and photo-perfect areas.

If you are considering booking a family photoshoot over the summer, please do feel free to get in touch by emailing me sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk – details on pricing are here – prices are from £195.

Hope to hear from you soon!

 

The first ever set of 20/20 sessions in Faversham

It’s taken a while for me to be brave enough to book my first set of sessions … but I am so glad that I did! Using the upstairs room at The Saddlers right on the Market Place in Faversham, I welcomed nine families who came along, giggled, laughed, blew bubbles and sang … here are just a few of the results!

20:20 sessions in Faversham 1 by Samantha jones Photography

20:20 sessions in Faversham 2 by Samantha jones Photography

20:20 sessions in Faversham 3 by Samantha jones Photography

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20:20 sessions in Faversham 5 by Samantha jones Photography

I can’t blog all of the sessions because some of them are secret Christmas presents … what a great idea! We had Santa hats, bubbles, fairies, wands and dancing. Jumping and giggling and cuddling … oh it was such fun. The smiles and energy from the children was just inspiring!

If you’d like more details on the next set of sessions, which will be in Spring 2015, just drop me a line sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk and I’ll be happy to tell you more. In fact, some of my clients already want to book for the next ones too as their little ones will have changed so much by then! I also offer bespoke family photography in a more relaxed environment so do get in touch.

Perry Woods … a site of natural beauty … and the Steward family photoshoot experience!

This family are my perfect clients. We first met three years ago when new addition, Darcey, was just a few days old. Since then, I’ve photographed her as she’s grown, I’ve joined big sister Erin and her friends at a birthday party (mad, crazy, fun) and Andy’s parents for a special anniversary and family gathering and also had a spectacular photoshoot with their two camper vans, Ludwig and Matilda (Whitstable Bays). I’ve cuddled their tiny newborn pups and I’m always welcomed with cake and tea. See, perfect. And when mum Suzie suggested that we meet last Saturday in the car park at Perry Woods (an ancient woodland near Selling and Chilham, I wasn’t in the least surprised – October has always proved a great time to have a photoshoot with Darcey and the weather report had been checked and verified … so we did this …

The Steward family photoshoot at Perry Woods 01

Little Darcey was proving to be a bit camera shy but we worked together … until the rest of the family photobombed us!

The Steward family photoshoot at Perry Woods 02

And, of course, in Matilda there was cake …

The Steward family photoshoot at Perry Woods 03

Such fun and a great way to spend an autumn morning – if you haven’t had a family portrait session for ages, why not drop me a line sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk and I’d be happy to hear your ideas!

The summer holidays are looming … time to make some lasting memories? Family photoshoot {sneak peek}

I’ve known this fabulous family since little J was a baby. And I was delighted to be welcomed back for a session with these two lovely girls and their family. The weather was absolutely scorching and we really did have to work out the best way to mitigate that … but the hops created shade and some relief from the sun and the girls, both very different in their personalities, giggled and laughed (particularly when their dad was giving a running commentary …) and we got some amazing shots …

Family photoshoot by Samantha Jones Photography 1

Family photoshoot by Samantha Jones Photography 2

Family photoshoot by Samantha Jones Photography 3

There were so many fabulous images that I know mum and dad are trying to decide which ones to have as prints … I’m always so pleased when my clients are happy with what we’ve achieved, despite it being so incredibly hot! I can’t wait to see which ones you decide to display and thanks so much for inviting me back xx

Julie Davies Flower Workshops – flowers for friends and festivals!

Julie and I met last year when we were both exhibiting at a wedding fair in Faversham. She was wearing some beautiful and delicate flowers on her wrist – I asked her how they were made and our friendship, and business relationship, started from there!

Julie has invited me along to a couple of her workshops, the most recent of which had a wedding flower feel. With beautiful floral crowns and hand tied bouquets and table decorations, the ladies in the class were full of inspiration and didn’t mind modelling the final results!

Julie Davies flower workshops in Faversham photographed by Samantha Jones Photography

Julie Davies flower workshops in Faversham photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 2

Julie Davies flower workshops in Faversham photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 3

Julie Davies flower workshops in Faversham photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 4

Julie Davies flower workshops in Faversham photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 5

Julie Davies flower workshops in Faversham photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 6

Julie Davies flower workshops in Faversham photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 7

As you can see, the flowers looked absolutely amazing and Julie is a patient teacher and is happy to work with anyone who loves flowers, whatever your experience level. She is holding two workshops in Faversham, at Creek Creative, both on 1 July, the morning session is where Julie will teach you how to create a hand tied bouquet and the afternoon session is where you will learn all the intricacies of making your own floral crown. Having seen Julie in action, I think it’s a fun way to socialise and to learn at the same time and you will leave with a beautiful floral display!

Flowers for friends and festivals

You can also find out more information by clicking on the following links:

http://juliedaviesflowerworkshops.co.uk/diy-wedding-flower-workshop/

http://juliedaviesflowerworkshops.co.uk/event/hand-tied-bouquets/

http://juliedaviesflowerworkshops.co.uk/event/floral-crowns/

https://twitter.com/JDflwrworkshops

https://www.facebook.com/JulieDaviesflowerworkshops

I’m looking forward to working with Julie again over the course of the coming months as I think she is a great creative and also an incredibly clever florist! Do let her know that you found her course details on my blog as I’m sure she’d be delighted to know!

Faversham Hat Festival – the first ever and hopefully, the first of many!

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 …

Faversham Hat Festival by Samantha Jones Photography 1

Faversham Hat Festival by Samantha Jones Photography 2

Faversham Hat Festival by Samantha Jones Photography 3

Faversham Hat Festival by Samantha Jones Photography 4

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 …

Tracie Peisley by Samantha Jones Photography

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!

The stars of the show … the fabulous behatted dogs at the Faversham Hat Festival!

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!

The stars of the show - jaunty dogs at the Faversham Hat Festival by Samantha Jones Photography

Faversham Hat Festival fabulous dogs by Samantha Jones Photography

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 sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk 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.