Institute of Ideas – Debating Matters

I was delighted to be approached by Nadia from the Institute of Ideas ( for an event being hosted in Canterbury at Augustine House, Canterbury Christ Church University. The brief from the client was to capture behind the scene images to show the event as a whole, to photograph speakers and the judges and then some final group shots at the end.  The event was held in two separate rooms and the quality of the light varied hugely between the two.

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Judges deliberation … a tense time all round …

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A small selection of the group shots

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And evident relief that it’s all over!

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It was interesting for me to hear the debating and the confidence which with so many of the speakers fielded questions and made their points. I hope to invited to future events!

Good Heavens! Goody Ales in Herne … and the Cathedral

Having been introduced to the brewery by a fellow Faversham dweller, I got in touch with owner Karen to make an appointment to visit.  The brewery is sited in Herne and is really quite quirky.  Karen and Peter were both teachers and you can find out more about the brewery and its reason for being on the site

From the site: “Goody Ales use traditional methods to produce cask conditioned and bottled English beer. We brew with the finest quality floor malted Maris Otter barley and Kentish hops. The brewing process utilises nothing more than malt, water, yeast and hops to provide you with pure Kentish beer.”

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Their branding is unique and the products have the best names …

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Living in Faversham, we do have a local brewery but I’ve have noticed that one of our local hostelries stock Goody Ales so we’ll just have to pop in one evening …

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Karen showed me a bespoke bottle that was produced for a wedding two years ago. The bride and groom gave the bottles as wedding favours and I don’t doubt that this gift was received with great enthusiasm!

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The venue at Goody Ales is available for parties and functions, including weddings. They have a large expanse of ground behind the brewery and are open to ideas – it really is a blank canvas!

If you are interested in taking a look at the site, do drop Karen an email and I’m sure she would be delighted to show you around.

Alternatively, you could mix a visit with a drink in the Cathedral bar – they have a “Firkin at Full Moon” event which takes place … on full moon (more details here: events page) and the opening times are on the site. Do let them know that you read about their brewery on my blog and support your local companies!

P.S. If you do book an event at the brewery, whether it is a party or a wedding, and you need a photographer, then do drop me a line

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 …

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If you’d like to see more photographs of the event, why not pop over to my online gallery hosting page where you can find two galleries of images.

I also met the artist Tracie Peisley ( who is not only an artist, but a creator of beautiful, beautiful things …

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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!

Family, special occasion, birthday celebration … don’t go disposable, go professional!

I had the pleasure of joining Lynn and her family in the summer for a special birthday celebration at Read’s in Faversham, one of the best restaurants in the local area. As part of her birthday gift, her family asked me to design and produce an album, to include images of Lynn’s choice taken during my coverage.

When a family haven’t seen each other for a long time and then get together, it’s a wonderful event to photograph. Indeed, Lynn’s sister and niece came all the way from the States so there was lots to catch up on!

Here are a few images from the album …

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The albums are professionally bound and have photographic paper bonded to thick cardboard which gives them a rather luxurious feel. You can see the quality of the binding and the thickness of the pages here …

Samantha Jones Photography album

If you are planning a special celebration, don’t think of putting disposable cameras on the table – invest your money in professional photography coverage. It really is worth every penny and I’m sure that Lynn and her family will enjoy looking back through the album for many years to come.

Do drop me an email for all your event photography needs.

Event photography at a charity auction for Bede House

I was recently asked to donate a prize for a charity auction, organised to raise funds for Bede House, based in South London. I was delighted to gift a family photoshoot to the prize list and also to attend the early part of the evening to take some images for use by the charity for promotional purposes and also to show the good work done by the organising team. The evening was bright and the location at the Agricultural Museum in Brook ( was just exquisite. With drinks and canapes and music from a live band, I saw many smiling faces who were greeting friends not seen for a long time and updates on family life were being traded. Here is a small selection of images, with amazing floristry by Julie Davies Floristry:

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I’m looking forward to meeting the winner of my lifestyle photoshoot and hope that the evening raised both funds and awareness for this worthy charity.

Diana’s birthday party and a beautiful album

I was contacted by Diana’s daughter just a few days before the celebrations at Shepherd Neame in my home town of Faversham. Juliet asked if I was available to take some candid photographs of the party and to produce an album … of course, I was delighted that I was available! It was such a lovely event, with a slideshow of memories taken from holidays, and weddings and just general life itself. It really shows how important photographs are that they can be enjoyed again and again and those moment are captured for ever.

The album has been duly designed and delivered and here are a couple of images to show the high quality of the product:

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The album was full of laughter and family and friends. I was so happy to be a part of it and hope that the album will be enjoyed and shown around now and for many years to come. Congratulations Diana!

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